September 22-26

Introduction to Unit 2 – Celebrating Cultureil_340x270.584990777_6ej7

This week you will be introduced to Unit 2. This unit will focus on exploring culture through an expository writing and research project. Click on the following link for the unit requirements: Celebrating Culture

To begin the unit, this week you will be choosing a country/culture, and research the origins and meaning of the country’s flag. You will identify and explain the symbolism behind the flag’s design, and summarize the history of the development of the flag. As part of the final project, you will also be making a creative representation of the flag (directions for this will be given in class). Click on the following link for the flag rubric: Flag Rubric

This week’s focus standards:

ELACC6RI1: Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. ELACC6RI2: Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments. ELACC6W2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic. d. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic. ELACC6W7: Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.ELACC6L2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

Outline of this week’s lessons:

Monday: You will be introduced to Unit 2. You will have a class discussion about culture using a circle map and alpha boxes. You will also try to identify the origin of some “mystery” objects. By the end of the period or at the latest tomorrow, you should have chosen a country to research. This is a list of countries to choose from: List of countries

Tuesday: Today you will be in the computer lab researching the origin and meaning of your chosen country’s flag. (W2, W7, L2)

Wednesday: Today you will be doing reading and writing activities focused on main ideas (RI2, W2d.)

Thursday: Today you will be summarizing your flag research and taking a quickcheck on main idea. (RI2, W2, W7)

Friday: DRAW day. Today you will reading articles comparing and contrasting different cultures. You will be also be introduced to the t-chart projec (RI1, W2a)

September 22 – 26

il_340x270.584990777_6ej7

Unit 2 – Celebrating Culture

This week you will be introduced to Unit 2. This unit will focus on exploring culture through an expository writing and research project. Click on the following link for the unit requirements: Celebrating Culture

To begin the unit, this week you will be choosing a country/culture, and research the origins and meaning of the country’s flag. You will identify and explain the symbolism behind the flag’s design, and summarize the history of the development of the flag. As part of the final project, you will also be making a creative representation of the flag (directions for this will be given in class). Click on the following link for the flag rubric: Flag Rubric

This week’s focus standards:

ELACC6RI1: Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. ELACC6RI2: Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments. ELACC6W2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic. d. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic. ELACC6W7: Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.ELACC6L2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

Outline of this week’s lessons:

Monday: You will be introduced to Unit 2. You will have a class discussion about culture using a circle map and alpha boxes. You will also try to identify the origin of some “mystery” objects. By the end of the period or at the latest tomorrow, you should have chosen a country to research.

Tuesday: Today you will be in the computer lab researching the origin and meaning of your chosen country’s flag. (W2, W7, L2)

Wednesday: Today you will be doing reading and writing activities focused on main ideas (RI2, W2d.)

Thursday: Today you will be summarizing your flag research and taking a quickcheck on main idea. (RI2, W2, W7)

Friday: DRAW day. Today you will reading articles comparing and contrasting different cultures. You will be also be introduced to the t-chart projec (RI1, W2a)

Sept. 8 – 12

Unit 1 Review Week & Writing Workshop

  • Welcome to the last week of Unit 1. You have started the year off by working hard on understanding literary elements in fiction and in personal narratives. This week you will review these elements, and apply them in a short writing project, using the quickwrites and journal entries that you have already completed. You will also be doing individual conferencing with me; we will look at your grades and we will go over work you have done this unit. You will have an opportunity to complete missing work and review concepts that you did not understand. 

Monday: Today you will review mood & tone, and take a quiz.

Tuesday: Writing workshop. Individual conferencing.

Wednesday: Writing workshop. Individual conferencing. We will also be in the computer lab today.

Thursday: Writing workshop. Review for Unit 1 test.

Click on these links and begin the review activities:

Link 1: Quizlet. Flashcards and skill-building. http://quizlet.com/15096694/story-elements-quiz-6th-grade-flash-cards/

From the tab at the top of the page, choose from CARDS, LEARN, SCATTER, OR RACE.

Complete at least 2 of these activities. Then, click on TEST. Complete the test. Write down your score.

Link 2: (this link is an option)

Friday: DRAW day. 

HOMEWORK: Please have your home reading log completed by the end of the week. As usual, any classwork that you do not finish in class becomes homework and is due the following day.

