English/ Language Arts

The sixth grade ELA program focuses on increasing students' abilities in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The program is focused on developing the writing process and reading strategies through the use of a student portfolio. The 6th grade portfolio concentrates on three specific writing genres: report, recounts, and persuasive essay. Reading selections from the Prentice Hall Literature text, as well as selected novels, provide opportunities for students to address current Massachusetts' standards in ELA as well as expectations of MCAS and PARCC testing. Students will also have the opportunity to use technologies which have been outlined in the Common Core Standards, and are taught Digital Citizenship through Common Sense Media .

Homework will be given to students every Friday. It consists of a Daily Writing packet (2 sheets, 2 sided). Each side will be due on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday- in chronological order. These align to the Grade 6 standards. Students are also encouraged to read nightly for at least 20 minutes.

Social Studies

Our Social Studies unit of study in grade 6 is World Geography. Students will study the continents of Europe, South America, Asia and Africa through the Five Themes of Geography. There will be 1 project (home or school based) for each unit and homework will be assigned every week. 

Every Friday your child will receive the homework for the following week. 

Assignments are based on current events and students will be required to read an article and complete notes or a summary.

I am aware that students may have many activities during the school week after school. This should allow you and your child to decide the best plan of action to complete the homework.

Also, I am available EVERY Monday after school until 2:30 to help with homework, or any other Social Studies related work. There is also a homework club that meets in the library every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday until 3:15.

Contact Information:

Name: Pat Hand
Email: phand@gloucesterschools.com
Phone: 978-281-9850
School: O'Maley Middle School
Subject/Dept: Social Studies/English Language Arts

Homework & Assignments

  • Week of 9/11/17 ELATuesday-Ideas Week 2 Day 1Wednesday-Ideas Week 2 Day 2Thursday-Ideas Week 2 Day 3Friday-Ideas Week 2 Day 4SSFriday -Current Events Article ...
    Posted Sep 11, 2017, 2:01 PM by Pat Hand
  • Week of Oct 17 SSFriday-Current Events Article "Clear and cool: ATMs that give water help villagers stay healthyELATues-Organization Week 1 Day 1Wed-Organization Week 1 Day 2Thurs ...
    Posted Oct 14, 2016, 9:44 AM by Pat Hand
  • Week of Oct 11 SSCurrent Events Article "Sweet emotion: Scientists find sugar makes bees more optimistic"ELATues - Ideas Week 5 Day 1Wed- Ideas Week 5 Day 2Thurs- Ideas Week 5 ...
    Posted Oct 7, 2016, 10:59 AM by Pat Hand
  • Week of October 3 SSFriday- Current Events Article"Refugees contribute to population and economic growth in Vermont"ELATues- Ideas Week 4 Day 1Wed-Ideas Week 4 Day 2Thurs-Ideas Week ...
    Posted Sep 30, 2016, 2:51 PM by Pat Hand
  • Week of Sept 26 SSFriday-Current Events ArticleStudy Says: Immigrants Are More a Solution Than a ProblemELATues- Ideas Week 3 Day 1Wed-Ideas Week 3 Day 2Thurs-Ideas ...
    Posted Sep 23, 2016, 11:28 AM by Pat Hand
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