Wednesday, September 20

1. Everyone except A period. Check over your notes from Tuesday to ensure they are complete. Read the article.
2. A period. Work on your academic paragraph by answering one of these questions in a 5+ sentence paragraph.

How was the greaser’s style influenced by celebrities?


Why did the greasers create their own unique style?


How did the war affect the way people dressed?


In what ways were the greasers rebellious?

How are the greasers and their gangs similar to gangs today?

You can answer your question on a sheet of paper or in the graphic organizer below.

Tuesday, September 19


Please finish your notes completely. Read the article on Greasers.


Greaser Article:


You can find the full audiobook to The Outsiders above.



You can find the free, electronic version of novel to The Outsiders above.

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Monday, September 18th

1. Finish your Prediction Notes if you did not finish them in class

2. Answer this question on page 7 of your Interactive Notebook with 3+ sentences.
"What is one important thing that happened in the 1960's. Why was it important?"
You can use Google, the library, your parents, your grandparents, or research to come to an answer.

Friday, September 15th

1. Work on Comic Creator. With this assignment you are supposed to depict a conflict in Hoodoo using seven panels. The assignment should be in color. You have Thursday night and Friday night to complete it.

Thursday, September 14th

1. If you performed: complete the skit reflection worksheet (found on Sept. 13th)
2. If you did not perform read for 20+ minutes
3. Work on Comic Creator. With this assignment you are supposed to depict a conflict in Hoodoo using seven panels. The assignment should be in color. You have Thursday night and Friday night to complete it.

Wednesday, September 13th

1. If you performed: complete the skit reflection worksheet

2. If you did not perform read for 20+ minutes

Tuesday, September 12th

1. Write out your skit for tomorrow on page number 6 in your notebook.
2. Finish your conflict skit planning worksheet which should be on pages 4 and 5 of your interactive notebook.

Monday, September 11th

1. Complete the Chapter 25-26 Take Home Quiz for Hoodoo.

Friday, September 8th

1. Complete the Chapter 22-23 Take Home Quiz for Hoodoo.

Thursday, September 7th

1. Complete the chapter 17-21 Take Home Quiz for Hoodoo.

Wednesday, September 6th

1. Complete the Chapter 12-16 Take Home Quiz for Hoodoo.

Tuesday, September 5th

1. Complete the Chapter 8-11 Take Home Quiz for Hoodoo.

Friday, September 1st

1. Complete the Chapter 4-7 Take Home Quiz for Hoodoo.


2. Please use your book to help answer questions.
3. Please do not lose your Comic Strip
If you have not finished Hoodoo here is a link to the audiobook version.
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B3LeIe6fU_VqM3VIQUJlY3hJS3M?usp=sharing

Thursday, August 31st

1. Complete the Chapter 1-3 Take Home Quiz for Hoodoo.
2. Please use your book to help answer questions.

If you have not finished Hoodoo here is a link to the audiobook version.
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B3LeIe6fU_VqM3VIQUJlY3hJS3M?usp=sharing

Wednesday, August 30th

1. Read for 20+ minutes, please.
2. Finish numbering the pages of your interactive notebook

Tuesday, August 29th

1. Bring your interactive notebook to school

Monday, August 28th

1. Read for 20+ minutes, please

Friday, August 25th

1. Answer 2+ questions for the Quick Write worksheet. Be sure to use your book to find evidence.

If you did not read Hoodoo over the summer answer questions 1 and 3.


Question 3 asks you to use the book as a reference. You can view or download the page below.


Thursday, August 24th

1. Students should bring their copy of Hoodoo to school with them for Friday's class.

Advisory Syllabus

Bloomfield advisory students will receive a syllabus first thing tomorrow morning. Please pardon your student if they did not come home with one today.

Wednesday, August 23rd

1. Get to bed on time
2. Please come ready to discuss Hoodoo
3. Please finish Hoodoo if you have not already and let me know immediately if you do not have a book.
4. You can find the audiobook of Hoodoo by clicking the link below
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B3LeIe6fU_VqM3VIQUJlY3hJS3M?usp=sharing

Hoodoo Audiobook

Students can access the audiobook version of Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith by using this Google Drive folder. Each audio file is numbered by chapter.

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SUMMER READING!

You can find out all the incredible and fun summer reading books for rising 7th graders by clicking this link:
http://latinpcs.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/7-and-8-Reading-List-SU17-PDF.pdf

If you are a rising 6th grader joining my class next year find the books you'll need to read this summer by clicking this link:
http://latinpcs.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/5-and-6-Reading-List-SU17-PDF.pdf


Wednesday, May 31st

1. Write paragraph 2 of your DBQ
2. If you are not sure how to structure your DBQ check out the template below.
3. Remember that your topic sentences should state which two characteristics of STEAL you are going to be discussing in your paragraph.

