This Week in 6th ELA

Weekly Overview

This week begins with a review of autobiographies and biographies, as scholars continue to prepare for the upcoming interim assessments.  An additional focus is on writing/grammar, especially as it relates to using punctuation – particularly reviewing the proper use of the colon (:).

We continue to discuss and practice writing to inform, describe, and explain, using the RACE strategy to support our own writing process for Constructed Response items.

Interim 2 Assessment

The main highlight of this week will be the 2nd opportunity to show our academic progress, based on Interim 2 Assessment results.  Scholars will complete the 6th Grade English Language Arts (ELA) Interim Assessment on Tuesday, January 24 and Wednesday, January 25.  This is a test taken during class time, evaluating student learning in the areas of reading comprehension, vocabulary, and writing.

End of Quarter 2:

This Friday, January 27th, marks the end of the 2nd marking period.  We are encouraging scholars to continue striving for their best quality work, and finish strong.  Scholars may still have an opportunity to complete missing work.  Homework Hub is one great way to get extra help after school (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday).

 

 

Week of January 9

Weekly Overview:

This week, scholars continue building understanding of Biographies and Autobiographies.

Through a Text Analysis Workshop, we will read, discuss, and write about various forms of non-fiction, including: memoir, personal narrative, autobiography, and biography.


Common Core:

RI 4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language
RI 6: Determine an author’s point of view in a text
RI 9: Compare and contrast one author’s presentation of events with that of another


Weekly Plans:

Monday, January 9:

  • DO NOW: Vocabulary Notes
  • Scholars read and analyze a model memoir text: “from No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War” (pg 803)

Tuesday, January 10:

  • Learn and Review: Literary Language and Devices in Nonfiction Narratives (pg 804)
    Use Note Taking Worksheet Part 2

    • Imagery – language that appeals to our senses
    • Figurative Language –makes an imaginative comparison; not meant to be taken literally
    • Simile – compares two unlike things using ‘like’ or ‘as’ in comparing
    • Metaphor – directly compares two things without a comparison word
    • Tone – the writer’s attitude, or how the author feels about the subject or topic


Wednesday, January 11:

  • Reading to comprehend and analyze biographies and autobiographies…
  • Reading to identify and describe author’s purpose
  • Interactive Readers: “Over the Top of the World”
    • IR:    pgs. 290-295
    • AIR: pgs. 282-287
    • ELL: pgs. 314-321


Thursday, January 12:

  • Reading to comprehend and analyze biographies and autobiographies..
  • Reading to identify and describe author’s purpose
  • Interactive Readers: “Up and Over the Top”
    • IR:    pgs. 296-301
    • AIR: pgs. 288-291
    • ELL: pgs. 322-325


Friday, January 13:

  • Practicing Skills in reading comprehension, identifying author’s purpose, and using academic vocabulary:
  • Interactive Readers: “Over the Top of the World” / “Up and Over the Top”
    • IR:    pgs. 296-301
    • AIR: pgs. 292-293
    • ELL: pgs. 326-327


This Week’s Homework:  Review Vocabulary (Unit 2 and Unit 7)
Quizlet:  Unit 2  Unit 7  

Week of January 3

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Weekly Overview:

This week, scholars launch into a unit focused on understanding Biographies and Autobiographies.

Through a Text Analysis Workshop, we will read, discuss, and write about various forms of non-fiction, including: memoir, personal narrative, autobiography, and biography.

This week (on Wednesday, Jan 4), scholars also have an opportunity to participate in an AIMSweb assessment. More details, below.


Common Core:

RI 4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language
RI 6: Determine an author’s point of view in a text
RI 9: Compare and contrast one author’s presentation of events with that of another


Weekly Plans:

Tuesday, January 3:

  • DO NOW: Academic Vocabulary Worksheet
    Key Academic Vocabulary: achieve, characteristics, obvious, appreciate, conclude
  • Larger Than Life (pg 800)
    Introduction to Unit 7 – Life Stories
  • Preview Unit Goals (pg 801)
    Goal Areas Include: text analysis, reading, writing and language, content vocabulary, academic vocabulary
  • Begin Text Analysis Workshop, (pg 802) – Use Note Taking Worksheet Part 1
    Characteristics of memoirs, personal narratives, autobiographies, and biographies


Wednesday, January 4:

