6th grade ELA & Peer Leadership

For a list of daily assignments, check below!

Parents and students can find information about class events, assignments, grades, expectations, and additional helpful resources. Thanks for visiting. Please contact me with any questions.

Monday, March 25, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Today we finished working on the first half of Phillip's Mind Mirror.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.


  • Peer Leadership: Today we continued researching our dream colleges & careers!

Homework: None.


Friday, March 22, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Today we continued working on the first half of Phillip's Mind Mirror.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.


  • Peer Leadership: Today we had team-building Friday. Thanks to Sonia, Victor, and Jasmine for hosting 4th period and Miyah, Kaydin, and Sierra for hosting 8th period!

Homework: None.


Thursday, March 21, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Today we read chapter 8 and began working on Phillip's mind mirror.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.


  • Peer Leadership: Today we continued researching more about our ideal college and career.

Homework: None.



Wednesday, March 20, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Today we attended the assembly for one class period and worked on our menu for the other class period. Hope you enjoyed hearing Stuart Gibbs speak!

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.


  • Peer Leadership: Today we continued researching more about our ideal college and career.

Homework: None.



Tuesday, March 19, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Today we read chapters 5-7 and worked on our menu.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.


  • Peer Leadership: Today we began researching more about our ideal college and career. Turn in your notecards to the inbox!

Homework: None.



Monday, March 18, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Today we read chapters 3 & 4 and worked on our menu.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.


  • Peer Leadership: Today we took a career quiz and began discussing our dream colleges & careers and displaying that on a notecard.

Homework: None.


Friday, March 15, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Today we went over the menu in more detail. We chose assignments and set goals for ourselves. If you did not get a goal stamp, please get one at lunch tutorial. We also read chapters 1 & 2 of The Cay.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.


  • Peer Leadership: Student-led team building. Thanks Sophi, Deniz, and Katelyn (p. 4) and Jaidev, Dylan, David, and Mathias (p.8)!

Homework: None.


Thursday, March 14, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Today we completed a pre-reading activity for our next novel, The Cay. If you didn't finish this in class, it is now homework. We also went over the menu briefly and did the Spaced Out book raffle!

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.


  • Peer Leadership: We finished making our social good invention in the makerspace!

Homework: None.



Wednesday, March 13, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Today we continued writing our benchmark.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.


  • Peer Leadership: We continued making our social good invention in the makerspace!

Homework: None.



Tuesday, March 12, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Today we continued writing our benchmark.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.


  • Peer Leadership: We continued making our social good invention in the makerspace!

Homework: None.


Monday, March 11, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Today we began writing our benchmark.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.


  • Peer Leadership: We began making our social good invention in the makerspace!

Homework: None.


Friday, March 8, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: We participated in an argument writing escape room. Thanks for your hard work and participation!

Homework: Have a fun, safe, fantastic weekend.


  • Peer Leadership: Team-building Friday!

Homework: Have a fun, safe, fantastic weekend.


Thursday, March 7, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: We finished up our perfect paper today. So proud of the hard work many of you put into this!

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.


  • Peer Leadership: We continued on with our social good brainstorm/spec sheet.

Homework: Spec sheet + proposal due tomorrow.


Wednesday, March 6, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: We continued working on the body paragraphs of our "perfect paper". Nice work on this assignment so far!

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.


  • Peer Leadership: We continued on with our social good brainstorm/spec sheet.

Homework: Choose social good idea.


Tuesday, March 5, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: We continued our "perfect paper" today. We worked on our outline and began the body paragraphs.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.


  • Peer Leadership: We continued on with our brainstorm for the social good project. Some groups began their proposals.

Homework: Choose social good idea.


Monday, March 4, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Today we began our "perfect paper" (the argument essay we will be writing collaboratively as a class). We worked on our introduction paragraph on the outline and took some notes about effective introduction paragraphs.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.


  • Peer Leadership: We began our social good projects. Be sure to be thinking about the brainstorm and come up with an invention idea!

Homework: Choose social good idea.


Thursday, February 28, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: We continued our "perfect paper". We completed a notes chart in our spiral notebooks and began the outline of our essay.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.


  • Peer Leadership: We continued presenting our "I Have A Dream" speeches.

Homework: None


Wednesday, February 27, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: We continued our "perfect paper". We split up on "pro" and "con" sides and debated using evidence from the text. Shout out to 6th period for handling this activity with maturity and responsibility. I appreciate your hard work!

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.


  • Peer Leadership: We continued presenting our "I Have A Dream" speeches.

Homework: None


Tuesday, February 26, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: We continued our "perfect paper". We annotated both articles and took notes on a video related to our topic.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.


  • Peer Leadership: We continued presenting our "I Have A Dream" speeches.

Homework: None


Monday, February 25, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: We began on our "perfect paper" (collaborative essay completed together as a class). We started annotating the first article together.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.


  • Peer Leadership: We began presenting our "I Have A Dream" speeches.

Homework: None


Friday, February 15, 2019:

I won't be here today, but plan on completing the following:

  • 6th ELA: Final draft of biography essay due on Google Classroom by the end of the double block.


  • Peer Leadership: Work on "I Have A Dream" speech, due Monday, 2/25.