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Tuesday, May 30th

1. Write the first paragraph of your Trickster DBQ.
2. If you have lost your DBQ packet please download it here:


The purpose of this DBQ is to have you compare and contrast two characters using STEAL characterization. You will compare and contrast them based off of Speech, Thoughts, Effect on Others, Actions, or Looks.

If you need some resources:
You can also find more Anansi stories at: www.anansistories.com
If you'd like to check out some more animated stories (and How Anansi brought stories to the world) go to: www.myths.e2bn.org/mythsandlegends
Finally, if you'd like to find hundreds of stories go to www.worldoftales.com










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Friday, May 26th

1. Enjoy your weekend!

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Thursday, May 25th

1.
Go to bed early.
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Wednesday, May 24th

1. Please edit and proofread your paper and finish up your second draft. Turn in the second and final draft by sharing the document on Google Docs or by turning in a paper copy to Ms. Bloomfield.
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Tuesday, May 23rd

1. Please type up and edit your myth. There will be a writing workshop tomorrow. Please bring your completed paper with you.
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Monday, May 22nd

1. Look at step 5 in your packet. This is your plot planning document. You should have already written your introduction (the first 1-4) steps and the middle (steps 5-7) on your plot planning document already. For homework you will complete your story by writing steps 8-10.
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Friday, May 19th

1. Look at step 5 in your packet. This is your plot planning document. You should have already written your introduction (the first 1-4) steps on your plot planning document already. For homework this weekend please write up steps 5-7 from your plot planning document. Be sure to be descriptive and creative.
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Thursday, May 18th

1. Finish step 8.
Add dialogue to your paper by having your characters talk to each other.
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Wednesday, May 17th

1. Finish steps 4, 5, 7 in class.
2. Go to step 5 in your packet. Write the introduction of your myth by writing down parts 1, 2, 3, (and if you have time 4) of what you've planned on your story.

Tuesday, May 16th

1. Finish steps 2 and 3 in your packet.
2. Download the Myth Planning Packet in case you lose any pieces of your own packet.

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Monday, May 15th

1. Please go to http://www.worldoftales.com/ and select and read a story, myth, or legend.
2. Write a summary for the story on your own paper.
3. Be prepared to present the story orally (to tell the story) in class.

Monday-Friday, May 6th-May 12th

1. Enjoy the weather
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Friday, May 5

1.Turn in your paper if you have not done so already.

Thursday, May 4

1. Turn in your paper on Graff.
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Wednesday, May 3

1. Edit and proofread your completed paper.
2. Final Paper Due on Friday
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Tuesday, May 2

1. Finish your conclusion.
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Monday, May 1

1. Check your body paragraphs to make sure there are transition words and topic sentences for each paragraph.
2. Complete your introduction by working with the graphic organizer below.
3. Please remember that papers are individual assignments and cannot be submitted by more than one person. It's okay to work together by asking a friend for help but no one can submit a joint paper.

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Friday, April 28th

1. Write three paragraphs that prove that Graff is either guilty or not guilty of war crimes.

If you need more information about this assignment please download the entire packet below labeled "Court Martial of Colonel Graff" and read the documents.

2. If you're already done with your three paragraphs please start on your introduction.




Thursday, April 27th

1. Please write the first paragraph of your essay.


Wednesday, April 26th

1. Write a letter to Graff about the conflicts Ender faces in Battle School. Please follow the directions on the worksheet.

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Tuesday, April 25th

1. Read Chapter 15 (41 minutes)


Monday, April 24rd

1. Read Chapter 14 part 2 (50 minutes)
2. Theory of Relativity
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Friday, April 21st

1. Read Chapter 14 part 1 (50 minutes) - read at least half of this chapter over the weekend so that you may read the other half on Monday night comfortably. Pace yourself. Make time to read. Enjoy the audiobook or audioplay.
2. Get 25,000+ points on Memrise.
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Thursday, April 20th

Homework
1. Read Chapter 13 (57 minutes)
2. Get 20,000+ points on Memrise.


Wednesday, April 19th

1. Read Chapter 12: Bonzo (51 minutes)
2. Write Ender a letter after the conclusion of this chapter.

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Tuesday, April 18th

1. Students are to get 12,000+ points for the month on Memrise.
2. Remind them that they can gauge whether or not they’ve met the mark by clicking the “Month” tab on Memrise.

3. This is the link to Memrise again.
https://www.memrise.com/course/1452009/enders-game-army-vocabulary/


Excellent News!!! Excellent News!!! Excellent News!!!