  • AIMSweb Testing for all scholars in 6th ELA Today
    This is a web-based (online) Academic Improvement Measurement System

    • AIMSweb gives educators the insights they need to help students learn
    • AIMSweb helps us identify areas of needed improvement, monitor progress, and set goals


Thursday, January 5:

  • Scholars read and analyze a model biography text: “from J.K. Rowling” (pg 803)
  • Scholars read and analyze a model memoir text: “from No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War” (pg 803)


Friday, January 6:

  • Learn and Review: Literary Language and Devices in Nonfiction Narratives (pg 804)
    Use Note Taking Worksheet Part 2

    • Imagery – language that appeals to our senses
    • Figurative Language –makes an imaginative comparison; not meant to be taken literally
    • Simile – compares two unlike things using ‘like’ or ‘as’ in comparing
    • Metaphor – directly compares two things without a comparison word
    • Tone – the writer’s attitude, or how the author feels about the subject or topic


This Week’s Homework:  Review Vocabulary (Unit 2 and Unit 7)


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Week of December 19

This Week in ELA 6

This week, scholars will further their knowledge of character traits, and use what they have learned to write a character analysis essay.  Scholars will also review previous work to improve understanding of key skills, concepts and strategies.  Following the review, scholars will  have an opportunity to make revisions (or changes), to demonstrate new understanding.

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Common Core State Standards:

RL 6. 1 (Cite textual evidence to support analysis … as well as inferences drawn from the text)  

W 6.4 (Clear and coherent writing where the development, organization, and style are appropriate to the task, purpose, and audience)   

RL 6.3 (Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution)


Weekly Plans:

Dec. 19 – Monday:

  1. Do Now: Character Traits Review
    • What are character traits?
    • What character traits best describe your best friend, sibling, or parent?
  2. Each scholar receives a copy of the Character Traits resource handout
  3. Whole class instruction on writing a character analysis essay
  4. Scholars write their own character analysis essays (Character Analysis Essay)

 

Dec. 20 – Tuesday:

  1. Do Now: Good News / Free Write
  2. Scholars have an opportunity to:
  • Improve their work from last week (Reading Check or Text Analysis)
  • Complete either of the past two homework assignments (if not already completed)
  • Work on an item from the “May Do” Choice Board
  • Continue work on Character Analysis Essay

 

Dec. 21 – Wednesday:

  1. Do Now: Plot Elements Video (5 things)
  2. Review plot elements and gist summary
  3. Watch a holiday TV show
  4. Complete a gist summary and plot tree map (gist-organizer , plot-tree-map)


No Homework This Week!  Enjoy a restful winter break!!


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Week of December 12

This Week in 6th ELA

Text: “President Cleveland, Where Are You?” (textbook, pg. 234 – 246)

Scholars read to comprehend and analyze a text, paying special attention to how authors use the written word to communicate to readers about character traits and plot development.  Our key areas of focus are: vocabulary acquisition (using context clues to understand the meaning of new words), plot development (how an author uses a series of events to move a story along), and understanding how cultural and historical settings can have an impact on a story.

Please read on to review this week’s common core state standards and each day’s lesson plan for learning and instruction.

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Common Core State Standards:

RL 5 – Analyze how a particular sentence fits into the structure of a text and contributes to the development of the setting

L 4a – Use context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase

RL.6.3 – Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

RL.6.1 – Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

W 4 – Produce clear and coherent writing appropriate to the task, purpose, and audience



ELA 6 Lesson Plan (Ward)

Date: Monday, December 12

I can cite evidence to support analysis and inferences.
I can use context clues to help me understand new vocabulary.

Bloom’s Level of Rigor

  • Remember
  • Understand
  • Apply
  • Analyze

Learning Agenda:

  1. Do Now: Quickwrite – What would you do for your family? (pg 234)
  2. Vocabulary Study
    • Scholars preview the selection vocabulary
    • allot, skirmish, contempt, obsess, incredulous, divulge, stalemate
  3. Set a purpose for reading (modified from pg 85 Resource Manager)
    • Create a Character Analysis Chart
    • Analyze character traits, conflicts, and choices while reading
  4. Reading and Responding
    • Reading “President Cleveland, Where Are You?” (pg 236 – 238)
    • Complete ‘Reading Check’ worksheet, to monitor comprehension
    • Fill in Character Analysis Chart, while reading
  5. Discussion:
    • Cultural and Historical Setting
    • Plot Elements
  6. Tidy Up / Put Away Books and Materials
  7. Launch with Affirmations

Key Vocabulary: analyze, infer, character traits, allot, skirmish


 

ELA 6 Lesson Plan (Ward)

Date: Tuesday, December 13

I can cite evidence to support analysis and inferences.
I can use context clues to help me understand new vocabulary.

