January 22nd – January 26th

Please note there have been a few adjustments due to our inclement weather. We will be adjusting our schedule to make up for our lost time.

The link for the Argumentative Topics can be found in this sentence. These are due by Jan. 26th.

Monday – Today, we reviewed and discussed propaganda. We looked at several examples of propaganda and which type it was. We will be reviewing more tomorrow and there will be a short quiz on Wednesday. The note sheets that students received last Tuesday are what they should study.

Tuesday – Today, we went over homework. We reviewed all of the types of propaganda and cleared up any misunderstandings on the types.

Wednesday – Quiz on propaganda. Students will be asked if they have any last questions about the propaganda material, and then we will take the quiz.

Thursday – We will introduce “Argumentative Evidence” today as the type of support you should use for your argumentative essay.

Friday – We will start by going over our homework and taking our weekly grammar quiz. We will continue to work on argumentative evidence to become more familiar with the topic.

 

January 16th – January 19th

Here is the link for Argumentative Topics. Please try to have this filled out by January 26th. This is a week from this coming Friday.

Tuesday – Today, we are beginning to talk about propaganda. How is propaganda used? How does is affect us? Should we be using it in argumentative writing? These questions will all be answered this week in class.

Wednesday – No School

Thursday – No School – Today, I will be putting up the homework for next week. We will not have grammar homework or quiz. You can go ahead and begin on next week’s homework. Please make sure you’re thinking about your argumentative topic. Use the link at the top of this post, “Argumentative Topics”, to enter your topic, so I can check it. Also, pretest and grammar quiz grades should be in by the end of the day.

Friday –

January 9th – January 12th

Tuesday – Take the PRETEST here. We will go over vocabulary if there is time. Students will also be able to take the survey from last week if time allows.

Wednesday – Today, students went through pages 169-171 in the textbook. We discussed controversies, how there are two sides to them, and how we usually support one side or the other. Students should be thinking about a topic to write on for their formal essay.

Thursday – Today, we read an editorial about whether peanuts should be banned in school. We discussed claims which are “statements that can be argued and proven with evidence.”

Friday – To take the grammar quiz, click here. After the quiz, students will discuss argumentative topics and develop claims and opposing viewpoints. 

CLICK HERE to fill out the questionnaire on what topic you would like to choose for your argumentative writing. See Mr. Hogan if you are having any trouble. 

January 5th

Today, we covered a lot of information about our new argumentative unit. We covered our overall view of the nine weeks and went over the prompt as well.

I asked all students to compete a SURVEY and there was the link. If you’re having trouble, please see me next week. Not due until next Friday, 1/12.

December 18th – 20th

Monday – Today, the class took their last summative. Grades for it should be in synergy tomorrow. We went over the questions today, and I collected bookmarks that were given to students the first week of the nine weeks.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 19th will be the last day for make-up work. Please check synergy tonight to see if there are missing assignments. They would be zeros and have a comment typically saying, “grade will be adjusted when work is completed. My room will be open from 8:00-8:50 for all those who need to come in.

I understand some students are having difficulty finding the bookmark for this nine weeks. Here it is again. I will take these on Wednesday if students still have them to turn in.

December 12th – December 15th

There have been some adjustments in our plans due to the inclement weather Friday and Monday. Please contact me if you need further clarification.

Tuesday – Today, the students will be taking the district-required CTLS Touchstones. This is an 8 question assessment on basic content skills including main idea, context clues, making inferences, author’s purpose, etc. We will go over the questions and results tomorrow during class.

Wednesday – Today, students were broken into groups so that they could break down and discuss the assessment from Tuesday. Each group was given a question and was asked to go in depth in breaking the question down. The groups then shared what they discovered and thought with the class.

Thursday – Today, the students took the second district-required CTLS Touchstones. It is an 8 question assessment on basic content skills including main idea, context clues, making inferences, author’s purpose, etc. We will go over the questions and results tomorrow during class. 

Friday – Today, the class will be broken into groups, and they will break down each question. The groups will be looking for key words, incorrect answers and how they knew, correct answers with an explanation, and any other information that helped them to find the answer to the question. Each group will present to the class.

*** Bookmarks will be collected next Monday. Only one of the sides is expected to be finished.

Assessments this week: Formative Tuesday – CTLS Touchstone 1, Formative Thursday – CTLS Touchstone 2. The higher of the two grades will be added to the gradebook.

Next week, there will be a summative on Monday (CTLS Touchstone 3). The passages on the assessment are the exact same as the first two.

December 4th – December 8th

Monday & Tuesday – Today and tomorrow, students will go through the revising and editing step of the writing process. I spent a good amount of time today explaining why this step is so important. This is where we improve our essay and improve our grade in the process. The students received this checklist in class and will have the rest of today and tomorrow to go through it.

Wednesday – This should be the last day when students are writing their final drafts. They will be turning in all of their writing process materials along with their final drafts. If students have been absent during the writing process, they should have already spoken with me. I offered make-up days Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00-8:50 and every morning between 8:50 and 9:15 for those who are bus riders. There was more than enough time for everyone to finish on time.

Thursday – Today, we will introduce the review complex sentences. We will look at what makes them complex and practice identifying the parts in practice.