I was able to locate a new audiobook version of Ender's Game. It is an audio-play which means that it is a play that you can listen to. It's different from the audiobook because it is more dramatic and it is shorter but does not leave anything out the way the graphic novel does. If you are having a difficult time with the book please begin to listen to the audioplay by following the link below:

You can find where we have left off in our reading at 3 hours and 56 minutes into this program. Fast forward the time bar until you get to that point and listen in for a treat.


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Monday, April 17th

1. No school. Read Chapter 11: Veni Vidi Vici (55 minutes)

Friday, April 14th

1. Read Chapter 10 (31 minutes)
2. Army Logo Competition Due Date

Thursday, April 13th

1.

Wednesday, April 12th

1. Read Chapter 9 (77 minutes)
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Tuesday, April 11th

1. Read chapter 8 (45 minutes)
2. Complete the Mind Game and Chapter 7 comprehension questions

Monday, April 10th - Ender's Game Vocab Quiz 1

1. Begin studying beginner list B or advanced list H on Memrise.
2. Finish the take home DYRT Quiz for chapters 6-7.

3. Make sure you are keeping up with your reading.

Friday, April 7th

1. Read Chapter 7 (56 minutes)
2. Study for the List A (beginner) and List G (advanced) vocabulary quiz on Monday, April 10th.
3. Get 5,000+ points on Memrise for full vocabulary homework credit this week.
*4. Beat Ms. Bloomfield's final Memrise score by Sunday at 5 p.m. for 10 points of extra credit. Come at me, bro.

Thursday, April 6th

1. Read Chapter 6 (25 minutes)
2. Open the document called "Ender's Game Comprehension Questions."

3. Do the worksheet that says "Chapter 5"
4. Get 2,500+ points on Memrise.

Wednesday, April 5th

1. Read Chapter 5 (36 minutes)
2. Get at least 1000+ points on Memrise tonight.
3. Study your vocabulary words for to list A and list G.
4. Here is the link to the Memrise course once more:
Ender's Game Memrise Vocabulary
https://www.memrise.com/course/1452009/enders-game-army-vocabulary/
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Tuesday, April 4

1. Read Chapter 4 (20 minutes)
2. Do the "Bullying and Insults" exercise.

3. Choose an Army Logo to create. This is due on Friday, April 14th.
4. Download the Army Logo here if you lose your copy:


Monday, April 3

1. Read Chapter 3 (20 minutes)
2. Finish Utopia creation
3. Toon Leaders: Finish Toon Evaluation
4. Army Logo Sign Up
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Thursday, March 23rd 2017

Enjoy Spring Break.

Wednesday, March 22nd 2017

1. Speak to your group about who will do each part of the Utopia project.
2. Select just one part to do for homework.
3. COMPLETE the part you signed up for as homework.
4. If you did not do your homework yesterday make sure that you complete TWO parts of the assignment to catch yourself up.

The Vocabulary Battle Is On!

Please use Memrise to practice the vocabulary words for the first 5 chapters of the book. You can follow the link to the website and sign in.

Ender's Game Army Vocabulary
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Tuesday, March 21st 2017

1. Speak to your group about who will do each part of the Utopia project.
2. Select just one part to do for homework.
3. COMPLETE the part you signed up for as homework.

You can download the complete packet below:

This sheet is used by Toon Leaders to assess their group's teamwork and performance:

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Monday, March 20th 2017

1. Please read chapter 2.
2. Review list A for beginner vocabulary and list G for advanced vocabulary for this week.


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Want to Check the Notes?

Forgot your toon? Check the class PowerPoint below.
English Notes PowerPoint
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Friday

Read chapter 1 of Ender's Game.
Forgot your book, no problem. Here is an online version of the novel.

Here is the audiobook once more.


Thursday

1. Make a book mark for your new novel Ender's Game


Wednesday

1. Prepare for your test on Thursday.
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Tuesday, March 14th

1. No school. Enjoy the snow.
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Monday, March 13th

1. Please complete the Figurative Language worksheet below:
2. Please study for the open-book Unit 3 Test which will cover figurative language, tone, mood, and your book club book.



Friday, March 10th

1. Complete your book club book once and for all this weekend.
2. Want to review the Mood and Tone notes? Look at the Prezi below for a few good memories from class.

NOTES SLIDESHOW: PLEASE USE THIS TO REVIEW MOOD

https://prezi.com/w8twp4rn_91g/identifying-mood/

I tried to embed it but the file wouldn't cooperate. Click the link above to view the presentation.

