Welcome to Sixth Grade Lit. & LA

Week 10/16-10/20

LA 4:  This week students will review dialogue and how to punctuate it in a narrative. If students don’t finish worksheet in class, it will be homework.  We will also look at using context to convey actions and feelings of a character.  Students will be asking parents to tell them a story about an ancestor or family member that may have had an influence on their life.

LIT 8:  This week we will begin a pilot program using nonfiction to review and learn skills for comprehension and vocabulary.  The unit will focus on ancient civilizations that will tie in nicely with the social studies curriculum.  Students will also continue working in their lit. circles. Students need to continue reading their books at home and they will meet with their groups on Friday.  The due date for their packets is November 3.

TAG LA:  Students will review dialogue and how to punctuate it in a narrative.  We will also look at using context to convey actions and feelings of a character.  Students will be asking parents to tell them a story about an ancestor or family member that may have had an influence on their life.

TAG LIT:  Students will continue reading our class novel and annotating conflict and theme.  There will be a quiz on the “February” and “March” chapters Tuesday.  We are also going to begin a pilot program focusing on nonfiction.  We will read articles/biographies about ancient civilizations that will tie in nicely with the social studies curriculum.  

Week 10/8-10/13   No School Monday  Columbus Day   Field Trip Wednesday

LA 4:  This week in our immersion unit students will listen to stories about writer’s reflections from lessons learned.  They will write some short stories about their own experiences.

LIT 8:  Students will continue working in their lit. circles.

TAG LA:  Students will continue with our immersion unit and listen to stories about writer’s reflections from lessons learned.  They will write some short stories about their own experiences.

TAG LIT:  Students will continue annotating theme and conflict from our class novel.

Week 10/2-10/6    No School Friday   Institute Day

LA 4:  This week students will be introduced to new mentor texts for our next unit and we will review imagery.

LIT. 8:  Students will begin Lit. Circles this week.

TAG LA:  This week students will be introduced to new mentor texts for our next unit and review imagery.

TAG LIT.:  We will continue reading our class novel, The Wednesday Wars, annotating theme and conflict.

Week 9/25-9/29   ALL LITERATURE STUDENTS:  LISTEN TO “THE NECKLACE” IN

                                GOOGLE CLASSROOM BY WEDNESDAY, 9/27.

                                  Permission slips for field trip due Friday, 9/29

LA 4:  *First writing piece is due Monday, 9/25.  Rough draft needs to be attached to final typed piece.  This week students will review homonyms and using the right word.  We will also launch into our next writing piece.

LIT 8:  Students will finish our class novel, Rifka, this week.  Packets and journals are due Friday, 9/29.  We will review on Thursday and the final test will be on Friday, 9/29.

TAG LA:  First writing piece is due Monday, 9/25.  Rough draft needs to be attached to final typed piece.  Students will review “Using the Right Word,” and we will launch into our next writing piece.

TAG LIT:  Students will continue reading our class novel, The Wednesday Wars.  They will continue to annotate theme and conflict for each chapter (see google classroom).   

Week 9/18-9/22    ALL LITERATURE STUDENTS:  LISTEN TO SHORT STORIES IN GOOGLE  

                               CLASSROOM  “TELL TALE HEART,”  “THE MONKEY’S PAW”  

LA 4:  Students are beginning their rough draft for their personal narrative.  We will work on organizing details and format.  They will also begin revising and editing.

LIT 8:  Students will continue reading our class novel Rifka, working on vocabulary, comprehension and their journals.

TAG LA:  Students will begin their rough draft for their personal narrative.  Organization and format will be the topic this week.  We will also talk about revising and editing.

TAG LIT:  Students began our class novel The Wednesday Wars.  They will be responsible for annotating theme and conflict for each chapter (see google classroom for details).  “September” annotating due Tuesday, “October” annotating due Thursday.  

Week 9/11-9/15   Early Release Friday (1:00)  SEL Activity Periods 1, 3, 4

LA 4:  This week, students will finish up the Generating Ideas unit and begin the selecting process.  We will use our mentor texts to look at how authors use life lessons in their writing.  This week, students will also get a completion grade for their vocabulary packet.  By Thursday, students will need to select from their writer’s notebook one idea that is important to them.

LIT 8:  Students will continue reading our class novel and working on comprehension and vocabulary.  There will be a comprehension and vocabulary quiz on Wednesday covering Letters 1-10.

TAG LA:  We will finish our 1960s presentations in LA on Monday.  There will be a quiz on the information from the presentations Tuesday in Lit.  Students will finish up the Generating Ideas unit and begin the selection process.  We will use our mentor texts to look at how authors use life lessons in their writing.  A completion grade will be given for their vocabulary packet.  By Thursday, students will need to select from their writer’s notebook one idea that is important to them.

TAG LIT:  Students will finish their 1960s presentations in LA on Monday.  The quiz on information from the presentations will be on Tuesday.  We will begin our class novel, The Wednesday Wars and students will be expected to annotate theme and conflict from the story.  Annotations will be done through google classroom.

Week 9/4-9/8    No School Monday - Labor Day

LA 4:  This week students will begin the next phase of the Writer’s Workshop Launch Unit.  We will begin the Generating Ideas unit on Tuesday.  Students will read samples from our mentor text on writing about what’s important.  By Thursday, we will write our own short piece on an important experience we have had.

LIT 8:  Students will continue reading our class novel, Rifka.  We will continue working on comprehension and vocabulary.  Students need to bring their novel and packet with them every day for class participation.  We will also continue working on our journals.

TAG LA:  Students will begin the Generating Ideas unit this week.  We will read mentor text on writers using their own experiences in their work.  Students will write their own experience piece by the end of the week.

TAG LIT:  Students will continue to work on their 1960s research presentation.  They will present to the class on Thursday.  There will be a short quiz on the information they gained from their classmate’s presentations Friday.

Week 8/29-9/1   STAR testing during Lit.  Monday, 8/28

LA 4:  This week students will continue to learn different ways authors approach writing.  We will concentrate on writing about powerful emotions and life experiences.

LIT 8:  Students will continue reading our class novel, working on comprehension, vocabulary, and journaling.  Students MUST bring their novel and packet to class every day.  After Labor Day weekend, students that forget their book and packet three times, will receive an academic.  Most days students will have time in class to finish their comprehension questions.  If not, it becomes homework.

TAG LA:  The students will continue to learn different ways authors approach writing.  We will work on writing about powerful emotions and life experiences.

TAG LIT:  This week students will spend class time researching their topic for the 1960s presentation.  Students will be creating a slide presentation with facts and pictures.  There will be a quiz on the information presented to the class.

Week 8/21-8/25

LA 4:  Students are starting the LA curriculum with “Immersion.”  We will look at different author’s works (mentor text), their purpose and style, get organized as writers, and brainstorm ideas.

LIT 8:  Students will start the year off with a class novel.  We will work on comprehension skills, vocabulary, and plot.  The students will receive a packet of comprehension questions and vocabulary that will be due at the end of the unit.  They will also create a journal for the main character’s journey.  The novels will be provided by me.  Students need to bring their novel and packet everyday to class.

TAG LA:  Students are starting the LA curriculum with “Immersion.”  We will look at different author’s works (mentor texts), their purpose and style, get organized as writers, and brainstorm ideas.

TAG LIT:  Students will begin the year with our Junior Grade Books, learning to annotate important information.  We will then move on to our class novel, The Wednesday Wars.  Novels will be provided by me.