GRADES!!!

All writing projects were due this past Monday, May 14th. If students have not turned in their work by now, it has gone in the gradebook as a zero. This is not permanent!!! This will be changed as soon as work is turned in. My classroom is open all this week and next week starting at 8:10. For those whom are bus riders, you have every homeroom from 8:50-9:15 every morning to complete work. PLEASE complete your work ASAP!!!

End of Year Project

Update: Projects were DUE by the end of class today Monday, May 14th. My classroom will be open for students to work the rest of this week because I still have some incomplete projects. Also, oral presentations will start tomorrow for those who signed up for Tuesday. I believe I reminded every class but 6th period, so 6th period, remember to be ready for your presentations tomorrow.

Some of the research notes’ grades were not as high as I was hoping. We have worked on taking notes for 10 class days, and the expectation was to have enough notes to write essays from. In order to pull some low grades up, those who are not happy with their grades can come in Tuesday and Thursday next week or homeroom any day to pull up their grade. This would give them another 2 class periods worth of time. Let’s end on a high note!!!!

Hi Parents and Students,

This will most likely be that last post of the year. There may be updates to this post over the next month, but most of the information will stay the same. Updates will be in a text that is red or blue to indicate a change. It will also most likely have a heading of “Update” or “Changes”.

End of Year Project Overview

Students tomorrow will begin working to complete the final project!!! This project will require them to research several individuals in history who are considered important because of inventions/contributions they made. For example… Where would children be if Ole Kirk Christiansen didn’t invent LEGO blocks? And, aren’t we all thankful that Willis Haviland Carrier was insightful enough to create modern day air-conditionaing! The research articles have been pulled (by the teachers) for the students, and time is being provided in class for students to research each of the focus individuals.

Using notes collected during research, students will create a brochure/presentation that contains various elements that connect to skills covered throughout the year (argumentative, expository, narrative, grammar, etc.). The students will write 3 essays (1 of the three types we’ve learned). Last year, the essays were put into a  large brochure/pamphlet. This year, I want to try having the classes type them into the Sway app. I will have a laptop cart the whole week of the 7th for students to use. This will hopefully result in a great digital brochure that we can share.

A final piece of the project will require students to present findings discovered during independent/outside school research.  Students will draw from a list of possible individuals in class on Tuesday (April 17th), and complete research/prepare to present their findings about these individuals to students in the class.  The due date for presentations will be approximately during the 2nd week of May…a  definite date will be provided at a later time- in a later post. UPDATE: Students signed up for a specific time on May 3rd. The possible days for presentations are the 15th, the 16th, and the 18th. Students were told to write down their day in their agendas. I also have that schedule.

The following link provides an overview and description of all phases of the project:

Project overview and requirements-yi14nz

This will hopefully be an insightful and engaging activity that will provide an opportunity for review in addition to a final practice using many of the skills learned this year.

Please see the timeline below for an overview of timing, due dates, grading targets, and various other resources.

If absent at any time, students should plan to see me ASAP (during homeroom) to discuss a plan for catching up with any missed tasks.  Since we are quickly nearing the end of the year, timing is crucial!

Monday (April 16)

Students will view a video which highlights good technique and aid for using the internet as a resource.

Tuesday – Friday (April 17 – 27)

Students will be provided a packet of resources each day from which they will collect notes about the individual presented in each packet.

GRADE OPPORTUNITY: The research note packets  will be collected and graded for quantity and quality of notes collected on each individual (1 page from and back of notes required for each individual – one individual researched each day).  This will be a formative grade.

April 25 – May 2nd

Students will begin on graphic organizers for their three essays after they finish their research notes. Please note that dates may overlap. This is to allow for slow or absent students to get caught up. There are no hard deadlines yet.

May 2nd – May 7th

Students will revise and edit their graphic organizers in order to create a strong final draft. Students will be able to have their writing processes checked throughout our work time. This will allow writing process grades to go in the gradebook before everything else is turned in. UPDATE: I will begin checking graphic organizers for grades on May 4th if students are ready. Next week should be students revising, editing, and completing final drafts.

May 7th – May 14th

Students will type their final drafts on Sway in the classroom. I will get a computer cart, or we will be in the computer lab to allow students the time to complete this task.

UPDATE: Here is the rubric for the project requirements. We have gone over it in class, and students were able to ask questions. I currently have one printed for each student that will be filled out as students complete their work. 

May 14th is a hard deadline for Final Drafts to be done

Oral Presentations will be May 15th, 16th, and 18th. This is a hard deadline as well.

