Integrated Language Arts: Grade 6

Tuesday 11/13:

Complete the paragraph you started in your Writer's Notebook: Favorite things about Hillcrest. Using the BOXES and BULLETS chart created in class, add transitions to make the writing flow smoothly and connect ideas. Don't forget to end with a wrap sentence. You should include 3 details and and example for each. Remember: this is not an essay- just a paragraph.

The Root of the Week Quiz will take place either Monday or Tuesday of next week. Please see below for details.

Continue to work on completing your Reader's Notebook entries for the upcoming notebook check.

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Monday 11/12:

Practice writing effective TOPIC SENTENCES based on the 3 topics you chose in class today. This should be done in your Writer's Notebook.

Review the meanings of the 5 roots from this trimester (listed below) for a Root of the Week assessment on Friday.

mono/uni=one; bi/du=two; graph/gram = write/written; foli=leaf; mani/manu = hand

We will review this in class tomorrow and I will show you a sample question. Be sure you know the definition of each of the roots as a starting point for your review tonight.

Continue to work on completing the unfinished business in your Reader's Notebook. We dedicated some class time today to reviewing the expectations for the Among the Hidden entries. Please see me with any questions. Reader's Notebooks will be collected at the end of the week.

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Friday 11/9: After today's Among the Hidden assessment, students began writing expository paragraphs about an animal of their choice. This should be completed in the Writer's Notebook and total about 10 sentences with a topic sentence, details and examples, and a wrap sentence. The purpose is to inform the reader about an animal, but it is NOT necessary to research this. It is necessary to have a completed paragraph to fully participate in Monday's classwork activity. Our current writing focus is on the elements of well-written paragraphs.

Enjoy your INDEPENDENT READING BOOK :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Thursday 11/8: Review your Reader's Notebook entries in preparation for the for tomorrow's Among the Hidden open-ended assessment. There is no written homework tonight. Please use this time to review your notes on summary and theme, and to skim through your copy of the novel and your sticky notes.

Wednesday 11/7: Finish reading Among the Hidden (Chapters 28-30) and complete the "Brave" annotations and connection question in your Reader's Notebook. This was set up in class today. Students were given a copy of the lyrics from the song "Brave," by Sara Bareilleis. For a completed homework grade, you need to bring in your annotated copy of the song lyrics along with the completed entry in your Reader's Notebook. See below:

Here is tonight's question as it connect the big ideas of Among the Hidden to the song.

What connections can be made between this song and Among the Hidden? Write a response in which you refer to different lyrics in “Brave” and discuss the connection that these may have to the characters of Luke and Jen throughout the book. (6-8 sentences).

There will be an open-ended assessment on Among the Hidden on Friday. This is not something that can be studied for in the traditional way. As we discussed in class today, please review the entries in your Reader's Notebook and also be sure to know what DOES and DOES NOT belong in a well-written summary.

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Monday 11/5: Read Chapters 24-27 and complete 3 examples of RED WRITING in your Reader's Notebook (2 columns). You can continue this under the previous RED WRITING from Friday. There is no need to start a new page unless you need more room.

Remember: the left column should be a passage WORD-FOR-WORD from the text with quotation marks and page numbers. The right column is for reflecting. There are examples in your notebook that we completed together.

NO SCHOOL tomorrow: ELECTION DAY.

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Friday 11/2: Continue Reading Chapters 21-23 and complete 2 examples of RED WRITING in your Reader's Notebook. We set up the 2-column chart today in class. You also have my example of this from earlier in our novel study of Among the Hidden. We created two column charts to record our responses. The left column is for TEXT EVIDENCE word-for-word with quotation marks and page numbers. The right column is to be completed in RED ink and is for your own reflection on the importance of the passages you chose, feelings, questions, or observation you made when reading.

Sticky notes throughout the assigned reading will be used for further Red Writing activities and discussion about the events at the end of the novel.

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Thursday 11/1: Legal Day/Early Dismissal

Complete the summary organizer in your Reader's Notebook and use this to frame your summary of Chapters 19 and 20. This should be in paragraph form.

Wednesday 10/31: Happy Halloween!

Root of the Week (mani/manu = hand) due Friday

There was time in class to complete the assigned reading for the day: CHAPTERS 17 and 18. That means that you should have read to the end of Chapter 18. If your READER'S NOTEBOOK is up-to-date, you do not have any additional written homework. If you need to complete any entries or add any evidence to an incomplete reader's response, please use this time to do so.

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Tuesday 10/30: Read Chapters 13-16 of Among the Hidden. This means read to the end of Chapter 16. Please complete the summary for these chapters using the sample in your Reader's Notebook and the SOMEBODY- WANTED - BUT- SO-THEN strategy we modeled in class.

Periods 1 and 2: Also finish Entry #6 about how Luke's personality is changing after seeing the face of the 3rd child in the Sports Family's window.

Enjoy your independent reading book.

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Monday 10/29: Read Chapters 11 and 12. Complete 2 RED WRITING entries and add vocabulary to your Reader's Notebook.

Friday 10/26: Read Chapters 9 and 10 and use sticky notes to mark the important passages that you want to use for RED WRITING on Monday. Continue to add words to the vocabulary section of you Reader's Notebook. There is no Reader's Notebook homework this weekend as long as you are up-to-date with your entries. Your homework is to read and annotate with sticky notes.

Thursday 10/25: Root of the Week due tomorrow (foli = leaf)

Read Chapters 7 and 8 of Among the Hidden. Add 2 more "entries" to the 2-column Red Writing activity we started in class in your Reader's Notebook. One was modeled for you as an example, so there should be a total of 3 in your notebook by class time tomorrow. Be sure to include the exact words from the text with quotation marks and page numbers. The right hand column should be written in red pen as we demonstrated. Please refer to your Reader's Notebook for the expectation.

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Wednesday 10/24: Root of the Week due Friday (foli = leaf)

Read chapters 5 and 6 and complete BOTH SIDES of the entries in your Reader's Notebook. These questions were set up in class today:

Left side: Noticing Author's Craft Techniques: Find an example of a particularly descriptive sentence that uses sensory details, show-don't tell, or interesting word choice. Copy the sentence from the text and note the page number using the proper format. Look at previous entries from your Reader's Notebook for examples.

Right side: Reader's Response: How does Luke's life change after the woods are cleared? Be sure to give examples of how it was before compared to how it is now. (approx. 6-8 sentences with evidence from the text).

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Tuesday 10/23: Root of the Week due Friday (foli = leaf)

Read chapters 3 and 4 and complete the questions in your Reader's Notebook. We set this up in class today. Here are the questions TO BE ANSWERED IN ONE PARAGRAPH.

  • How does Luke feel at the beginning of chapter 4 when he is not allowed to eat with his family?
  • Why doesn’t Luke speak up or protest?
  • What does this tell us about Luke?

Use sticky notes for annotations as you read. Come to class with events that you would like to discuss, predictions you have made, or questions you may have about what you read.

Update the back of your Reader's Notebook with vocabulary.

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Monday 10/22: Root of the Week due Friday 10/26 (foli = leaf)

Finish Reading Chapters 1 and 2 in Among the Hidden and complete the Reader's Notebook activities that were set up in class today.

Here is today's question: How does the author build suspense in the first few paragraphs of the book? Use specific details from the text. Your response should be approximately 5-6 sentences.

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Friday 10/19: Have a wonderful weekend. Enjoy your independent reading book.

Thursday 10/18: Put the finishing touches on your personal narrative. Today's workshop focused on the importance of editing your story after a few days of revising.

Bring a printed copy to class tomorrow. You will need a note to use the printers in the Learning Commons. Please remember to TURN IN your story in our Google Classroom.

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Wednesday 10/17: Continue working on revising and editing your personal narrative according to the revision checklist and color-coding activity in class. Each student should have created his or her own to-do list according to this task. That is your focus this evening. Tomorrow's class will focus on editing for correct capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and usage. Be sure to focus on your dialogue since that was a skill we targeted throughout this unit of study.

The final printed personal narrative is due FRIDAY. We will continue to revise and edit tomorrow both in class and at home.

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Tuesday 10/16: Set the timer for 20 minutes of continued work on your personal narrative revision activity (color-coding checklist). We started this in class.

The final printed personal narrative is due FRIDAY. We will continue to revise and edit for the next few days both in class and at home.

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Monday 10/15: Review your notes for the QUOTATION MARKS/DIALOGUE assessment tomorrow. Friday's practice quiz is in the format of tomorrow's quiz. Please see below for details.

