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READING 

 

December 5th – 9th 

 

 

***10 BONUS POINT OPPORTUNITY through December for the 2nd Nine Weeks  –  You may bring 1 Jumbo size bottle of Clorox wipes  –  OR  –  One 14 ounce or larger bag of individually wrapped miniature candies.   Thank you! 

 

Monday – 

  • 12/5 Lesson 18: How has Brian changed?

    • INTRODUCE SECTION 5 VOCABULARY, Dicuss annotations from CHAPTER 15,  

    • SRP P. 7 Ch. 15 Qu- Create T-Chart for quotes/explanation

    • READ and annotate  CHAPTER 16 

    •  SEEMS paragraph – What is Brian learning about himself? (Google Doc.) 25 pts.

 

Tuesday – Review SEEMS paragraph from Monday… 

  • Lesson 19: Memory Moments

    • SRP p. 27 Ch. 15- Memory Moments

    • SRP p. 7 Ch. 15 Qu. 2 Memory Moments developing Themes

    • READ and ANNOTATE CHAPTERS 17 & 18

 

Wednesday – 

  • Lesson 20: How does Brian continue to show he has learned lessons about survival?

  • Finish Reading and Annotations of Ch. 18 if needed 

  • Review Section 5 vocabulary workshop 

    • Annotate for: How does Brian continue to show he has learned lessons about survival? 

 

Thursday – 

  • Lesson 21: Analyzing hatchet references

    • SECTION 5 VOCABULARY TEST 

    • Read Ch. 19-EPILOGUE

      • Annotate for: What happens to the hatchet?  How does Brian react?  What cause/effect relationship occurs when Brian loses his hatchet? 

    • SRP p. 29 Hatchet References- Quotes/Brian’s feelings about it.

 

Friday – NO SCHOOL FOR KIDS- TEACHER INSERVICE

 

 

November 28th – December 2nd

**Inclement Weather Update – Agenda change for Tuesday, November 29th  –   If you were absent on this day, please be sure to read and annotate HATCHET – Chapter 11. All classes will re or reread and annotate Chapter 12 on Wednesday! 

 

**HOT CHOCOLATE AND COOKIE EXCHANGE DETAILS HAVE BEEN POSTED ON GOOGLE CLASSROOM. PARENTS, PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION! THANKS!  

DATE: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7TH!!!

Hatchet – Vocabulary Section 2 Homework – Due Wednesday, Nov. 30th 

 

Monday, November 28th –  HATCHET - Introduction to Vocabulary Words (Section 4) Lesson 13 – Hatchet – writing a narrative – SRP page 30 –Read, discuss, and use the mentor text, choose an event so far in the story, and create a paragraph using a different point of view (Brian)

Read Chapters 9-10, annotate and discuss (Verbally answer reading journal questions – SRP page 13)

 

Tuesday, November 29th – Continue Chapter 10 – read and annotate – Complete SRP page 31 w/ bullet points from the text, then start the short writing task: 

 

Wednesday, November 30th – Review Vocabulary Workshop Section 4 –

 Read Chapter 12 and recognize a theme for chapters 11 & 12. 

(Verbally answer the reading journal questions – SRP p. 13)

 SEEMS paragraph – What survival skill (s) is Brian utilizing? (Google Doc.) 25 pts. 

***Whole class paragraph (Teacher doc.)  – create a STATEMENT regarding a selected THEME. 

Thursday, December 1st – SECTION 4 Vocabulary Test –                                                  Read and annotate Chapters 13 – 14 

 

Friday, December 2nd Hatchet Novel Test! – Chapters 9-14 

READ and ANNOTATE CHAPTER 15 of HATCHET!   We will review the details on Monday, December 5th 

 

 

 

 

 

November 14th – 18th 

***10 BONUS POINT OPPORTUNITY for the 2nd Nine Weeks  –  You may bring 1 Jumbo size bottle of Clorox wipes  –  OR  –  One 14 ounce or larger bag of individually wrapped miniature candies.   Thank you! 

 

HATCHET 

Monday – Vocabulary Workshop – Section 3 (Due Wednesday) Read and annotate Chapter 6 and begin Chapter 7 – When annotating, either use two different colored highlighters (C = challenge)   (R = Response)  Label specific paragraphs with “C” or “R” and add additional notes. 

 

Tuesday – Finish annotating any parts of Chapter 7 if necessary. Begin to read and annotate Chapter 8. We will do our best to complete Chapter 8 today. 

Wednesday – Check Vocabulary Workshop Section 3, complete any final pages of Chapter 8, and take Quizizz or Blooket Hatchet practice tests. 

 

Thursday Vocabulary Test – Section 3  &   Hatchet Novel Test Chs. 5-8

 

Friday – Make up any missed TESTS or assignments,

review of skills, iReady practice, etc…  

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!

 

 

 

 

***10 BONUS POINT OPPORTUNITY for the 2nd Nine Weeks  –  You may bring 1 Jumbo size bottle of Clorox wipes  –  OR  –  One 14 ounce or larger bag of individually wrapped miniature candies.   Thank you! 