Milestones Week!!! April 9th – April 13th

Monday – Today, every class went through what they will see on Milestones tomorrow. I am linking to a couple of websites below. The combined pages have 220 pages of information. It has types of questions, examples of student answers, and examples of passages. Please use as needed to calm any nerves you may have. We went over several pages from both pages today in class. Students enjoyed looking at student examples and seeing what they made. Tomorrow is Day One of Milestones. Please be well-rested, have a healthy breakfast, and be comfortable since you will be sitting for a long amount of time. 

Here are the Milestones links: Milestones Examples 1Milestones Example 2

March 26th – March 30th

There will be no homework this week as we wrap up our last skill before break and Milestones.

Monday – Today, we introduced our new topic of “Subject and Object Case Pronouns.” Here is the PowerPoint that we went over in class. All students also received a handout in class. Here is one side of the sheet. The other side of the sheet is on slide #2 of the PowerPoint. There will be tutoring tomorrow at 8:10 in my room. Students still need to be able to use the skills that they performed on last week’s assessment. I am here for help with those skills. 

Tuesday – The students practiced identifying subject and object case pronouns in sentences. The goal here is to practice labeling the parts of the sentences like we did last week and then labeling the pronoun as that part. We practiced only section 2 on page 1 of this site. The rest of the sheets would be good practice for Friday. Here is the website for the practice sheet.

Wednesday – Today, students will start by taking a quick and short assessment. Students are to recreate the chart found on slide #2 of Monday’s PowerPoint. They were not responsible for the possessive pronouns, just the subject and object pronouns. We have reviewed in class on Monday and Tuesday and students should also have studied for it. This is the practice sheet students got in class.

Thursday – Students will continue using subject and object case pronouns. I will post the study guide that students get in class today on Wednesday evening. There will also be an answer document with explanations to go along with the study guide. This is the answer key to yesterday’s practice sheet. Be sure to give it a look over if you are lost. It has an explanation of the answers if you click on the red boxes.

Friday – Students will have a formative assessment where they choose pronouns to take the place of nouns in sentences. Then they will label those pronouns as either subject, predicate nominatives, direct objects, indirect objects, or objects of the preposition. Below are two sample sentences similar to the format. 

Ben made Rachel and Tim a batch of cookies. Now switch the underlined words with the correct pronoun and label how it is being used in the sentence. There will be 5 sentence like this.

The coach wanted the team and (I, me) to keep playing hard. Now choose the correct pronoun from the parentheses and label how it is being used in the sentence.

Assessments – Wednesday formative – Students will complete a chart they were given on Monday; Friday formative – Students will label parts of a sentence and then plug in the correct pronouns based on their charts from Monday. 

Standards for the week:

ELAGSE6L1: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking

a.       Ensure that pronouns are in the proper case (subjective, objective, possessive)

b.       Use intensive pronouns

c.       Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in pronoun number and person

d.       Recognize and correct vague pronouns

Recognize variations from standard English in their own and others’ writing and speaking, and identify and use strategies to improve expression in conventional language

March 19th – March 23rd

Monday – Today, we reviewed for the formative quiz tomorrow. We played a group review game that can be played again at home. The website is Review Jeopardy. Our quiz tomorrow is on finding subjects, verbs, direct objects, and indirect objects. The PowerPoint on DO and IO is right here. I will also be adding practice sheets and answers documents below. Please note that they are separated on the review sheets, but they will be all mixed together on the quiz tomorrow.

Here are the four study guide worksheets kids saw in class. Here are the answer keys for those four worksheets. Here is the DO-IO notes from class.

Tuesday – We went over homework first. We did a quick review of direct objects, indirect objects, and transitive vs intransitive verbs. The students took the formative quiz where they labeled the parts of the sentence we have been learning about. After the quiz, we began reviewing for our summative assessment on Thursday. This will cover the past three formatives together. So it will cover prepositional phrases, linking verbs, predicate adjectives, predicate nominatives, action verbs, direct objects, and indirect objects. We will practice all day tomorrow preparing for the assessment. Check back here for review sheets.

Wednesday – Today, students went over homework and then went over their quizzes from Tuesday. They saw all of the correct answers and were able to ask any questions that applied to mistakes they may have made. Then all students were given a verb practice sheet. Here is the Verb Practice Worksheet. We went over the answers in class, but this would be a good study guide for the test on Friday.

Thursday – Today, classes are beginning the day by going over their homework. Most students are doing very well with their homework this week. The following underlined links will be worksheets, study guides, and answer documents for their assessment tomorrow. I will have tutoring Friday morning which is not my normal time for those who need extra help. This was announced in class. I will pick up students at 8:10 from the theater. Please try to be on time.