Thursday, February 14, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Today our mind mirrors were due, and wow, I was so impressed by most of them. Thank you for the hard work & creativity. During class today we continued to work on our essay outlines. Remember, your final draft (typed) is due on Google Classroom by the end of class.

Homework: Final draft of essay due at the end of class tomorrow, 2/15.


  • Peer Leadership: Today we took a student survey for the district and played a public speaking game.
    • Homework: "I Have a Dream" Project due Monday, February 25th.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Today we continued to work on our essays and mind mirrors. Mind mirrors are due at the beginning of class tomorrow. Be sure you're using time wisely. The final draft of your essay is due Friday at the end of class!!

Homework: Mind Mirror due TOMORROW, 2/14. Final draft of essay due at the end of class on Friday, 2/15.


  • Peer Leadership: Today we continued working on our speeches. These are due 2/25!
    • Homework: "I Have a Dream" Project due Monday, February 25th.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Today we worked on our essays and mind mirrors. Work on these at home if you're feeling behind.

Homework: Mind Mirror due Thursday, 2/14. Final draft of essay due at the end of class on Friday, 2/15.


  • Peer Leadership: Today we continued working on our speeches. These are due 2/25!
    • Homework: "I Have a Dream" Project due Monday, February 25th.


Monday, February 11, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Today we worked on our essays and mind mirrors. Make sure you're using class time wisely in order to get everything done on time.

Homework: Mind Mirror due Thursday, 2/14. Final draft of essay due at the end of class on Friday, 2/15.


  • Peer Leadership: Today we continued working on our speeches. These are due 2/25!
    • Homework: "I Have a Dream" Project due Monday, February 25th.


Friday, February 8, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Today we worked on our introduction paragraph for our biography essays. We also had one period to work on our mind mirrors. You might need to come in at lunch this week/next week to get caught up.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. AR test next Monday (2/11)


  • Peer Leadership: Today we had our student-led team building activities. Thank you to Safiyah, Ryden, and Valerie for planning an awesome team communication challenge. Shout out to Marlie, Aniyah, Assata, and Sophia for planning a team-building mystery game. Nice work!
    • Homework: "I Have a Dream" Project due Monday, February 25th. (extension)


Thursday, February 7, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Today we had both periods to work on our mind mirrors. You will only have one class period tomorrow dedicated to working on this before we begin our essays. You might need to come in at lunch this week/next week to get caught up.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. AR test next Monday (2/11)


  • Peer Leadership: Today we worked on our speeches.
    • Homework: "I Have a Dream" Project due Monday, February 25th. (extension)


Wednesday, February 6, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Today we continued working on our mind mirrors. If you have just started or have little information on your poster, you are falling behind. You'll need to come in at lunch this week to get caught up.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. AR test next Monday (2/11)


  • Peer Leadership: Today we went over what the purpose of a presentation tool is and how we can make ours effective. We had time to work on our projects as well.
    • Homework: "I Have a Dream" Project due Tuesday, February 12th.


Tuesday, February 5, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Today we began our mind mirrors for our biographical figures. Can't wait to see the finished product!

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. AR test next Monday (2/11)


  • Peer Leadership: Today we completed a fun "drawing twins" activity to practice strong verbal communication skills.
    • Homework: "I Have a Dream" Project due Tuesday, February 12th.


Monday, February 4, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Today we worked on finishing our mind mirror brainstorm. We are working on posters tomorrow, so please bring one if you haven't already done so!

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. AR test next Monday (2/11)


  • Peer Leadership: Today we worked on our "I Have a Dream" projects.
    • Homework: "I Have a Dream" Project due Tuesday, February 12th.


Friday, February 1, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Today we worked on our mind mirror brainstorm. REMEMBER... you need to bring your white poster on Monday. We will be using those during class Monday & Tuesday, so it's important you bring it on time!

Homework: Bring white poster for mind mirror on MONDAY, 2/4.


  • Peer Leadership: Today we organized parent donations in the Makerspace (thanks 4th period). We had a study hall period since many of our classmates were on the Super Grade field trip.

Homework: None.

Thursday, January 31, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Today we read and annotated our biographies. We also continued our research for our biographical figure.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. 15 more annotations due tomorrow 2/1. Bring white poster for mind mirror BY MONDAY, 2/4.


  • Peer Leadership: Today we continued working on our "I Have A Dream" speeches using the outline on Google classroom.

Homework: None.


Wednesday, January 30, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Today we read and annotated our biographies. We also continued our research for our biographical figure.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. 15 more annotations due Friday 2/1. Bring white poster for mind mirror BY MONDAY, 2/4.


  • Peer Leadership: Today we began composing our "I Have A Dream" speeches using the outline on Google classroom. Our research was due today.

Homework: None.


Tuesday, January 29, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Today we read and annotated our biographies and analyzed the commencement speech Steve Jobs gave at Stanford. We began writing a practice Schaffer together.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. 15 more annotations due Friday 2/1.


  • Peer Leadership: Today we continued our "I Have A Dream" research.

Homework: Research due TOMORROW at the beginning of class.


