Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Students completed the formative quiz over PJLT Chapters 1-6 in class today.  Students need to use the resources below to study for the Vocabulary Test tomorrow!

I also explained the procedure for watching Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief movie next Tuesday, May 22nd  and Wednesday, May 23rd.  If parents DO NOT want their student to watch the movie they will complete the form and turn it in.  If you agree to let your student participate DO NOT send the form back.

Read the form here: Movie Permission Slip-2c1mr6k

Monday, May 14, 2018

Don’t forget the Percy Jackson quiz on Chapters 1-6 tomorrow!  The Study guide questions for Chapters 1-6 is here: 

The words that will be on the vocabulary test on Wednesday are: Wispy, Spawn, Vital, Triumphant, Contaminate, Nauseous, Cloven, Falter, Disintegrate, Gingerly, Metaphysical, Endeavor, Convergence, Obliterate, Saunter, Consist, Carnage, Liability.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The comprehension questions for Percy Jackson-Lightning Thief (PJLT) Chapters 1-6 are due at the end of class tomorrow.  There will be a checkpoint on Chapters 1-6 on Tuesday, May 15th.

There will be a Vocabulary test on Wednesday, May 16th.  Here is a link to study the list of vocabulary words with definitions: Percy Jackson Vocabulary Word List-vvdmc5

You can study for the Vocabulary Test with the Quizlets links here: Chapters 1-4: Quizlet PJLT Vocabulary Words Ch. 1-4

Chapters 5-8: Quizlet PJLT Vocabulary Words Chapters 5-8

Friday, May 4, 2018

On Monday, May 7th we will begin our Mythology Unit.  I am adding some background information for students to begin reading and extending their learning on Mythology.  Many students have read or seen Percy Jackson.  We will be using the Lightning Thief text to compare and contrast various myths in class. We will end the unit by comparing the “Percy Jackson Lightning Thief” movie to the Myths learned in this unit. .

Percy Jackson Website

National Geographic Kids-Mythology

Lots of Mythology Links here

Mythology Webquest

More Mythology Information

Monday, April 30, 2018

The deadline for completed panels was today.  If students did not have all 12 panels completed the had points taken off for the formative grade.  In class, students worked to cut out, fold the edges and glue together their literary globes about their independent reading book. If students were not able to complete their globe in class, they need to bring it constructed/complete for peer presentation (gallery walks) on WEDNESDAY, MAY 2nd.  Students can bring their completed globes to my classroom during homeroom until they come to class since they do not fit into lockers.

You can view the video instructions to construct your literary globe here: Video directions to glue your literary globe together


April 23, 2018

All classes:  Summative Test corrections will be completed in class on Tuesday.  You can review the completed study guide here.  Study Guide_KEY-2f61oyb

You need to bring your Summative test answer sheet to class if you have not given it to me already.

1st Period (A/C):  Students will work to complete THREE additional panels of their choice to turn in for checkoff TOMORROW (4/24) in class.  Click here to find the A/C Globe Directions: _Book Ball Book Report AC-2jhv7kp

2nd, 3rd, 6th and 7th: Students will continue to work on finishing panels #5, #8 and #12 due in class TOMORROW (4/24).  Click here to find the directions for all others classes: Book Ball Book Report-Gened-2g6c0td

All students can download a copy of the circle template for the panels here: Panel template for Globe Book Report-24t15h1

If you need help with panel #8 (The Poetry Panel) I am linking a help sheet with examples here: FREEPoetryStylesHandoutforStudents-14cbzxy


April 18, 2018

Students are working on the Literary Globe Book Report Project in class this week.  Students will be reading their independent novel in class and working to complete the 12 panels that we will glue together next week.  You can view the assignment descriptions and pictures by clicking on the links below.

***Please note the assignment descriptions are DIFFERENT for my FIRST PERIOD ONLY.*** First period students can view their “BLUE SHEET” with instructions here:

_Book Ball Book Report AC-2jhlrj6


Review the second, third, sixth and seventh-period assignment descriptions here:

Book Ball Book Report-Gened-2g62l6j

You will find pictures of an example of a completed Literary Globe/Book Ball project below:

A completed globe/ball in the picture above.

Examples of the panels below:



Video of how to put the Literary Globe/ball together:

GLUE: Glue together your Literary Globe/Ball

Staple: http://Staple together your Literary Globe/Ball


Standards of Focus:

    ELAGSE6RI1: Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
ELAGSE6RI2: 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.
ELAGSE6RI3: Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).  

ELAGSE6RI4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.

ELAGSE6RI10: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
ELAGSE6W9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

ELAGSE6SL1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

ELAGSE6SL4: Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

ELAGSE6L4: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 6 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

a. Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

b. Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., audience, auditory, audible).

c. Consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech.

d. Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).

ELAGSE6L5: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings. a. Interpret figures of speech (e.g., personification) in context.

ELAGSE6L6: Acquire and accurately use grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.



Monday, April 9, 2018

Welcome Back!  Tomorrow we will begin Milestones testing.  Students should get plenty of rest and eat breakfast before arriving to school in the morning!

Students will begin an Independent Novel Study and must choose a book within 125 points of their current Lexile.  I am meeting with students to confirm they have their Lexiles but it should be taped in the front cover of their Reading Journals.  I am adding some resources for students to look up the Lexile of a book below.  Students need to have an independent reading book by Friday, April 12, 2018.

Find your Lexile Level:

Look Up a Book Lexile Level Here

If you like an author and would like to search for similar authors you can click the link here:

Literature Maps

March 26, 2018

This Week:


Thursday, March 29th-Friday, March 30th: Summative on the GSE Reading Standards taught this year.  Students will receive a study guide in class on Tuesday and will have time in class to work on the study guide as well as access via the blog post on Tuesday afternoon (March 27th).  Re-takes for the Summative Assessment will be in class April 10th- 13th.


Standards of Focus:

We are reviewing the Reading standards taught this year in preparation for the Georgia Milestones Assessment after students return from Spring Break. You can see the list of standards here:

Standards for Review-1ipp52g


Survivor Island Milestones Review Challenge:

The tribes will have many opportunities to continue playing for points on Survivor Island!

Monday: Immunity Challenge, Begin Review Challenge #3 (Find the two Reading passages here: Passages to read March 26th-21abyn6)

Tuesday: Complete Review Challenge #3, Tribal Council Meeting, Bonus Vocabulary Challenge on Prefixes (Study the Quizlet here: Quizlet-10 Prefixes to Know Review),  Reward Challenge

Wednesday: Review Challenge #4

Thursday: Summative Assessment

Friday: Tribal Council Meeting, Reward Challenge