November 7th – 11th 

Hatchet Vocabulary Workshop – Due Thursday, November 9th  

Monday – Introduce Vocabulary Words – Section 2, Lessons 4-5 (Character Development) Read Chapter 4 – Annotate for “Does the setting of the novel have a positive or a negative influence on Brian’s chances of survival?” SRP page 10 Q #2, Create a SEEMS paragraph to answer the question (Google Classroom Document)

Quizizz (Hatchet Practice Tests) 

Tuesday –  ELECTION DAY! NO SCHOOL! 

Wednesday TEST – HATCHET – Comprehension Chapters 1-4                                                      (Lesson 6 – Characterization and word study) 

Read and annotate Chapter 5 – “What is Brian learning about survival?”, complete the questions on Pages 10-11 of the SRP

 

Thursday – (LIBRARY) DOL Week 11 Test – 

Review Vocabulary Workshop Section 2 – Review Hatchet Novel Test Chapters 1-4, READ and ANNOTATE Chapter 5 independently – Library book return, checkout, and read independently.

 

Friday  – Vocabulary TEST Section 2  –

Review BOOK test chapters 1-4, share annotations for Chapter 5, and begin reading Chapter 6 ( Read to page 61 “There must be berry bushes...”  if posibble.   

Chapter 6 will be continued and completed on Monday. 

 

 

 

 

 

**DOL WEEK 10 and HATCHET VOCABULARY TESTS have been moved to FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4th!

October 31st – November 4th 

Monday – Review the survival short story – “Scout’s Honor” w/ graphic organizer, distribute Hatchet SRP packets and novel “binder” copies – Introduce vocabulary words – Section 1  and complete the DO WHAT? chart in the SRP, and analyze “What Would Peter Do?”  – Discuss the details of the survival story and compare/contrast the survival tips to the article – “Survival by the Numbers” 

Tuesday –  Lesson 1  – Hatchet – Read Chapter 1  – Summarization and characterization – Annotate for WORDS/THOUGHTS/ACTIONS – Students will highlight details related to the W / T / A and write “W” “T” or “A” next to the highlighted sections. Also, underline sentences that contain a vocabulary word, and place a ? beside sentences that have unfamiliar words or infomation that needs discussion. 

Wednesday –  Lesson 2 – Characterization of Brian – Create a SEEMS paragraph from Chapter 1 – (What adjective would you use to describe Brian?) Small group – Character Traits  w/ G.O.  –  Read Chapter 2, annotate and the chapter.

Thursday –  Lesson 3 – Characterization and Text Evidence – SRP p. 3 Q –  2-3 SEEMS contructed response  paragraph for each one, SRP p. 11 – Characterization Evidence Chart –   

Friday –  Lessons 4-5 – Character Development – Read Chapter 3 – Annotate for  – How does Brian change as plot events unfold? Vocabulary TEST Section 1   

 

 

                                    

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October 24th – 28th  

Monday, October 24th –  OOTD project presentations by any students who are absent Friday, Oct. 21st ,

Begin expert groups of “Survival by the Numbers” or “What Would Peter Do?”  Groups will be assigned a specific survival tip and present their findings and information in “student-friendly words” 

Tuesday, October 25th – Read “What Would Peter Do?” – whole class and discuss/compare to survival tips from the article, “Survival by the Numbers” 

**Begin Prior Knowledge of Hatchet – Internet Research Project – See Google Classroom Document/Assignment 

Wednesday, October 26th – INNOVATIVE ASSESSMENT – HUMANITIES TESTING – ALL STUDENTS!  It’s very important to be PRESENT today and bring your Chromebook FULLY CHARGED! 

Thursday, October 27th –  APPLE DAY!!  –  DON’T forget to bring your TREAT to share with the CLASS!  We will be enjoying treats, reading, and completing any work in the LIBRARY today… 

Friday, October 28th – Read the short story of survival, “Scout’s Honor” and complete the skills pages – See Google Classroom for the short story and assignment. 

*Early finishers – Continue and and complete your HATCHET Internet Research Project – Google Classroom 

 

 

 

**Students were given a hard copy of the OOTD Project and APPLE DAY on Thursday, October 6th. We discussed the details, and I encouraged students to use any free time during their Fall Break to work on their project!  It should be fun, NOT stressful! If students choose the DIGITAL SCRAPBOOK, a template for it will be available in my Google Classroom. No supplies, crafts, materials are needed for this one! The project instructions and Apple Day information have also been uploaded to Google Classroom! 

Out of the Dust Projects are DUE to PRESENT  on Friday, October 21st!  (100 points) 

October 17th - 21st 

Out of the Dust Culminating Writing Task 

WEEK 9 DOL has been moved to Tuesday, October 25th!  

The only homework this week is to be sure you stay on track with your

OOTD CULMINATING WRITING TASK and COMPLETE YOUR OOTD PROJECT (Due Friday) 

 

Monday –  (OTT) Online Training Tools (whole class) 

Begin the culminating writing task for OOTD – Brainstorming/Collecting text evidence

Tuesday – Writing Task Continued… ROUGH DRAFTS

Wednesday – Review ROUGH DRAFTS – Use the LEAP 2025 Writing Rubric to evaluate rough draft content, including text evidence, and organization (Partners/Small Groups) 

**Some students who complete their FINAL ESSAY early, may have time to present their OOTD PROJECT today! 

Thursday – Color Code the finished essay and enter your Final Draft into the Google document.           (100 points) 

Friday – OOTD PROJECT PRESENTATIONS (100 points)    

 

 

 

 

 

