Grade 6 Language Arts: Ms. Kouns

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    Welcome to my class!

     

    Welcome to Ms. Kouns's 6th grade Language Arts class!

    General information:

    Vocabulary is assigned every monday (unless it is a short week).  Students will then quiz on these words at the end of the week. Students should be completing 3 homeworks (from the Tic Tac Toe Vocabulary grid) a week so that they are prepared for the quiz at the end of the week.  See the attached homework directions.  THIS WILL BE THE SAME ALL YEAR.

    Students should always ALWAYS be studying for my class on Thursdays.

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    September 22-26

    Poem:  "The Walrus and the Carpenter"

    Genre:  Narrative Poetry

    Skills: Analyze how a particular stanza fits into the structureof a text and contributes to the development of the setting or plot.  Pose and respond to specific questions with elaboration and detail, figurative language, compare/contrast, visualize the poem with imagery cues, grammar: nouns.

    Week at a glance:

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    Vocabulary powerpoint,

    library

    Grammar powerpoint on nouns

     

    Smart lesson on nouns...continued

    Read "The Walrus and the Carpenter" pg. 144

    T chart comparing/contrasting Poem to video clip from "Alice in Wonderland"

    smart lesson on singular/plural nouns

    Show video again

    Students finish T charts

    Students complete the class set worksheets 

    "Text Analysis, Question Support, Reading Strategy"

    Nouns practice/jumpstart

    Students complete class sets.

    Lesson on imagery, repetition, similes, rhyme with poem.

    Review vocabulary

     Vocabulary Quiz

    Quiz on nouns

    Open book test on "The Walrus and the Carpenter" pg. 144


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    September 29-October 3

    Selection:  "All Summer In A Day" 

    Genre:  Science Fiction

    Essential Question:  What if your whole world changed?

    Skills: Cite text evidence to support inferences, characterization and why characters respond the way they do, how/why a particular sentence fits into a structure, pronouns, make inferences.

    Week at a glance:

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    Vocabulary powerpoint,

    library

    lesson on pronouns

     

     background information on Venus

    Read story "All Summer in a Day" and analyze setting, and characters

    continue lesson on pronouns

    Practice with pronouns

    Is it possible to capture the essence of something special in just two lines?  Write a two line poem describing something you've seen before that others may not have seen.

    Work on class set

     More practice with pronouns

    Finish class set from yesterday

    review game with vocabulary words and pronouns

     Vocabulary Quiz and quiz on pronouns

    Open book test on "All Summer in a Day" pg. 68


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    October 6-10

    I WON'T GROW UP

    Essential Question:  What's the connection to the science fiction story "All Summer in a Day"?  How can we connect information from text to text?

    Nonfiction:  Magazine Article, Online Article, Illustrations

    Skills: cite text evidence to support what the text says, determine a central idea and how it is conveyed through details, integrate information presented in different media or formats, write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic

    Week at a glance:

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

     Vocabulary powerpoint

    Powerpoint on Adjectives

    Library

    Adjectives Jump Start

     "Settling In Space" Skills lesson powerpoint-note taking

    Read "Weather That's Out of This World!" pg. 79

    Read "Space Settlement" pg. 80

    Read "Space Colony" pg. 84

    Lesson on adjectives

    Work on class set:  
    Skill: find main idea

    Synthesize ideas across texts 

    Adjectives game

    Finish class set

    Vocabulary Quiz and quiz on adjectives

    Reading Test open book- pg. 79-84

    Post-assessment for Unit 1:  The diagnostic test from week 1 will be given again to assess growth and knowledge of Unit 1 skills.


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    October 13-16

    Unit 2:  Blast from the Past  Unit Essential Question: How is folklore simultaneously revealing and limiting?:  What do myths, legends, tall, and porquoia tales reveal about world cultures- including our own? 

