Mrs. Jaynes' Language Arts Class
Materials Needed for This Class
- 1 composition notebook (keep in class)
- 1 folder with pockets and prongs (keep in class)
- (Suggestion) 1 homework folder for students to store and transport homework from all classes to be taken home every night
Students will use specific text and collaborative structures promoting inquiry, thinking, communicating, open-mindedness, caring, risk-taking, and reflectiveness and producing knowledgeable, principled, and balanced individuals who are globally aware.
Sixth grade teachers will be using the Middle Years Programme (MYP) incorporating state standards and using the workshop approach to read, write, and communicate.
Units of Study to be covered this year:
1. Authors as mentors (narrative)
2. becoming critical consumers (Informative)
3. The power of arugment (Argumentative)
4. analyzing authors' craft (Narrative)
5. conveying differing perspectives (Informative)
6. inquiry into argument: integrating media (Argumentative)
Students will have two types of assessments that can include various forms. Formative assessments demonstrate on-going learning and can include pre-assessments, observations, conferences, homework, student samples, and/or practice work. Summative assessments take place after a period of instruction and can include formal tests, projects, constructed responses, speeches, structured discussions, presentations etc.
This course assesses on four criteria. The criteria are (Criteria A) analysing, (Criteria B) organizing, (Criteria C) producing text, and (Criteria D) using language. Each of the rubric's achievement levels range from 1-8. I will grade all summative assessments with rubrics. In all courses, the higher the rubric score, the better the student’s demonstration of knowledge. At the end of the semester and year, I will issue a Final MYP Mark. I will consider summative assessments, formative assessments, observations, and student circumstances when determining an MYP Final Mark. To determine the MYP Final Mark, I combine the trend score in each of my content area’s criterion. I then give an MYP Final Mark based on a 1 through 8 scale provided by The International Baccalaureate Programme.
Students are required to read 40+ minutes for at least 5 days every week. My classroom has a large selection of books students are welcome to sign out and return. We will also be visiting the school's learning commons (library) about every other week to provide opportunitites for students to enjoy a wider variety of books. Unlike many elementary schools, I do not require students to complete reading logs. After a student has completed a book, students are expected to write a structured journal response, summary, or book review. It is a good thing for students to talk about what they are reading with family and friends by sharing predictions and explaining their likes and dislikes about the author's writing, characters, problems and events in the stories they read.
In addition to reading independently, students will find they need time to complete a class assignment or project especially toward the end of each unit. Most written work for projects or assessments will be done on Google Classroom or GoogleDocs. These can be accessed from any device that has internet access. Models, due dates, templates, and rubrics are also posted along with the assignments on Google Classroom.
Students are challenged to develop their writing skills especially related to grammar, punctuation, and spelling. One way they can do so is to access No Red Ink, a program that gives students an opportunity to learn, practice, and take quizes at their own pace.
Since middle school students are required to type essays and responses the majority of the time, it is especially important for them to build strong, quick typing skills. Any time a student can have typing practice at home will help them become more productive and successful. Dance Mat Typing is a typing program that many find helpful and fun, but really any typing game or app found online would work just fine.
Missing assignments for a student that has not completed any work, has not turned in a project, or has not attempted an assessment will become part of the overall demonstration of knowledge that I will consider for an MYP Final Mark. Every student has the right to take a summative assessment once. However, re-takes/re-dos will not be permitted until 95% of all classwork has been completed and a study session attended. I will evaluate exceptions on a case-by-case basis. The study session requirements will be an agreement between the teacher and the student. Re-takes/re-dos of assessments must be completed by the end of the next unit. In addition, all make-up work must be completed by the end of the next unit. Students will always receive the highest grade they achieve on an assessment.