Bring an PRINTED copy of the completed DRAFT of your personal narrative. Today's workshop focused on meaningful endings, and there are several examples of mentor text endings in your Writer's Notebook. Tomorrow will be one of a few days of revising and editing. If you absolutely cannot print a copy of your narrative at home or a neighbor's house, please bring in a note from home to use one of the printers in the Learning Commons during HR or first thing in the morning. See me with any problems or concerns. THE FINAL PRINTED COPY OF YOUR REVISED NARRATIVE WILL BE DUE ON FRIDAY 10/19.

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Friday 10/12: Have a wonderful weekend!

Review for the QUOTATION MARKS/DIALOGUE assessment on Tuesday. Today we completed the practice quiz together as a model of the format for Tuesday's quiz. We reviewed helpful test taking strategies with different types of questions. Please see me Monday with any questions that may arise over the weekend.

Your personal narrative is due on Friday 10/18: Next week's Writer's Workshop will focus on revising and editing. This will need to be printed as well as submitted electronically via Google Classroom. More details to follow next week. A considerable amount of class time will be dedicated to this, but some follow-up will be necessary at home each night.

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Thursday 10/11: Set the timer for 20 minutes of continued writing/revising/editing your story. This should be in a document in our Google Classroom. Try your best to end your story for tomorrow's workshop because we will be working on meaningful endings. Today's focus was on slowing down the moment and building tension to make your story more compelling.

Root of the Week (gram/graph = write;written) due tomorrow.

Review for QUOTATIONS/DIALOGUE quiz Tuesday. We will complete a practice quiz tomorrow. Use the study guide (2 sheets with rules and examples) in the back of your Writer's Notebook. We have also had a few practice sheets that were reviewed and corrected in class. See me with any questions or concerns.

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Wednesday 10/10:

1. Complete the DIALOGUE PRACTICE SHEET (1-13). Be sure to highlight the speech tags and use the notes in the back of your Writer's Notebook, as well as the examples at the top of the sheet to help you. There will be a quiz on this on Tuesday. We will continue to review this and apply these skills to adding dialogue in our narratives. Practice quiz and review will be Friday.

2. Set the timer for 20 minutes of continued writing/revising/editing your story. Today's workshop focused on organization (paragraphing) and transition phrases. The final published piece will be due at the end of next week after the remaining workshops and revision session conclude.

3. Root of the Week (graph/gram = write; written) due Friday.

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Tuesday 10/9:

1. Complete the back of the comic strip dialogue practice sheet (Peanuts comic with Lucy and Linus). We completed one as a sample together in class, followed by one with partners. The last one is independent homework practice. Please refer to the sheets in the back of your Writer's Notebook for reminders about proper punctuation and capitalization of dialogue. There will be an assessment on this at the beginning of next week. Details to follow tomorrow.

2. Set the timer for 15 minutes of continued writing. Today's lesson focused on slowing down a particular moment in your story, and also trying to find a place where you can effectively add a flashback scene as I did in my garden story. If your story is in a Google doc in our Google Classroom, make all additions and edits in a font of a different color.

3. Root of the Week (graph/gram = write; written) due FRIDAY.

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Wednesday 10/3: Complete the EXTERNAL/INTERNAL story mountain you started in class in your Writer's Notebook. Students took home an example for reference, if necessary. Think of the story mountain as a sort of story arc or timeline that plots out the major events of the story (external) and pairs them with inner thinking and what you were feeling at the time (internal). This will be a powerful tool to help you draft your story tomorrow. Do your best!

Root of the Week (bi/du = two) due Friday. See below for details

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Tuesday 10/2: ROTW (bi/du = two) due Friday. See Monday's post (below) for details.

Monday 10/1: HAPPY OCTOBER!

Root of the Week: (bi/du = two) due FRIDAY 10/5. Complete the Root of the Week (ROTW) sheet distributed in class. You can always complete this on a piece of lined paper or type your assignment and print if you misplace the weekly sheet.

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Friday 9/28: Have a wonderful weekend with family and friends. Read for 30 minutes in your independent reading book.

Tuesday 9/25:Complete the ROOT OF THE WEEK sheet- due FRIDAY 9/28.

This week's root is: mono/uni = one. Students were given a sample of a completed root sheet to use as an example. If you misplace your original sheet, you can still complete this assignment on a piece of lined paper.

SET THE TIMER FOR 20 MINUTES OF CONTINUED WRITING. You should have more than one completed rehearsal in your Writer's Notebook. If you are working on editing and improving by adding more writing moves we noticed in class, keep it up!

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Monday 9/24:

1. Complete the ROOT OF THE WEEK sheet- due FRIDAY 9/28. This week's root is: mono/uni = one. Students were given a sample of a completed root sheet to use as an example.

2. Set the timer for 20 minutes of continued writing in one of your rehearsal (draft) stories. Today we examined an excerpt from a mentor text and started to look for ways we could improve our own writing based on what we noticed from the story, "Eleven," by Sandra Cisneros. Here are some things we noticed that you should try to incorporate into your story: show don't tell, sensory details, descriptive language, dialogue using exact words from character, choosing words that reveal tone and personality, inner thinking, and working on adding tiny details to reveal big things.

These are just some of the writing moves we are using in class. Be sure to spend some quality time with your story tonight. Some of you started a new draft in class, while others returned to finish some another draft in your Writer's Notebook.

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Friday 9/21: Have a wonderful weekend!

Make up any missing work and submit Monday. Refer to Infinite Campus for an up-to-date list of assignments and status.

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Thursday 9/20: Review for tomorrow's homophone quiz.

Finish annotating "The Circuit." We started this in class.

Finish your Reader's Response in your Reader's Notebook. Here is the question we copied into the notebook during class: Based on the information in the story, how would you describe Panchito's personality? Use evidence from the text to support your statement.

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Tuesday 9/18: NO HOMEWORK - Homophone Quiz Friday. Details below.

Monday 9/17: BOOK FAIR is tomorrow.

Complete the TO/TWO/TOO homophone review. We reviewed and practiced HEAR/HERE and YOUR/YOU'RE in class today. Tomorrow will be a practice quiz in the format of the actual QUIZ ON FRIDAY. Please read last week's post below for details.

Set the timer for 15 minutes of continued writing in today's neighborhood map story. See how much writing you can accomplish during this time. Just keep that pencil moving and try to focus on telling a meaningful story connected to one of the sketches on your map/

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Friday 9/14: Review for the homophone quiz on Friday 9/21. Complete the THERE/THEIR/THEY'RE worksheet. We will review this on Monday. A study guide was distributed on Tuesday.

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Thursday 9/13: Finish reading and annotating the short story, "The All-American Slurp." We started this in class today.

Review the list of homophones for the quiz on Friday 9/21. More details regarding the format were posted yesterday.

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Wednesday 9/12: Complete the Reader's Notebook response to "Woodsong" that was started in class. This should be written in your composition book:

  • What do we know about the narrator after reading the story? Provide specific details and examples as evidence from the text.

Your response should be no less than 6-8 sentences.

Review the homophone list for a quiz next Friday 9/21. Quiz will be a 20-25 question fill in the blanks format where students will provide the correct homophone to complete the sentence. A study guide that lists the homophones and gives definitions and sentence examples was provided today. In addition, students pasted a copy of the same list of homophones into the back of the Writer's Notebook to be used as a reference throughout the year.

Example: I have _______ much work to do today (to - two - too)

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Tuesday 9/11:

  • Complete the "ONE WEEK DOWN" writing activity that was pasted into the (spiral) Writer's Notebook and started in class today. Students had at least 10 minutes of class time to ask questions, generate ideas, and begin writing. This is due tomorrow.

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Friday 9/7: Have a wonderful weekend! CHARGE YOUR CHROMEBOOK EVERY NIGHT!

Leave the charger at home for the rest of the year, but bring your Chromebook to school every day!

Please complete any incomplete work for the week, if necessary. We finally had our day in the Learning Commons (Library) and Computer lab. We set up our passwords and learned about CHROMEBOOK care.

Please submit the District Chromebook insurance form and check for $30. It can be found on the Hillcrest website and is due by 9/17 to your HOMEROOM TEACHER.

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Thursday 9/6:

1. Please finish and color in your HEART MAP (we did not have time to complete this in school due to the early dismissal schedule). It is due Friday. It is fine to simply use colored pencils to shade it in and make it more visually appealing. This is not meant to be an art project. Samples and models were provided in class. Here is a sample of the one from Ralph Fletcher's book (in black and white).

2. SIGNED Summer Reading lists were due. Please scroll down for details.

3. Please read below and see the page "SUPPLIES FOR THE YEAR IN ILA" to be sure you have the necessary supplies.

Wednesday 9/5: We will ever have a full day of school again?!