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Commonly Missed Assignments

1. Direct and Indirect Characterization Worksheet

2. Character Social Media

3. 3-2-1 Reading Assignment


4. Tone and Mood Notes for Review

5. Figurative Language Flash Card Review Resource


6. Figurative Language Bookmarks




Thursday, March 9th

1. Please finish your novel tonight. If you are not done tonight please have it completed by the weekend.
2. Check out the audiobooks below:
The Watsons Go to Birmingham


Walk Two Moons

Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry


https://archive.org/details/RollofThunderHearMyCry/RollofThunderDisc7.mp3
Copy and paste this link into your browser to hear the entire audiobook for Roll of Thunder
https://archive.org/details/RollofThunderHearMyCry/RollofThunderDisc7.mp3

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon


I tried to add the Where the Mountain Meets the Moon audiobook I downloaded from Audible but there was no way to share it to a group of people. I will have a listening station set up for this book soon.


Wednesday, March 8th

1. Field trip. No homework.

Tuesday, March 7th

1.
1. Please read and ANNOTATE for each chapter. At the end of the chapter write down three important things that happened, two examples of figurative language, and one example of indirect characterization as proof that you have read. Turn in a physical copy to me.

Sasquatch in the Paint: Read chapters 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon: Read chapters 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37
Underground Abductors: Read the rest of the book
The Watsons go to Birmingham: Read chapter 14
Walk Two Moons: Read chapters 28, 29, 30, 31, 32
Watsons: Chapter 11

If you are like me and sometimes get sleepy or distracted while reading, try an audiobook.
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Monday, March 6th

You can download the worksheet here:


Friday, March 3rd

1. Please read and ANNOTATE for each chapter. At the end of the chapter write down three important things that happened, two examples of figurative language, and one example of indirect characterization as proof that you have read. Turn in a physical copy to me.

Sasquatch in the Paint: Read chapters 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon: Read chapters 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
Underground Abductors: Read Chapters 19, 20, 21
The Watsons go to Birmingham: Read chapter 13
Walk Two Moons: Read chapters 24, 25, 26, 27
Watsons: Chapter 10

If you are like me and sometimes get sleepy or distracted while reading, try an audiobook.


The Watsons go to Birmingham:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt2UJZQwx48&list=PLJgmvTk0BuJ0Za7yXISJshOWeeOwPBC5u



Walk Two Moons:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47lzmlJlPpI&list=PLwzdi80uZ8msknDyMHBELFrMfBH3pxRhr

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon: (this audiobook is incomplete)
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtsuzlyKAOa78z9fMsi1V3eLL4bAdmJaO

Roll of Thunder:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnuhScqq-J0&list=UUGyrkiwpRZd8s06MSlBV-cw

Sasquatch in the Paint: Sorry, I could not find this as an audiobook online. If you find it, please do let me know.




If you would like to get a jump on our new book Ender's Game you can listen to the full AUDIO BOOK at this link:


Friday, March 3rd

1. Come ready to perform your book squad song on Monday or send the link or file to my email this weekend.
2. Please read and ANNOTATE for each chapter. At the end of the chapter write down three important things that happened, two examples of figurative language, and one example of indirect characterization as proof that you have read. Turn in a physical copy to me.

Sasquatch in the Paint: Read chapters 18, 19, 20, 21, 22
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon: Read chapters 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Underground Abductors: Read Chapters 16, 17, 18
The Watsons go to Birmingham: Read chapter 12
Walk Two Moons: Read chapters 20, 21, 22, 23
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Thursday, March 2nd

1. Record or practice your book club song.
2a. Email Ms. Bloomfield a link to the youtube account your recorded the song on or email me the song in some way. OTHERWISE
2b. Come ready to preform your song on Friday
3. Get someone else's opinion on your song so far.
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Wednesday, March 1st

1. Do your Social Media worksheet
2. Get someone's opinion on your rap/song so far
3. Read ahead in your book club book
4. Bring your headphones to school
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Tuesday, February 27th

1. Complete "Rap On" worksheet by coming up with 8 rhyming lines that you can add to a song about your book club book.
- The song that students are creating will be due on Friday of this week. It should be about a CONFLICT, EVENT, CHARACTER, or THEME from the book.
- If you need help rhyming your lyrics please go to www.RhymeZone.com for tips.
2. Know what instrumental song you want to sing or rap to.
3. Read ahead in your book club book.
4. Please bring your headphones or earbuds to school again tomorrow.
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Monday, February 26th

All books:
1. Write an alternative ending to one of your favorite chapters in your book club book so far.
2. Identify what the chapter is and then write a short story of (15+ sentences or filling the entire page) about a different creative way you would like the chapter to end.
3. Stories should include eight examples of figurative language. You may use any type of figurative language twice.
4. To remind you here are the nine types of figurative language:

1. Onomatopoeia
2. Allusion
3. Idiom
4. Alliteration
5. Oxymoron
6. Hyperbole
7. Personification
8. Simile
9. Metaphor
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Friday, February 24th



Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry:
Write a poem using at least four types of figurative language. The subject of your poem could be about a character you like, a situation that happened in the story, a conflict in the story, or about the way the book makes you feel. Please use this creative exercise as a chance to express your unique point of view about what you are reading.


