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6th Grade ELA Weekly Agenda



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December 6th – 10th 


MONDAY – Intro. to DOL Week 12 

Begin Direct and Indirect Objects by introduction of basic diagramming of sentences  – Study Guide is posted in Google Classroom 

Today – Practice page #1 


TUESDAY – Homework – DOL Week 12 

Continue diagramming practice with Direct and Indirect Objects and Practice worksheet (Google Classroom)  

Today – Practice page #2 



Continue Direct and Indirect Objects  – Practice page (Google Classroom) 










*Candy ideas – Individually wrapped, miniatures not snack size, suckers, mini Reeses, Hershey Kisses, Laffy Taffy, Jolly Ranchers, miniature Tootsie Pops, etc…     THANKS! 

You may bring either ONE BAG of candy for the REWARD BOX or ONE JUMBO Bottle of Clorox Wipes (78-80ct) 


December 6th – 10th 





November 29th – December 3rd 

Monday – DOL Week 11 Homework – Due Wednesday, December 1st 

Continue Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases …. GC worksheet 


Tuesday – DOL Week 11  – Homework due Wednesday 

Continue with Prepositions and COMPLETE the FINAL DRAFT of the CONSTRUCTED RESPONSE for HATCHET 

Wednesday – Check DOL Week 11  and continue to reading activities 

Thursday – DOL WEEK 11 TEST  

Friday – Introduce DOL Week 12 and Demonstrative Pronouns 




November 15th – 19th 


NO DOL HOMEWORK or DOL TEST  this week!  Our focus will be reading HATCHET chapters 5-8, annotating, vocabulary and novel test, and completing the CONSTRUCTED WRITING RESPONSE for HATCHET –  All materials are located under the TOPIC – Hatchet – “What Would Peter Do?” Group Activities 

NOVEMBER 8th – 12th 


  Monday DOL Week 10 Homework – Due Wednesday

Introduction to Prepositions – Practice worksheet                  Tuesday - Dol Week 10 – Homework 

Continue with Prepositions/Prepositional Phrases – Practice worksheet

 Wednesday – Continue Preposition Practice – Day 3  (GC) , Check DOL Week 10  

 Thursday – VETERAN’S DAY – No School 

 Friday – DOL Week 10 TEST w/ Prepositions




November 1st – 5th 

**Homework – DOL WEEK 9 – Due Wednesday (11/3) 

*Study guides and practice pages will be in Google Classroom

Monday – Bellringer (sentence practice), Introduction to PERSONAL PRONOUNS, review the study guide for personal pronouns

Tuesday – Bellringer, Personal Pronoun Practice (Subjective and Objective) 

Wednesday – Check DOL Week 9 Homework  –  Pronoun Practice (Possessive) 

ThursdayReview ALL case pronouns (Subjective, Objective, & Possessive) 

Friday –  DOL WEEK 9 TEST w/ personal pronouns 




6th grade Humanities TEST – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27th!! 

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October 25th – 29th 





We will begin HATCHET next MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1st!! 

A Hatchet Internet Project is being assigned Tuesday, October 26th – Students may work on this in class when time permits and for HOMEWORK –  The project is due in Google Classroom next Friday, November 5th… 




Bellringer: Sentence Stems/Sentence Expansion/Sentence Scrambles

1.Finish OOTD Project Presentations if not completed.

2. Introduction of POWER WORDS.  Pass out study guides and go over. 

3. Review Literary Terms:  Plot, Theme, Characterization, Mood, Tone, Imagery, Conflicts. 

4.  Review of practices for Peer Critiques/Editing on essays. 



Bellringer: Sentence Stems/Sentence Expansion/Sentence Scrambles

  1.  Review POWER WORDS & Literary Elements.  

  2. Peer Critiques/Editing - LIT Observations


Wednesday:  HUMANITIES TESTING/Building background 

Educational Film-Survival if time permits after testing 



Review with Quizlets/kahoot and Blooket on Power Words and Literary Elements


Friday:  Build background for Hatchet (Read Survival by the Numbers), pass out Hatchet SRP packets, introduce vocabulary section 1 and DOL Week 9/10 homework 





October 18th – 22nd  

**OOTD projects are DUE this Thursday, October 21st 

GC resources needed for the writing task: Brainstorm/Organize, “How to Use Text Evidence”, and SEEMS documents

Monday Begin Out of the Dust culminating writing task – *See the brainstorming/organizing sheet in GC

*Locate relevant text evidence and create a rough draft – Resources  SEEMS organizer in (GC) Google Classroom 

Tuesday – Continue to complete the rough draft – Organize/revise any information and/or text evidence using any resources in GC. 

Wednesday – Final Draft Due today – Use the Editing Checklist (SRP p.140) and revise all paragraphs. 

Color Code your ESSAY – See color code document – It will be uploaded today in GC.

Thursday  – PRESENTATION of OOTD projects in class! (100pts.)


Friday – PRESENTATION of OOTD projects in class! (100pts.)




October 4th – 8th 

*Last week to bring in one bag of candy for bonus points!  :)

Monday – Bellringer daily (GC) Linking and Helping Verbs (In-class practice pages will be uploaded daily to GC)

 *DOL week 8 homework is due Wednesday. (50pts.)

