Welcome back! I’m looking forward to a great year!
Unfortunately, I was on leave for most of January because my wife fractured one of her vertebra. I have labeled the assignments as sub assignments and if you see a low grade it means the assignment was not submitted, partially completed or that the student did not write their name on their work. Students can see me at lunch if they would like to make up work or get alternative assignments to compensate for their grade.
HW3/27/19 Students have the chance to work on a rough draft at home before having to attempt this essay in class. The rough draft may be used in class.
Culminating Writing Task (Major Test Grade) Directions
4 major themes discussed in class are: Loss, Family, Environment, and Forgiveness.
Consider the title of the novel: Out of the Dust. How does the phrase “out of the dust” relate to a theme of the novel? To answer this question, write a literary analysis that includes a claim, supporting reasons, and several pieces of relevant text evidence.
To answer this question:
- Identify key events in Out of the Dust which involve Billie Jo and impact the course of events in the novel.
- Determine the role the setting and the dust play in each of those events.
- Examine the decisions Billie Jo makes and the outcomes of those decisions.
- Evaluate how those outcomes impact Billie Jo and lead her to change throughout the novel.
- Determine what it means literally and figuratively for Billie Jo to get “out of the dust.”
- Determine a theme of the novel, based on your analysis of the setting and Billie Jo’s changes over the course of the novel.
Include intext citations. Be sure to use proper grammar, conventions, spelling, and gradeappropriate words and phrases.
HW 2/28/19 Due 3/1/19 Students were given a packet in class and had the opportunity to watch the Ken Burns documentary on the Dust Bowl. Students need to complete this packet. The Ken Burns Dust Bowl documentary is available on PBS, Amazon Prime, and I believe on Netflix.
HW 2-7-19 Students should complete the worksheet comparing “No Title” by Woody Guthrie and the 1st chapter of Out of the Dust (Winter 1934).
Final Exam Study Guide- ( Test Grade) Due Friday 12/14/18
Completion of the study guide is REQUIRED. Review guides will be graded for completion as long as students make an honest attempt and put forth effort. Students must complete the constructed response (Muliple Paragraphs)
This guide should be used to help you prepare for the exam. The exam involves a cold read. The best practice for cold reads is to complete them as if they were the exam. This study guide mimics the layout and construction of the real exam.
Study Guide for 6th Grade Mid-Term Exam
Exam information: Your ELA exam will consist of a cold read of two short stories with multiple choice questions that require evidence and a constructed response essay.
Be familiar with the following concepts:
- Context clues -be able to identify vocabulary words using context clues from within the text.
- Identify themes of a text.
- Analyze the message the author wants the reader to learn.
- Analyze and comprehend characters’ interactions with others in the text.
- Determine characters’ and authors’ PERCEPTIONS from the text. (Not first, second, third POV.)
- Know the parts of an essay and what goes into EACH paragraph (Intro paragraph, Body paragraph(s), and Conclusion paragraph).
- RACES format, which you will use to complete the constructed response – next to each letter write out what it stands for and a brief description/definition:
- R =
- A =
- C =
- E =
- S =
- Why is this a better way to think about your response RACE> CE> CE> CE>S
- Important literary terms – next to each element write a brief description/definition:
- Character traits and development
- Figurative Language
- Refer to the Context Clues lesson from the IReady Workbook – next to each type of context clue write a brief description/definition:
- Cause and effect
- Comparison and contrast
- Understanding figurative language and author’s word choice.
- Describe how the plot unfolds and character development.
- Refer to breaking down constructed response prompts – next to each verb write a brief description of what you must do in your essay:
- Cite Evidence
- Determine how the structure, chapter, or scene contributes to theme, setting, or plot.
- Text-dependent questions from the novel, Hatchet and Steve Jobs’ Commencement address.
- In story one of Jobs’s commencement speech, he speaks about dropping out of college and taking classes he was interested in, instead. What is the central idea of this part of the speech?
- The third story Jobs tells describes when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and only given a month to live. After the cancer was biopsied, it turned out it could be removed and he’d make a complete recovery. What is the central idea in this section of the speech?
- Why is Brian traveling across the Canadian wilderness in a small plane?
- How does Brian react when he realizes the plane is going to crash?
- How does remembering Mr. Perpich’s lessons help Brian stay focused on survival?
- Write a multiparagraph response that examines the role of nature in survival. Identify and explain how setting contributes to survival and being content. Use relevant details and evidence to support your ideas. Observe the conventions of standard English as you write.
Interactive Notebook test week of 12/11/18. The Interactive Notebook test rewards students for keeping their notebook organized and up to date. (Major Test Grade).