Monday, January 28, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Today we read and annotated our biographies and began researching our biographical figure further.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. 15 more annotations due Friday 2/1.


  • Peer Leadership: Today we continued our "I Have A Dream" research.

Homework: Research due Wednesday at the beginning of class.


Friday, January 25, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Today we finished writing our Schaffer paragraphs about our classmates. If you did not finish this, it is due Monday at the beginning of class.

***If you were one of the people that chose not to complete the post-it annotations, you need to complete 40 by the beginning of class on Monday in order to change the "0" in Aeries from today. Take advantage of this opportunity!!!

Homework: Have a great weekend!


  • Peer Leadership: Today we started our team-building assignments. Tan, Gage, Felipe, and Druw led the activity in 4th period. Mariah, Cooper, Ryan, and Tim led the activity in 8th period. Nice work!

Homework: Have a great weekend!


Thursday, January 24, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Today we finished interviewing our partners. We then began writing our Schaffer paragraphs.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes (20 post-it annotations due by TOMORROW). You should have 30 total by tomorrow at the beginning of class.


  • Peer Leadership: Today we continued researching our topic/issue for our "I Have A Dream" project.

Homework: Speech analysis due tomorrow.


Wednesday, January 23, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Today we read our biographies and began interviewing a classmate in order to practice for our biography unit essay. We will work on this more tomorrow.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes (20 post-it annotations due by Friday). You should have 30 total by Friday.


  • Peer Leadership: Today we began researching our topic/issue for our "I Have A Dream" project.

Homework: Speech analysis due by Friday.


Tuesday, January 22, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Today we read our biographies, met with partners to discuss our biographical figure, and worked on our study guide.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes (20 post-it annotations due by Friday)


  • Peer Leadership: Today we watched MLK Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech and analyzed it in order to help us gain inspiration for our own dream speeches.

Homework: Speech analysis due by Friday.


Monday, January 21, 2019:

No school


Friday, January 18, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Today we were able to read our biographies, work on our leadership vocabulary, and went over post-it annotations. You have 5-10 post-it annotations due by Tuesday (5=70% 10-100%)

Homework: Read for 30 minutes (5-10 post-it annotations due by Tuesday)


  • Peer Leadership: Today we did some team-building!

Homework: None.


Thursday, January 17, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Today we continued working in small groups on collaborative posters in order to learn more about some famous leaders. We did a gallery walk where we were able to see all the leaders.

Homework: Biography book due TOMORROW, 1/18. Please have post-its to bring to class by TOMORROW, 1/18.


  • Peer Leadership: Today we started researching some current events/issues we're interesting in learning more about.

Homework: Team building assignment proposal due Friday.


Wednesday, January 16, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Today we started working in small groups on collaborative posters in order to learn more about some famous leaders. Hopefully, this will help you identify who you'd like to do for the biography project.

Homework: Biography book due Friday, 1/18. Please have post-its to bring to class by this Friday, 1/18.


  • Peer Leadership: Today we started planning our very own team-building activities.

Homework: Team building assignment proposal due Friday.


Tuesday, January 15, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Today we finished our goal setting, completed our book recommendations, and learned more about the upcoming biography unit.

Homework: Biography book due Thursday, 1/17. Please have post-its to bring to class by this Friday, 1/18.


  • Peer Leadership: Today we finished the circle and completed the one word for 2019 activity.

Homework: None.


Monday, January 14, 2019:

  • 6th ELA: Welcome back! We set some goals (both academic and personal) for 2019. We will finish these up at the beginning of class tomorrow.

Homework: None.


  • Peer Leadership: Today we completed a circle in order to build classroom community.

Homework: None.


Wednesday, December 19, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: We had two class periods to work on our menus. They are due at the beginning of class TOMORROW! These grades will be entered in addition to the Number the Stars test by Friday, 12/21.

Homework: Menu due TOMORROW, 12/20.


  • Peer Leadership: Today we completed a few surveys and participated in a team-building activity.

Homework: None


Tuesday, December 18, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we took a practice CAASPP assessment. We also had a class period to work on our menus. Make sure you're using your time wisely and getting all those assignments finished, they are due at the beginning of class on Thursday! Grades are updated with all missing assignments turned in. There will be a couple of grades in the upcoming week to be entered by Friday, 12/21.

Homework: Menu due Thursday, 12/20.


  • Peer Leadership: Today we finished working together in our school project groups.

Homework: None


Monday, December 17, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we had both class periods to work on our menu. Make sure you're using your time wisely and getting all those assignments finished, they are due at the beginning of class on Thursday! Grades are updated with all missing assignments turned in. There will be a couple of grades in the upcoming week to be entered by Friday, 12/21.

Homework: Menu due Thursday, 12/20.


  • Peer Leadership: Today we worked together in our school project groups.

Homework: None


Friday, December 14, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we had both class periods to work on our menu. Make sure you're using your time wisely and getting all those assignments finished. Complete even more assignments for over 50 points to receive extra credit. This would boost your grade for your final report card.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. ALL MISSING ASSIGNMENTS DUE MONDAY, 12/17.


  • Peer Leadership: Today we worked together in small groups to solve a mystery!

