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Ms. Nutter (Language Arts)

"...there can be nothing more important than passing on ancient skills, helping hone young minds." 

-Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Contact Me:
Aly Nutter
(720) 424-0600
*e-mail is preferred*

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I'm looking forward to meeting my new 6th graders on August 20! 


Be sure to bring all your school supplies on the first day of school. 

Make a plan as a family to ensure your Chromebook gets charged every night and packed for school every morning. We will use it EVERY DAY!!!

The Article of the Week (AOW) will be posted to Schoology by Monday. Students should complete the by the end of day Thursday each week. Students who do not have it done on Friday will attend Working Lunch in Ms.Nutter's classroom. 

On occasion, students may need to finish an assignment or activity from class at home as well. This will be documented in their planners. 

All Parents Welcome!
Please e-mail Ms. Nutter if you would like to participate with your child for a class period to see what 6th Grade Language Arts is like. Spanish and Arabic translation can be provided when arranged in advance. 
Schoology (skool-uh-gee): 
Schoology is the primary platform used in Language Arts. This is where students will complete assignments, submit homework, find links to frequently used sources, and communicate with me outside of class. 

Grades that affect students' report cards are kept in Infinite Campus, which you can check using the Student/Parent Portal. Please do not be concerned about low, missing, or late grades showing in Schoology.

Merrill uses standards-based grades:
4-student exceeds grade level expectation
3-student meets grade level expectation
2-student partially meets expectation
1-student does not meet expectation

Reading Expectations
Students should read 30 minutes per day outside of school. Sometimes this will be a section of our class text; other times students will read their Independent Reading book of choice. 

Students should choose books in their reading range (ZPD), determined by the STAR quiz three times throughout the year. Students will keep track of their reading in their Independent Reading Trackers and should finish a book every two weeks. After finishing a book, students should take the AR reading practice quiz to check comprehension. This will also earn them points toward group incentives. 

Classroom Donations
Ms. Nutter is always accepting donations of the supplies we use most often! 
  • 1, 2, or 3 subject spiral notebooks
  • 2-pocket folders
  • gluesticks and glue
  • Post-It notes (regular size)
  • nut-free, individually-wrapped candy
  • Wet Ones hand wipes

Module 1
Myths: Not Just Long Ago

In this module, students are involved in a deep study of mythology, its purposes, and elements. Students will read Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief, a high-interest novel about a sixth-grade boy on a hero’s journey. Some students may be familiar with this popular fantasy book; in this module, students will read with a focus on the archetypal journey and close reading of the many mythical allusions. As they begin the novel, students also will read a complex informational text that explains the archetypal storyline of the hero’s journey which has been repeated in literature throughout the centuries. Through the close reading of literary and informational texts, students will learn multiple strategies for acquiring and using academic vocabulary. Students will also build routines and expectations of discussion as they work in small groups. 

At the end of Unit 1, having read half of the novel, students will explain, with text-based evidence, how Percy is an archetypal hero. In Unit 2, students will continue reading The Lightning Thief: in class, they will focus on the novel’s many allusions to classic myths; those allusions will serve as an entry point into a deeper study of Greek mythology. They also will continue to build their informational reading skills through the close reading of texts about the close reading of texts about the elements of myths. This will create a conceptual framework to support students’ reading of mythology. As a whole class, students will closely read several complex Greek myths. 

In Unit 3, students shift their focus to narrative writing skills. This series of writing lessons will scaffold students to their final performance task in which they will apply their knowledge about the hero’s journey and the elements of mythology to create their own hero’s journey stories. This task centers on ELA Standards RL.6.3, W.6.3, W.6.4, W.6.5, W.6.6, L.6.2, and L.6.3.

Current Contest
Angie Thomas' popular, award-winning novel The Hate U Give has been turned into a movie, planned for release on Friday, October 19. Merrill happens not to have school that day so let's go see it! 

All students who read this book and pass the AR reading quiz on it will be entered to go see the movie with Ms. Nutter. The book must be finished and fully entered in your Independent Reading Tracker by October 11 to qualify. There will be 3 winners. 

Watch the movie trailer: