English Language Arts

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Field Study 11/14

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Middle School Dance 11/15

This is my 15th year at Excel Academy Charter School! I am excited to join the Middle School team as the 6th grade English Language Arts teacher. I consider your children to be "my kids."

In my spare time I enjoy reading and writing as well. I love traveling, listening to music, playing with my dogs, and spending time with my husband, Greg, and daughters Cori, Carly, and Cara.

Current course of study includes:


Core 1 and Core 3 Reading Street Unit 2, Week 2

Assessments 11/21

Newsela article of the day-respond to prompt (This is done at the beginning of each class. Enough time is given to complete in class)

Genre: Expository Text "The Emperor's Silent Army"

Fluency: Accuracy

Comprehension: Main Idea and Details, Background Knowledge

Vocabulary: Suffixes -ful, -le, -al

Spelling: Latin Roots

Greek Myths

Research-Based Informational Writing

Core 2

Genre: Free Choice Novel (Book report due 11/22)

Vocabulary: Greek and Latin Roots (Assessment 11/21)

Spelling: 6th Grade Spelling Bee Words (students should have a copy of words in their planner. Assessment 11/21).

Writing: Research-Based Informational Writing


  • I encourage all students to advocate for themselves. Should they have a question about an assignment, test, or any other concern, they should email me directly at: bham@excel-academy.org
  • Parents may contact me at: barbara.ham@jeffco.k12.co.us
  • I will respond within 24 hours.

MS Non-negotiables

  • Backpacks should be kept in lockers and not brought into the classroom.
  • Students must always have a hall pass if leaving the classroom.
  • Late work will result in 10% off of grade for each day it is late, up to 7 days.