Homework: None


Thursday, December 13, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we had both class periods to work on our menu. Make sure you're using your time wisely and getting all those assignments finished. Complete even more assignments for over 50 points to receive extra credit. This would boost your grade for your final report card.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. ALL MISSING ASSIGNMENTS DUE MONDAY, 12/17.


  • Peer Leadership: Today we continued working on our final projects for the semester.

Homework: None


Wednesday, December 12, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we read chapters 15-17 and finished Number the Stars. We also worked on our menu for one class period. If you were absent, finish the book tonight by clicking here, so you can be caught up tomorrow when we finish the book!

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. ALL MISSING ASSIGNMENTS DUE MONDAY, 12/17.


  • Peer Leadership: Today we continued working on our final projects for the semester.

Homework: None


Tuesday, December 11, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we read chapters 11-14 of Number the Stars. We also worked on our menu for one class period. If you were absent, read chapter 11-14 tonight by clicking here, so you can be caught up tomorrow when we finish the book!

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. ALL MISSING ASSIGNMENTS DUE MONDAY, 12/17.


  • Peer Leadership: Today we continued working on our final projects for the semester.

Homework: None



Monday, December 10, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we read chapters 8-10 of Number the Stars. We also worked on our menu for one class period. If you were absent, read chapter 8-10 tonight by clicking here, so you can be caught up tomorrow.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. Work on book project if you haven't turned one in and ALL missing assignments.

  • Peer Leadership: Today we continued working on our final projects for the semester.

Homework: None


Friday, December 7, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we read chapters 6-7 of Number the Stars. We also worked on our menu for one class period.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. Work on book project if you haven't turned one in.

  • Peer Leadership: Today we continued working on our final projects for the semester.

Homework: None


Thursday, December 6, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we read chapters 4-5 of Number the Stars. We also worked on our menu for one class period.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. Work on book project if you haven't turned one in.

  • Peer Leadership: Today we continued working on our final projects for the semester.

Homework: None


Wednesday, December 5, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we read chapters 2-3 of Number the Stars. We also worked on our menu for one class period.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. Work on book project if you haven't turned one in.

  • Peer Leadership: Today we got into groups and began brainstorming our final projects for the semester.

Homework: None


Tuesday, December 4, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we continued presenting our book projects. Enjoy your minimum day!

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. Work on book project if you haven't turned one in.

  • Peer Leadership: Today we organized the Makerspace. Thanks for your help.

Homework: None


Monday, December 3, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today your book projects were due and we began presenting. I am SUPER happy with the book projects turned in so far. They are amazing! However, I am also disappointed in the amount of you who chose not to complete a 100-point project. PLEASE complete these projects for late credit.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. Work on book project if you haven't turned one in.

  • Peer Leadership: Today we finished up our letters of gratitude and began our gratitude rocks.

Homework: None


Friday, November 30, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we went over the Number the Stars menu and worked out a plan for which assignments we will be completing. Make sure you've completed the menu survey on Google classroom so I know how many copies to make for each assignment. Don't forget about book projects on Monday. I am SO excited to see how they turn out!

Homework: Book Project due MONDAY, 12/3.

  • Peer Leadership: Today we continued to work on our letters of gratitude and began our gratitude rocks.

Homework: None



Thursday, November 29, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we completed a pre-reading WebQuest for the novel, Number the Stars. If you were one of the few people who didn't finish, please complete it for homework.

Homework: Book Project due MONDAY, 12/3. AR Test #3 TOMORROW.

  • Peer Leadership: Today we continued the gratitude workshop by writing three letters of gratitude.

Homework: None


Wednesday, November 28, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we read "The Bracelet" and completed a theme assessment.

Homework: Book Project due MONDAY, 12/3. AR Test #3 this Friday.

  • Peer Leadership: Today we continued the gratitude workshop by finishing up our reading from yesterday and constructing an "image of gratitude".

Homework: Finish Gratitude & Leadership handout if not completed in class.


Tuesday, November 27, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we completed a brief webquest. This webquest is available on Google classroom. We only completed questions 1-7. Finish this up for homework if you did not complete it during class.

Homework: Book Project due MONDAY, 12/3. AR Test #3 this Friday.

  • Peer Leadership: Today we continued our gratitude workshop by writing in our journals and learning about what gratitude has to do with leadership.

Homework: None.


Monday, November 26, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we looked at some historical images from Japanese internment. We completed a graphic organizer. If you did not finish, please do so for homework.

Homework: Book Project due MONDAY, 12/3. AR Test #3 this Friday.

  • Peer Leadership: Today we began our gratitude workshop. We went over what gratitude means and began to put it in practice.

Homework: None.


Tuesday, November 13, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we continued working on typing our narratives in Google classroom. The 1st typed draft will be due TOMORROW, 11/14. The final draft will be due Friday, 11/16.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. Book Project due 12/3.

  • Peer Leadership: Today we continued working on our genius projects.

Homework: Genius Project due 11/15


Monday, November 12, 2018:

No school.


Friday, November 9, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we continued working on typing our narratives in Google classroom. The 1st typed draft will be due next Wednesday, 11/14. The final draft will be due Friday, 11/16. We also had the opportunity to play a team-building game for good behavior this week. Nice work!

