This week, we will begin reading a narrative text from our Springboard books, entitled "The Circuit," by Francisco Jimenez
*Last week, the students were introduced to narrative elements (plot, character, conflict, theme and setting), and took notes.
Students will read the text numerous times to develop skills related, but not limed to: comprehension, analysis and support. We will use strategies such as close reading to answer text dependent questions during our second reading.
A copy of the story is attached below.
Students will have short comprehension/application quiz on the story, Thursday.
We are actually beginning our fourth week of school, and we are off to a great start!
We have launched a new Language Arts curriculum this year called Springboard, and the students and I have dived right in!
The theme of our first unit is "change" and we have talked about the many changes that sixth grade students can encounter: new school, new friends, new classes etc... This unit offers a variety of texts and writing challenges for students to experience as well as present their discoveries to the class.
Each students has received a new book that will be kept in the classroom, but we utilize it daily.
This week, we will begin reading and responding to the text: discovering how authors use narrative elements to write and refine stories in hopes that others will gain knowledge and skills on how to emulate this process to write their own pieces of narrative literature.
Hello Students and Parents!
Just a few reminders....
Tomorrow, is your RACE strategy assessment. I have given you a Practice Assignment in GC that is due tomorrow by midnight, and I just posted another article for you to read and construct a response at your convenience. There is NO DUE DATE. This is strictly for extra practice. **All of this practice will help prepare you for writing your Argumentative Essays!!!
Additionally, your journal activities for your independent reading book are due tomorrow. NO EXCUSES. All journal items not received will result in a 0.
Let's not have history reapeat itself because some of you already have a zero from the last book assignment.
I would like to say that I was very impressed with some of the responses that were submitted today. The class seems to me getting a better grasp of the MLA style formatting, and your writing is developing quite nicely. Keep of the good work, 1st period.
Also, tomorrow, you may use your Flow Chart as a resource.
Have a great evening!!!
We officially began our Argumentative Writing Unit today!
This unit covers the following standards which focus on Reading, Speaking/Listening and Writing.
We will continue our RACE strategy practice and collaboration tomorrow.
Students, you will conduct a Gallery Walk and decide which team PRO or CON constructed to best argument.
Read for 30 minutes or more daily. You will receive your Reading Logs tomorrow.
Your Reading Logs are due Friday as well as your (GC) assignment.
Finally, DO NOT forget to study for your RACE strategy assessment on Friday. You will be expected to use the "MLA Formatting".
Have a wonderful evening!!!
Students and parents,
I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving holiday!
Upon our return, we will begin a new unit on Argumentative Writing called "What's On Your Mind?"
I am looking forward to this unit because the students love to engage in spirited debates, and I enjoy listening to the diverse and honest opinions that they share on various school appropriate topics.
Although our culminating task will be an essay, tomorrow we will revisit the RACE strategy - a writing strategy which we have been working on since the beginning of the school year. This strategy serves as the foundation for our essay.
Have you heard the news about Google Classroom? Google Classroom is a platform designed to create a paperless exchange of resources (quizzes, papers, survey etc...) between student and teacher. Students have been provided with a gmail account for school purposes only. In order to access (GC), students must have access to some device i.e. computer, tablet, phone etc...Additionally, I provide time, though limited, in school for students to utilize this tool.
Parents, please reiterate to your student the importance of writing all homework down in their agenda.
Homework for this week will include:
Reading for at least 30 minutes M-Sun and filling out their Reading Log (Due Friday)
Google Classroom Assignment - Due Friday (RACE strategy)
Articles will distributed on Tuesday to prepare for Student Symposium on Wednesday.
Below, please find a link to the articles for those who want to get ahead in their preparation:
Thank you for your continued support! I am really PROUD of what the students have learned thus far, and I look forward to their continued growth.
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