Tuesday – Continue linking and helping verbs – practice page and/or Quizizz or Kahoot

Wednesday – Check DOL Week 8 

Continue linking and helping verb practice

Thursday – DOL TEST week 8 

Friday – Introduction to DOL Week 9 




September 27th – October 1st 

** 10 Point Bonus Opportunity  – Bring in ONE bag (10 oz or larger) of individually wrapped candy… 

Suggestions : Jolly Ranchers, Starburst, Tootsie Rolls or miniature Tootsie pops, Hershey’s kisses, Miniatures (not fun size) candy bars, Dum Dum suckers… 

Candy is accepted through Friday, October 1st 


Monday – Teacher In-service – NO School 

Tuesday – Bellringer (also work on DOL HW) , Introduce Action & Helping Verbs 

*DOL HW – Week 7 Handout – DUE Wednesday  

Wednesday – Check DOL Week 7 HW – Verbs practice (GC) and Quizizz 

Thursday – DOL Week 7 TEST w/ basic action/linking verbs  – POV Poem is due today – “Christmas Dinner without the Cranberry Sauce” 50 pts.

Friday – Introduce DOL 8 and review of all skills – Kahoot or Quizizz 




September 20th - 24th 

** 10 Point Bonus Opportunity  – Bring in ONE bag (10 oz or larger) of individually wrapped candy… 

Suggestions : Jolly Ranchers, Starburst, Tootsie Rolls or miniature Tootsie pops, Hershey’s kisses, Miniatures (not fun size) candy bars, Dum Dum suckers… 

Candy is accepted through Friday, October 1st 


Monday – Intro. to DOL Week 6 and continue singular and plural possessive nouns 

Tuesday – Continue possessive nouns practice – Quizizz (whole class) 

Wednesday – Check DOL Week 6 (Review Noun Study Guide for Homework) 

Thursday – DOL Week 6 Test w/ possessive nouns 

Friday – Intro. to subordinating conjunctions for creating compound sentences and review of grammar skills, parts of speech, etc… 


September 13th – 17th


Skill:   Singular/Plural Possessive Nouns/DOL Week 5 


Monday:  Bellringer Sentence Stem Expansions

Assign DOL Week 5

Introduce Singular/Plural Possessive Nouns (emphasize no apostrophe is needed to make a plural, but they are necessary to show ownership.)  Use the prior week’s study guide on the back of Nouns for students to follow for rules of possessives.  

Have students expand sentences with “sentence stems” (teacher created) as bell ringers or as part of the whole group lesson.  Students will identify any singular/plural and possibly possessive nouns in the text of OOTD or article reading. Students can use singular and plural nouns from the text to create possessive nouns. 

Worksheet of teacher’s choice.

Tuesday:  Bellringer Sentence Stem Expansions

HW DOL Week 5

Continue possessive nouns study through text and worksheet practice.  

Students can do a “noun walk around the room and create singular/plural noun possessives. 

Wednesday:  Bellringer:  Sentence Stem Expansion

Check DOL Week 5 for a 50 point grade. 

 Identify singular nouns in text and make them plural on worksheet and periodically throughout the novel.  

Thursday:  Bellringer:  Sentence Stem Expansion

DOL Test Week 5


Introduce DOL 6 and sentence stem expansions novel content related. 


Friday, September 10th – DOL Week 4 Test! 


** 10 Point Bonus Opportunity  – Bring in ONE bag (10 oz or larger) of individually wrapped candy… 

Examples but not limited to: Jolly Ranchers, Starburst, Tootsie Rolls, Hershey’s kisses, Miniature size candy bars, Dum Dum suckers… 

Please bring in the candy anytime between September 7th – October 1st 

Students earn candy for special DOL participation, earning As on reading and/or English tests, group activities, great citizenship, etc…  

Thank you in advance for the bonus candy! 


September 6th – 10th

Monday – Labor Day Holiday!

Tuesday – Singular/Plural Nouns Introduction – *See Nouns study guide – Slide Show presentation & practice page 

Wednesday – Plural Nouns – possessives, practice identifying and writing clauses and phrases 

*Video resource – Clause vs. Phrase 

Thursday – Check DOL Week 4 

Continue practice w/ nouns (Singular, plural, possessive)

Friday DOL Week 4 TEST   – Continue a spiral review of grammar skills from weeks 1-3 (Teacher’s choice) 

August 30th - September 3rd 

Homework: DOL Week 3 – Due Wednesday

(A copy was given in class Friday, August 27th) 

Monday, August 30th – See E.Resources and any video resources for the following that we will review and/or practice in class today:  

1-The 4 Sentence Types (Declarative,Interrogative,Imperative, and Exclamatory)

2-Use highlighters to review the NOUN Study Guide 

3- Fragments/Complete Sentences 

*You may also go to and search for any English skills for additional fun practice

Tuesday, August 31st –  Skills review – See E. Resources – Use the OOTD Novel for examples...

1- Repeat with practice in class and video resources for the following from Monday: 

2- The  4 Sentence Types, Nouns (Proper, Common, Collective, Abstract)  

3 – Fragments/Complete Sentences and Phrases Vs. Clauses 

Wednesday, September 1st – CHECK DOL WEEK 3  (50 points) 

Skills review with worksheets,video resources, and locating/recording examples from the NOVEL

Thursday, September 2nd – Scavenger hunt for NOUNS, the 4 Kinds of Sentences, and review Fragments and complete sentences.  These skills will be added to the DOL TEST, so please review study guides in your E. Resource section. 

Friday, September 3rd DOL WEEK 3 TEST with additional questions on skills from the week

Introduce Singular and Plural Nouns and continue to recording examples of phrases (Prepositional and adverb phrases from the OOTD text) 







August 23rd – 27th 

*All students will be joining my Google Classroom on Monday – Even though students are given a a paper copy, DOL Homework sheets, pages for the week, Section 1 vocabulary workshop pages will be uploaded there for students to ACCESS at home as well. Most TESTS (DOL, NOVEL, and VOCABULARY TESTS) will be taken in GOOGLE CLASSROOM. 

Monday: DOL 2 Due Wednesday for 50 point grade.  

WEEK 2 DOL homework should be located behind the DOL tab in the binder. We completed WEEK 1 DOL for PRACTICE last week – Grading will begin with WEEK 2 

**ALL students need a RED pen to check their DOL on Wednesday and make any necessary corrections while grading. 

Practice page  in class for Sentences & Fragments – (Monday) 

**Any practice worksheets in progress or completed in class should be located behind the E – Resources TAB in the students’ binders. 

Fragments, Clauses, Phrases, Sentences, and types of sentences

Students will discuss parts of speech and conventions found in the sentences. 


Tuesday:  Continue Sentence types, fragments, etc…

Practice Worksheet – (Tuesday) 

Students will create sentences from fragments and practice writing the 4 sentence types

Students will discuss parts of speech and conventions found in the sentences. 


Wednesday:  Check DOL 2 for 50 points grade. 

Students will continue with sentence structure and types. Students will expand fragments into complete sentences. Students will continue to indentify parts of speech and conventions in sentences.

Study DOL for test tomorrow. 


Thursday:  DOL Week 2 Test 


Friday: ELA BENCHMARK – ALL 6th grade students will complete this pretest on the Chromebook.

 Students will identify types of sentences, clauses, and phrases  while reading Out of the Dust.  

Students will identify fragments and rewrite paragraph correctly. 




(1st 9 Weeks – Activities & Dates may change as needed) 




  • 8/30- DOL Week 2

Introduce Sentence Structure (clauses, parts of speech,  conventions)

Expansion of sentence TWR (Complete/Incomplete/Fragments)

*Using appositives

  • 9/7 - DOL Week 3

 Introduce SIngular/Plural Nouns (s, es, ies)

Sentence Expansion

Figurative Language mini lesson

          Test:  9/10

  • 9/13 -DOL Week 4

 Introduce Possessive Nouns (singular/plural)

Sentence Expansion 

If students are ready….Single Paragraph writing (SPO)

Figurative Language mini lesson

Test 9/17

  • 9/20 DOL Week 5

Introduce Verbs: Action/tense & principle parts/Transitive & intransitive 

Present/Past Participles 

If students are ready….SPO continued

Sentence Expansion 

Figurative Language mini lesson

Test:  9/24

  • 9/27 DOL Week 6

Verbs:  Action vs. Linking 


         Mentioning DO/PA/PN/IO

Sentence Expansion /SPO

Figurative Language mini lesson

Test:  10/1

  • 10/4 DOL Week 7 

Introduce Helping Verbs/Pointing out difference b/t helping and linking 

*some verbs are on both lists

        Sentence Expansion/SPO

Figurative Language mini lesson

Possibly give Single Paragraph for a grade PLUS/OR  Test: 10/7

  • Fall Break October 11-15

  • 10/18 DOL Week 8 

Personal Pronouns - Chart

Sentence Expansion/SPO

Figurative Language mini lesson

              Test:  10/22 

  •  10/25 DOL Week 9


Sentence Expansion/SPO

Figurative Language mini lesson

Test:  10/29













6th Grade - English Language Arts 

Mrs. Barfield 

August 16th, 2021


Welcome to West Ridge! I hope you had an enjoyable summer. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year with you! The goal in my classroom is for every student to be a successful, respectful,   

 self-motivated, and responsible learner. West Ridge teachers always have high expectations for all, and we highly encourage every student to set daily and weekly goals for a successful year! 

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 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 (Begins in spring- TBA) 

*I would not purchase this hardback book 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 (Chromebooks, pens, pencils,highlighter, binder, paper) 

  4. Begin work when entering class 

  5. Go to the restroom BETWEEN classes or at the very beginning of class if necessary 

  6. NO cell phone use - Students will be asked to leave cell phones/Apple watches in their book bag during instructional time

  7. Water only - You will be allowed to drink water during class, but water bottles should remain in your bookbag during class time. 

  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! 

  10. Be KIND and RESPECTFUL! 


Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  

1 Corinthians 13:1


       *ELA class supply list is on a separate sheet and can also be found on my Teacher Page!


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!   


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 Fees - $45      PE fees - $15  


ENGLISH – August 23rd – 27th 


Monday:   DOL Week 2 is due Wednesday for a 50 point grade.   


 REFERENCE SHEET – handout to students 

  • In class practice sheets for fragments and sentences, and discuss the 4 types of sentences.







*Candy ideas – Individually wrapped, miniatures not snack size, suckers, mini Reeses, Hershey Kisses, Laffy Taffy, Jolly Ranchers, miniature Tootsie Pops, etc…     THANKS! 

You may bring either ONE BAG of candy for the REWARD BOX or ONE JUMBO Bottle of Clorox Wipes (78-80ct) 



                                      Dec. 6-10, 2021

  • MONDAY – 12/6 Lesson 18: How has Brian changed?


    • Read Ch. 15 

      • Annotate for: What is “first meat” and what does Brian learn from this experience?-Students who do not have own novel will annotate in their document on GC 

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

    • Sect. 5 Vocabulary Study-HW

  • TUESDAY – 12/7 Lesson 19: Memory Moments

    • SRP p. 27 Ch. 15- Memory Moments

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

    • Read Ch. 16 

      • Annotate for: What setbacks does Brian Experience in Ch. 16? (orange) How does he respond to these setbacks?(yellow) -Students who do not have own novel will make chart or use sticky notes/note cards

    • Sect. 5 Vocabulary -HW

  • WEDNESDAY – 12/8 Lesson 20: How does Brian continue to show he  has learned lessons about survival?