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. Book Project due 12/3.

  • Peer Leadership: Today we worked in teams on an escape room! Sorry to some groups in period 8 that had some incorrect materials :(

Homework: Genius Project due 11/15


Thursday, November 8, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we continued working on typing our narratives in Google classroom. The 1st typed draft will be due next Wednesday, 11/14. The final draft will be due Friday, 11/16.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. Book Project due 12/3.

  • Peer Leadership: Today we continued working on our genius projects.

Homework: Genius Project due 11/15


Wednesday, November 7, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we finished up the narrative stations and continued working on typing our narratives in Google classroom. The 1st typed draft will be due next Wednesday, 11/14. The final draft will be due Friday, 11/16.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. Book Project due 12/3.

  • Peer Leadership: Today we continued working on our genius projects.

Homework: Genius Project due 11/15


Tuesday, November 6, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we continued working on a narrative stations activity. We are working in small groups learning about various topics related to narratives.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.

  • Peer Leadership: Today we gave some feedback to peers about their projects. Be sure to look over the feedback and make changes to your projects!

Homework: Genius Project due 11/15


Monday, November 5, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we began working on a narrative stations activity. We are working in small groups learning about various topics related to narratives.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.

  • Peer Leadership: Today we watched a TED talk. Make sure you complete that graphic organizer.

Homework: Genius Project due 11/15


Thursday, November 1, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we finished Space Case! Woohoo! We also began working on a thinking frame. We will finish these tomorrow.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.

  • Peer Leadership: Today we worked on researching our projects, writing our blog posts, and constructing our final product.

Homework: Blog post #2 due tomorrow!


Wednesday, October 31, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we finished up our found poems and shared them with our peers. We also read chapter 18 of Space Case.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.

  • Peer Leadership: Today we worked on researching our projects, writing our blog posts, and constructing our final product.

Homework: Blog post #2 due this Friday.


Tuesday, October 30, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we continued working on our found poems. We will complete these tomorrow. Remember, bring a printed copy of your final draft to class tomorrow. If you don't have a printer at home, please go to the library at break or at lunch to print one off.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. Bring printed final draft of poem.

  • Peer Leadership: Today we finished our TED talk reflection and worked on our genius projects. We also set a final due date for the project: NOVEMBER 15th!

Homework: Blog post #2 due this Friday.


Monday, October 29, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we continued working on our found poems. You all came up with some really spooky poems!

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. Book Talk/AR test TOMORROW.

  • Peer Leadership: Today we watched/reflected on a TED talk about master procrastinators.

Homework: Blog post #2 due this Friday.


Friday, October 26, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we read "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe. We began writing our found poems based off the text.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. Book Talk/AR test NEXT TUESDAY 10/30.

  • Peer Leadership: Today we worked in teams on a "desert island challenge". Nice work!

Homework: None.


Thursday, October 25, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we continued our narratives.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. Book Talk/AR test NEXT TUESDAY 10/30.

  • Peer Leadership: Today we continued our research and kept developing our project.

Homework: None.


Wednesday, October 24, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we read chapter 17 of Space Case. We continued our narratives.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. Book Talk/AR test NEXT TUESDAY 10/30.

  • Peer Leadership: Today we continued our research and kept developing our project.

Homework: None.


Tuesday, October 23, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we read chapter 16 of Space Case. We began mapping out our plot for the narrative.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. Book Talk/AR test NEXT TUESDAY 10/30.

  • Peer Leadership: Today we continued our research and kept developing our project.

Homework: None.


Monday, October 22, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we read chapters 14 & 15 of Space Case. We also began our narrative by picking images and brainstorming ideas.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. Book Talk/AR test NEXT TUESDAY 10/30.

  • Peer Leadership: Today we read through our classmates blogs about their project. We left some feedback on their blogs as well. 2 replies to peers are due tomorrow!

Homework: Two blog post replies due tomorrow.


Friday, October 19, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we finished our "possible suspects" mind mirror. We also presented. I will have the winning arguments on Monday.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.

  • Peer Leadership: Team-building Friday! We worked in teams on the "tarp flip" and played a counting game.

Homework: Two blog post replies due Tuesday.


Thursday, October 18, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we worked on our "possible suspects" mind mirror in groups. We will finish and present tomorrow!

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. Revise Schaffer paragraph (due this Friday, 10/19)

  • Peer Leadership: Today we worked on our genius project research & first blog post.

Homework: Blog post #1 due this Friday, 10/19.


Wednesday, October 17, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we worked on our "possible suspects" mind mirror in groups. Most groups are off to a fantastic start. Can't wait to see what your groups come up with!

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. Revise Schaffer paragraph (due this Friday, 10/19)

  • Peer Leadership: Today we worked on our genius project research & first blog post.

Homework: Blog post #1 due this Friday, 10/19.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we read chapter 13 of Space Case. We also did an activity about theme. If you're still confused about what theme is, lunch tutorial is tomorrow!

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. Revise Schaffer paragraph (due this Friday, 10/19)

  • Peer Leadership: Today we worked went over organization and worked on our blogs. If you have questions about your blog post, come to lunch tutorial tomorrow!