Please read and ANNOTATE for each chapter. At the end of the chapter write down three important things that happened, two examples of figurative language, and one example of indirect characterization as proof that you have read. Turn in a physical copy to me.
Sasquatch in the Paint: Read chapters 15, 16, 17
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon: Read chapters 16, 17, 18
Underground Abductors: Read Chapters 13, 14, 15
The Watsons go to Birmingham: Read chapter 11
Walk Two Moons: Read chapters 16, 17, 18, 19

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Thursday, February 23rd

Please read and ANNOTATE for each chapter. At the end of the chapter write down three important things that happened, two examples of figurative language, and one example of indirect characterization as proof that you have read. Turn in a physical copy to me.

Roll of Thunder: Read chapter 8
Sasquatch in the Paint: Read chapters 11, 12, 13, 14
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon: Read chapters 12, 13, 14, 15
Underground Abductors: Read chapters 10, 11, 12
The Watsons Go to Birmingham: Read chapter 10
Walk Two Moons: Chapter 12, 13, 14, 15



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Wednesday, February 22nd

Please read and ANNOTATE for each chapter. At the end of the chapter write down three important things that happened, two examples of figurative language, and one example of indirect characterization as proof that you have read. Turn in a physical copy to me.

Roll of Thunder: Read chapter 7
Sasquatch: Read chapters 8, 9, and 10
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon: Read chapters 8, 9, 10, and 11
Underground Abductors: Read chapters 7, 8, and 9
The Watsons Go to Birmingham: Read chapters 8, 9
Walk Two Moons: Read chapters 9 and 10

If you like audiobooks here are some links for some of the novels.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon: (this audiobook is incomplete)
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtsuzlyKAOa78z9fMsi1V3eLL4bAdmJaO

Roll of Thunder:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnuhScqq-J0&list=UUGyrkiwpRZd8s06MSlBV-cw

Sasquatch in the Paint: Sorry, I could not find this as an audiobook online. If you find it, please do let me know.

Underground Abductors:
(There is no audiobook. Here is a link to the companion text: Nat Turner by Kyle Baker)


The Watsons go to Birmingham:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt2UJZQwx48&list=PLJgmvTk0BuJ0Za7yXISJshOWeeOwPBC5u

Walk Two Moons:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47lzmlJlPpI&list=PLwzdi80uZ8msknDyMHBELFrMfBH3pxRhr


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Tuesday, February 21st

1. 2 sided Alliteration/Oxymoron Worksheet



There will be a Figurative Language Quiz on February 22nd. Please study these literary vocabulary words: simile, metaphor, personification, hyperbole, oxymoron, alliteration, onomatopoeia, idiom, and allusion. You should be able to identify what these words mean. You should be able to identify them in a poem or story. You should be able to explain what they add to the story. You should be able to use each of these kinds of figurative language in your own work.


Monday, February 20th

1. No school.
Want to do a few extra skill building drills on our day off? These are completely optional ways to practice your skills before the test.


Friday, February 17th

1. Idioms 1 and 2


2. Idiom Illustration Competition:
- Students are to choose an idiom from the document below "Common Idioms."
- They will illustrate the idiom taking up the page and coloring it in
- They will write down the meaning of the idiom
- They will write down the origin of the idiom
- They will use the idiom in their own original sentence
- The best project wins for their period


Thursday, February 16th

1. This is a reminder that all green folders will be re-checked and collected on Friday. Please be sure to finish up any more Book Squad work you are missing.
2. Complete the onomatopoeia and allusion worksheets.




Wednesday, February 15th

1. Please complete the Simile and Metaphor Sort and Convert worksheet. This worksheet is two pages.


Tuesday, February 14th

1. Please complete the Metaphor and Personification worksheets.



Monday, February 13th

1. Please complete the Simile worksheet.

There will be a Figurative Language Quiz on February 22nd. Please study these literary vocabulary words: simile, metaphor, personification, hyperbole, oxymoron, alliteration, onomatopoeia, idiom, and allusion. You should be able to identify what these words mean. You should be able to identify them in a poem or story. You should be able to explain what they add to the story. You should be able to use each of these kinds of figurative language in your own work.

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Friday, February 3rd

1. Read chapter 8 in your book club book.
If you are reading Rolling Thunder read to page 160.
2. Finish your original storyboard.
3. Study for the quiz on Wednesday. The study guide is below.