October 3rd – 7th   

Monday – Read USDA article – SRP pages 129-131 and highlight imporant information or ideas, finish reading/annotating any of OOTD section 6 pages 153-189 and read/annotate OOTD Section 7  (Summer 1935) pages 193-206

Tuesday – Migrant Mother – View and discuss pictures and videos – Finish the NOVEL-  READ OOTD pages 209-227 

Read “USDA Photographer Rescues Destitute Farmworkers” SRP pages 78-80  

Wednesday – LIBRARY – Book return/checkout – Complete any activities from Tuesday (Migrant Mother) 

Audiobooks – As a review, listen to the audiobook for Sections 6-7 (Google Classroom) Spring 1935, Summer 1935, & Autumn 1935 pages 153 – 227  

Thursday –  OOTD NOVEL TEST Sections 6-7 pages 153 – 206  

Compare/Contrast  “On Stage” p. 13  to “Dreams” p. 193 using a graphic organizer  (Small groups)

Friday – Teacher’s choice review of reading/grammar activities  

 

HAPPY FALL BREAK!!! 

 

 

 

 

September  26th – 30th  

Monday – OOTD Sections 4&5 NOVEL TEST – (moved from last Friday)

Tuesday – Share “Christmas Dinner without the Cranberry Sauce” poems (individual and small group) Read the short story, “Tuesday of the Other June” – See Google Classroom – This story will review the following skills: Point of View (POV), Central/Main Idea, Plot, Themes, Tone and Mood 

(Skill pages will be uploaded to Google Classroom to complete with Kami) 

**READ, annotate, and discuss OOTD Section 6 pages 153-167 

 

Wednesday

(Homework check 50 points) Review Vocabulary Workshop Sections 6&7 – No paper copy – It should have been completed in Google Classroom (Kami)  Continue the “Tuesday of the Other June” and review of the skills from Tuesday

**WRITING ASSIGNMENT – In class and will be posted to Google Classroom with instructions on Wednesday. 

READ, annotate, and discuss OOTD Section 6 – pages 168-189

Thursday – TEST – VOCABULARY 6&7   

Friday – Complete any short story skills from “Tuesday of the other June” 

September  19th - 23rd 

**REMINDER –  Bonus point opportunity is still available this 9 weeks –  INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED candy would be appreciated!  (10 bonus points for a 14 oz. or larger size) 

**Vocabulary Workshop Sections 6-7 will be extended until NEXT WEEK! Due next Wednesday, September 28th (Submit it in Google Classroom anytime before the due date. NO PAPER COPY was given. 

Out of the Dust – NO VOCABULARY HW or TEST –  SECTIONS 4-5 Novel Test ONLY this week

September 19th – 23rd 

Monday – Teacher Inservice / No Students   

Tuesday – Share your “Letter from the Dust Bowl” – Individuals and small groups, review CommonLit Reading Activity “Black Blizzard”, and Quick lesson and review – Compare/Contrast “Letters from Caroline” to Franklin Roosevelt’s Fireside speech/letter, Read OOTD pages 87-95 “Autumn 1934” (Section 4) & annotate 

Wednesday – Continue reading Autumn 1934 and begin Winter 1935 pages 99-133

Lesson 17 – Empathize with the characters – Create a point of view poem by “Mr. Kelby”  – Poems will be written on a document in Google Classroom titled “Mr. Kelby’s Poem” – Share the poems (individual and small groups) – **Create a new version of the poem “Christmas without the Cranberry Sauce” from DADDY’s POV… 

 

Thursday – Finish any reading of Winter 1935 OOTD – pages 133-149,  

review events from Autumn 1934 & Winter 1935 (pages 87-149) and students continue with their POV poem – “Christmas without the Cranberry Sauce” 

Friday – OOTD Book TEST – Sections 4-5   ***MOVED TO MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th

 Lesson 19 – Begin to plan Argumentative Essay using SEEMS and SRP pages 88-93  Create a ROUGH DRAFT today 

**Move “Mr. Kelby” POEM activity to next week….

 

September 12th – 16th 

      Monday, September 12th 

             Continuing reading OOTD – Section 3  pages 70 – 84 

  •     Vocab Sections 4-5 –  Write compound sentences 

  •  HOMEWORK-Section 4-5 Vocab Workshop  – Due Wednesday September 15th

  • Tuesday, September 13th

  • Finish reading and reviewing OOTD pages 70-84, highlighting, vocabulary, annotating… 

  • 9/14 Write a letter to a friend (Dust Bowl Era)   – Review “Dear Evelyn” letter  in SRP pages 56-58 as a resource 

  • Share letters in small groups if time permits… 

  • COMMONLIT Reading Assignment (Google Classroom)  –  Review instructions for completing CommonLit assignments in class or for homework when necessary.

     Wednesday, September 14th 

        Review OOTD Sections 2/3 Vocabulary words   VOCABULARY TEST – Sections 2/3  – Thursday!   

     *Discuss the CommonLit assginment – “The Great Depression” 

  • 9/15 Write a “Dear Diary”  entry from Billie Jo or another character about their experience (POV) keep with plot of novel

      

         Thursday, September 15th  

         OOTD Sections 2/3 Vocabulary TEST 

       **COMMONLIT Reading Assginment – GOOGLE CLASSROOM –  “Black Blizzard”  complete this assginment after all tests. We will review the answers and disucssion question on Friday. 