  • Finish Setbacks & Response annotations from Ch. 16 if needed.

  • Review Section 5 voc. 

  • Read Ch. 17 -18

    • Annotate for: How does Brian continue to show he has learned lessons about survival? -Students who do not have own novel will make chart or use sticky notes/note cards

  • Sect. 5 Vocabulary -HW

  • THURSDAY – 12/9 Lesson 21: Analyzing hatchet references


    • Read Ch. 19-EPILOGUE

      • Annotate for: What happens to the hatchet? (orange) How does Brian react? (yellow) -Students who do not have own novel will make chart or use sticky notes/note cards

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









November 29th – December 3rd 

Monday – Introduce Hatchet – Section 4 Vocabulary Words 

Complete SRP page 6  #2-3  / notes for Chapters 6-8 

READ Chapter 9  and annotate – Words, actions, thoughts  

SRP page 6 – Point of View Paragraph 

Tuesday – Read Chapters 9-10 – Annotate for : What survival skills is Brian utilizing?                                     Vocabulary Section 4 – Homework – Due Wednesday  SRP page 6 #1  

Wednesday – Check Vocabulary Workshop – Section 4

Determine Themes being conveyed froom annotations of Chapters 9-10 

SRP page 25  

Read chapters 11-12  – Partner or group reading and annotate : What part of the text supports the idea that Brian is becoming more confident in his ability to survive?   

SRP page 7  


READ CHAPTER 13    –  Annotate : What part of the text supports the ideas that Brian is learning about himself and about survival? 

READ CHAPTER 14    – Annotate:  Brian recalls mistakes he’s made. What are these mistakes and what has he learned from them? 

Friday  –  HATCHET NOVEL TEST – Chapters 9-14




November 15th – 19th 

  • Monday – 11/15 Lesson 10: Important Character Changes

    • SECTION 3 VOCABULARY HW (Complete in GC) – Due Wednesday, November 17th – Submit in GC 

    • Read Ch. 6-8 -Stop at “They were awful berries…” Ch. 7

      • Annotate for: What challenges does Brian face? (orange text)  How does he respond to these challenges? (green text) If annotating in your own book, use green and orange highlighter OR Write C for Challenge and R for Response

    • Sect. 3 Vocabulary Definitions/Parts of Speech-HW

    • COMPLETE note taking for article “What Would Peter Do?”  (Small groups) (Hatchet Group Activity Folder in GC  –

    • Begin SRP p. 21- Compare Brian’s actions to Peter’s advice-text evidence and quotes from both texts (Small groups) 

    • Tuesday, 11-16 –  Complete SRP p. 21 organizer – Small groups

    • Complete Hatchet Chapters 6-8 and any annotations in the book or on the GC annotation document AND SRP page 5 – dicussion questions. 

    • Wednesday, 11-17 –  Check Vocabulary workshop section 3 and submit 

    • Vocabulary Test – Section 3 

    • Prepare for the writing task – Discuss the questions, expectations for the writing task, group work on Thursday. 

    • Review Hatchet notes, annotations, and take QUIZIZZ practice tests

    • Thursday, 11-18 –  Hatchet constructed reponse activity – Discuss finding and comparisons of “What Would Peter Do?” and Brian’s actions in the novel. 

    • Complete the Constructed response writing task on your writing task document in Google Classroom. 

              Hatchet Novel Test – Chapters 5-8 


              Friday , 11-19 –   Complete any unfinished assignments, writing task, annotations, book test, vocabulary tests, etc…  

Review literary and/or grammar skills on Quizizz or Blooket





NOVEMBER 8th – 12th 


MONDAY – 11/8          Lesson 6: Characterization and Word Study

  • TEST-Ch. 1-4 Comprehension 

  • Read Chapter 5  

    • Annotate for:What is Brian learning about Survival?  -Students who do not have own novel will make chart or use sticky notes./note cards

  • SRP P. 4 Qu. 1-2

  • Sect. 2 Vocabulary Synonyms-HW

  • TUESDAY –   11/9  Lesson 7: Diction and Characterization

    • Re-read Chapter 5  

      • Annotate for powerful words & phrases (pink) -Students who do not have own novel will make chart or use sticky notes./note cards

    • SRP p. 5 Ch. 5 Qu. 3 

    • Sect. 2 Vocabulary Sentences-HW

  • WEDNESDAY –  Check Vocabulary Workshop Section 2 –

  • ***RETEST Chapters 1-4 Hatchet Novel Test  (We reviewed yesterday)

  • Revisit Ch. 5 and complete questions in your SRP – page 4 and and only the first question on page 5 for Chapter 5 ONLY. 

  • Read “What Would Peter Do?”  Independently – SRP pages 17-20 (Annotate as you read!) 

  • We will discuss the article “What Would Peter Do?” and annnotations on FRIDAY after the DOL and Vocabulary TESTS! 


  • 11/10 Lesson 8: Compare/Contrast Literary/Non-fiction  Texts

    • SRP p. 17-20 Read “What Would Peter Do?” 