Here are study materials: Trans vs Intrans practice from classTrans vs Intrans practice from class answersExtra Practice never done in class, and

 

Assessments this week: Quiz Tuesday on Transitive and Intransitive, direct objects, and indirect objects (formative); Summative test Friday (updated Wed. 3/21) on the past three formatives: prepositions, linking verbs with predicate adjectives and predicate nominatives, and action verbs (intransitive and transitive) with direct objects and indirect objects. Grammar Quiz Friday on weekly homework (formative). This may seem like a lot but trust me, we are preparing in class. Also, remember that we have Milestones in about a month, and we do not take grades while testing.

Standards for the week:

ELAGSE6L1: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking

a.       Ensure that pronouns are in the proper case (subjective, objective, possessive)

b.       Use intensive pronouns

c.       Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in pronoun number and person

d.       Recognize and correct vague pronouns

Recognize variations from standard English in their own and others’ writing and speaking, and identify and use strategies to improve expression in conventional language

March 12th – March 16th

Monday – Today, we reviewed for our linking verbspredicate nominatives, and predicate adjectives QUIZ!!! I am going to attach practice pages along with answers, so students can continue to practice and study at home. We only practiced the first two pages in class, and we did not have time to completely go over them. The other pages are new pages for extra practice with the skill. No matter the directions, students should label the subjects, linking verbs, and predicate nominative/adjective (depending on which one it is. It cannot have both).

Practice and study pages: Page 22 from classPage 23 from classNew page 40 we didn’t do in classNew page 80 we didn’t do in class, and New page 81 we didn’t do in class.

Answers to pages above are here: Page 22 answersPage 23 answersPage 40 answerspage 80 answers, and page 81 answers.

Tuesday – LINKING VERBS, PREDICATE ADJECTIVE, AND PREDICATE NOMINATIVES QUIZ. Students will be given sentences where they must label the subjects, linking verbs, and predicate word. These grades are already in StudentVue/ParentVue. If a student is missing any assignments, I will pick them up from the auditorium at 8:10 AM tomorrow to finish that work.

Wednesday – Today, students took notes on our new topic which is Transitive Verbs and Intransitive Verbs. The basis of this skill is recognizing and finding Direct Objects and Indirect Objects. The quiz for this topic will be next Tuesday, March 20th. Students will need to be able to find these objects and label them correctly. I will be adding practice problems on Friday.

Thursday – Today, all classes went over homework and got a new seating arrangement. Then we began on our new topic of transitive and intransitive verbs which is based on the skill of locating direct and indirect objects.

Friday – Today is all about practice. We practiced about 20-30 sentences with the goal being locating verbs, direct objects (if there), and indirect objects (if there).

 

Assessments this week: Linking verbs quiz Tuesday (formative) and grammar quiz Friday (formative)

Standards for the week:

ELAGSE6L1: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking

a.       Ensure that pronouns are in the proper case (subjective, objective, possessive)

b.       Use intensive pronouns

c.       Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in pronoun number and person

d.       Recognize and correct vague pronouns

Recognize variations from standard English in their own and others’ writing and speaking, and identify and use strategies to improve expression in conventional language

March 5th – March 9th

Monday – We are back to having homework this week. Please make sure you check the grammar homework page. Today, we are beginning a new unit. The students will start by taking a pretest. This will not count towards their grade. This is simply to get data and measure their growth throughout the unit. After the pretest, the students will get this handout. This handout has all of the necessary skills needed to work on subject and object case pronouns which is our topic.

Tuesday – Today, we will begin reviewing prepositions, prepositional phrases, and objects of the prepositions. We have been working on this on grammar homework throughout the year, so I believe this portion will go quickly. We are going to have a preposition QUIZ on Thursday. This will be a 10 question quiz where students will have to label prepositional phrases and objects of the prepositions. Here is the Prepositions PowerPoint from class today.

Wednesday – Today, the class will be practicing and reviewing all skills prepositional. Students should know that prepositional phrases begin with the preposition and end with a (pronoun or noun) object of the preposition. The students will get a practice/review sheet that will have examples similar to the quiz tomorrow. They can use that to study or find resources online. IXL.com allows 10 practice questions a day without a membership. If they use this site. They should practice skill F.3 under sixth grade ELA skills. Students have learned that their quiz will be identifying 10 prepositional phrases. Here is another review:

Thursday – Students will be allowed to ask any questions before they take the prepositions quiz. After the 10-question quiz, we will begin to learn about linking verbs, predicate adjectives, and predicate nominatives (big fancy word for nouns). This is the next small skill. We have seen this only a few times this school year, but students have already seen some examples. The QUIZ for this topic will be on Tuesday, March 13th. Students should also remember to review grammar homework for their grammar quiz tomorrow.

Friday – Students will go over homework and take the grammar quiz. After everyone finishes the quiz, we will begin practicing with linking verbs, predicate adjectives, and predicate nominatives.

