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Lisa McKercher

Subject: 
Language Arts

Together, we will become readers and writers, exploring our world and strengthening our communication skills. You have a voice--Learn how to use it and to effectively communicate your ideas! 

Topics Below:

  1. Announcements
  2. Overview of 6th Grade ELA
  3. On-line/In-Person Supply list
  4. Independent Reading Project Requirements

Announcements: 

Congratulations! You are on the EXPLORE CORE! Watch our Welcome Video

  The first day of school is Thursday, August 27. 

  School starts at 9:00 a.m..  Go to your Schoology account and follow the directions for your 1st period class. 

  You must log-in to every class, every day!  


Overview of 6th Grade ELA

The goal of the English Language Arts Course (ELA) is to teach our students strong writing and reading skills. We want students to be able to effectively communicate and understand what they read. Reading and writing skills are the foundation of all other learning. 

In sixth grade, students will: 

  • Read a variety of texts and books including short stories, poems, novels, independent reading books, non-fiction articles and research. 
  • Analyze text for literary and informational elements.
  • Write summaries, narratives (fictional stories), argumentative pieces, explanatory and research papers.
  • Complete reading projects on their own and in small groups.
  • Keep Learning Journals to record learning experiences. 
  • Explore vocabulary, spelling, and other language development.
  • Engage in the writing process, including revision and editing, applying  proper grammar and punctuation to their writing. 

La meta del curso de Artes del Lenguaje Inglés (ELA, por sus siglas en inglés) es enseñar a nuestros estudiantes destrezas sólidas de escritura y lectura.  Deseamos que los estudiantes puedan comunicarse efectivamente y entender lo que leen. Las destrezas de lectura y escritura son la base de todo aprendizaje. 

  • En sexto grado, los estudiantes: 
  • Leerán una variedad de textos y libros incluyendo historias cortas, poemas, novelas, libros de lectura independiente, artículos que no son ficción, e investigación. 
  • Analizarán los elementos literarios e informativos del texto.
  • Escribirán resúmenes, narrativas (historias ficticias), escritura argumentativa, y trabajo explicativo y de investigación.
  • Completarán proyectos de lectura independiente y en grupos pequeños.
  • Mantendrán un Diario de Aprendizaje para registrar sus experiencias de aprendizaje. 
  • Explorarán vocabulario, ortografía, y otros desarrollos del lenguaje.
  • Participarán en el proceso de escritura, incluyendo revisión, edición, y aplicación de la gramática y puntuación correcta en su escritura. 

Supplies for On-Line Learning: 

  • Chromebook (Please contact the main office if you need one to check out.) 
  • Practice your Schoology Log In and look at your courses.
  • A power cord--have your chromebook charged and ready
  • Ear buds or headphones, if you have them. It helps you to focus.
  • A notebook or paper 
  • Pencils
  • A reading book for ELA (It can be an e-book or a regular book.)
  • Sticky notes to use while reading and writing
  • Quiet space to work
  • Water and snacks to keep your energy up
  • A "can do" attitude--We can do this together! 

Required Materials for In-Person Learning: 

  • Pencils, blue or black ink pens and a pencil bag or something to keep them in marked with your name
  • A composition book OR 1 subject spiral notepad to be kept in classroom
  • An independent reading book (I have an extensive classroom library you may borrow from, and we will be visiting the library regularly.) I expect that you ALWAYS have a book which you are reading with you in English class! 
  • Personal bottle of hand sanitizer

Other Materials: 

I will have classroom supplies for students to use, but with the need to sanitize, it would be nice if students have the following supplies for only their use: 

  • Highlighters for reading and marking text.
  • Markers, colored pencils and/or crayons for responding to reading and creating projects. 
  • Colored pens for revising writing.
  • Sticky notes to use while reading and writing

 


    Independent Reading Project

    The best way to become a better reader is to read! Studies have shown that the more a student reads OUTSIDE of the classroom, the stronger a reader and writer s/he is inside the classroom. So Ms. McKercher's students are always REQUIRED to be reading an independent, self-chosen book.

    Here are some details: 

    • Students pick their own books to read! It can be any book which is on your reading level, fiction or non-fiction. Choose a book you actually like and are excited about reading! You can choose a book from Ms. McKercher's classroom library, the school library, public library, or one from home or a friend. Ms. McKercher will help you pick a book if you need help! 
    • You will have to complete THREE written assignments for your independent reading book: 1) a book selection questionnaire; 2) a mid-book check-in; 3) a Final Book Project. 
    • You will complete one Independent Reading Project per quarter.  By the end of the year, you will have read and completed projects for four books. 
    • You will need to read at home as part of your homework. But you will be given regular independent book reading time "in class," and you will be given "class time" to work on your written assignments and final project. 
    • All deadlines and materials will be posted in Schoology.