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)


Click here to download this week’s plans in pdf form.