    • Annotate for main idea  and details at each “stop” in the text. -Students who do not have own novel will make chart or use sticky notes./note cards

    • SRP p. 21- Compare Brian’s actions to Peter’s advice-text evidence and quotes from both texts

    • Sect. 2 Vocabulary Study-Hw

  • THURSDAY –                   11/11 - Veterans’ Day 

  • FRIDAY –  Hatchet Voc.Test Section 2     11/12 Lesson 9:

  • Compare/Contrast Literary/Non-fiction Texts   

  • SRP p. 5 Ch. 5 Qu. 4- Use completed SRP. p. 21 to write a SEEMS constructed response.-updated prompt below

  • Does Brian follow the advice offered in “What Would Peter Do?” How do both of these texts support the idea from Hatchet “You are your most valuable asset.”? Use evidence from the text to support.




November 1st – 5th  

*Hatchet Vocabulary Section 1 Test – Thursday, Nov. 4th

**Hatchet Nine Week Guide is located in Reading Resources – Google Classroom 

  • Monday – 11/1  Introduce Hatchet Task

    • SRP P. 1 Do/What Chart

    • Sect. 1 Vocabulary Definitions/ Parts of Speech-HW

  •  Tuesday – 11/2 Lesson 1: Summarization and Characterization

    • SRP p. 2 Qu. 1

    • Read Chapter 1  

      • Annotate for character Words  Actions Thoughts  -students who do not have own novel will make chart or use sticky notes/note cards

    • SRP p. 2 Qu. 2

    • SRP p. 9 Summarize Ch. 1 in groups -write paragraph

    • SRP p. 2 Qu 3.    

    • Sect. 1 Vocabulary Synonyms-HW

  • Wednesday – 11/3 Lesson 2: Characterization of Brian

    • Google Classroom- SEEMs Discussion Paragraph from Ch. 1- What adjective would you use to describe Brian? (Character Trait.) 

    • Read Chapter 2  

      • Annotate for character Words Actions Thoughts -students who do not have own novel will make chart or use sticky notes/note cards/looseleaf

      • In groups, list 5 main events so far--identify Exposition/Inciting Incident

    • SRP p. 3 Ch. 2 Qu. 1- How does Brian respond to the big events so far in the story? (Include positive and negative ways.)

    • Sect. 1 Vocabulary Sentences-HW 

    • VW DUE - 35 points

Thursday – 11/4 Lesson 3: Characterization and Text Evidence

  • SRP p. 3 Qu. 2-3 SEEMs Const. Resp. Paragraph for each

  • SRP p. 11 Characterization Evidence Chart


  • Friday – 11/5Lesson 4-5: Character Development

    • Read Chapter 3  

      • Annotate for-  How does Brian change as plot events unfold?-Students who do not have own novel will make chart or use sticky notes/note cards

    • Read Chapter 4  

      • Annotate for W.A.T- How do Brian’s words, actions, and thoughts help/ hinder his chance of survival. -Students who do not have own novel will make chart or use sticky notes./note cards

    • SRP p. 13-Practice gathering evidence forClaim/ SEEMs Const. Resp. 

    • SRP p. 4 Qu. 2 

    • Section 2 Vocab- Definitions/Parts of Speech



October 25th – 29th 

Please refer to the English Plans above! 

October 18th – 22nd 

*2nd Nine Weeks Upcoming Bonus Opportunity: 10pts. 

One JUMBO bottle of Clorox wipes 


**PLEASE be sure you have a copy of HATCHET by Gary Paulsen

on NOVEMBER 1st 

*Students will be annotating as we read! 

(100 pt. grade)





October 4th – 8th 

Monday – Compare and Contrast Themes  and discuss changes in the main character since the beginning of the novel. 

**Remember to continue writing a quick note for each poem daily. You will still have time to complete these after we complete the novel and begin the writing task. (100 point grade) 

Review important events, figurative language examples, and changes in Billie Jo (pages 153-184)

 Read “Dreams” pages 193-194 and Reread “On Stage” page 13  SRP pages 131-132 

**Introduce instructions for the OOTD NOVEL project – Due October 21st    Intructions will be posted in Google Classroom.         

Tuesday – Review poems, events, figurative language, and changes in Billie Jo’s relationhip with her father.

Read OOTD pages 207-227  – Identify figurative language, important events, character changes, etc..  continue QUICK NOTES for each poem. 

Wednesday – Review for the book test  – Sections 6/7

Quizizz Out of the Dust practice tests

Thursday – OOTD Book TEST – Sections 6/7

Continue to write quick notes for poems from pages 153-227 

Make up any tests or assignments needed...

Friday – Brainstorm/Organize information for the CWT – Culminating writing task – Begin the rough draft after fall break! 





Monday – No School

Tuesday – Emerging Themes – Discuss Perseverence and other themes from OOTD, Read OOTD pages 153-184, SRP pages 125 & OOTD p. 176 “Hope” 

*Homework- Complete your POV poem “Christmas Dinner Without the Cranberry Sauce” and Vocabulary Workshop Sections 6/7 (from last week!) 

*Continue working on quick notes for each poem in the book for homework throughout each week. You will have some time after we finish the book to complete any unfinished quick notes before it is checked. 

Wednesday – Review Vocabulary Workshop 6/7, Read “Okies” and View “Migrant Mother” video, begin SRP pgs. 126-128

Thursday – Vocabulary TEST Sections 6/7, share POV poem, “Christmas Dinner without the Cranberry Sauce” with partner/small group –  Read “Dreams” pgs. 193-194 and “On Stage” – Compare and Contrast the poems 

Friday – Read “USDA” pgs. 129-131, Read OOTD pages 195-206 and continue quick notes 


September 20th – 24th 

**See revisions starting Wednesday, September 22nd

Monday – Intro. to Vocabulary Sections 6/7, Read OOTD pages, review the novel, section 4 – pages 87-95, complete the “argumentative paragraph” – SRP pages 56-58, discuss “Letters from the Dust Bowl” SRP pages 74-85, read OOTD section 5 – pages 99-110.  (Homework – Begin writing quick notes for each poem on Monday night and complete the note taking by Friday)

Tuesday – Read OOTD pages 111-149 – Examine how the characters change – SRP pages 86-87 – Character Analysis Chart. 

