Welcome to sixth grade Language Arts! I am truly excited about this upcoming year with each of your children. I am married and have 3 children: Bryce (two-legged child), Chloe and Scooter (four-legged children). This is my 23rd year teaching, and I have very high expectations for this to be a very successful year!!!
Homework in my LA class will include reading, vocabulary, and writing. Reading is a major emphasis in my class. Once we visit the media center for orientation, students will be expected to check out books to read to complete a reading project or projects each quarter. Specific genres may be assigned to dictate their reading for a certain duration. Vocabulary will come from a variety of sources. I usually pull vocabulary from the content we are discussing in class or from the novel we are currently reading as a class. Writing will be an ongoing process throughout the year.
Language Arts assessments will be ongoing throughout each quarter as our new common core curriculum, along with planning with the other Language Arts teachers in 6th grade, will determine when we need to assess the students on a particular skill or set of skills. Our team will do our best to not plan more than 2 tests on the same day. Homework is always due the very next day unless otherwise noted in the planner or on the team website. Late work will not be accepted unless your child has been absent.
I will begin the year by assessing students' individual reading levels. This is to make sure your child is reading in the appropriate range to complete book projects throughout the year. More information about the book projects will be coming home in the next few weeks.
Also, the students will be learning a reading test-taking strategy called "RUNNERS". I expect to see this used on any photocopied(worksheet) style reading passage, on quarter assessments, and most importantly the end of grade test.
Finally, we will begin reading our first novel in class by the middle of September. The title of the novel is The Apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker. Students will be taking novel notes and completing an APT (authentic performance task).
3nd Quarter will conist of the following Common Core lessons:
I expect ALL of my students to be respectful of one another and to ALWAYS try their best on all activities assigned. If at any time you have any questions regarding the Language Arts curriculum or instruction in my classroom, please do not hesitate to contact me at school (996-5566) or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). With the right attitude and determination, I expect many wonderful successes from your child!