M – Skills Tutor/Scavenger hunt for “attention grabbers.”
Examples of _Hooks_ for Intro -Writing
T – DRAW lesson. Continue to develop ideas for your project and work on skills for argument writing.
W – Choose topics for the argument project, brainstorm, and pre-write.
TR – Lab day. Select one of the websites to begin building your argument project.
F – Today we will work with vocabulary that you will include in your presentation. Individual conferencing with teacher.
Monday: We will begin this week by reviewing the process of argument writing. Everyone put a lot of effort into the diagnostic last week. Today we will take notes on argument writing and discuss the difference between argument and persuasion (there is a difference!). Also, a primary goal this week is to practice citing text evidence; that seemed to be the toughest part of the project last week. We need to be able to use specific examples from text to support our own ideas, but there is a proper format to follow when doing this.
There is no homework today, but new reading logs will be handed out tomorrow.
This week we will begin a unit of study on argumentative writing. Our goal is to complete a diagnostic assessment. We will repeat this process in the Spring so that we can determine our progress in this area.
Monday – Today we will close-read two articles. In each article, two authors present opposing viewpoints. The focus today will be on understanding some of the vocabulary in each article, and choosing a position on one of the topics.
Tuesday – Today we will do pre-writing and begin outlining our rough draft.
Wednesday – Today we will continue working on the rough draft.
Thursday – Today we will finish the rough draft and enter it into essay scorer.
Friday – Review, short quiz of argument writing process.
This week is conference week, so classes will be shortened. The GMS Book Fair is happening, so be sure to bring some of your hard-earned allowance money to school to purchase a shiny new book!
This week we will be focusing on understanding the difference between literal and figurative language. We will be looking at examples of figurative language in our extended text Any Small Goodness, as well as in the books we use for independent reading.
We will also be conducting a narrative writing mini-project this week, focusing on our theme, and including some of the grammatical elements we have been working on in Skills Tutor.
Setting Graphic Organizer
Words to Describe Setting
Sensory words 1
Sensory words 2
Sensory words 3
Words to Describe Character Traits
Character Traits 1
Character Traits 2
Welcome to the second nine weeks of this year! When this quarter is finished, you will be halfway done with 6th grade!
The theme for this next nine weeks is: “Where I Am From.” Although this seems like a very general theme, it will allow us to cover a variety of interesting important topics, including:
- Personal identity and point of view
- Cultural heritage
- Political perspectives
- Technology’s impact on perspective and identity
The use of technology will be very important during this quarter. In the next couple of weeks it is important that we obtain parental permission to secure email accounts. With your email account you will be registering for a number of kid-friendly educational web tools, including:
We will be engaging in a number of projects using these and other tools.
Monday – For the first half of class we will finish the Five Steps to Successful Goal Setting. For the second half of class, we will be in the business lab working on Skills Tutor. Please continue with the punctuation lessons. Those of you on the Usage section may continue with those lessons.
Tuesday – Today we officially begin the second nine weeks by starting an extended text entitled Any Small Goodness, by Tony Johnston. We will be responding to the first reading by doing station work.
“For everyone who gives up a part of himself.”
Wednesday – Continue station work from yesterday.
Thursday – Work in lab on a figurative language activity.
Friday – Quiz on concepts from last three days. Independent reading and journal writing.
Wednesday, Oct. 2 – Practice with elements of plot – make a 3-D plot pyramid. Enjoy your holiday! Remember to complete take-home reading logs and reading practice given for homework today. See you next week!
Click here to review elements of plot:
Elements of a Plot Diagram
Wednesday, Oct. 9 -DRAW lesson with goal-setting.
Thursday, Oct. 10 – DRAW lesson with goal-setting continued.
Friday, Oct. 11 – Lab – Tween Tribune and Skills Tutor
Through Destiny, open Tween Tribune:
Graphic organizer_help (ppt.)
- Respond to 2 articles in the blog (follow the rules of capitalization and punctuation you have been mastering in Skills Tutor).
- Respond to a comment of another contributor.
Monday – Today you will be in the computer lab. Most of you should be on the Skills Tutor punctuation lessons. For TweenTribune you will finish the scavenger hunt from last week. You will also be shown how to use our class wiki. The wiki will be used for getting instructions and for posting assignments.
Tuesday -Today is a D.R.A.W. day. You will be reading an article in groups of four. You will be rotating to four different stations. At each station, you will focus on using only ONE of the close-reading thinking notes (*, ? ?? !).
Wednesday -Finish the D.R.A.W. lesson from yesterday. Write constructed response to the topic.
Thursday -Lab Tween Tribune ScavengerTween Tribune_directions
Friday – Lab
Today you will be in the computer lab for Tween Tribune and Skills Tutor. By now you should all be on the punctuation lessons. Remember to take a quiz after reading a Tween Tribune article.