Wednesday – Review OOTD poems from pages 99-149, locating and discussing figurative language, imagery, and vocabulary words. Work on Quick Notes in class if time permits. 

 Continue to complete the Character Analysis Chart SRP pages 86-87 (The chart will be uploaded to Google Classroom) Finish and turn in the chart by Friday. (50 point grade) 

Thursday – Review for book test – discuss important events, changes in the main characters, including figurative language throughout Winter 1935, continue the Character Analysis Chart (SRP pages 86-87) uploaded in GC       Begin a poem “Christmas Dinner Without the Cranberry Sauce” pages 100-101-  written from Daddy’s point of view. This is a great time to use your creativity as a writer.

Friday –  Book TEST – Sections 4/5, continue your Character Analysis Chart in GC for OOTD pages 86-87. After completing the Character Analysis Chart, begin a poem from “Daddy’s” perspective. 

(Document will be uploaded to Google Classroom for your final poem) 

** Vocabulary Workshop Sections 6/7 is due next Wednesday. The TEST will be Thursday, September 30th



Monday, September 13th -

Review SRP page 48 (Tone and Mood)  and students share examples of tone and mood from their poem choice…

Discuss section 2 of OOTD – Pages 55-69/ quicknotes

Lesson 12 – Identify connections between the novel and historical events while reading Summer 1934  

Lesson 13 –   “On Drought Conditions”  Audio in GC and SRP.  pg. 56-57. Take notes and compare to novel characters, setting, events, etc.  Use Kernel Sentence (content related to FDR, novel, etc) to create a sentence expansion from information in article or novel.  
Ex:  She died.
Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?
Sentence Expansion- In the wake of the grasshopper attack, Ma died in her bed from her severe burns after giving birth to Baby Franklin.

Tuesday, September 14th – Review Voc. parts of speech 
Section 4-5 Vocab Workshop   DUE Wednesday for a 35 point grade and continue lesson 13 – “On Drought Conditions” if not completed from Tuesday. 
Read Section 3 OOTD pgs. 70-84 – Complete quick notes for homework nightly.

Wednesday, September 15th – Check Vocabulary Sections 4/5
Lesson 14/15 Life in the Dust Bowl 
Read “Letters from the Dust Bowl.” SRP p. 74-85
SRP P. 71-73 “Letters from the Dust Bowl” 
Compare letters to our novel’s characters, settings, theme, etc. 
If time allows create a letter written from Billie Jo’s POV

Thursday, September 16th

-TEST – Vocabulary Sections 4/5 

Continue with Lesson 15: Compare and contrast the author’s purpose (Caroline Henderson’s Letter to President Roosevelt’s speech) 

If time allows, begin to read OOTD pgs. 87-95

Friday, September 17th - Novel TEST – Sections 2&3

Continue reading OOTD pages 87-95, discuss, and take quick notes 




Friday, September 10th – NO Sections 4/5 VOCABULARY TEST. It has been moved to next Thursday, September 16th 

Dust Bowl Timelines are due today! (50 points) SRP pages 37-39 





September 6th – 10th 

Monday – Labor Day Holiday! 

Tuesday – Vocabulary Sections 4/5 parts of speech review, READ pages 37-51 of Out of the Dust  – continue taking notes for homework if not completed in class (a work in progress) 

Review the excerpts on “The New Deal” and “The Great Depression” SRP pages 35-36 and begin the TIMELINE for the Dust Bowl – SRP pages 37-42 (Complete the Timeline by Friday, September 10th for a classwork grade) 

Wednesday – Continue to take notes from OOTD pages 37 – 51

SRP – Page 43 – Compare and Contrast Text Structures 

Lesson 10 – Understanding Characters – Complete Character Analysis Chart – SRP pages 44-46  (Stems) 

 Thursday – Check Vocabulary Workshop Sections 4/5, Lesson 11 – Analyze Tone and Mood (Review OOTD pages 40-51) SRP pages 47-48    READ Pages 55-69 – OOTD 

Lesson 12 – Begin a poem “On the Road with Arley” using a model 

Friday – Vocabulary Section 4/5 TEST  will be NEXT week!! 

Complete the TIMELINE of the Dust Bowl (partners/small groups)  and any quick notes from OOTD pages 37-51


 August 30th – September 3rd 

*We will check Vocabulary Workshop sections 2/3 on Thursday, September 2nd  

*We finished Section 1 of the novel, Out of the Dust (OOTD), last week. Students completed the Section 1 vocabulary workshop and book test on Google Classroom. Students who were absent are responsible for finishing their reading assignments and taking the TESTS on Google Classroom. 

Vocabulary workshop pages will be taken for a homework grade (35 points) If the page is completed and he/she makes corrections of anything missed during class, he/she will receive the 35 points. Students will lose points on any incomplete sections on the day we check the activity in class.  


*Monday, August 30th – No school due to inclement weather. 

Tuesday, August  31st-  I will make changes to the activities daily depending upon what we can complete in class due to no school on Monday. 