    Review of Unit 1 and Introduction to Unit 2

    Week at a Glance:

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    Field Trip

    Review Unit 1 diagnostic test-

    intervention and enrichment as needed

    Introduce Unit 2:

    Notes on:

    Text Analysis Workshop on traditional stories, myths, legends, and tall tales

    Unit 2 diagnostic Test

    Early Release @ 12:15

    Finish all remediation from Unit 1

    and all Unit 2 diagnostic tests

     Teacher Workday


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    October 20-24

    Unit 2:  Blast from the Past

    Essential Question: How is folklore simultaneously revealing and limiting?:  What do myths, legends, tall, and porquoia tales reveal about world cultures- including our own? 

    Essential Question:  Can PRIDE ever hurt you?

    Reading Selection: Apollo's Tree:  The Story of Daphne and Apollo, Arachne

    Genre:   Myths, Legends, Tales:  Classical Myths

    Skills:

    RL 2Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through details.  RL 3Describe how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.  RL 10Read and comprehend literature.  W 3 Write narratives to develop imagined events.  L 3a Vary sentence patterns for meaning.  L 4b Use Greek or Latin affixes as clues to the meaning of a word.

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

     Vocabulary Powerpoint

    Powerpoint on Action Verbs

    Library

     Continue learning verbs:  Linking Verbs lesson

    Introduce stories:  Literary Story Analysis Powerpoint lesson

    Read "Apollo's Tree" pg. 692- complete Interactive Reader

    Verbs warm up

    Continue with story:  "Arachne"

    Complete Interactive Reader

    Explore Cultural values in each story

    Continue practice with verbs

    Essential Question Journal Writing:

    Can PRIDE ever hurt you?

    Finish Interactive readers

    Vocabulary Quiz

    Quiz on verbs

    Open book test on "Apollo's Tree" and "Arachne"


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    October 27-31

    BLAST FROM THE PAST:  

    Essential Question:  How is folklore simultaneously revealing and limiting?:  What do myths, legends, tall, and porquoia tales reveal about world cultures- including our own? 

    Story Essential Question:  Is FEAR ever fun?

    Story: "The Chenoo" 712-723 Native American Legend

    Skills: 
    RL 1  Cite textual evidence to support inferences drawn from the text.  RI 7  Integrate information presented in different formats as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic.  L 4  c Consult dictionaries and thesauruses, both print and digital, to clarify meaning.  L 6  Gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.k

    Grammar focus:  Helping verbs and verb tenses.

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    Vocabulary Powerpoint

    Verb Tenses Powerpoint

    Library

    Review verb tense: jumpstart practice

    Review characteristics of a legend

    Read "The Chenoo" pg. 712-723

    Complete Interactive reader

    Verb tense practice continued

    Read "Passamaquoddy" Nonfiction practice with maps and timelines

    Complete the Interactive reader

     Continue Interactive readers and practice skills

    Review for tests tomorrow

     Vocab Quiz/Grammar quiz

    open book reading test "The Chenoo" pg. 712-723


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    November 3-7

     BLAST FROM THE PAST

    Unit Essential Question:  How is folklore simultaneously revealing and limiting?:  What do myths, legends, tall, and porquoia tales reveal about world cultures- including our own? 

    Essential Question:  When is it time to let go?

    Story: "The Crane Maiden" Japanese Folk Tale, "Aunty Misery" Puerto Rican Folk Tale

     

    Skills:RL 2  Provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.  RL 7  Compare the experience of reading a story to viewing a live version of the text.  W 2 a  Organize ideas using comparison/contrast.  L 2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of punctuation.  L 4 a  Use context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.  L 6 Gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.  Subject/Verb Agreement


     

    Monday 

    Tuesday 

    Wednesday 

    Thursday 

    Friday 

    Vocabulary for "Aunty Misery" and "The Crane Maiden"

    Lesson on subject/verb agreement

    library 

     Late Arrival Day

    subject/verb agreement practice

    Characteristics of Folk Tales review

    Read "The Crane Maiden" pg. 748-753

    discuss the message, character traits supernatural powers, and consequences of breaking a promise

     subject/verb agreement practice

    Read "Aunty Misery" pg. 754 

    Discuss the message, what the character represents, supernatural elements. 

     Create a characterization picture with descriptive words on Aunty Misery and Crane Maiden

    Complete the class set questions

    Vocabulary Quiz

    Quiz on subject/verb agreement

    open book test pg. 748-756


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