Standards for the week:

ELAGSE6L1: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking

  1. Ensure that pronouns are in the proper case (subjective, objective, possessive)
  2. Use intensive pronouns
  3. Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in pronoun number and person
  4. Recognize and correct vague pronouns

Recognize variations from standard English in their own and others’ writing and speaking, and identify and use strategies to improve expression in conventional language

Assessments this week: Prepositions quiz on Thursday (formative) and grammar homework quiz on Friday (formative).

February 26th – March 2nd

***There will be no homework this week. We will resume next week.***

Monday – Today, students took their Touchstones 1 assessment. This is a district mandated assessment to gauge growth and mastery of student reading skills. The second Touchstones will either be Tuesday or Wednesday depending on access to remote controls. The highest score will be taken from the first two Touchstones. Students were also given a preview of our grammar unit beginning next week at the end of class. 

Tuesday – Touchstones 2 will be given. 

Wednesday – We will review Touchstones 1 and 2. Also, all classes chose to take Touchstones 3 on Thursday and their Argumentative post-test on Friday. We will review argumentative skills after students finish Touchstones 3. 

Thursday – The class will take Touchstones 3 today. This will be a formative grade. In the past it has been a summative, but we decided to make it a formative this nine weeks. After everyone finished, we reviewed argumentative skills. Students wanting to retake their Argumentative Post-test need to study tonight. Check my blog post from the week before break. It has all of the study resources covered.

Friday – Students will be allowed to retake their Argumentative Post-test today. After, the class will do a parts of speech sorting activity because our grammar unit begins next week. The overall topic will be subject and object case pronouns. This is a very difficult skill with a lot of preliminary skills needed. We will spend the first couple of weeks reviewing old skills to build up to our new skill.

February 12 – February 16

Argumentative Post-test

No homework this week.

Monday – Today, students were supposed to finish their final drafts. There were several students per class that still need to finish. They can use homeroom time or my “open room” time on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8-8:50. If students have been absent, they should speak with me about their new due date. The make-up work will have to completed as noted before this. 

Tuesday – Mrs. Bowers, our guidance counselor, and her intern will be doing a lesson with all of the classes. This will take the entire period.

Wednesday – Today, we are reviewing for our Argumentative Post-test which will be tomorrow. All students received a note sheet about a month ago. There were propaganda notes on one side and evidence notes on the other. The post-test they are preparing for will have definitions of evidence and parts of an argumentative essay, examples of evidence, where in an essay to find the different parts of the essay, and a sample essay with examples of the different parts of an essay. 

Thursday – Today, we will be taking the Argumentative Post-test. It is 33 questions. This is a summative grade. Grades will be in the gradebook by the end of the day. 

Friday – Today, students will participate in a group writing project.

Assessments this week: Summative –> Argumentative Post-test – Thursday. Students saw this same pre-test at the beginning of the nine weeks. Their grades from the first time through are already in the gradebook to see improvement.

Standards for the week: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence. Additional Standards Addressed: RI.6.1; RI.6.2; RI.6.3; RI.6.5; RI.6.6; RI.6.9; RI.6.10; SL.6.1a; SL.6.1c; SL.6.4; SL.6.6; L.6.4a

February 2nd – February 6th

Monday – Today, students had all class period to try to finish their rough drafts. There are a number of students who are not done with this step in the process. If students are worried about not finishing, they should come to my classroom as early as 8:00 AM on Tuesday morning. This would give them an extra 50 minutes to get caught up.

Tuesday – Today, students who finished their rough drafts were put into groups so they could peer review each others’ writing. This is a big step for receiving tips on how to improve their essays. Students that did have their rough drafts completed continued to work on them during class. To complete the peer review, they may come into my class Thursday morning as early as 8:00 AM to work with others who also missed that step. 

Wednesday – Today, students will use their peer review notes to begin revising and editing their essays. Every student receive the grading rubric, so they would be able to meet as many of the guidelines for reaching an A as possible. I will have open room tomorrow from 8:00-8:50 AM for those who are behind in the process or those who have been absent.

Thursday – Students should be finishing up their revise and edit stage of the writing process, and they should begin their final drafts. (The due date for the Final Draft has been moved to Monday, February 12th due to lost time for Hawk Time, guidance lesson, and drills)

Friday – Students should be finishing their final drafts and turning them in to Mr. Hogan. If a student was absent during the process, they should come talk to me as soon as possible to work out their due date and how they are going to get caught up.

Grades this week: formative grammar quiz Friday; summative (there are 3 summative grades and one formative grade that come with the final draft) Final Draft due Monday. (due date change made 2/8/18)

Standards for the week: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence. Additional Standards Addressed: RI.6.1; RI.6.2; RI.6.3; RI.6.5; RI.6.6; RI.6.9; RI.6.10; SL.6.1a; SL.6.1c; SL.6.4; SL.6.6; L.6.4a