1. Please finish and color in your HEART MAP (we did not have time to complete this in school due to the early dismissal schedule). It is due Friday. It is fine to simply use colored pencils to shade it in and make it more visually appealing. This is not meant to be an art project. Samples and models were provided in class. I will do my best to upload a copy to this website by tomorrow. See me with any questions about this assignment.

2. SIGNED Summer Reading lists were due. Please scroll down for details.

3. Please read below and see the page "SUPPLIES FOR THE YEAR IN ILA" to be sure you have the necessary supplies.

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Tuesday 9/4: Another early dismissal and shortened class period schedule for us, but we are chugging along in ILA!

1. Don't forget your ME BAG for tomorrow's activity. This was distributed on Friday. Be ready to share with a partner or two. We will also use this to generate important ideas for writing.

2. Please make every effort to come to class with the necessary supplies for ILA (SEE THE PAGE ON THIS WEBSITE CALLED "Supplies for the year in ILA" - above).

3. If you have not already submitted your SUMMER READING list signed by a parent/guardian, please do so by tomorrow.

We had to postpone our trip to the Learning Commons/Library Media Center due to today's early dismissal schedule. Please make every effort to bring in an independent reading book from home or the Trumbull Public Library. We will be able to check out books from the Hillcrest Library on Friday. You need an independent reading book in ILA class every day.

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Friday 8/31: Today's schedule allowed us to follow a more typical day as we were introduced to teachers and routines. Here is what ILA students should have recorded into their agenda pads.

1. Bring in Summer Reading list (if you did not turn it in today). See below for details. PARENT SIGNATURE NEEDED :)

2. Try your best to get all necessary supplies for ILA class by Tuesday. Details on the "SUPPLIES FOR THE YEAR IN ILA" page above.

3. The "ME BAG" activity is due Wednesday. Students went home with a brown paper lunch bag and a list of directions for gathering items.

4. Students need an independent reading book with them in school every day.

We will visit the library on Tuesday and will be able to check out books, or students can choose to read a book from home or the TPL.

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8/30

It was certainly an interesting first day in 6th grade! We had an extended homeroom and a shortened day. Needless to say, it took a lot of flexibility on the part of our students and teachers to make this an awesome start to the school year. Tomorrow's schedule should offer more of a typical school day experience.

Teachers will explain more about the expectations of each class tomorrow. Today was more of a continued orientation to the overall building and procedures.

Please see the tab above to access the page called "SUPPLIES FOR THE YEAR IN ILA" where I have provided visuals of the materials needed for my ILA class. Please try your best to have this done by Tuesday 9/4, if possible.

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Come to ILA class on the second day with your signed SUMMER READING list on a piece of paper that is either typed or handwritten. List the titles and authors of the books you read this summer. I will also accept this on Tuesday 9/4. Be sure your name and ILA period is written clearly and that it is signed by a parent/guardian. We will talk more about this in class.

Each middle school student is expected to read at least two books (of his/her choice) this summer. Please see the Hillcrest and Trumbull Public Schools’ websites for details and suggestions.

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I HAVE CREATED A PAGE TO THE LEFT CALLED "SUPPLIES FOR THE YEAR IN ILA" that provides pictures of the items listed below. Students will see examples of each item in class on Friday 8/31.

Please consult the 6th grade supply list on the Hillcrest website for a list of supplies for all classes. See me with any questions or concerns:)) I’m here to help!

The 6th grade list has not been broken down by separate subjects or teachers. However, the items on that list that are specific to my ILA class are the following:

* 3 subject COLLEGE RULED spiral notebook. The college ruled is better than the wide ruled, if possible, because it will not make it necessary to trim any handouts I give you that we will paste into your Writer's Notebook. It is simply much more convenient.

* one composition book that will serve as your Reader's Notebook.

* one ACCORDION folder with tabs that has a flap that closes. This will keep the above materials in addition to our class novel and any loose papers that will not be glued into your notebooks. This organizational tool will make it easier to come to class prepared for both our Writer's Workshop and Reading classes each day. You will be in ILA class for 2 periods daily.

Many students will chose to have an additional homework/take-home folder or way to track papers from all classes that need to go home each evening. The ILA accordion folder is separate and used only for the ILA block.

All students will need one pencil pouch with general supplies (listed on the 6th grade supply list) that will be necessary in every class. It is important to keep these items stocked throughout the year.