          Review OOTD Vocabulary Sections 4/5  – TEST FRIDAY!  

          Review OOTD Section 3 –  Audio book – Google Classroom 

     

 

       Friday, September 16th 

        OOTD TESTS –              Vocabulary – Sections 4/5 

                                       NOVEL TEST –  Sections 2/3  pages 50 – 84 

          

 

 

***NO READING or VOCABULARY TESTS THIS WEEK! 

September 6th – 9th 

  • Monday – Labor Day – No School

  • Tuesday – 9/6 Lesson 10: Understanding Characters

    • Read Section 2 p. 37-39 – Review and complete SRP pages 10-11 (Character Evidence and Figurative Language Charts)  

    • Complete (whole class) SRP page 36 – Tone and Mood “Spring 1934”

  • Wednesday – 9/7  Lesson 11: Analyze Tone & Mood

    • Read Section 2 p. 40-51

    • Complete (small group/whole class instruction) SRP pages 37                    Tone and Mood in “Spring 1934” –  If time permits, go on to SRP page 38 “On the Road with Arley” 

  •  Thursday – **PEP RALLY 7th hour – Revised schedule –  Complete SRP page 38 – Reread “On the Road with Arley”  – Whole class discussion and participation 

    • Students will create a “Poem” using a model  – Complete it Friday if necessary.

      SRP p.38 Tone and Mood in “On The Road With Arley”
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  •  FridayCheck OOTD vocabulary workshop Sections 2/3 (50 pt. grade) 

  • 9/9    Lesson 12: Write a Poem Using a Model  “On the Road with Arley” 

  • **If time permists…. Lesson 13:  Compare Novel to Historical Texts

  •           Read Section 3 p. 55-69

     

 

 

August  29th – September 2nd 

 

  • Monday -8/29 Lesson 1: Examine Novel Structure

    • Read Section 1 p. 3-16 

    • SRP P. 3-4 Split Page Notes(ongoing through novel)

      • HOMEWORK: Section 1 Vocab Workshop

  • Tuesday – 8/30 Lesson 2: Character Development

    • Read Section 1 p. 17-33

    • SRP p. 5-8 Character Analysis Chart/Character Evidence Chart

    • **The class finished reading section 1 of Out of the Dust today!  Pages 3-33

  • Wednesday – 8/31 Lesson 3: Meaning through Figurative Language

    • SRP p. 9-10 Conversation Stems

 

  • Thursday – 9/1 Lesson 4-5: Synthesize Info from Different Sources

Section 1 Vocabulary Test 

  • Review “No Title” or supplemental texts of teacher’s choice or Discuss Character Trait of main characters in novel. 

  • SRP p. 11-13”No Title” and Two Texts Chart optional

  • This week, students completed SRP – Pink Packet pages 8-9, 11, and 14. No grade was taken on any of these skill sheets. We worked as a class and also in small groups to complete and discuss examples and the way the sheets should be completed. I will soon start posting the “Completed” SRP pages in Google Classroom. Students can use as an additional study resource, and the pages will also be an additional resource for the Culminating Writing Task after completion of the novel. 

 

  • Friday – ***Class in the library today –  Mrs. Burgess will review rules and procedures for library visits, book check out, etc… 

  • 9/2 Out of the Dust – Novel TEST- SECTION 1 –  Chromebooks will be available. Today we will work in the library, so after the test is complete and we review OOTD Section 2 Vocabulary Workshop, students will be able to check out a book and read.    

 

 

 

August 22nd – 26th 

***REMINDER – It is STRONGLY encouraged that studens purchase a copy of  the novel, OUT OF THE DUST  for annotations! 

*There will NOT be a vocabulary TEST this week. DOL TESTS Weeks 1 & 2 combined (Thursday 8/24) 

ALL students will join my Google Classroom today! All ELA instructional calendars will be posted

{English & Reading – Out of the Dust }    

We will follow the calendars as closely as possible. If there’s a change in our agenda for the week, students are responsible for making a note of it, and I’ll also post the change here on Teacher Pages. 

 

Monday –  Review vocabulary for “The School Play”, discuss common fears, begin reading the story (whole class part.) TRACE the PLOT of the story using a plot G.O. (graphic organizer), begin to build background for Out of the Dust novel (Vocabulary Workshop page – Section 1 – Fill in the blank & write sentences)  Supplemental texts used this week in SRP (Student Resource Packet) : The Drought, No Title, The New Deal, On Drought Conditions

Tuesday – Review the PLOT of “The School Play” – Partners read specific paragraphs for fluency, begin to build background for Out of the Dust novel  (HW – Vocabulary workshop – Section 1 – fill in the blank & write sentences)

 Supplemental texts used this week in SRP (Student Resource Packet) : The Drought, No Title, The New Deal, On Drought Conditions

**I will be modeling HOW to complete the SRP pages at the beginning of the packet until students understand the instructions clearly. 

Wednesday –  Partner and/or Small Group activities – Summarize our understanding of the supplemental resources and identify a timeline of historical events – 

Complete SRP pages throughout the week with the text (14-20,27-30, 35-36, 43) Continue Partner/Small Group activities for gaining background knowledge before reading Out of the Dust.    

       Thursday –   Continue any unfinished articles and SRP pages above with partners, small group, and teacher’s assistance.