 (Tuesday, August 31) Monday,  – We will continue to follow the calendar of activities as closely as possible, but today we will go back to the (SRP) Student Activity Pages for Character Development (pages 5-8) and Figurative Language (pages 9-10) discuss and complete some of them together. Students will continue to complete these during the bellringer time at the beginning of class throughout the week. 

Please see the calendar below to follow the activities we will be working on during class! 

Lesson 4-5: Synthesize Info from Different Sources

  • Read “No Title”

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


  • 8/30 Lesson 6: Research Drought Years

    • Read “The Drought” SRP p. 20

    • SRP P. 14-19 and 21-26 Vocab Logs

Vocabulary Workshop Sections 2/3 were handed out on Friday, August 27th  – Any students absent on Friday need to ask for a copy! They are also located on Google Classroom.

  • HOMEWORK: Section 2/3 Vocab Workshop

  • 8/31 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


    • Check DOL WEEK 3 

    • Complete the SRP page 13 –  “Two Texts Chart” after reading SRP – Page 11 “No Title” by Woody Guthrie 

    • Begin the Scavenger Hunt for NOUNS, Figurative Language, and the 4 Kinds of Sentences using the text, Out of the Dust. 

  • THURSDAY, September 2nd – 

  • Check OOTD Vocabulary Workshop Sections 2/3 

  • Continue the directions for the scavenger hunt and work on it with a partner or small group. Review NOUNS, Kinds of Sentences, & Fragments. 

  •  Lesson 7: Summarize our Understanding

    • Read “The Drought”    SRP p. 20

    • “New Deal” and “The Great Depression.” SRP 

    • Complete the Chart on SRP p. 27 ”The Drought” Summary/Drought! & work on 35-36 Excerpts of Encyclopedia Entries

        FRIDAY, September 3rd : Sections 2/3 Vocabulary TEST and DOL Week 3 TEST 

  •       Depending upon the time we have in class, we may begin... 

  •  Lesson 8: Timeline of Historical Events

    • SRP p. 37-42 Dust bowl Timeline   – The COMPLETED Timeline Chart will be added to Google Classroom for assistance and for students to check their work when necessary. 


August 23rd – 27th

We will begin reading our novel, Out of the Dust    

Wednesday – Vocabulary Workshop page will be checked in class 

Thursday – TEST Section 1 Vocabulary  & Novel TEST Section 1

Friday – After the ELA Benchmark test, continue to complete notes for OOTD section 1 and Complete SRP pages 5 – 8 after Character Development lesson.

Out of the Dust Calendar


SRP= Student Resource Packet

**Dates are tentative and subject to change if needed




  • FRIDAY - 8/20 Introduce Novel and Task

    • HOMEWORK: Section 1 Vocab Workshop

  • 8/23 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

  • 8/24 Lesson 2: Character Development

    • Read Section 1 p. 17-33

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

  • 8/25 Lesson 3: Meaning through Figurative Language

    • SRP p. 9-10 Conversation Stems

      • TEST SECTION 1 Vocab.

  • 8/26 Lesson 4-5: Synthesize Info from Different Sources

    • Read “No Title”

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

  •  8/27 TEST- SECTION 1 (If we have chromebooks) if not, we will test on paper after Section 2 reading.



  • 8/30 Lesson 6: Research Drought Years

    • Read “The Drought” SRP p. 20

    • SRP P. 14-19 and 21-26 Vocab Logs

Pass out Vocabulary Section 2 -3

  • HOMEWORK: Section 2/3 Vocab Workshop

  • 8/31 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 

  • 9/1 Lesson 8: Timeline of Historical Events

    • SRP p. 37-42 Dust bowl Timeline

  • 9/2 TEST:  Lesson 9: Compare and Contrast Info. Text Structures

    • SRP p. 43 Information Structures

  •  Section 2-3 Vocab 

  • Timeline will be taken for grade. 

  • 9/3 Lesson 10: Understanding Characters

    • Read Section 2 p. 37-39

    • SRP P. 44-46 Character Analysis Chart & Argument Sentence Stems 




  • 9/7  Lesson 11: Analyze Tone & Mood

    • Read Section 2 p. 40-51

    • SRP p. 47-48 Tone and Mood in “Spring 1934”

  • 9/8 Lesson 12: Write a Poem Using a Model

    • SRP p.49 Tone and Mood in “On The Road With Arley”

  • 9/9 Lesson 13: Connections--Novel and Historical Events

    • Read Section 3 p. 55-69

  • 9/10 Continue Lesson 13



  • 9/13  Lesson 13: CONTINUED

  •    Introduce Vocab Sections 4-5

  •  HOMEWORK-Section 4-5 Vocab Workshop     

  • Read Section 3 p. 70-84

  • 9/14 Lesson 14: Determining Message 

    • Read “On Drought Conditions” SRP P. 56-57

    • SRP p. 58 Argument Sent. Stems

  • 9/15 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. 

  • 9/16 Lesson 15: Continued

    • TEST-Vocabulary Section 4-5

  • 9/17 Lesson 16:Compare & Contrast Author’s Purpose

  • Test Sections 2-3



  • 9/20 Lesson 17: Empathize with Characters

    • ReadSection 4 p. 87-95

    • Read Section 5 p. 99-110

  • 9/21 Lesson 18: Examine How Characters Change

    • Read Section 5 p. 111-149

    • SRP p. 86-87 Character Analysis Chart

  • 9/22 Lesson 19: Plan Argumentative Essay

    • TEST- Section 4-5

    • SRP p. 88-93 Argument Structure Organizer

  • 9/23 Lesson 20: Draft Argument Essay

    • SRP p.  94-101 Argument Sent. Organizer

    • SRP p. 102-103 Argument Sent. Stems and Transition Words.

