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13. Week of November 27, 2017

Hi Parents, 

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and restful break with friends and family!  It was so nice getting to see and meet so many of you at conferences last week.  If you were unable to make it, I hope we can connect via email or phone soon.  

Here's what's going on in 6th grade ELA this week: 

1.  Holocaust novels- The students will be starting a class novel, Number the Stars, which takes place in in Denmark in 1941 during the Nazi occupation of the country.  A small number of students who read the book last year will be reading a different book that also takes place during the Holocaust.  While the novel does not deal with the experience of concentration camps, there are still some heavy topics that will come up in class discussion and will likely come up at home.  The majority of the reading will be done in class, but the students will have a packet that goes with the book.  They will record their thinking in the packet along with evidence of various literary techniques used by the author.  The students will be asked to add to their packets at home several times per week.  

Since the main characters in the novel must flee their homeland to find safety in another land, we'll also be exploring what it means to be a refugee today and how we can best help people in times of need. 

2. Drama Unit - Each of the students have now chosen a poem, play or monologue to perform for our drama unit.  All scripts must be memorized and will be performed on Monday, December 18th and Tuesday, December 19th in class.  The students will be given small amounts of time to practice in class, but they should also be practicing regularly at home.  

3. Academic Words - The words this week are occur, identify, and indicate.  

4. Animoto Book Trailers - When finishing an independent reading book, all students must do a short book talk or create a short book trailer.  For this quarter, all students are required to create at least one book trailer, using the website Animoto.com, by Wednesday, December 20th.   The students were all given logins and passwords for the website a few weeks ago, and many students have already completed their trailers.  Please ask your child about this assignment- you can even have them show you what they created if they have already finished.  Completed book trailers should be between 1-2 minutes.  If you have any questions about this assignment, please let me know.  

As always, thank you for all you do to support your children.  In this time of giving thanks, I am incredibly grateful to work with such dedicated parents.  I couldn't do my job with you!

Have a great week!

Sincerely, 
Bridget Welsh 

 
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