       Friday –   Compare and Contrast informational/supplemental text – 

 

  Monday, August 29th – BEGIN reading OUT OF THE DUST – Section 1  

Out of the Dust – Vocabulary Section 1 TEST will be scheduled for NEXT WEEK...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 15th – 19th 

**HOMEWORK – It is extremely important that you use this week to ORGANIZE your ELA BINDER!  As noted below, I’ll be assisting all students with binder organization, but you are responsble for completing the organization at home if you do not have all the supplies needed yet.

ELA TEACHERS will follow the agenda as closely as possible, but often there are skills or activities that we either need to spend more time on, or skills that we do not get to complete due to time restraints, school related events, etc…  Students will be responsible for making a note of these changes if they are minor. If there are major changes, such as tests dates, quizzes, etc… I will post these changes here! 

 

Monday: 

  • Introduce rules, procedures, put away supplies 

  • Show around school 

  • Pass out important papers. 

  • Students fill out paperwork and do back to school fun activities of the teacher's choice. 

  • “Getting to know the teacher/students” activities of choice. 

 

Tuesday:  No Students- Only 7th/8th grade attend 

 

Wednesday: 

  • Put together binders 

  • DOL Week 1 modeling corrections and markings Sentences 1-4

  • Plot activity with pixar film and diagram pages. (paper copies)

  • Read “The School Play”  Discussing plot, characters (traits), setting, etc. 

  • Introduce vocabulary Define/Synonyms/Create Sentences

narrative, props, relentless, smirk, connotation, denotation,  & resolution

  • Discuss sentence types and structure.    

  • Discuss Power Words:  Compare and Contrast 

 

Thursday:  

  • Story activities of choice (Literary element identification, Plot discussion continuing, POV of characters, identify any figurative language, etc.) 

  • Discuss Power Words:  Compare and Contrast (compare and contrast with a partner lives, likes, dislikes, etc)

  • Continue vocab Define/Synonyms/Create Sentences

narrative, props, relentless, smirk, connotation, denotation,  & resolution 

Continue sentence types/structure.  

  • Continuing DOL Week 1 modeling Sentences 5-7

  •  Plot activity with pixar film and diagram pages. (paper copies)

 

Friday:  **Change in the Agenda : All 6th grade ELA will take their reading Diagnostic/Benchmark TEST today! It will take the entire block of class today, so any skills or activities we have NOT through Thursday, will be forwarded to next week. There is a possibility that some students may need more time to complete the Diagnostic/Benchmark test on Monday, August 22nd. Once all students have completed the test, we will resume regularly scheduled activities. Please be sure to review changes made to the agenda here on Teacher Pages next week.    

  • Writing activity for story - Do you think Belinda is nervous about performing in front of the student audience? **Compare and Contrast Belinda’s actions with Robert’s.**

  • Sentence creation competition by groups with vocab words (narrative, props, relentless, smirk, connotation, denotation,  & resolution ). 

  • Have students practice identifying sentence types/structure. 

  • Plot activity-  Analyze the plot of the story.  Place events on a diagram to identify what happens at each stage of the plot. 

ENGLISH

 

 

**REMINDER!  HOT CHOCOLATE AND COOKIE EXCHANGE DETAILS HAVE BEEN POSTED IN GOOGLE CLASSROOM. PARENTS, PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION! THANKS!  

DATE: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7TH!!!

 

December 5th – 9th 

DOL Week 14 – Due Wednesday, December 7th 

Monday –  Grammar skills, CUPS, and sentence types (compound and complex)  through writing SEEMS pargraphs

 

Tuesday –  Grammar skills, CUPS, and sentence types (compound and complex) through writing SEEMS paragraphs. 

 

Wednesday – Check DOL Week 14 (50 pts.) – Class is the library today. Hot Cocoa and Cookie Exchange during the second half of the block! 

 

Thursday – Intro. to Week 15 DOL 

 

Friday – NO SCHOOL/TEACHER INSERVICE  

 

 

November 28th – December 2nd

DOL Week 13 – Due Wednesday, November 30th 

Monday, November 28th – DOL Week 13 – Grammar skills – Complex Sentence 

SEEMS paragraphs for Hatchet  will reflect grammar skills, compound and/or complex sentences

Tuesday, November 29th – DOL  Week 13 – Grammar skills – Complex Sentences 

Wednesday, November 30th – Check DOL Week 13 (50pts) 

Thursday, December 1st – DOL Week 13 Test 

Friday, December 2nd – Complex Sentences continued… complete Hatchet reading activities 

 

 

November 14th – 18th 

***10 BONUS POINT OPPORTUNITY for the 2nd Nine Weeks  –  You may bring 1 Jumbo size bottle of Clorox wipes  –  OR  –  One 14 ounce or larger bag of individually wrapped miniature candies.   Thank you! 

 

Monday –  Homework – DOL Week 12 – Due Wednesday! 

Personal Pronoun Practice 

 

Tuesday – Hatchet – Reading and annotating cont… 

Personal Pronoun Practice 

 

WednesdayCheck DOL Week 12 

 

Thursday DOL Week 12 TEST! 

 

Friday – Make up any missed TESTS or assignments,

review of skills, iReady practice, etc…  

 

November 7th – 11th 

Monday – DOL Week 11 – Homework – Due Wednesday, Continue PERSONAL PRONOUNS practice (Google Classroom),

Tuesday – Election Day – No School!