  • 9/23 Lesson 21: Argument Essay Revision

    • SRP p. 120-121 Argument Revision and Editing Checklist

      • Essay will be taken for English Grade. 

  • 9/24  Lesson 22: Examine Word Choice

    • SRP p. 123-124 Character Analysis Chart

    • Read Section 6 p. 153-167 -Pass out Vocab 6-7



  • 9/27 Inservice Day - No Students

  • 9/28   Lesson 23:Uncover Emerging Themes

    • Read Section 6 p. 168-189

    • SRP p. 125 TP-CASTT “Hope”

      • HOMEWORK- Section 6-7 Vocab Workshop

  • 9/29 Lesson 24: Explore Accounts of Migrant Life

    • Read “Okies” and View “Migrant Mothers” SRP P. 126-128

  • 9/30 TEST- Section 6-7 Vocab Workshop Continue Lesson 24

  • 10/1 Lesson 26: Re-examine Themes

    • Read “USDA Photographer Rescues Destitute Farmworkers” SRP P. 129-131



  • 10/4 Lesson 27: Compare/Contrast Themes

    • Read “Dreams” P. 193-194 & “On Stage” p. 13

    • SRP P. 132-133 Character Analysis Chart

Pass out information on APPLE DAY and Projects!!

(100 point grade!) DUE October 21st! 

  • 10/5Lesson 28: Examine Themes Across Genres

    • SRP p. 134 TP-CASST

    • Read Section 7 p. 195-206

  • 10/6 Lesson 29: Making Predictions on Historical Facts

    • Read Section 7.  p. 209-227


  • 10/7  Lesson 30: Task Brainstorming

    • SRP p. 135-138 CWT Brainstorming Chart/Seems Chart

      • TEST- Section 6-7

  • 10/8  Lesson 30: Task Brainstorming/Plan and Outline



  • FALL Break 10/11-10/15  


  •  Lesson 31-32  : Plan and Write 1st Draft/Complete First Draft 

  • SRP p. 135-138 CWT Brainstorming Chart

  • 10/19 Lesson 32: Complete 1st Draft/Revisions 

  • 10/20 Final Draft DUE 

    • SRP p. 139-140 Argument Revision and Editing Checklist

      • ESSAY is 100 Point Grade.

  • 10/21 OOTD Projects DUE/ Presentations

  • 10/22 OOTD Projects Presentations/ APPLE DAY (only If Covid policies are not violated) 

                100 point Grade for Projects!!!!  


                         We made out OUT OF THE DUST!!!  

End of the Unit!!!  





Monday August 16th

  1. Introductions

  2. Rules (class and school)

  3. Drills (HR Only)

  4. Locations (library, cafeteria, boys side/girls side)

  5. School Fees PE Fees (HR only)

  6. School Supplies, novels, etc explained

  7. Lockers passed out (date TBA)

  8. Get to know you activity (teacher choice) if time allows


Wednesday August 18th 

  1. Go over any rules that were not covered on Monday.

  2. Set up binders, organize supplies, etc

  3. Pass out OOTD packets for binders

  4. Pass out resource pages (grammar, note taking symbols, corrections symbols etc.)

  5. Pass out Vocabulary Section 1 for OOTD (Go over section 1 and how VW works, then assign rest for HW)

  6. DOL Week 1 (Whole Class)

  7. If time allows….Teacher Choice of Activity----Mini activity of sentence review (naming parts of sentence, parts of speech, expansion).  Assessing what students know about sentences.  Figurative Language Mini Lesson


Thursday August 19th

  1. ELA GRADE LEVEL BENCHMARK Assessment for the beginning of the year 

  2. Figurative Language mini lessons 

  3. Demonstrate some of the notetaking/annotating with a Commonlit or cold read 

  4. Sentence expansion from simple sentences. Identify parts of speech, clauses, etc.  Mini review


Friday August 20th

  1. Bellringer 

  2. Lesson 1 Introduce Novel/Task - Do What Chart/Highlight Do words/Circle What Words

BUILDING BACKGROUND/Setting the stage for the novel

  1. Timeline of WW1, Great Depression, Dust Bowl, 

  2. Discuss The Great Depression video 

  3. Watch Nearpod on Dust Bowl- Discuss

  4. Watch Book Trailer

  5. Figurative Language mini lessons if time allows

  6. Sentence expansion from simple sentences. Identify parts of speech, clauses, etc.  Mini review



Re: ELA binder 

Students can set up their ELA binder on Tuesday at home before coming to school on Wednesday, or he/she may bring a 1 ½ to 2 inch binder, a set of 5 tab dividers, and a fine point Sharpie, I will be guiding all students to organize their binder on Wednesday at the beginning of class! 

Keeping binders and materials organized is VERY IMPORTANT in middle school. Thank you parents for your assistance with this at home! 


Mrs. Barfield – ELA Class Supplies    


     Mechanical Pencils or                      

     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) 


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

    binder as needed


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


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


  1. (1 package) 5 tab dividers - See instructions below for labeling tabs ... 


     5-10 page protectors as needed for resource sheets or you can use TABS that have built in page protectors. 


SCHOOL REQEST ***(1) Chromebook carrying bag/case for each student 


 Binder Set Up with Tabs   


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

 *Suggestion - buy the tabs without the white labels. These often fall out of the actual tab. It is very easy to use a fine point Sharpie and create the following tabs: 


1- DOL 

2- Novel

3- (E) Resources 

4-(R) Resources

5- Writing 


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