Standards Covered in Unit 1:

ELACC6W3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.a. Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically. b. Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, and description, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters
ELACC6RL1: Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
ELACC6RL3: Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves towards a resolution.
ELACC6RL4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
ELACC6RL6: Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.

Sept. 2 – Sept. 5

T: Today we will examine character point of view. We will begin pre-writing a character sketch. 

W: Today we will discuss mood in narrative writing. We will be identifying the way author’s convey mood through word choice.

TR: Today we will learn about the author’s tone in writing. We will read two articles by author’s with differing views on the same topic.

F: DRAW day.

August 25 – 29

Monday: Today we will discuss protagonist, antagonist, and four types of conflict.

Tuesday: Today we will preview characterization. We will begin reading a short story: “La Bamba”, by Gary Soto.

Wednesday: Today we will develop a character sketch on the protagonist in “La Bamba.”

Thursday: Today we will discuss point of view.

Friday: Today we will review and take a quiz.

August 18 – 22

Monday: Media Center activity. Review genre types. Five Finger Book Test. Introduction to vocabulary of elements of plot.

Tuesday: Reading workshop day. We will read a story and analyze elements of plot using the Greek myth “A Touch of Gold.”

Wednesday: Today we will continue analyzing elements of plot. We will build plot pyramids.

Thursday: Today we will complete guided notes. We will also watch a short narrative video, and analyze elements of plot in the visual story.

Friday:  DRAW day. We will be working in stations to analyze examples of conflict. We will finish the day by writing a short answer response to a question about conflict.

August 11 – 15

Understanding the Blog: Each week, you will find a brief overview of the lessons we will be covering each day. The teacher will add to this outline as the week progresses, so be sure to check it frequently. Powerpoints, documents, weblinks, and other resources will be made available to supplement the classroom lessons.

Monday: Media Center Orientation/survey. Check out books or magazines for independent reading.

Tuesday: Finish classmate interviews; conduct learning style inventories. Directions for independent reading. Reading strategies pretest.

Inventory Choice A: http://www.edutopia.org/multiple-intelligences-learning-styles-quiz

Inventory Choice B: http://www.berghuis.co.nz/abiator/lsi/lsitest1.html

Wednesday: Read, analyze “Letter From My Teacher.” Begin prewriting for “Letter to My Teacher.

Thursday: Prewriting/drafting “Letter to My Teacher

Friday: Unit 1 pretest 

August 4 – 8

Welcome to 6th grade at Griffin Middle School. Welcome to English Language Arts!

My name is Mr. Kitzler. I look forward to having an excellent school year.  This is year represents a new beginning. You’ve had a long journey through elementary school, and your hard work has brought you here. The 6th grade is important because the things you learn this year will prepare you for the rest of middle school, and middle school is designed to prepare you for high school.

English Language Arts plays a critical role in this whole process. Language Arts is not just about reading books and learning grammar. The Language Arts curriculum is designed to help us become better communicators. In order to communicate, we need to be able to listen to and interpret other people’s ideas, and to express our own ideas effectively.

I look forward to working with you.

Mr. Kitzler

Click on the link below to download the class syllabus:

Kitzler_Syllabus

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week of March 3 – 7

Dear Parents,

Due to the many days of school days which were lost because of the winter weather, Griffin teachers have prepared an academic recovery plan. This plan is designed to help maximize instructional time, and to offer additional support and resources to students as they prepare for the CRCT and finish the school year.

Click on the link below to open a document that explains the plan. The document also includes links to CRCT practice study guides.

Academic Recovery Notice

The following schedule shows the reading and language arts topics which will be covered each week in homeroom tutoring:

Week 1 (March 3-7): Author’s purpose

Week 2 (March 10-14): Reading comprehension skills (non-fiction/informational text focus)

Week 3 (March 17-21): Reading comprehension skills (fiction and/or narrative focus)

Week 4 (March 24-28): Figurative language (connotation, tone, mood, etc.)

 Week 5 (April 7-11): Vocabulary (root words & affixes)

 Week 6 (April 14-18): Grammar and writing conventions

Online Grammar Quizzes:

http://www.cengage.com/devenglish/discipline_content/grammarquizzes.html

http://www.eduplace.com/kids/hme/6_8/quizzes/index.html

Online Grammar Games:

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games_vocab.htm

Types of Sentences:  http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/clubhouse/index_pre.html

 Other Study Resources:

  • Skills Tutor (students can access this resource from home. Teachers will assign important activities.
  • Brain Pop