Homework: Blog post #1 due this Friday, 10/19.


Monday, October 15, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we read chapter 12 of Space Case. We also discussed and took notes on the 4 (main) types of conflict.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. Revise Schaffer paragraph (due this Friday, 10/19)

  • Peer Leadership: Today we worked with committees. Some groups decided to work on their genius projects if they didn't have a group project currently in the works.

Homework: Blog post #1 due this Friday, 10/19. We will go over blogs tomorrow!


PL UPDATE (PERIOD 8): The "positive/negative leadership behavior" activity will not be graded as late for those turning it in today or tomorrow. Since we were caught up in school projects, I did not remind period 8 to turn it in. Please turn in the assignment for full credit.


Friday, October 12, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we finished our plot activity and read chapter 11 of Space Case. Please revise your Schaffer paragraphs!

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. Revise Schaffer paragraph (due next Friday)

  • Peer Leadership: Today we worked on our websites and began researching. We had a game day in period 8 since so many students were at the color run. If you didn't finish the genius project proposal or didn't get a parent signature, please bring it Monday.

Homework: None.


Thursday, October 11, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we watched a few Pixar shorts and completed some plot diagrams based on what we watched.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. Revise Schaffer paragraph.

  • Peer Leadership: Today we worked on our websites and working on the proposals.

Homework: Genius Project Proposal due Friday, 10/12.


Wednesday, October 10, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we read chapter 10 of Space Case. We also reviewed what a good Schaffer paragraph looks like. Make sure you work on revising those paragraphs. Come to tutorial at lunch!

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. Revise Schaffer paragraph.

  • Peer Leadership: Today we worked on setting up our websites and working on the proposals.

Homework: Genius Project Proposal due Friday, 10/12.


Tuesday, October 9, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we read chapter 9 of Space Case. We also continued with our list writing activity.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.

  • Peer Leadership: Today we worked on our project proposals for the genius project. Be sure you are putting 100% effort into this! Also, this is supposed to be a fun choice project... so have fun and don't stress!

Homework: Genius Project Proposal due Friday, 10/12.


Monday, October 8, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we read chapter 8 of Space Case. We also started a creative writing project in which we compose a piece of writing based off lists we create. Excited to see what you all come up with!

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.

  • Peer Leadership: Today we were introduced to the Genius Project. We went over the packet provided which covered types of projects and requirements. Think about potential projects tonight and bring any questions you may have to class tomorrow. If you didn't finish the activity completed in class on Friday, please complete it and turn it in.

Homework: Genius Project Proposal due Friday, 10/12.


Friday, October 5, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we finished writing our benchmarks.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.

  • Peer Leadership: "Famous Failures" group activity.

Homework: None.


Thursday, October 4, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we started writing our benchmarks.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.

  • Peer Leadership: We worked in our committees.

Homework: None.


Wednesday, October 3, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we finished up our literature circles.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.

  • Peer Leadership: We worked in our committees.

Homework: None.


Tuesday, October 2, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we read chapter 7 of Space Case and began working in literature circles. We will finish these tomorrow.
  • Peer Leadership: In period 4, we worked on our Kindness poster. In period 8, we worked in committees.

Homework: None.


Monday, October 1, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we typed our final draft of the Schaffer paragraph. This was due at the end of class.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.

  • Peer Leadership: In period 4, we worked on our Kindness poster. In period 8, we worked in committees.

Homework: None.


Friday, September 28, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we created a strong claim and wrote our rough draft. If you did not finish, you'll need to complete the rough draft over the weekend. We will be typing the final draft and submitting it for a grade at the end of class on Monday. Have a great weekend!

Homework: Read for 30 minutes & finish rough draft.

  • Peer Leadership: We worked in committees and played some team-building games. Enjoy your weekend!

Homework: None.


Thursday, September 27, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we annotated the second article about Mars colonization and took some notes on the video we watched. We also created a chart listing the benefits and risks of colonizing Mars. We will write the rough draft in class tomorrow.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.

  • Peer Leadership: We graded ourselves and our group members for committee work thus far.

Homework: None.


Wednesday, September 26, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we discussed book talks, our next AR test, and independent reading information. This was all super important information that you must get if you were absent! We also started reading/annotating our articles for our writing assessment. We will continue the process tomorrow. Special shoutout to those of you who came in at lunch to retake your AR test; this shows determination, resilience, and growth mindset! You rock!

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.

  • Peer Leadership: We graded ourselves as committees and continued working on projects.

Homework: None.


Tuesday, September 25, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we finished our Schaffer paragraph group work. If you struggled working with others, please know that collaboration is very important in my class (and in life), so you will need to be able to work with others! We also played a fun review game to demonstrate our understanding of structure.

A few reminders:

1. All late work for the 6-week grading period is due tomorrow. I will be updating grades at the end of this week/over the weekend.

2. Retake for AR test #1 tomorrow at lunch!

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.

  • Peer Leadership: We worked in committees and continued our projects :)

Homework: None.


Monday, September 24, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we continued working in our groups on the Schaffer paragraph. If you're not finished with your notes, please finish those tonight. If you're not finished with your practice Schaffer paragraph, you will have 15 minutes to work on it tomorrow in class with your group.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.