Bloom’s Level of Rigor

  • Remember
  • Understand
  • Apply
  • Analyze

Learning Agenda:                        

  1. Do Now: Vocabulary Notes (in notebooks)
    Define – inference, character traits, conclusion
  2. Reading and Responding
    • Reading “President Cleveland, Where Are You?” (pg 239 – 240)
    • Complete ‘Reading Check’ worksheet, to monitor comprehension
    • Fill in Character Analysis Chart, while reading
  3. Discussion:
    • Cultural and Historical Setting
    • Plot Elements
  4. Tidy Up / Put Away Books and Materials
  5. Launch with Affirmations

Key Vocabulary: analyze, infer, character traits, contempt

Homework: Reading Comprehension / Context Clues


 

ELA 6 Lesson Plan (Ward)

Date: Wednesday, December 14

I can cite evidence to support analysis and inferences.
I can use context clues to help me understand new vocabulary.

Bloom’s Level of Rigor

  • Remember
  • Understand
  • Apply
  • Analyze

Learning Agenda:                        

  1. Do Now: Vocabulary Notes (in notebooks)
    Define – analyze, sacrifice, suggest
  2. Reading and Responding
    • Reading “President Cleveland, Where Are You?” (pg 241 – 243)
    • Complete ‘Reading Check’ worksheet, to monitor comprehension
    • Fill in Character Analysis Chart, while reading
  3. Discussion:
    • Cultural and Historical Setting
    • Plot Elements
  4. Tidy Up / Put Away Books and Materials
  5. Launch with Affirmations

Key Vocabulary: analyze, infer, character traits, obsess, incredulous


 

ELA 6 Lesson Plan (Ward)

Date: Thursday, December 15

I can cite evidence to support analysis and inferences.
I can use context clues to help me understand new vocabulary.

Bloom’s Level of Rigor

  • Remember
  • Understand
  • Apply
  • Analyze

Learning Agenda:                        

  1. Do Now: Vocabulary Notes (in notebooks)
    Define – priorities, hardship, relative prosperity
  2. Reading and Responding
    • Reading “President Cleveland, Where Are You?” (pg 244 – 246)
    • Complete ‘Reading Check’ worksheet, to monitor comprehension
    • Fill in Character Analysis Chart, while reading
  3. Discussion:
    • Cultural and Historical Setting
    • Plot Elements
  4. Tidy Up / Put Away Books and Materials
  5. Launch with Affirmations

Key Vocabulary: analyze, infer, character traits, divulge, stalemate

Homework: Reading Comprehension / Context Clues


 

ELA 6 Lesson Plan (Ward)

Date: Friday, December 16

I can analyze and describe how an author develops characters and plot.
I can write clear and developed responses to propmts.

Bloom’s Level of Rigor

  • Remember
  • Understand
  • Apply
  • Analyze

Learning Agenda:

  1. Do Now: Gist Summary
  2. “Question Support: Text Analysis”
    • Make Inferences – Jerry’s character traits
    • Connect – making a sacrifice
    • Draw Conclusions – Jerry’s feelings about Armand (text based response)
    • Analyze Cultural and Historical Settings – priorities and decisions, in context of the setting
  3. Tidy Up / Put Away Books and Materials
  4. Launch with Affirmations

Key Vocabulary: inference, conclusions, analyze, character traits, sacrifice, suggest, priorities, hardship, relative prosperity


 

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Week of December 5

This Week in ELA 6:

Scholars are practicing skills in reading comprehension, literary analysis, and constructed response writing.  We are specifically focusing on drawing inferences, based on what the text says.  Our key area of focus is how an author uses point of view and characterization to help readers learn about the characters and understand the whole story.


We are working to achieve mastery in the following Common Core Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.1
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.3
Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.6
Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2.B
Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.


