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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    August 25-29 

    Story:   No story

    Genre:  Procedural Information

    Skills:  Making connections, inferencing, adapting to the middle school environment

    Week at a glance:

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    Introductions, Procedures, Rules, Consequences, Q & A

    Continue rules and procedures and expecations

    Textbook scavenger hunt

    Organizing school supplies

    Diagnostic Testing

    Homeroom:  Locks and lockers

    Finish diagnostic tests

    Library orientation and book checkout


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    September 2-5 

    Unit Essential Question:  What distinguishes childhood from adulthood?

    Short story Essential Question:  Is age more than a number?

    Story:  "Eleven" by Sandra Cisneros

    Genre:  Fiction, short story

    Skills:  Determine the meanings of words as used in context, explain how the author develops the POV of the narrator,  inference the meanings of symbols used in the story.

    Week at a glance:

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    NO SCHOOL!

     

    Happy Labor Day!

    Vocabulary PowerPoint

    Grammar focus lesson:  Sentence Fragments

    Start Homework:  Tic Tac Toe Vocabulary in class for teacher help

    Library

    Review vocabulary.

    Read "Eleven" by Sandra Cisneros

    Discuss point of view and symbolism

    Answer Reading Check Questions for homework.

    Complete class set questions with story.

    POV review and imagery in the story.

    Review of assessment practice questions.

    Review vocabulary

    Vocabulary Quiz

    Reading test using the literature book.- cite the text (page number) to prove multiple choice answers and short answer responses.

    • September 8-12

      Story:  "The School Play"  by:  Gary Soto

      Genre:  Fiction:  Short Story

      Skills:  Determine the meaning of words as used in context, identify elements of plot in a story, cite evidence from the text, monitor reading comprehension, identify and correct sentence fragments and run-on sentences.

      Week at a glance:

      Monday

      Tuesday

      Wednesday

      Thursday

      Friday

      Vocabulary Powerpoint (attached)

      Introduction to Sentence Fragments and Run-On Sentences (attached)

      Library

       Plot diagram lesson

      Practice using a plot diagram

      Run-On Sentences and Fragments practice 

      1/2 Day- dismiss at 12:15

      Read "The School Play" using the Interactive Reader (attached) and monitor comprehension

      Continue Interactive Reader with the story "The School Play"

      Grammar Practice Activity

       Vocab review

      Vocab Quiz

      Quiz on Run-On Sentences and Fragments

      Open book reading test on "The School Play"


      September 15-19

      Poems:  "On Turning Ten," by Billy Collins and "Life Doesn't Frighten Me" by Maya Angelou

      Genre:  Poetry

      Essential Question:  How do we know we're grown up?

      Skills: Analyze how a particular stanza fits into the structure of a text and contributes to the development of the setting or plot.  Analyze the structure of a poem, the speaker of a poem and their point of view, study how to read a poem, and compare and contrast two poems.

      Week at a glance:

      Monday

      Tuesday

      Wednesday

      Thursday

      Friday

      Vocabulary Powerpoint (attached)

      Introduction to Combining Sentences lesson

      Library

      Grammar jumpstart and practice lesson

      Read the poems "On Turning Ten" and "Life Doesn't Frighten Me"

      ~Learn how to read poems and analyze their structure 

      Venn Diagram-compare and contrast the two poems

      Continue to analyze poetry- analyze the speaker and answer comprehension questions

      Practice combining sentences with "trashketball" activity

      Grammar Task cards- more practice combining sentences

      Listen to poems again- imagery lesson- draw/doodle images that come to mind when hearing the poems.

      Venn Diagram- compare and contrast the two poems (if not completed on Tuesday)

      Finish the class set (classwork)

       Vocab review or study session

      Vocabulary quiz

      Quiz on Combining Sentences

      Open book reading test on the two poems "On Turning Ten" and "Life Doesn't Frighten Me"

      Independent, library book reading


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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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