Ms. Gwinn's Language Arts Class
Students are required to read 20+ minutes at home for at least 5 days every week. My classroom has a large selection of books students are welcome to sign out and return. Students also have opportunities during class to visit the school's learning commons (library) several times 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, they may write a structured journal response about an aspect of the book that most interests them or write a book review for other students to view on TIS's Destiny Discover book review links. 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.
Students will also have opportunities to order books from ScholasticBook Club. You may use my class code, HKRB8, to order on-line, or students can bring me the order, along with a check written out to Scholastic, and I will order them.
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. Some suggestions can be found at www.sylvanlearning.com
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.