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 =
- Important literary terms – next to each element write a brief description/definition:
- Character traits and development
- 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
- Refer to the Greek and Latin Word Parts lesson from the IReady Workbook – next to each type of word part write a brief description/definition:
- Common themes in literature – next to each example of a common theme, write a brief description/definition:
- 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
- Be able to identify and explain relationships between characters in a story as well as how they change – next to each key term write a brief description/definition and how they are connected to relationships between people:
Due: December 14, 2017
The Westing Game Novel Project
By Ellen Raskin
Choose one (1) activity.
- Design a new cover page for the novel.
- Choose a character and list both their negative and positive attributes. Explain why and illustrate.
- Create a poster that you think will encourage customers to buy The Westing Game
- Write a private dialogue between two of the characters in the story.
- Write a letter to Ellen Raskin telling her about your experiences reading this book.
- Prepare a test of 10 questions & answers for your classmates.
- Pretend that you are the author of this novel; add another character to the story. Write a brief description of your new character and explain how you will use him or her in our novel. Illustrate the new character.
The Westing Game Novel Project Activity
Due September 11, 2017 Summer Reading Project
Riverdale Middle School Summer Reading for 2017-2018 School Year
Incoming 6th Regular Students are required to read How to Survive Middle School by Donna Gephart. Students are also required to choose a second novel: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum, or Road Trip by Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen.
You may choose to purchase new or used novels/ebooks or check them out at your local library.
Project choices for your second book (choose one):
Keep reading log/journal on the books read and make a list of words you have learned. Write the new word, copy the sentence in which it is used, write a definition using your own words, and draw a picture or symbol which reminds you what the word means.
Using email or other means of corresponding, write to another person (friend or parent) about the book as you read it, having a writing conversation about the book.
Create a timeline of the major events in the book you read. Use drawings or magazine cutouts to show the events along the timeline. Label each event.
Plan a party for the characters in the book you read. In order to do this, complete each of the following tasks (a) Design an invitation to the party which would appeal to the characters. (b) Imagine that you are the characters in the book and tell what each would wear at the party. (c) Tell what food you would serve and why. (d) Tell what games or entertainment you will provide and why your choices are appropriate. (e )_ tell how the characters act at the party. (f) What kind of a party is this? (Birthday, housewarming, anniversary, etc.)
Write a character diary, writing at least six journal entries as if you are the main character in the story. Write down events that happen during the story and reflect on how they affected the character and why.
Write five poems about five of the characters.
Instead of traveling into the book, write a scene or story including pictures in which the characters(s) travel out of the book into today.
Tape an interview with one of the characters in the book you read. Pretend this character is being interviewed by a magazine reporter. Write a script before taping in case you might want to ask assistance of a partner.
AUGUST 18, 2017
HOMEWORK: Due Tuesday, August 22, 2017
The Etymology of Names is the study of the origin and literal meaning of names.
- Research your first name.
- What does it mean?
- Bring in a picture of yourself.
- Behind the Name: https://www.behindthename.com/glossary/view/etymology
Summer Reading Test- Thursday, August 31, 2017: How to Survive Middle School by Donna Gephart
Dear Students and Parents/Guardians:
Welcome to an exciting year at Riverdale Middle School! My name is Tara Galbreth and I will be either your child’s 6th grade ELA teacher. I am anticipating an awesome school year and truly looking forward to getting to know each and every student in my class. I am a Tulane and UNO graduate, certified to teach Early Childhood to 8th grade.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Room Number: 14
- Planning Periods: 1st & 7th
I know you have purchased school supplies from Riverdale Middle School’s supply list already, however, I am requesting that you please provide the following items for my class specifically.
- 1 box of Kleenex
- 2 Marble composition books (2 per semester)
- 2 Manila file folders-letter (labeled student’s name: last, first)
- Highlighter, Loose leaf paper, pens, pencils & erasers
- Flash drive, ear plugs
As your child’s teacher, I encourage each of my students to strive for excellence in ALL of their academic endeavors; including compliance with the Riverdale Middle School’s student handbook. I am available to discuss your student’s progress in my class on my planning periods (scheduled meeting in person or by telephone) or if you would like to communicate via email.
I am looking forward to a productive school year!
Thank you in advance.
Tara Galbreth, 6th Grade ELA Teacher