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Monday, December 22, 2014

Monday, December 22nd

Agenda for December 22nd, 2014

Today, we are going to free-write to create a story.  You will use a picture, title, and sentence starter to get the ideas flowing.

*We will save about 10 minutes to share out the stories you have created.  
**Make sure you save your work, and email me ( or print what you have, so I can look at it for today's participation (and because you all are great writers, and I need some extra reading for over break!)

Click on the following link to take you to all your picture options.  Choose one to begin with, and if you finish that story, choose another.  Use the title they give you to title your work, and so I know which picture you chose. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Instructions for Friday, December 19th

Today in class you are going to be reading a narrative nonfiction article.  You have the option to listen to the article as you read along, which is why we are in the computer lab.  
Here are your instructions:

1.) Click on the following link to take you to the Scope website.  Scholastic Scope Website

2.) Once you are there, click on the red button (on the right side) that says, "Student Sign In".

3.) Type in RWLab56 (exactly the way I have it).

4.) Scroll down to the "Narrative Nonfiction" section that is purple.

5.) Click on "listen" to have the story read as you read along in the magazine.  You must use headphones.

6.) Once you have read the article, take the "quiz".  This includes all the multiple choice and ONE of the constructed responses.  Choose either 7 or 8 and write it on the back of the paper.

7.) Hand it in when you finish, and then play "Grammar Ninja" (with headphones) or do homework.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

How did King Tut Die?

Quick Video from the Smithsonian that summarizes the different theories about King Tut's untimely death.

How did King Tut Die?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Agenda for Monday, December 8th and Tuesday, December 9th


1.) What is paraphrasing?

        Whenever you are taking notes, either from a written or verbal source, it is important to paraphrase the source.  This means writing the information in your own words by jotting down key ideas and phrases.

2.) Practice paraphrasing using a nonfiction article and Cornell Notes. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Agenda for Language Arts 6

Agenda for Language Arts 6

1.)Read the following article about an Egyptian Mummy Exhibit (Egyptian Mummy Museum Exhibit)

2.) Answer the questions in complete sentences by re-wording the question.
       For example for question #1: The new Stockholm exhibit is special, because...

3.) Hand in your questions when you are finished. :-)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Agenda for R/W Lab 11/19 and 11/20

Agenda for Wednesday 11/19 and Thursday 11/20

Dialogue Practice: 

1.) Your first task will be to rewrite the Calvin and Hobbes cartoon using correct dialogue rules.

2.) While I am checking your work, you will continue practice using a game.  Here is the link: Rags to Riches: Quotation Marks

3.) Keep going on your novel!  Just _______ (school) writing days left!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Agenda for Monday, November 17th

Learning Target:  I can read a nonfiction article for understanding.

1.) Click on the following link to bring you to the article. "Fuzzy Baby Robots"

2.) Read the article and watch the video clip (use headphones).

3.) Answer the questions on the handout you were given.  Answer all parts and use complete sentences.

4.) When you finish, hand in your questions.
          ** You may read your independent reading book or play Grammar Ninja.  ("Grammar Ninja" link)

Monday, November 10, 2014

6th grade Language Arts Agenda for Monday, November 10th

Tomorrow, November 11th, is Veterans' Day.  We have the day off from school, and it's important that you realize why.  To understand why the day is celebrated, you will be reading an article and answering questions.  There is also a short video that goes along with the article that you should definitely watch.

Learning Target:  I can read a nonfiction article for understanding.

1.) Click on the following link to bring you to the article.  Honoring Those Who Have Served

2.) Scroll to the bottom to preview the questions.  This will help you know what to look for as you read.

3.) Read the article and watch the video clip (use headphones).

4.) Answer the questions at the bottom on a piece of lined paper.  To receive full credit, you MUST answer in complete sentences and answer every part of each question.
         Veterans' Day is...   It was first celebrated...   November 11th was chosen, because...

5.) When you finish, hand in your questions and settle into your independent reading.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Agenda for Wednesday, November 5th and Thursday, November 6th

Agenda for Wednesday, November 5th and Thursday, November 6th

Friday, November 7th is the end of the first marking period.  All late work must be turned in ASAP! 

1.) Class Opener:

In your notebook, put the following saying in your own words, "Happiness is not having what you want.  It is wanting what you have."

2.) Class Brainstorm:
How does this apply to the story?  What evidence is there in the text?

3.) Based off the class brainstorm and your own ideas, write a paragraph that answers both: What does the quote mean?  How does the quote apply to the story? 
** USE EVIDENCE to support your answer.
Also, remember the paragraph rubric as shown below:

Paragraph Rubric

As I Write: (3 points each)

1.) I wrote a topic sentence that restated the question.   Yes or No

2.) I answered the question completely.                                        Yes or No

3.) I chose quote(s) from my sources to support my answer.        Yes or No

4.) I used a citation to show where my quote originated.    Yes or No

5.) I explained how the quote connects to my answer.            Yes or No

6.) I completed my ideas with a concluding sentence.                 Yes or No

7.) I checked my GUMS (grammar, usage, mechanics, and spelling).     Yes or No

                                                                                                            Grade: __________________/21

Monday, November 3, 2014

Agenda for Monday, November 3rd and Tuesday, November 4th

Agenda for Monday, November 3rd and Tuesday, November 4th

1.) Class Opener:

In your notebook, answer the following: What is a dynamic character?  

2.) Read the following article, while answering the questions in the margins.
           The Quinceanera Text

3.) When you finish, you may work on HW or read. 
           Do you have a plan for your novel?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Bruce Coville Halloween Story-L.A 6

Language Arts 6
Task: Below is the link to the beginning of a spooky, Halloween story.  Your job is to finish the spooky story.  The most creative story that gets the most votes will win a small prize. J

Monday, October 20, 2014

Agenda for Monday, October 20th and Tuesday, October 21st

Agenda for Monday, October 20th and Tuesday, October 21st

1.) Class Opener:
Using the ThinkBlocks, label the parts of plot.  You can try to do it from memory or use the resources in your notebook.

2.) Review the parts of plot as a class.

3.) On your own, continue reading the story.  Fill in examples for each part of the plot in your notebook using the chart from last week.

The Parts of Plot






Thursday, October 16, 2014

Agenda for Oct. 16th and 17th

Wednesday, October 16th and Thursday, October 17th

1.) Class Opener: 
  • Tape the plot diagram and the parts of plot chart into your notebook.
  • Fill in the parts of plot using the information on the plot diagram.

The Part of Plot






2.) Watch Flocabulary Video on Plot Elements (Parts)

3.) Fill in definitions on chart.

4.) Continue reading "The Cake Made Out of Teeth" to identify the parts of the plot.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tuesday, October 14th and Wednesday, October 15th

Class Opener:
1.) Tape the "Elements of a Story" chart in your notebooks.  On the blank lines, fill in the elements, or parts, of a story.

The Element


(The where and when)


(The how)


(The who)


(The what)


(The why)

2.) Watch the Flocabulary Video: Elements of a Story

3.) Fill in the definitions from the video.

4.) Begin reading, "The Cake Make Out of Teeth" by Claire Legrand.  Fill chart in with examples from the story.