January Make Up Work

1. If you might have missed a homework assignment in January or early February, feel free to download a new copy from this file.

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Thursday, February 2nd

1. Do the Grapefruit vs. Lemon compare and contrast worksheet.
2. Begin to study for a sentence diagramming quiz on Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 1st

1. Please color and decorate your storyboard and turn in the finished product tomorrow.
2. If you misplaced your story or the directions you can find them in the file below:


Tuesday, January 31st

1. Please complete the Olympic games compare and contrast.

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Monday, January 30th

1. Please complete the grizzly bear vs. polar bear compare and contrast worksheet.
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Friday, January 27th

1. Please read for 20 minutes.

Thursday, January 26th

1. Compare and contrast for Eiffle Tower vs. Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Wednesday, January 25th

1. Please complete the compare and contrast worksheet for pitcher plant vs. venus flytrap.
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Tuesday, January 24th

1. Complete the Compare and Contrast Worksheet for Venus Fly Traps vs. Pitcher Plants.
2. Be sure to put three examples in all three sections of the graphic organizer.

Monday, January 23rd

1. Read for 20 Minutes
2. Complete the Compare and Contrast Worksheet for the Leaning Tower of Pisa vs. The Eiffel Tower.
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Friday, January 13th

1. Finish writing a summary of chapters 1-7 of your book. This is a paper grade. This summary should be at least 10+ sentences long. This assignment is due before school on Monday.


Thursday, January 12th

1. Write a summary of chapters 1-7 of your book. This is a paper grade. This summary should be at least 10+ sentences long. This assignment is due before school on Monday.
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Wednesday, January 11th

1. Prepare for the written Scripp's spelling test for tomorrow
2. Do your sentence diagramming worksheet
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Tuesday, January 10th

1. Continue to practice your Scripp's Spelling Bee words.
2. Prepare for a reading quiz for chapters 1-6 (or 1-4 if you are reading Rolling Thunder) of your book.
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Monday, January 9th

1. Prepare for a quiz on Chapters 1-6 of your book.
2. Study the Scripp's Spelling Bee words you were given. You can download the worksheet below.



Friday, January 6th

1. You have been granted an extension on your assignment for Thursday. Read chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. If you are reading Roll of Thunder please read chapters 1, 2, 3, and 4.
2. Have a great weekend and stay warm!

Thursday, January 5th

1. Read to chapter 6 in your book.
2. Answer 15+ questions from the Book Squad "Show Offs" packet.
3. Read chapter 6 of your Book Squad book unless you are reading Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry. This squad will read to chapter 4.


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Wednesday, January 4th

Read for 20 minutes today.
Read up to chapter 3 of your Book Squad book.
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Tuesday, January 3rd

1. Get ready for a "Preparedness Quiz." Be sure to have these 5 items:
Black Reading Notebook
Green Reading Log
Paper
Pencil
Book Squad Book
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Tuesday, Dec. 20

ENJOY YOUR BREAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Monday, Dec. 19

1. The final paper is due on Google Docs by 7 pm. Please share it with me for full credit.
2. Please read for 20 minutes.
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If you have lost your writing prompt or aren't sure what the paper is about please download a new copy of this file:


The completed paper with all an introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion are due on Dec. 19th. Please "share" this document with me on the 19th to receive full credit. Any papers that are shared after the 19th will lose points for each day that they are late. Make a plan to be sure that you are ready to succeed now so that you can get your work finished over the weekend and enjoy break without any worries.

Friday, Dec. 16

1. Work on your paper over the weekend.
2. Please be sure to show that you have formatted your paper properly using the checklist we went over in class.
3. Please share your final version of your paper to my email jbloomfield@latinpcs.org
4. Bring your reading log to class that shows you've read for at least 1 hour this week for full credit.
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Thursday, Dec. 15

1. Please read your "book squad" book for 20 minutes.
2. Continue to work on your paper.
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Wednesday, Dec. 14

1. Please type up the conclusion that we wrote in class on Wednesday and add it to your paper this evening.
2. Read for 20 minutes.
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Tuesday, Dec. 13

1. Please type up the introduction that we wrote in class on Monday and add it to your paper this evening.
2. Read for 20 minutes.
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Monday, Dec. 12

1. Please fill out your reading log for everyday of this week. By the end of the week you will need to have read for two hours total. That breaks down to 20 minutes a day. Feel free to read longer than that. Just know that your reading log will be checked.

2. For homework, please type up the three page outline you did for the weekend and share it as a Google Doc.
You are only responsible for typing up the first three body paragraphs.

We will continue to work on the introduction and conclusion in class.