Wednesday – CHECK DOL WEEK 11 – Continue practice with and Possessive Pronouns  *See Google Classroom.

Thursday –  DOL TEST – WEEK 11                                                                                           **Class in the library – Continue practice with personal and possessive pronouns

Friday –  Continue to complete any Hatchet writing activities 

 

October 31st – November 4th 

Monday –  DOL WEEK 10 / Introduction to Personal Pronouns – Study guide and worksheets will be uploaded to Google Classroom.

 

Tuesday – DOL Week 10 / Continue practicec with personal pronouns.

 

Wednesday – Check DOL Week 10

 

ThursdayContinue to complete personal pronoun practice (Google Classroom) and any unfinished Hatchet activities from the week.

 

Friday – Intro to DOL Week 11 – Finish any HATCHET reading activities 

DOL WEEK 10 TEST – No personal pronouns will be tested on the DOL this week – Study/practice will continue next week.

 

 

 

 

*****ENGLISH – DOL WEEK 9 HOMEWORK is DUE TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25th!  Students were given a copy this Monday, October 17th!  Homework grade ONLY – No DOL TEST due to 6th grade testing on WEDNESDAY!  

October 24th – 28th  

Monday, October 24th –  OOTD project presentations by any students who are absent Friday, Oct. 21st ,

Begin expert groups of “Survival by the Numbers” or “What Would Peter Do?”  Groups will be assigned a specific survival tip and present their findings and information in “student-friendly words” 

Tuesday, October 25th – Read “What Would Peter Do?” – whole class and discuss/compare to survival tips from the article, “Survival by the Numbers” 

**Begin Prior Knowledge of Hatchet – Internet Research Project – See Google Classroom Document/Assignment 

Wednesday, October 26th – INNOVATIVE ASSESSMENT – HUMANITIES TESTING – ALL STUDENTS!  It’s very important to be PRESENT today and bring your Chromebook FULLY CHARGED! 

Thursday, October 27th –  APPLE DAY!!  –  DON’T forget to bring your TREAT to share with the CLASS!  We will be enjoying treats, reading, and completing any work in the LIBRARY today… 

Friday, October 28th – Read the short story of survival, “Scout’s Honor” and complete the skills pages – See Google Classroom for the short story and assignment. 

*Early finishers – Continue and and complete your HATCHET Internet Research Project – Google Classroom 

 

**Students were given a hard copy of the OOTD Project and APPLE DAY on Thursday, October 6th. We discussed the details, and I encouraged students to use any free time during their Fall Break to work on their project!  It should be fun, NOT stressful! If students choose the DIGITAL SCRAPBOOK, a template for it will be available in my Google Classroom. No supplies, crafts, materials are needed for this one! The project instructions and Apple Day information have also been uploaded to Google Classroom! 

Out of the Dust Projects are DUE to PRESENT  on Friday, October 21st  (100 points) 

October 17th - 21st  

Out of the Dust Culminating Writing Task 

WEEK 9 DOL has been moved to Tuesday, October 25th!  

The only homework this week is to be sure you stay on track with your

OOTD CULMINATING WRITING TASK and COMPLETE YOUR OOTD PROJECT (Due Friday) 

Monday –  Begin the culminating writing task for OOTD – Brainstorming/Collecting text evidence

Tuesday – Writing Task Continued… ROUGH DRAFTS

Wednesday – Review ROUGH DRAFTS – Use the LEAP 2025 Writing Rubric to evaluate rough draft content, including text evidence, and organization (Partners/Small Groups) 

**Some students who complete their FINAL ESSAY early, may have time to present their OOTD PROJECT today! 

Thursday – Color Code the finished essay and enter your Final Draft into the Google document.           (100 points) 

Friday – OOTD PROJECT PRESENTATIONS (100 points)    

 

 

October 3rd – 7th 

**NO new English/grammar skills this week! NO DOL TEST – only week 8 homework grade! Our focus will be Out of the Dust reading and writing activities….

Monday –  Writing Revolution Writing Task ( 45 min.), OOTD reading activities (45 min.) *See Reading Agenda

Tuesday – Complex Sentence Practice, Continue OOTD reading activities 

Wednesday – Check Week 8 DOL (50 pts.) NO DOL TEST, continue OOTD reading activities

Thursday – OOTD writing activities cont… *See reading agenda 

Friday – Teacher’s choice reading/grammar review of skills 

 

 

September 26th – 30th 

**DOL Homework – Week 7 Due Wednesday – NO DOL TEST this week! ONLY a HOMEWORK grade due to time with our short story 

Monday – Point of View Poem by “Mr. Kelby” – Directions and final draft document is in Google Classroom – Continue working on this poem after completing the OOTD book test.   

Tuesday –  “Tuesday of the Other June” (Reading the short story) 

Wednesday – Check Week 7 DOL (50 pts.)  – After reading “Tuesday of the Other June”, compose two SEEMS paragraphs either compare or contrast characters or explain a theme from the short story. **If time permits, watch a short Disney Pixar film for theme.

** Short Story – WRITING ASSIGNMENT – In class and will be posted to Google Classroom with instructions on Wednesday. 

Thursday –  complete any SEEMS writing and/or skill practice for the short story – “Tuesday of the other June” –  Individual or small group book checkout from the library.