  • Peer Leadership: We worked in committees and continued our projects.

Homework: None.

Friday, September 21, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we continued working in our groups on the Schaffer paragraph. We will finish these up Monday. We also took our first AR test. A couple of reminders:

1. You may retake this test once if you did not do well. The retake will be held next Wednesday, 9/26 at lunch.

2. If you took more than one, I will put your highest score in the grade for AR test 1.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes & have a fantastic weekend!

  • Peer Leadership: We played a team-building game and got to know each other even better!

Homework: None.

Thursday, September 20, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we started a collaborative Schaffer paragraph activity and had a visit from our counselors! Don't forget, tomorrow is your first AR test! Be sure you finish your book by tomorrow.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. (Finish your book)

  • Peer Leadership: We worked in our committees today. So excited to see the staff appreciation posters tomorrow!

Homework: None.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we we added a resource on plot elements to our ELA notebooks. We also read chapter 6 of Space Case and worked on a graphic organizer.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.

  • Peer Leadership: We worked in our committees and most of us are starting on our projects! So excited to see how these turn out. Thanks for your hard work & great ideas :)

Homework: None.


BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT:

Thanks for coming! I enjoyed meeting all of you. If you weren't able to attend or would just like a copy of the presentation, you can view the ELA presentation here and the PL presentation here.

Here is the link to the page with REMIND class codes.


Please feel free to email me with questions! It was so great meeting you all. Looking forward to an amazing year.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we finished reading chapter 5 of Space Case. We also wrote an academic summary on chapter 5. If you weren't able to finish, come to tutorial tomorrow at lunch to finish up.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.

  • Peer Leadership: We did finished our activity about positive and negative behaviors. Now we are able to get together with our committees, create group norms, and hopefully eliminate some of the negative collaborative behaviors! Thanks for your reflections today.

Homework: None.


Monday, September 17, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we learned about how to write a proper academic summary and read part of chapter 5 of Space Case. Don't forget, September 26th is the last day to turn in late work from this grading period.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.

  • Peer Leadership: We did an activity about positive and negative behaviors. We will reflect on this tomorrow.

Homework: None.


Friday, September 14, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: It was a busy day today! We had a binder check, planner quiz, read chapter 4 of Space Case, filled out part of our character chart, and checked our grades on Aeries. For the binder check: remember, you can get full credit on that if you show me that you've corrected/got the materials that were either not there or done incorrectly.

Homework: Have a fun, safe, fantastic weekend!

  • Peer Leadership: We met with our committees and continued setting goals and formulating plans. Some of us went and participated in classrooms with peer buddies.

Homework: Have a fun, safe, fantastic weekend!

Thursday, September 13, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we had two class periods to work on our final draft of the one-pager. If you did not finish this in class, it is now homework. Here is a link of my example (do not make yours too similar to mine)

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. Finish final draft of one-pager.

  • Peer Leadership: We met with our committees and continued setting goals and formulating plans. Some of us went and participated in classrooms with peer buddies.

Homework: None


Wednesday, September 12, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we had two class periods to work on our rough draft of the one-pager. If you did not finish this in class, it is now homework. If you need to find quotes, this can be done tomorrow since you don't have a book at home. We will be working on our final draft tomorrow! Here is a link of my example (do not make yours too similar to mine)

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. Finish rough draft of one-pager.

  • Peer Leadership: We met with our committees and began setting goals and formulating plans... yay!

Homework: None


Tuesday, September 11, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we read chapter 3 of Space Case. We also began working on our one-pager. Please make sure you are putting detail and effort into this assignment! Can't wait to see the finished product.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.

  • Peer Leadership: We continued presenting about ourselves.

Homework: None!


Monday, September 10, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we finished up reading partner discussions. Those are due today! We also read an article about the allowance gap between boys and girls and did some annotating. Be sure you finish the annotations tonight if you didn't do so in class.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. Finish annotating.

  • Peer Leadership: We continued presenting about ourselves.

Homework: None!


Friday, September 7, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: We had our planner quiz today. We learned more about text connections and added that resource in our ELA notebooks. We also met with our reading partners for discussions. Please make sure you're writing in your planner correctly EVERY day so you are earning 100% on these quizzes.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.

  • Peer Leadership: We began presenting about ourselves.

Homework: None!


Thursday, September 6, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: We completed our thinking frame from chapter one. If you didn't turn this in, be sure to finish it up and turn it into the inbox tomorrow. We also read chapter two of Space Case

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. Chapter 1 thinking frame due tomorrow if you didn't turn it in already!

  • Peer Leadership: We worked on our "All About Me" projects. Use the handout with project guidelines to help you. Remember, this DOES NOT need to be completed at home. This is an in-class project. It will be due Monday.

Homework: None!


Wednesday, September 5, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we read chapter one of Space Case. We also started our thinking frame for chapter one.

In addition, you also found out your reading level. Remember, GE stands for "Grade Equivalency" (ex: 6.0 is a 6th grade reading level). ZPD is the "Zone of Proximal Development". This is the range you should be ideally be reading within. Check the "AR Book Level" at www.ARbookfind.com

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.

