Ms. Newhart

6th Grade: Language Arts

email: voicemail: 303.982.1403

Hell0! I am so excited to be joining the staff at Drake Middle School. This is my 13th year teaching in Jefferson County. Previously, I have taught intermediate grades at Campbell, Lawrence, and Betty Adams Elementary and am eager to join the 6th grade team. I am a Colorado native-born and raised in the Arvada area- and even attended Drake as a student. I'm looking forward to this new adventure!

Upcoming Units of Study for 2018-2019

  • Unit 1: Examining Character Development (August- September)
    • Students are co-creating classroom expectations for our literacy workshop
    • Students are reading novels in small groups.
    • Students are evaluating, analyzing and synthesizing story elements, comparing and contrasting aspects of a variety of texts, understanding literary techniques. and connecting with main character.
  • Unit 2: Narrative Writing (September- October)
    • Students are understanding aspects of writing process
    • Students are revisiting expectations for literacy workshop
    • Students are determining attributes of narratives and applying them in their own writing, using mentors to develop their own writing skills, adding dimension to the characters in their own personal narrative
    • Students are writing personal narratives
  • Unit 3: Determining Perspectives and Points of View (October-November)
    • Students are looking at structural difference between fiction and non-fiction
    • Students are using and reviewing comprehension strategies: questioning, connections, clarifying, and inferences
    • Students are determining perspectives and view points of narrators, characters, and authors.
    • Students are comparing and contrasting multiple viewpoints on one common theme.
    • Students will uncover author's points of view: incidents, voices, issues, and stories-reveal roles in motivations
    • Students are reading short texts in cooperative groups
  • Unit 4: Argumentative and Commentary Writing (November-December)
    • Students are using mentors to develop an attribute list of argumentative writing
    • Students are reviewing and apply the writing process
    • Students are establishing a position on topic and arguing against other students
    • Students will work on developing thesis statements, elaboration strategies, transitions, and conclusions.
    • Students will use technology to publish their argumentative and present their debates
  • Unit 5: Tracking Specific Sentences, Scenes, Chapters, and Sections Reading (January-February)
    • Students are building an understanding of a variety of genres
    • Students are developing and applying comprehension strategies and processes
    • Students are linking ideas, conclusions, and elements across texts, sections, and chapters
    • Students will develop their understanding of the structures and organization of all genres
    • Students will build their test taking strategy toolbox
  • Unit 6:Informational: Newspaper or Periodical Writing (February-March)
    • Students will use inquiry strategies and multiple sources
    • Students are understanding and using attributes of nonfiction/informational
    • Students are using domain specific vocabulary, details, visuals, and structures to develop a feature article
    • Students will distinguish between credible and non-credible sources and cite their sources appropriately
    • Students will be planning, drafting, revising, and editing a mini newspaper that includes a feature article and an editorial
    • Students will learn and apply strategies to properly edit their own writing for spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, and grammar use

Unit 7: Problem Based Inquiry-Reading (March-April)

    • Students will use a variety of comprehension strategies to support the research of a chosen topic
    • Students will set and use a purpose for critical reading and being willing to change
    • Students will use, distinguish, and identify credible evidence to support an idea
    • Students will make inferences about a variety of types of texts (narrative nonfiction, nonfiction)
    • Students will understand stereotypes and generalizations
    • Students will summarize the topic
    • Students will gather and track unknown words unknown words
    • Students will track themes, ideas, events across texts
    • Students will conceptualize a problem and formulate research questions

Unit 8: Problem Based Inquiry- Writing (April-May)

    • Students will review one idea multiple times in journal entries
    • Students will use multiple print and digital sources and use mentor texts to compare and contrast own work
    • Students will provide effective feedback in commenting form
    • Students will use attributes of Narrative, Argumentative and Informational
    • Students will draft, revise, and edit and informative presentation on their topic
    • Students will use a variety of nonfiction crafts to strengthen writing

Links to Google Classroom can be found in Links and Tools