Specific Activities:

Reading: “Jeremiah’s Song”  (ELA Textbook, pgs. 220 – 230)

With this text, we are becoming familiar with a new student resource, designed to help students engage and interact with what they are reading.  Our new Interactive Readers offer students an opportunity to highlight and underline important details, make annotations, and write responses as they read.  Additionally, Interactive Readers are differentiated, and can help learners of various learning styles and abilities to be even more successful.

This week, we are reading “Jeremiah’s Song” in our Interactive Readers and pausing to think through and respond at key places in the text.  Prompts and questions with this story center around conversational voice, dialect, and characterization.  Scholars are required to analyze the text and make inferences, supporting their responses with text evidence.

Much of this week’s work is done in whole-class format to assist scholars in getting acquainted with their new Interactive Readers.  We are also utilizing the workshop model, where possible, and will conclude with an opportunity for small groups to work together to review key concepts and check for understanding.


This Week’s Homework:

Scholars will review vocabulary, and practice vocabulary strategies this week, using a worksheet that is based on the vocabulary from “Jeremiah’s Song”.

This is a two-sided worksheet.  One side reviews the skill of using context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words.  The other side reviews how we can look at the two parts of a compound word to help us understand the meaning of the compound word.

Homework is assigned Tuesday, and is due Friday. You could consider this Tuesday’s and Thursday’s homework, since I put the two together on a two-sided worksheet.


Key Terms and Concepts:

  • reading comprehension
  • literary analysis
  • constructed response writing
  • text evidence
  • drawing inferences
  • point of view
  • characterization
  • conversational voice
  • dialect
  • context clues
  • compound words

Week of November 21

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ELA 6 Lesson Plan (Ward)

Date: Tuesday, November 22

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.3
Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.6
Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.

I Can describe and analyze character development and point of view.

Bloom’s Level of Rigor

  • Remember
  • Understand
  • Apply
  • Analyze

Key Questions: How are characters created? How do we know what we know about a character?

Assessment of Learning: Text Analysis “Anastasia Krupnik”

Learning Agenda:

  1. Do Now: Review Notes
    • What is point of view?
      What are the two types of point of view that we have studied?
    • What is characterization? What are character traits?
  2. Quick Discussion (point of view/characterization)
  3. Analysis of Text: “Anastasia Krupnik” pg. 197 –IP
    • Scholars work independently to respond to items (quiz score)
  4. Lesson Closure: Rate understanding
  5. Launch with Affirmations / Prepare for Dismissal

Differentiation: whole-class review, ‘may-do’ choice board

Key Vocabulary: point of view (1st person, 3rd person), character traits, characterization

Homework:   No homework this week.  Happy Thanksgiving!!

Reminders:  Student Led Conferences are on Thursday (Dec 1) and Friday (Dec 2).  See you there!!!

 


 

ELA 6 Lesson Plan (Ward)

Date: Tuesday, November 22

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.3
Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.6
Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.

I Can describe and analyze character development and point of view.

Bloom’s Level of Rigor

  • Remember
  • Understand
  • Apply

Key Questions: Who is telling the story? How do we know what we know about a character?

Assessment of Learning: Observation and Discussion

Learning Agenda:

  1. Do Now: Quick-Write Journal Entry (pg 220) -GP, BB/H
    • Describe a story that is meaningful to you. Think of stories told to you by family members.
    • What makes this story meaningful?
  2. New Interactive Readers (introduction) -GP
    • What is this book? –It is a companion to our class textbook
    • How will we use it? – We will use this resource to help us improve skills in reading, writing, and thinking.
    • Interactive Readers will remain in class for the most part, and will sometimes replace the need for class notebooks/folders.
  3. Using a New Resource: -GP
    • Follow instructions to transfer the “Do Now” writing into the Interactive Reader, pg 86, 88 (adapted), or 96 (ELL)
  4. Getting to know your Interactive Reader -GP
    • Interactive Reader Scavenger Hunt / Discussion
  5. Lesson Closure: Q and A – GP
    • What questions do you have about this new resource?
  6. Launch with Affirmations / Prepare for Dismissal

Differentiation: Interactive Readers are designed to meet the needs of a variety of learning styles and abilities.

Key Vocabulary: resource, journal, interactive

Homework:   No homework this week.  Happy Thanksgiving!!

Reminders:  Student Led Conferences are on Thursday (Dec 1) and Friday (Dec 2).  See you there!!!


 

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