  • Peer Leadership: We worked on our "All About Me" projects. Use the handout with project guidelines to help you. Remember, this DOES NOT need to be completed at home. This is an in-class project.

Homework: None!


Tuesday, September 4, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we took our STAR reading test. This will determine our reading level (lexile, grade level, etc.). We also completed some pre-reading activities for our class novel, Space Case.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. Check grade on Aeries.

  • Peer Leadership: We started our "All About Me" projects. Use the handout with project guidelines to help you. Remember, this DOES NOT need to be completed at home. This is an in-class project.

**Please remember to complete the survey on Google Classroom. This will determine what committee you'll be working on for the next couple of months.

Homework: None!


Monday, September 3, 2018: No school


Friday, August 31, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we met with our book partners and discussed the novels we are reading independently.

Homework: Have a great 3-day weekend!

  • Peer Leadership: We created 6 word memoirs; a 6-word phrase that was inspiring or meaningful to us. We put these on notecards and made them look beautiful!

Homework: None!

Thursday, August 30, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we were introduced to the Schaffer paragraph and we practiced writing one. I know this may seem hard right now, but practice makes perfect! ***PLEASE CHECK YOUR GRADES! Some of you are missing assignments and it is significantly affecting your grade.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.

  • Peer Leadership: We completed the post-brainstorm activity. We also played listen up! Talk about a serious battle of which class can work best as a team. ***PLEASE CHECK YOUR GRADES! So many of you are turning in assignments without names :(

Homework: None!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we read and annotated a non-fiction text about video games and their effect on children. We will do a writing assignment with that tomorrow.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes.

  • Peer Leadership: We finished our discussion about PL and played listen up!

Homework: None!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we put some valuable resources in our ELA notebooks. We also visited the library. I hope you all have a book to enjoy! If you want to make sure your book has an AR test, visit this website: http://www.arbookfind.com/

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. Bring independent reading book tomorrow!

  • Peer Leadership: We completed the 2018-2019 Peer Leadership survey. We discussed and brainstormed ideas for PL. So excited by what you all came up with. Thanks for your participation and enthusiasm :)

Homework: None!


Monday, August 27, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we set up our ELA spiral notebooks. We also learned about three different types of text. If you weren't able to get the notes, come see my spiral notebook. We also went over the syllabus/expectations quiz. If you would like to earn full points, write down the correct answer in a complete sentence for each question you got wrong.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes. Bring independent reading book starting this Wednesday!

  • Peer Leadership: We completed the 2018-2019 Peer Leadership survey. We will discuss and brainstorm tomorrow.

Homework: None!


Friday, August 24, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we had our book raffle! If you didn't get a book you want, we will be going to the library on Tuesday. There is always the option to check out a certain book when that person is done reading it. We also took the syllabus/expectations quiz.

Homework: Have a fun, safe, fantastic weekend!

  • Peer Leadership: We finished the paper challenge and played listen up! We will work on team work strategies for this game next week.

Homework: Have a fun, safe, fantastic weekend!


Thursday, August 23, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we entered our names into the book raffle. We also went over independent reading information, book projects, and how to check out novels from my class library. Tomorrow we will have our book raffle! Good luck :) Please don't forget to bring your spiral notebooks tomorrow.

Homework: Response letter, signed syllabus, and YA approval letter (if applicable) due TOMORROW! Be sure to look over the syllabus. We will have a quiz tomorrow!

  • Peer Leadership: We finished learning about our personalities and started the paper challenge. Please don't look up how to do it online! We will finish tomorrow.

Homework: Signed syllabus due Friday, 8/24.


Wednesday, August 22, 2018:

  • 6th ELA: Today we were able to preview some books available for checkout from our classroom library. Be sure to hang on to that book preview sheet.

Homework: Response letter, signed syllabus, and YA approval letter (if applicable) due Friday, 8/24.

  • Peer Leadership: We took a quick personality quiz to determine our working styles. We will learn about other groups' learning styles so we can work together more effectively.

Homework: Signed syllabus due Friday, 8/24.


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

  • 6th ELA: We had an awesome day working in groups on the ELA "Escape Room"! This allowed us to learn more about classroom expectations and procedures. Please read over the syllabus tonight and bring questions you may have tomorrow. We may be having a quiz on the syllabus at some point (hint hint... this FRIDAY).

Homework: Response letter, signed syllabus, and YA approval letter (if applicable) due Friday, 8/24.

  • Peer Leadership: We learned more about each other and how we are all "connected" while actually being connected with string. Great teamwork!

Homework: Signed syllabus due Friday, 8/24.


Monday, August 20, 2018

What an AWESOME first day. It was so great to meet all of you and I am so excited for a fantastic year!

  • 6th ELA: We completed the "All About Me" sheet, made our name tags, and played some fun games to get to know each other. Please don't forget to give the young adult permission slip to your parents for a signature.

Homework: Response Letter due Friday, 8/24 (Period 1/2, I will give you this tomorrow). YA approval letter due Friday, 8/24.

  • Peer Leadership: We made name tags and played question ball. Don't forget to read over the syllabus tonight!

Homework: Signed syllabus due Friday, 8/24.