Notes on the Paper:

Here are some possible themes to choose from if you need an idea:
sHonor Among Thieves
sIsolation (being made to feel alone)
sDifficult Relationships Between Boys and Girls
sFeeling Like an Outsider
sStruggles Between Rich and Poor
sFinding Your Identity
sEverything Changing
sLoyalty
sViolence

Thursday, Dec. 8th

1. Read for 20 minutes and fill out your reading log.
2. Have your parent sign your reading log for full credit.
3. Complete your three page outline. If you lose your paper you can find a copy below.


I have also included an electronic copy of The Outsiders book in case you've lost yours.


The new due date for the rough draft is December 13th, 2016. Please have your first draft completed and shared with me on Google Doc.


Wednesday, Dec. 7th

No homework.

Tuesday, Dec. 6th

1. Fill out your reading log for Tuesday by reading for 20 minutes.
2. Have your parent sign for full credit.
3. Answer questions for your Book Squad Olympics assignment.
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Monday, Dec. 5th

1. Fill out your reading log for the first time. If you lose yours you may print a new one using the file below.
2. Have a parent sign your log after reading for 20 minutes.
3. Welcome to Unit 3!


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Thursday, Dec. 1

1. Go online and Google the book you were assigned.
2. Identify the setting, culture, and time period the book happens.
3. Come to school with 3+ facts about the setting, culture, people, or time period. You can make all three facts about one thing or make the facts about different things. Bring a total of three facts for full credit.

Here is a link to the Google Doc that contains the booklist:
https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/1UV1s0iQ10klk1-BEbQycGv0haWHltWuKh62_lsHbiks/edit?usp=sharing
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Wednesday, Nov. 30

Read the poem and answer the questions on the fourth page of the Two Brothers document.

Tuesday, Nov. 29

Answer question 4 on "The Two Brothers" document.
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Monday, Nov. 28th

Answer questions 1-3 on "The Two Brothers" document which is attached below.

"The Two Brothers" document can be found here:


Tuesday Nov. 22

Read for 30+ minutes

Monday Nov. 21

Read for 30+ minutes

Friday 11/18

Please fill out the (Main Idea) Topic Sentence and Evidence and Explanation sections only for supporting detail A of your thesis statement.

Homework Help:
I wanted to teach this paper in small steps rather than give students a large assignment that they would have to fend for themselves on. That said, this outline is only for the first body paragraph of the essay. The thesis statement should be at the top and include an opinion that follows this template:

"(character's name)'s changes in The Outsiders helps us understand the (implicit/explicit) theme of (the theme the student has chosen to write about) BECAUSE (reason 1, reason 2, and reason 3).


For this part of the outline you will only have to write about the first reason which will become your first body paragraph.

You will create this first body paragraph by writing a topic sentence and then three pieces of evidence and three explanations of that evidence in order to support the topic sentence.

This is essentially going to become your first paragraph of the paper. There are two other outline sheets for the other two paragraphs but students won't receive those until they successfully submit the outline for the first paragraph.

If you have any more questions about this section of the paper feel free to message me. I'm here to help.

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Thursday 11/17

Please fill out the "thesis" section of the outline only. You can find the outline below.



THERE WILL BE A FINAL OUTSIDERS TEST ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21st. PLEASE STUDY THE BOOK AND REVIEW EACH CHAPTER.

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Wednesday 11/16

1. There will be a vocabulary quiz today. Please refer to your notes before coming to class so that you will be prepared.
2. Begin studying for The Final Outsiders Test
3. Read Chapter 12
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Tuesday 11/15

Study for your chapter 10-12 vocabulary quiz.
Read Chapter 11.
Finish your Chapter 10-11 Comprehension Questions.




Monday 11/14

Read the Article


After reading the article identify the thesis statement.

Remember a thesis statement is an opinion backed up by three main ideas.

After you identify the thesis statement and the main ideas (or topic sentences) write them into the graphic organizer below. Finally, explain how the main ideas are supported with evidence.



If you did not get all the notes today, you can refer to this PowerPoint.


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Friday 11/11

Enjoy your day off


Thursday 11/10

Read for 30 minutes

Wednesday 11/9

No homework
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Tuesday 11/8

Turn in your reflection, blurb, or chapter 7-9 questions if you have not already.




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Monday 11/7

1. Finish and polish your "blurb/explanation" and turn your final draft in.

2. Write a reflection about your performance.

3. Finish your chapter 7-9 questions.

4. Enjoy your evening.


Public Service Announcement:

For Quarter 2 until the end of the school year students will be penalized for turning in homework that is incomplete, off topic, or for failing to turn in assignments. This will begin to directly affect your final grade immediately. Please make a point to turn in your homework everyday as this is the best way to sharpen your reading and writing skills outside of school.