Friday – Complete SEEMS paragraphs or any skill pages from the short story –  QUIZIZZ if time permits! 

 

 

 

September 19th – 23rd 

Now that all students have a Chromebook, most homework and/or class assignments will be uploaded to Google Classroom with exception to the DOL Homework, which will continue by PAPER COPY 

DOL Week 6 Homework – Due Wednesday, September 21st   

Several “VERB” practice quizzes have been uploaded on Google Classroom under “Quizizz Practice” –  Practice these throughout the week… 

“Figurative Language” Quizizz practice will also be added this week as well. You may use these Quizzes any time. 

Monday –  Teacher Inservice / No Students   

Tuesday – Verbs continued (Action, Linking, & Helping) Practice pages will be uploaded to Google Classroom on the day assigned. 

Wednesday – Check DOL Week 6   Verbs practice continued…  Action, Linking, & Helping Verbs

Thursday –  DOL Week 6 TEST &  VERBS TEST (Action,Linking, & Helping) 

Friday - Continue the OOTD argumentative writing assignment from Thursday’s reading lesson... 

 

 

September 12th – 16th 

 

Monday –   DOL Week 5  – Homework sheet was given on Friday, September 9th –  DUE WEDNESDAY! 

               –  Bellringer – Compound sentence practice 

               –  Verbs continued…. Action/Linking/Helping Verbs –  Practice Quiz –  Complete in class and review answers 

 

Tuesday – Compound sentences (Locate sentences from Out of the Dust  poems    (Chromebooks should be given to students today!) 

                – Continue verbs practice –  Action/Linking/Helping –  use worksheets we have checked, along with study guides to review for test questions  (on the DOL Quiz) 

 

Wednesday –  Check DOL Week 5  and OOTD Vocabulary Sections 4/5 (50  point grades)  

 

Thursday –  DOL Week 5 TEST 

 

Friday –  OOTD Vocabulary Sections 4/5  and Novel – Sections 2/3 TESTS 

               

 

 

September 6th – 9th 

DOL week 4  homework is due Wednesday, September 7th –  NO DOL TEST will be given ( homework grade only)

Monday – Labor Day – No School 

Tuesday, September 6th –  Continue with sentence structure (Compound sentences) Verbs (Action & Linking)  – Practice pages for linking verbs and teacher choice activities

Wednesday, September 7th – Check DOL week 4 and continue LINKING/ACTION verbs activities – all completed activities will be placed behind the “Resource” tab in students’ binders.  Continue with sentence structure (Compound sentences)

Thursday, September 8th – Continue Linking/Action verbs activities and sentence structure (Compound sentences)

**HANDOUT – DOL RESOURCE – Rules for Punctuation….  All students were given this paper copy to place in their binders – DOL 

Friday, September 9th – Introduce Week 5 DOL and teacher choice activities for review of Linking/Action verbs, short response writing task for OOTD including compound sentences

 

 

August 29th – September 2nd 

 

DOL Week 3 Homework – Due Wednesday, August 31st 

Power words: Compare, contrast, describe Skills: Figurative Language – Simile, Metaphor, Personification in text, nouns, novel plot, theme, and characterization

Monday, August 29th –  Review nouns – Concrete, abstract, and collective, simple and compound sentences, discuss OOTD culminating writing task.

 

Tuesday, August 30th – Continue nouns, sentence structure (compound sentences) 

 

Wednesday, August 31st – Check DOL Week 3 (50 points), review OOTD vocabulary workshop – 

 

Thursday, September 1st –  OOTD vocabulary workshop TEST, DOL Week 3 TEST w/Nouns 

 

Friday, September 2nd –  Introduce DOL Week 4 and OOTD Vocabulary Section 2  

 

August 22nd – 26th 

HW = Homework 

Monday:  Sentence Types, Structure

Weekly Skill -Noun Types, Noun usage in sentences, Identifying nouns in text, creating sentences with varying noun uses. 

Creating sentences with starters with because, but, so for bellringers.  HW:  DOL Week 2. Due 8/24 for a 50 point Grade. 

NOUN/Sentence Structure PRACTICE pages will be completed in class this week. If we do not complete some of the worksheets, I may assign some practice pages for completion at home as needed. 

Tuesday:  Sentence Types, Structure

Weekly Skill -Noun Types, Noun usage in sentences, Identifying nouns in text, creating sentences with varying noun uses. 

Creating sentences with starters with because, but, so for bellringers.  HW:  DOL Week 2. Due 8/24 for a 50 point Grade.

 

Wednesday:   Sentence Types, Structure

Weekly Skill -Noun Types, Noun usage in sentences, Identifying nouns in text, creating sentences with varying noun uses. 

Creating sentences with starters with because, but, so for bellringers.  Check DOL Week 2 for 50 point Grade.

 

Thursday:  DOL Week 1 & 2 and Types of Sentences Test (Declarative, Exclamatory, Interrogative, Imperative) **Use all practice pages and study guides in your Resource Tab to study! 

 

Friday:  Continue nouns into next week.  DOL Week 3 next week

 

 

ENGLISH 

 

Beginning the week of August 22nd – 26th, weekly DOL and grammar skills, homework, tests, and activities will be posted here. I will be providing a PAPER copies of activities until students check out a CHROMEBOOK. The weekly homework DOL sheet will continue to be completed on paper throughout the year. 