Friday – Today, we will be practicing with complex sentences. Students will be given a story topic and practice writing complex sentences that will work in the story. If there is time, we will review simple, compound, complex, fragments, and run-ons all together.

Assessments this week: Wednesday – summative writing due, Friday – grammar formative quiz

Standards covered this week:

W.6.2a: Introduce a topic; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

W.6.2b: Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

W.6.2c: Use appropriate transitions to clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.

W.6.4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

W.6.5: With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

November 27th – December 1st

Monday – Today, we reviewed the RACES writing strategy and tried to clear up any problems that students were still having. We seemed to have fixed many misconceptions today. This review was in preparation for our major writing piece which we will begin tomorrow.

Tuesday – Today, we will begin our writing project for this nine weeks. Students will get the prompt and a graphic organizer to start sorting out their thoughts. We are following the RACES writing strategy that we have been working on for over a month now. After students complete their graphic organizers, they should begin on their rough drafts. The expectation is that students are done with their graphic organizers and rough drafts by the end of class on Thursday. 

If you are unsure or having trouble with ideas, go to the link below that matches your class period. You will be able to create a video with your question up to 90 seconds long. I can view your question and respond in the same place. This requires a phone, tablet, or computer with a camera.  Here are the codes for the different classes:

1st Period – 39185c

2nd Period –  276149

3rd Period –  57f89b

6th Period – c0eb9a

7th Period –  16470e

Wednesday – Students should be finishing up their graphic organizers or working on their rough drafts depending on where they are in the writing process. 

Thursday – Students should be finishing up their rough drafts.

Friday – Today, we will be doing a peer review of our writing. This is an opportunity for students to let their classmates read their essays and get feedback. 

Assessments this week: grammar quiz Friday (formative); beginning of our writing process (this project has 3 summatives and 1 formative) This writing will be due Wednesday next week as of right now. This is subject to change if something comes up. Here is the rubric for scoring this project.

I have also begun to remind students about bookmarks that are due at the end of the nine weeks. Do not forget!!!

Standards covered this week:

W.6.2a: Introduce a topic; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

W.6.2b: Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

W.6.2c: Use appropriate transitions to clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.

W.6.4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

W.6.5: With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

November 13th – November 17th

Monday – Today, students were given several handouts to help with present and future writing. They were given some handouts that will help them with sentence structure and others that will help them with the writing process. Some classes had to finish the grammar quiz from Friday, so they did that. Next, we read a autobiographical excerpt about Temple Grandin that can be found in section 2.19 of the online textbook (also pages 159-160). This is our second story about Temple Grandin. We will learn more about her in the future. We discussed words in the story we did not understand and went over the purpose for writing this story.

Tuesday – Today, students completed Monday’s homework and went over it. My apologies for not having it updated before Monday. Then, students were able to answer questions on “My Story” with a partner or on their own. We went over the answers as a class. We also went over the week look ahead and beyond between Thanksgiving break and holiday break.

Wednesday – Today students will be reviewing simple and compound sentences. They will go over some review questions which can be found here on my blog later today in case you are absent. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and get help with anything that they don’t understand.

Thursday – Simple and Compound Sentence Quiz

Friday – Grammar Quiz and we will also write a graphic organizer using the RACES strategy for a prompt that goes with “My Story”. This graphic organizer will be taken up for a grade.

 

Assessments for the week: Thursday – simple and compound sentence formative, Friday – grammar quiz formative, Friday – graphic organizer formative.

Standards for the week:

RI.6.1: Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

W.6.9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

W.6.9b: Apply grade 6 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., “Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not”).

L.6.3a: Vary sentence patterns for meaning, reader/listener interest, and style.*

W6.10: Write routinely over extended time frames and shorter time frames for a range of discipline-specific tasks

RL6.10 and RL6.10

November 6th – November 10th

Monday – Today, students learned about compound sentences. Compound sentences are just two simple sentence connected with a comma and a coordinating conjunction. We are still working on spotting subjects and verbs to help us determine sentence structure.

Tuesday – No school, teacher work day.

I will be out the rest of the week at a conference. There will not be tutoring on Thursday. I will have my computer and access to email if there are questions.

Wednesday – The students will read a new story about Temple Grandin. The students should answer the first couple of questions that follow the story. They will go over the answers in class. If there is time, students will begin their writing prompt for this week taking it through the RACES strategy. If they don’t begin today, they will work on it all day tomorrow.

Thursday – Take a prompt on the story students read Wednesday on P. 153-154 of the textbook and go through the RACES strategy. Only 2 Cs and 2 Es are needed. They will turn in to the sub if they finish. They will have some time on Friday to finish if they did not finish on Thursday.

Friday – Students will take their grammar quizzes to start, then they will be given some time to finish their writing. After all of this is completed, students will be doing grammar practice with simple and compound sentences. They will also practice with helping and linking verbs since that seems to be an area of weakness.

Assessments this week: grammar quiz Friday (formative); RACES writing grade Thursday (formative)

Standards covered this week:

RI.6.1: Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

W.6.9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

W.6.9b: Apply grade 6 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., “Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not”).

L.6.3a: Vary sentence patterns for meaning, reader/listener interest, and style.*

W6.10: Write routinely over extended time frames and shorter time frames for a range of discipline-specific tasks

RL6.10 and RL6.10