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6th Grade Language Arts

December 10, 2018

December9

2nd Period ELA – This week, students will begin writing their literary analysis essay.  This is the first summative assessment for Springboard, Unit 2, and they will use “President Cleveland, Where Are You?” to analyze internal or external conflict in the story.

Students took their vocabulary test on Friday using FORMS software, part of our Office 365 suite of learning tools.  Their feedback was that they liked taking this type of test online.  It provides them with immediate feedback on their  grade.  In addition, it gives me data which I can share with the class and individual students to help inform my instruction and to give students a clear picture of strengths and weaknesses.  As we proceed through this year, we will use FORMS as well as other electronic and traditional means of assessment in our classroom.  I am excited about this opportunity for an additional way for students to demonstrate their understanding of concepts.

 

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

December6

2nd Period ELA – Today students practiced writing claims using Spiral.  They also used Quizzizz to review for the vocabulary test tomorrow.

 

Vocabulary TEST tomorrow – December 7, 2018

President Intro Vocabulary Anticipation Guide-2hl0zf9

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682562 – President Cleveland

807435 – Unit 2 vocabulary

 

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Monday, December 3, 2018

December3

2nd Period ELA:  This week, we are working on how to write an informative essay.  We are beginning with how to write appropriate claims, and the elements of an introduction.  Students took notes on claims today, and we will practice writing claims.

HW:  vocabulary test changed to Friday. 12/7.  

 

3rd/4th Periods – Holmquist/Carlton

The test on informative writing terms is Friday.  Some students were struggling with writing the introduction for the story, “Complaining,” by Maya Angelou.  Please check the Class Notebook on Mr. Holmquist’s blog for an example.

 

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Thursday, November 29, 2019

November29

2nd Period ELA – Today we began reading and annotating “President Cleveland, Where Are You?”

Students will use this story to write an informative literary analysis essay.

HW:  Flashcards due tomorrow; Test – Wednesday, 12/5

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President Intro Vocabulary Anticipation Guide-2hkiknj

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President Cleveland Code: 032324

Unit 2 Vocabulary: 904278

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Monday, November 26, 2018

November26

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving break.

This week, we will begin focusing on informative writing.  Students will first learn the vocabulary for the unit and the vocabulary for the short story, “President Cleveland, Where Are You?”   They will use the QHT strategy as we explore the vocabulary.  This will be the selection for our literary analysis writing assignment which is our first summative assessment for the unit.

HW:  Flashcards for both sets of vocabulary due Friday, 11/30.  Test will be Wednesday, 12/5/18.

Flashcard directions:

Front:  Word written clearly (large letters)

Back: Definition and part of speech – look the part of speech up

For both sections of vocabulary (Unit 2 and “President Cleveland”) choose 5 words from each set of words.  Write a sentence for each word.  Make sure your sentence shows that you understand the meaning of the word.  You will have ten sentences total – five for each word list.

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President Intro Vocabulary Anticipation Guide-2hkiknj

 

 

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Monday, November 12, 2018

November12

2nd Period ELA – Students are continuing to work on their narrative rough drafts.  Students wrote their introductions today, and had writing conferences with me before moving on to the rest of their story.  We will be peer editing and using Immersive Reader to help with editing and revising as we continue the writing process.

The final narrative story will be due Friday, 11/16 at the end of class.

 

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

November8

2nd Period ELA

Students are continuing to work on their graphic organizer for the narrative short story, and some students have begun their rough drafts.  Students are writing the introduction using an SAD beginning.  After completing this part of the essay, students will have 1:1 writing conferences with me to assure that they are on the right track with their writing.

We will continue writing tomorrow and next week.  Students will be participating in writing conferences and peer editing as they continue their work.  All students are using Word for Office 365 to write, edit and revise their stories.  We are using Immersive Reader in Office 365 to support the editing and revision of their stories.  Immersive Reader reads the students’ writing to them individually so that they can hear their own writing.  Hearing their writing read aloud supports students’ ability to identify and recognize errors and to correct them more independently.

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Monday, November 5, 2018

November5

2nd Period Language Arts – Today students began working on the pre-writing organizer for the short story narrative.   Students will be working on this assignment for the remainder of this week.  Activities will include rough draft development, writing conferences at various points throughout the writing process, the use of Immersive Reader to support editing and revision, and individual and peer editing.

HW:  Complete your organizer by the time you come to class on Wednesday.

Your  final short story is due at the end of class on Friday, 11/9.

Narrative organizer with model example-1t3o749

Short Story Directions-2idvte5

 

 

 

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

November1

2nd Period ELA

Today students finished writing their two sentence scary stories.  This activity helped them practice compound sentence structure, and explore the art of concise writing.

The summative narrative writing assignment for Unit 1 was also introduced.  We reviewed the assignment directions and discussed required elements for the essay.   Students have the directions in their binders.  Tomorrow we will review the rubric once again, and begin developing ideas for pre-writing.  The due date for the assignment has been changed to Friday, November 9.  This is a change to account for the Voting Day holiday on November 6.

 

 

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Monday, October 29, 2018

October29

2nd Period ELA

This week, students will begin writing their short story narrative writing piece.  Today, we began reviewing compound sentence structure, and we read part of “The Treasure of Lemon Brown.”  We are annotating the story for incident, character responses and resolution as well as for other elements such as word choice, figurative language, sensory details and cool syntax.

This story, along with the others we have read, support students’ understanding of how authors use writing strategies and techniques in their writing, and how they focus on one specific incident.

Tuesday we will finish our analysis of the story and continue compound sentence practice.

Students will begin their pre-writing and rough draft of their story later this week.

Wednesday, don’t forget to dress for Halloween in a school appropriate costume.  Bring $1.00 to support Relay for Life!  

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