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6th Grade Reading Weekly Agenda



West Ridge Patriots 

You will see the attached calendar for ELA.  


Some students have already ordered some great Scholastic books for reading...  These orders will help me use bonus points earned to purchase chapter books for our classrooom! Thank you! 

See the reading calendar for the first 9th weeks below!  


**This letter below was given to all students on Wednesday, August 14th : 



Mrs. Barfield - ELA Room 112


I hope all of you had a wonderful, restful summer. I’m looking to getting to know you and enjoying a fantastic year of learning in ELA with all of my new PATRIOTS!!

*The following information should help guide you and your child through the school year:    

ELA Class expectations:

  1. Listen to directions.
  2. Enter the classroom quietly and prepared.
  3. Always do your best.
  4. Respect all teachers and peers.
  5. No excuses!

      *Required reading:

 1st 9 weeks:  Out of the Dust

2nd 9 weeks:  Hatchet

3rd 9 weeks:  If Stones Could Speak

*The SUPPLY LIST was handed out to students on Monday, August 12th. It will also be posted on my WR TEACHER page this week.

Students are REQUIRED to purchase a copy of the novels listed above. For now, I am opening a Scholastic Book Club order (Online only) to assist parents/students with a convenient way to purchase at a great price! Since we are beginning the novel on Monday, August 19th, the book orders must be placed by 6p.m.  on Sunday, August  18th. I will close the ordering window after that time and place the order so the books will be shipped immediately. Until they arrive, students will use the CLASS SET of novels.

Go to:


*Students may listen to the audio book of each novel on auditory reinforcement.        Ex…Search Out of the Dust Winter 1934.

* is a great resource for taking practice quizzes on the novel's vocabulary words and increasing comprehension. Once the student completes the quiz, it will grade it. You do NOT need to create an account.                    Type in the SEARCH bar:   barfieldreading   (all lower case – no spaces)

*We will visit the library next Wednesday, and Mrs. Burgess will give each student their Google email and password after orientation of computer and library use.

Students may visit the library before school in the mornings, at lunch, and assigned library times to check out a book. If they finish work early in class, reading their library book for enjoyment is expected. I will provide ONE open Scholastic Book Club order each 9 week period so students can have fun purchasing a book(s) for reading enjoyment!

**The following blog/website has a fantastic list of books by age range, genre, and interest!! I will give the information to all of my students, but please visit the site for yourself. It’s such a great resource!


*Reading grades will be earned from the following:

Novel tests, vocabulary, and other reading response activities, short- response tasks

Literary elements/skills: Ex… Plot, Main Idea, Theme, Figurative Language, etc…  


*English grades will be earned from the following:

Weekly grammar quiz/tests  and Writing Tasks from the required novel.

*Additional information:

NO CHEWING GUM in class. That is a SCHOOL RULE!

Cell phones MUST be Silenced or OFF at all times. If a phone rings during class, the phone will be sent to an administrator. *See OPSB policies/rules

Students are allowed to bring a clear water bottle daily.  Yetis or other colored bottles are not allowed unless they are kept in the lunch box or book bag at all times.

Please be aware that writing tasks and activities require more time to grade, so they may not be posted to the student progress center as quickly as other graded assignments.

Remind your child of proper hygiene. It's a good idea for students to keep an extra deodorant spray or stick in their P.E. locker or book bag in case they need to reapply after exercise.

Bonus point opportunities will be announced throughout the school year. They will be posted on Teacher Pages - Agenda or Documents. 

Q: Where do I find my child’s agenda for the week?

A: Go to the West Ridge Website. Above the large image in the center, you’ll see tabs. Search for TEACHER PAGES. Once you click here, you’ll see ALL teachers at West Ridge. Click on any teacher's name to see their weekly assignments.





Q: How do I see my child’s grades?

A: If your child is coming from an elementary school in Ouachita Parish, login should be the same as last year. Scroll down on the West Ridge website until you see QUICK LINKS to the right of the screen. Click on Student Progress Center. If your child is new to the parish, please contact Mrs. Burgess, our school librarian for assistance.

The best way to reach me is through email if you have any questions. (

My planning period is 1st hour, so if you email me after that time, I will most likely not be able to respond until after school.


Thanks in advance for your support at home.  I'm definitely excited and looking forward to a fantastic year with all of these wonderful 6th graders!


                                                                                                                 Mrs. Barfield








BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR PROJECT/APPLE DAY NOTE THIS WEEK!                                                             It will be posted in Google Classroom as well. 

Check Google Classroom daily for assignments that are due. 

**SRP = Student Resource Pack in student’s binder**

No New Vocabulary Words this week

Monday: No School/Fall Break

Tuesday: No school/Fall Break


1. Bellringer 

2.Cold Read Task  (Out of the Dust




2. Cold Read Task 



1. Bellringer

  1. Cold Read Task


Out of the Dust Calendar





Week 1:

Text Box: Week 1:
  • 8/19 Introduce Novel and Task
    • HOMEWORK: Section 1 Vocab Workshop     
  • 8/20 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
  • 8/21 Lesson 2: Character Development
    • Read Section 1 p. 17-33
    • SRP p. 5-8 Character Analysis Chart/Character Evidence Chart
  • 8/22 Lesson 3: Meaning through Figurative Language
    • SRP p. 9-10 Conversation Stems
      • TEST SECTION 1 Vocab.
  • 8/23 Lesson 4-5: Synthesize Info from Different Sources
    • Read “No Title”
    • SRP p. 11-13”No Title” and Two Texts Chart
      • TEST- SECTION 1



Week 2:

