Mr. Rawlings

SMS Language Arts - Sixth Grade

Spring 2017

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Objectives: I can identify and define text features. / I can identify the main idea of an article/text and the details that support it.

Standards: LA.6.6.RL.2.1, LA.6.6.RL.2.2, LA.6.6.RL.3.2

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

First, complete the bellwork (link below).

After following the two steps below, you will write a constructed response answer to the following: What is a common mood featured in both texts (the movie promo and literature excerpt)? Using Yes Ma'am format, be sure to cite at least one example from each text. Provide your answer in the Form provided and submit.

  1. If you have headphones, you may watch "A Wrinkle in Time" video promo, posted below. If not, go to Step 2 first. I will show the video in class once most students are finished with the bellwork. Please do not watch the video without earbuds, as we do not want to distract others.
  2. Read "A Wrinkle in Time" excerpt, posted below.
  3. Using the Google Form, describe a common mood featured in both texts (the movie promo and literature excerpt). Using Yes Ma'am format, be sure to cite at least one example from each text.
  4. When finished, take out "A Wrinkle in Time" from your desk and continue reading, picking up from the excerpt on the page listed on the board.
A Wrinkle in Time excerpt
inferences.pdf

Thursday, January 11, 2018 (continue from yesterday)

(Post above): DLR

See Classroom for Yes Ma'am question.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - Quiz tomorrow on Yes MAAM format, inferences, and grammar.

1. Read "Swamp Talk" excerpt by Jean George: http://mdk12.msde.maryland.gov/share/assessment_items/resources/swamp_talk.html


2. Answer the following in a Word Doc in "Yes Ma'am" format:

Explain the mood the author creates in paragraph 7. In your response, use examples from the paragraph that show how the author creates this mood.


See Inference sheet link below.


Monday & Tuesday, January 8 & 9, 2018

Objectives: I can identify and define text features. / I can identify the main idea of an article/text and the details that support it.

Standards: LA.6.6.RL.2.1, LA.6.6.RL.2.2, LA.6.6.RL.3.2


1.) Bellwork: DLR 15.1 (see below)


2.) Time to master YES MA'AMs (Skill #1). First, read this short article: "Joe Jonas Looks Just Like This Barbie And He's The First To Admit It" (link here: https://www.buzzfeed.com/audreyworboys/joe-jonas-looks-just-like-this-barbie-and-hes-the-first-to?utm_term=.qcYWP1LxD#.wsN6BNPMV).

As a class, we'll consider whether the title of the article helps readers understand an important idea of this article. Let's use information from the article that supports our explanation.


3.) Now, let's try one more together.

What are text features?

https://i.pinimg.com/736x/97/2a/69/972a69834995c075c0a5760ca5b4e156--text-and-graphic-features-activities-learning-goals.jpg


https://www.teachingmadepractical.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Screen-Shot-2015-08-17-at-10.08.03-PM.png


Who was Shakespeare?


Read "From Bard of Avon" and then answer the constructed response question in the comments:

http://mdk12.msde.maryland.gov/share/assessment_items/resources/bard_of_avon.html


What text feature could have been added to "Bard of Avon" to make the article easier to understand? In your response, use information from the article that supports your answer.


Create a Google Doc and title it "Yes MAAMs." Share it with me (karawlings@shelbycs.org).


4.) AFTER we fully cover the Joe Jonas and Bard of Avon YES MA'AM questions, it's your turn to show mastery of Yes MA'AMs. Be the first to prove you have this skill down! Do this by writing two perfect constructed responses, using Yes MA'AM format. Here's how:


A.) Read the excerpt from "Rules" by Cynthia Lord, link posted below. Answer the following question:

How does the author develop the theme of friendship? Support your answer with details from the excerpt.

Check your work with Mr. Rawlings. Once approved, you may move forward with Parts B & C, which is your homework. Show me that you have this down!

B.) Using the same text, answer the following: What effect does Jason's waving at the onlookers have on the outcome of events? Support your answer with details from the excerpt.

C.) How does the author develop Catherine's point of view in the excerpt? Support your answer with details from the excerpt.

yes maams.pdf

January 5, 2018 - eLearning Day! My office hours are 8 a.m. to Noon. You can email karawlings@shelbycs.org or post in Classroom, where I will respond. Have a great day and weekend!

The following is posted in and should be submitted through Google Classroom.

Introduction: Although this was simply Friday's lesson, it's now e-learning day! Have fun! - KR

Standards: LA.6.6.RN.3.3 / L.A.6.6.RL.2.1 / LA.6.6.RN.2.1

1.) Do DLR 13.2

2.) View the Google Slides presentation, including the video, for instructions! (links below)

January 4, 2018

Thursday:

DLR 13.1 (below)

Skill Group 1: Juggling Multiple Texts (see Classroom or links below)

Inference
Standards list
Strategy 1
Letter to Parents
RoE1

Dear 2017-18 Parents,

I am excited to serve as your child’s sixth grade English Language Arts teacher for the 2017-18 academic year. I recently mailed a letter to your child to share my belief that this will be a breakthrough year! I will be in touch with you soon regarding your child’s passions, ask how you would like me to communicate with you (phone vs. email), and answer any questions. Don’t worry if you don’t have time when I call; I will leave my number and we can speak at your convenience.

Your child will be engaged in the writing process this year. As authors they will plan, draft, revise, edit, and publish. They will learn writing craft. Young writers will be working through the problems of organization, sequence, and presentation of ideas shared by all writers. They will practice Target Skills, such as composing, different genres, and writing conventions.

You can help your child by asking him/her each morning, “What will you write about today?” When you see their work you can help by talking about the content of his/her writing. Here are some comments and questions that help a young author:


I like the part about…

Can you tell me more about…?

What is the most important thing you are saying in this piece?

What were the Target Skills for this piece?

What else do you know about this?

Tell me what happened in detail.

How does this piece compare to others you have written?

What will you write your next piece about?


You, their audience and readers, need to bear with them as they learn their craft. Editing standards will be established as the students practice editing independently. Still, their finished work or hand-published books will not be perfect. But just as can all enjoy a middle school band’s performance with the occasional squeaking of a clarinet or the misplaced toot of a trumpet, so can we enjoy these young author’s “performance” with the occasional temporary spelling error or misplaced period. Receive their writing in that same spirit and encourage them to become the best writers possible.

Thanks for all you do for your child’s education.

Sincerely,


Kristiaan Rawlings

Have a question or concern? Curious about your child’s performance?

Call Mr. Rawlings at 317.392.2551, ext. 3346 or email karawlings@shelbycs.org

Absent?

Check Google Classroom: sms.shelbycs.org, then click the Google link (top right).

Also, visit the class web-site: https://sites.google.com/shelbycs.org/rawlings