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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    January 26-30

    Courageous Characters

    Essential Question:  How are acts of courage revealed in writing?  (fictional and informational)

    Weekly EQ:  Why is it important to have a good relationship with your family?

    Novel:  Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech  


    I can use evidence from the text to support my analysis of what the text says and inferences I make RL1.1
    I can determine the theme and explain how it is portrayed through details RL2.1
    I can summarize a text and leave out my personal opinion RL 2.2
    I can describe how a story’s plot unfolds using a series of episodes RL3.1
    I can explain how the characters respond or change as the plot advances RL 3.2
    I can explain how a particular chapter/scene fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the
    theme, setting, or plot RL 5.1
    I can use evidence from the text to support my analysis of what the text says and inferences I make RI 1.1
    I can produce clear, coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate for sixth grade tasks,
    purposes, and audiences W 4.1
    I can prepare for a class discussion and participate by referring to my findings during a discussion SL 1a
    I can follow agreed upon rules for class discussions, carryout my role, and meet goals and deadlines SL 1b
    I can ask and answer questions during a discussion to elaborate on the remarks of others and contribute to the discussion SL 1c
    I can use context clues to figure out word meanings L4a







    Vocabulary- Students complete 3 Tic Tac Toe vocabulary activities from the activity grid with the 10 vocabulary words.

    Students complete a book summary to practice paraphrasing and summarizing skills for the novel study.

    Powerpoint on introducing the story and “About the Author: Sharon Creech”
    Read Chapters 1-4- audio
    Students will start completing their Comprehensive Novel Study Portfolio for Walk Two Moons- page 1

    Read Ch. 5-­8 students will complete Portfolios­ pg. 2

    Enrichment Activities: “Road Trip” map activity. Trace a map of the United States, and mark Sal’s journey west from Kentucky
    to Lewiston, Idaho. Draw symbols to indicate important landmarks and geographical features that Sal visited along the way. How does
    Sal’s geographical journey represent an emotional journey for her as well?
    There is a map in the students’ portfolios for them to complete, but there will be a large scale version on the board for all to
    see. (Guided instruction)

    Read Ch. 9-­11 students will begin working on maps in Portfolios­ pg. 11
    Complete the Vocabulary Quiz,
    Complete the Test on Ch. 1­-11,
    Students complete the Weekly
    Essential Question in portfolio pg. 12: Why is it important to have a good relationship with your family?
    If extra time is available: Students complete the “Authentic Task” LEARN BRAILLE (see teacher print out)

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