Text Box: Week 2:
  • 8/26 Lesson 4-5: Synthesize Info from Different Sources (Cont.)
    • Read “No Title”
    • SRP p. 11-13 “No Title” and Two Texts Chart
      • HOMEWORK: Section 2/3 Vocab Workshop
  • 8/27 Lesson 6: Research Drought Years
    • Read “The Drought” SRP p. 20
    • SRP P. 14-19 and 21-26 Vocab Logs
      • HOMEWORK: Section 2/3 Vocab Workshop
  • 8/28 Lesson 7: Summarize our Understanding
    • Review “The Drought” Read “New Deal” and “The Great Depression.” SRP p. 20
    • SRP p. 27-30”The Drought” Summary/Drought! & 35-36 Excerpts of Encyclopedia Entries
  • 8/29 Lesson 8: Timeline of Historical Events
    • SRP p. 37-42 Dust bowl Timeline
      • TEST: Section 2-3 Vocab
      • Timeline will be taken for grade.
  • 8/30 Lesson 9: Compare and Contrast Info. Text Structures
    • SRP p. 43 Information Structures




Week 3:

Text Box: Week 3:
  • 9/3 Lesson 10: Understanding Characters
    • Read Section 2 p. 37-39
    • SRP P. 44-46 Character Analysis Chart & Argument Sentence Stems
  • 9/4 Lesson 11: Analyze Tone & Mood
    • Read Section 2 p. 40-51
    • SRP p. 47-48 Tone and Mood in “Spring 1934”
  • 9/5 Lesson 12: Write a Poem Using a Model
    • SRP p.49 Tone and Mood in “On The Road With Arley”
  • 9/6 Lesson 12: Continued
    • Taken for Grade






Week 4:

Text Box: Week 4:
  • 9/9 Lesson 13: Connections--Novel and Historical Events
    • Read Section 3 p. 55-69
      • HOMEWORK-Section 4-5 Vocab Workshop
  • 9/10  Lesson 13: CONTINUED
    • Read Section 3 p. 70-84
      • HOMEWORK-Section 4-5 Vocab Workshop
  • 9/11 Lesson 14: Determining Message
    • Read “On Drought Conditions” SRP P. 56-57
    • SRP p. 58 Argument Sent. Stems
  • 9/12 Lesson 14/15: Continue Lesson 14/Life in the Dust Bowl
    • Read “Letters from the Dust Bowl.” SRP p. 74-85
    • SRP P. 71-73 “Letters from the Dust Bowl” Comprehension Qu.
      • TEST-Section 4-5 Vocab.
  • 9/13 Lesson 15: Continued
    • TEST-Section 2-3







Week 5:

Text Box: Week 5:




  • 9/16 Lesson 16:Compare & Contrast Author’s Purpose
  • 9/17 Lesson 17: Empathize with Characters
    • ReadSection 4 p. 87-95
    • Read Section 5 p. 99-110
  • 9/18 Lesson 18: Examine How Characters Change
    • Read Section 5 p. 111-149
    • SRP p. 86-87 Character Analysis Chart
  • 9/19 Lesson 19: Plan Argumentative Essay
    • TEST- Section 4-5
  • SRP p. 88-93 Argument Structure Organizer
  • 9/20 Lesson 20: Draft Argument Essay
    • SRP p.  94-101 Argument Sent. Organizer
    • SRP p. 102-103 Argument Sent. Stems and Transition Words.





Week 6:

Text Box: Week 6:
  • 9/23 Lesson 21: Argument Essay Revision
    • SRP p. 120-121 Argument Revision and Editing Checklist
      • Essay will be taken for English Grade.
      • HOMEWORK- Section 6-7 Vocab Workshop
  • 9/24  Lesson 22: Examine Word Choice
    • SRP p. 123-124 Character Analysis Chart
    • Read Section 6 p. 153-167
      • HOMEWORK- Section 6-7 Vocab Workshop
  • 9/25 Lesson 23:Uncover Emerging Themes
    • Read Section 6 p. 168-189
    • SRP p. 125 TP-CASTT “Hope”
  • 9/26 Lesson 24: Explore Accounts of Migrant Life
    • Read “Okies” and View “Migrant Mothers” SRP P. 126-128
      • TEST- Section 6-7 Vocab Workshop
  • 9/27 Lesson 25: Examine Themes Across Genres
    • Re-read Section 6 p. 184-186





Week 7:

Text Box: Week 7:
  • 9/30 Professional Development Day
  • 10/1  Lesson 25: Continue from 9/27
  • 10/2 Lesson 26: Re-examine Themes
    • Read “USDA Photographer Rescues Destitute Farmworkers” SRP P. 129-131
  • 10/3 Lesson 27: Compare/Contrast Themes
    • Read “Dreams” P. 193-194 & “On Stage” p. 13
    • SRP P. 132-133 Character Analysis Chart
  • 10/4 Lesson 28: Examine Themes Across Genres
    • SRP p. 134 TP-CASST
    • Read Section 7 p. 195-206





Week 8:

Text Box: Week 8:
  • 10/7 Lesson 29: Making Predictions on Historical Facts
    • Read Section 7.  p. 209-227
  • 10/8  Lesson 30: Task Brainstorming
    • SRP p. 135-138 CWT Brainstorming Chart
      • TEST- Section 6-7
  • 10/9 Lesson 31: Plan and Write 1st Draft
    • SRP p. 135-138 CWT Brainstorming Chart
  • 10/10 Lesson 32: Complete 1st Draft
  • 10/11 Lesson 33: Assess and Revise Draft
    • SRP p. 139-140 Argument Revision and Editing Checklist
      • Essay will count for a grade in English



Week 9:

Text Box: Week 9:
  • 10/14 Fall Break
  • 10/15 Fall Break
  • 10/16 Cold Read Task
  • 10/17 Cold Read Task
  • 10/18