HW 11-12-18 (Due 11-13-18) Students were given notes on plot structure. At this point in Hatchet we are at the rising action stage. Students need to write out the events of Hatchet that correspond to the Exposition and Rising Action elements of the plot structure.
HW 11-7-18 (Test Grade)- Students had a sub on Monday and I always use the assignment as a test grade. On Wednesday, students re-read the passage and were given the opportunity to take home the packet to answer questions they had not finished with the sub. Packets are due back on Friday for a Major Test Grade. In case students have lost the information you can find the attachments below.
It may also be easier to use the students lunch number to log in to Clever and then access the material using the links. All students have received a hard copy.
HW 11-2-18 Due 11-5-18
Students should review the following vocabulary words and be ready to answer questions concerning Chapter 1-4 of Hatchet. If students do not have a copy of Hatchet at home it is very easy to listen to chapter read aloud. Just search Hatchet on you tube and there are videos that have recorded audio for each chapter.
- Bush plane
- Visitation Rights
- Mechanical engineer
- Drill bit
The 2nd 9 weeks have started and we are beginning to work with the novel Hatchet. We have a class set of books but it will be very beneficial to students if they also have a copy at home. You can log into Clever using the student’s lunch number as their username and password. If at any point you want to reinforce ELA skills you can have your child work on the iReady program.
HW 10/18/18- Due 10/19/18.
We have reviewed survival stories and read an excerpt from a survival specialists on how to handle the situation. Students were allowed to take the packet we read in class home. Students should review the 10 steps to survival. Students need to create their own personal list of 10 items to have in their survival kit. For each item they need to explain why it was selected. Also, students should provide 5 steps for their very own survival plan if they were to venture into the wilderness.
Project 1 Due on 10-11 or 10-12 depending on class period
Students have been given create your own country handouts in class. This is a creative project and in many instances it helps students achieve a better grade. Although you may see 8th grade within the text this is the assignment for all of my 6th grade students this year. Read through the guidelines and the rubric provided, if you still have questions feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org This is meant to be a creative project. Students should not just copy and paste information from the internet. DO NOT USE AN EXISTING COUNTRY! If you choose the language for task 4 (option 2) you must create/invent a language.
Students can use the link above if they have lost the original paperwork.
HW 10-1-18- If students have not done so they need to inish the Milton Hershey and Ben Franklin packets. These need to be turned in to me or the students will begin losing points on the assignment.
HW 9/27/18 Students need to complete the Milton Hershey Close Read assignment including the questions and writing task attached to the article.
Timed Essay for a major grade 9/17/18
HW 9/14/18- Students need to complete the outline that we started in class for the Steve Jobs Essay Prompt. Students will be able to use the outline for their timed essay major test grade.
Students should outline their three body paragraphs. We agreed in class that the essay prompt is essentially asking- How has Steve Jobs Commencement Address influenced you to make life choices regarding your education, career, and family.
The Steve Jobs speech is divided into 3 stories, which students have already outlined. Therefore, body paragraph 1 is the 1st story, body paragraph 2 is the 2nd story, and body paragraph 3 is the 3rd story. In each of these body paragraphs students should answer the following questions
- What about this story has influenced your life choices about education?
- What about this story has influenced your life choices concerning the career/job that you want?
- What about the story has influenced your life choices about your family?
They should answer each of these questions for each of Steve Jobs three stories within his commencement address.
To Link to a you tube video of the Steve Jobs Commencement Address use this:
To link to the original prompt use this:
HW 9/7/18 Students have been given worksheets to use for summarizing the different stories within Steve Jobs commencement address to Stanford University. We have summarized the 1st story in class to serve as a model and we have worked on the 2nd story. Students need to complete plotting out main points and summarizing story two if not completed in class. Using the examples from class students need to independently complete the worksheet for the 3rd part/story from Steve Jobs speech. You may search the Steve Jobs commencement address to Stanford University on you tube to listen to the speech. Just make sure to pay attention to the shifts from story two (getting fired from apple the company he started) and story three (diagnosis with Cancer and aftermath). You may also google the Steve Jobs commencement address to Stanford University for a text version.
HW 8/24/18 (Due 8/27/18)- Students need to pick one of the famous people from the video that we watched in class. Once they have picked their person they need to detail the person’s failures and list out how that person overcame each problem to become successful. Once completed, students should write a paragraph explaining how this person serves as a role model for their daily life.
Student’s schedules are hopefully set
In the first days of school we have learned classroom policies and procedures across school and in my classroom.
Policies and Procedures Quiz 8/23/18 and 8/24/18
If students have not done so, using the top half of P.0 (the very first page after our table of contents) they should come up with 4-6 Classroom expectations (rules, policies, and procedures) that they would like to have in my classroom.