Mrs. Christie

christine.christie@wwrsd.org

Team 6B Language Arts

Westwood Regional Middle School


WELCOME

Welcome! This is my 21st year teaching Language Arts in the Westwood Regional School District. I graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson where I also played basketball for the Lady Knights. I am a mom to three beautiful children ages 12, 9, and 6!

I am very passionate about reading and writing and hope to instill the same love for literature with my students. Students will be reading in class as well as for homework with their individual reading goals set between 20 and 60 minutes per night (20 pages or more). Please monitor their reading and actively question and discuss their books with them.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Course Description: Literacy Workshop provides support and opportunities for students to practice, develop and demonstrate their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in deeply engaged ways. In Literacy Workshop, students work to apply what they learn through literature to the world around them. Literacy Workshop asks students to read and write in a community that honors productivity, preparedness and respect for its members.Students will set goals for themselves and learn how to make plans for meeting those goals through authentic self-reflection. The workshop concept is based on the idea that choice, relevant tasks, and extended time to read and write will greatly increase a student's motivation to learn and their capacity to succeed in school and beyond.

HOMEWORK

Current Unit of Study

Character Study through Read Alouds and Independent Reading

Scholastic Book Orders

Scholastic is a great place to purchase books for your children at reasonable prices. Occasionally, your child will come home with a book order form which you can check off, and send back with cash or check. However, you can also make your purchase online by clicking the following link:

https://clubs.scholastic.com

Our class code is H2VM8


Book Recommendations

October Book of the Month:

Restart

by

Gordon Korman

4.2/5.0

Chase's memory just went out the window.

Chase doesn't remember falling off the roof. He doesn't remember hitting his head. He doesn't, in fact, remember anything. He wakes up in a hospital room and suddenly has to learn his whole life all over again . . . starting with his own name.

He knows he's Chase. But who is Chase? When he gets back to school, he sees that different kids have very different reactions to his return.

Some kids treat him like a hero. Some kids are clearly afraid of him.

One girl in particular is so angry with him that she pours her frozen yogurt on his head the first chance she gets.

Pretty soon, it's not only a question of who Chase is--it's a question of who he was . . . and who he's going to be.

From the #1 bestselling author of Swindle and Slacker, Restart is the spectacular story of a kid with a messy past who has to figure out what it means to get a clean start.



Resources

Ideas for Write Longs:

  • A struggle in the text
  • Character evolution/change
  • Character revelation(they have just discovered something about themselves)
  • Surprising /Contradictory moment
  • What is the author trying to tell me?
  • Advice given/taken/needed
  • Common themes across chapters
  • A strong theory you may have with evidence to support it
  • Others' treatment of the main character
  • A lesson a character learned from a mistake
  • Something you discovered while reflecting on your chart(s)