Calendars for the 9 weeks (Out of the Dust NOVEL and daily grammar skills calendar)  will be posted here on Teacher Pages AND Google Classroom. 

 

STUDENT & PARENT WELCOME LETTER  

 

6th Grade - English Language Arts 

Mrs. Barfield 

 

Welcome to West Ridge all Patriots!  I hope you had a wonderful summer. I am looking forward to an amazing school year with you!          

The goal in my classroom is to assist in creating successful, respectful,   

self-motivated and responsible learners who will enjoy coming to school every day! West Ridge teachers always have high expectations for all students, so we share organizational strategies and important suggestions for setting daily and weekly goals to be successful in middle school. 

We will cover grammar and writing English skills daily, and develop a deeper understanding of how to analyze writing tasks and explore all the mechanics that are involved in the writing process. In reading, we will read TWO novels and ONE informational text assigned by the parish. Students are STRONGLY encouraged to purchase their own copy of the novel for making annotations. 

  • Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse (We will begin reading this one ASAP!) 

*This book is available now on Scholastic.com for purchase, and if you enter my CLASS CODE, it will be shipped directly to the school. When the order comes in, I can distribute the books directly to students.  Mrs. Barfield’s Scholastic Code: GK6TD

  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (This novel will be needed in November)

  • If Stones Could Speak: Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge  by National Geographic/Marc Aronson (We usually begin this book in mid- February) 

*I would not purchase this hardback book in advance until further notice. 

 

We will read, analyze, and develop a more advanced understanding and interpretation of  a variety of literary sources, figurative language, literary elements, and strengthen test taking skills and reading comprehension. 

 

   Class Expectations/Rules 

  1. Give 100% every day and have a positive attitude! 

  2. Respect everyone 

  3. Bring all materials to class daily ( pens, pencils,highlighter, binder, paper) and Chromebooks once it’s assigned to you. 

  4. Begin work when entering class 

  5. Go to the restroom BETWEEN classes. Bathroom emergencies ONLY during ELA block.  

  6. NO cell phone use - Students will be asked to leave CELL PHONES and APPLE WATCHES  in their book bag during instructional and testing times.   

  7. Water /Clear flavored water ONLY - You will be allowed to drink water during class, but water bottles should remain in your bookbag during class time.  Other liquids if approved due to a medical diagnosis. 

  8. Raise your hand to ask a question for respond - Do NOT interrupt when others are speaking

  9. Complete all assignments on time. Pay attention to DUE dates! If you are absent due to a doctor’s appointment or sickness, you will be given a specific number of days to complete assignments. With a Chromebook checked out and used at home, this should not be a problem. Late points will be deducted if the assignment is PAST the expected due date. A ZERO will be given if the assignment is NOT submitted. 

  10. Be KIND 


 

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This school year, students may bring earbuds or headphones WITH a CORD.  

NO Bluetooth or wireless headphones or earbuds will be allowed. 

 

 

       *ELA class supply list is on a separate sheet and can also be found in Google Classroom. 

 

Conference Times/Contact Information

If you would like to schedule a conference, please call WRMS and ask for a counselor. They will schedule a conference time for you. 

Please email me if you ever have any questions or concerns. 

My plan is 1st hour, so it may be after school before I can reply. Emailing me is one of the best ways of communication throughout the school year! 

Jbarfield@opsb.net   

 

Weekly Agendas

Please check WRMS - Teacher Pages - for class daily assignments and announcements. 

Activities, tests, resources pages, practice work, links to websites or other activities will be posted in Google Classroom. Your child should be able to log in to Google Classroom easily so you can view their assignments, tests taken, etc…

 

SCHOOL SUPPLIES & BINDER SET UP INSTRUCTIONS 

 

ELA Class Supplies    

 

     

     Mechanical Pencils or #2 Pencils                      

     Pencil top erasers if you use regular #2

 

     Red pens for DOL, proofreading, etc…  

     (Keep one in your binder for daily use)

 

  1. Package of highlighters (multi-colored are preferred) 

 

     Blue or Black pens may be used (optional) 

     

  1. Package of lined paper - keep at home and add to your 

    binder as needed

 

      5-10 page protectors as needed for resource sheets 

 

  1. 2X2 any color Sticky Note pad for reading activities 

 

  1.    1 ½ to 2 inch binder   (A one inch binder will be too small!) 

 

  1. 4 tab dividers (with pockets nice but optional) 

 

    ** 10 POINT BONUS  opportunity - 1st 9 weeks 

         Bring ONE of the following items:  

 

  • ONE bottle LARGE Clorox Wipes 

  • ONE 16 ounce or larger bag INDIVIDUALLY wrapped candy - 

Ex. - Dum Dums, any MINIATURE candy bar/mix, Starburst, Jolly Ranchers, Hershey Kisses, etc…  

  • Two boxes Kleenex 

         




 

  

 Binder Set Up with Tabs   

 

Add the following tabs to your binder, and please place them in the numbered order below.

 Buy the tabs without the white insert labels. These often fall out of the actual tab. It is very easy to use a fine point Sharpie to  create the following tabs: 

 

1- DOL 

2- Novel

3- Resources

4- Writing 

 

*One of the MOST important things you can do to be more successful in 6th grade is to maintain an organized binder!!    :)