Friday
1. Prepare and study for a VOCABULARY and READING quiz for chapters 7-9 on Monday.
2. Write a reflection on your performance today that answers 3+ questions below in complete sentences. This should be 8+ sentences for full credit.

You may find the vocabulary list below:



Thru. November 3

Read Chapter 9 of The Outsiders. Continue working on your recitation, illustration, or script. Come ready to present for the Friday Showcase.


Wed. November 2

Read Chapter 8 of The Outsiders.

1. Memorize the poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay" to recite and explain on Friday.
2. Illustrate the poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay" to display and explain on Friday.
3. Plan a script to act out the poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay" to act out and explain on Friday.

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.




November 1

Read Chapter 7 of The Outsiders. There will be a reading quiz on this chapter on Wednesday.



October 31

Get out your sewing machine and make your best costume. But don't do any homework, it's Halloween.

October 28th

Read for 30+ minutes over the weekend. Go on an adventure.


October 27th
1. Read Chapter 6
2. Answer these questions:

1) Johnny makes a surprising decision. What is it? Why does Dally plead with him to change his mind?

2) Why does Ponyboy feel responsible for the burning of the church?

3) Who is injured most badly in the fire and how?

4) At the end of this chapter, Ponyboy realizes how Darry really feels about him. What is Darry’s fear? How does Ponyboy understand this?

5) Have you ever felt angry at your parents for decisions they have made “in your best interest” or “for your own good?” Tell us about it. Did you eventually understand why they made that decision?



October 26th

Create a vocabulary story using between 6-8 of the vocabulary words for chapters 3-6. The story can be about anything you wish. Click the worksheet for more details.




October 25th

Fill out the crossword puzzle attached using the vocabulary words for chapters 5-6.




October 24th

Read Chapter 5



October 21st

Read for 30+ minutes over the weekend.
Make sure to study your vocabulary words. You can use this Quizlet to study this weekend.
https://quizlet.com/161832544/chapter-3-4-vocab-flash-cards/


October 20th

Read Chapter 4
Practice vocabulary words for chapters 3-4. They can be found on the wikispace page.



Just in case you need to re-take the Conflict Quiz here is a handy study guide:




October 19th
Complete the homework on Inferences.


Below are the notes on inferences:


Review the Chapter 3-4 vocabulary words.



October 18th
1. Finish the Time Spotter worksheet
2. Write your alternate beginning and ending to "Tell-Tale Heart" on the Change the Story worksheet.
You can find the homework by printing from this PDF:

If you're curious about Foreshadowing please listen to the video below.



October 17th

1. Read Chapter 3 of The Outsiders
2. Complete the second S.T.E.A.L. characterization worksheet.


You can listen to the audiobook here:



Friday 10/14
Students will read Chapter 2.


Thursday 10/13
Study your vocabulary for chapters 1-2.



Wednesday 10/12

HW: Students will complete the S.T.E.A.L. worksheet for homework on their own.




Tuesday 10/11

Please read Chapter 1 of The Outsiders.



These are the readings for the test. Please re-read these texts so that you will be ready for the test on Thursday, Oct. 6th.




Sept. 30th
Please spend at least 30+ minutes reading over the weekend.

Spend some time reviewing your notes for conflict, elements of plot, sensory details, dialogue, and main idea.

There will be a test on Thursday, October, 6th.

The focus will be sensory details, dialogue, and main idea.

The two readings "Wild Boy" and "Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed" will be our featured texts during the test. You will be expected to retain your knowledge of the four conflicts and the five elements of plot.

Sept. 29th

Fill out the main idea worksheet/graphic organizer for main idea of the article "Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed" by David Cain.

Tips:
Remember to start from the bottom.

On the DETAILS space you are to write evidence for what you think one of the most important ideas in the story is.

Usually the main idea is made up of multiple important points. In the IDEA space you will identify one of the biggest ideas. Sometimes stories have more than one important idea. This area you space to include at least two.

In the main idea space you will write what you think the main idea is considering your two big ideas.

If you still need a little help, don't be shy about emailing me with questions.


Sept. 28th

Open our reading for today to the second page. Read the section "A Culture of Unnecessaries" and write a 4+ response that describes the main idea with a supporting point from the text.



Sept. 27th
Read the rest of "Wild Boy." Complete the graphic organizer for main idea.


Sept. 26th
Please submit your completed narrative essay by "sharing" your Google Doc to my email. My email address is jbloomfield@latinpcs.org.



Sept. 23rd

1. Spend 30+ minutes in DEAR time this weekend reading the new books you checked out from the library.2. Finish all changes to your narrative essay and send them in to me by Sunday evening.Have a great weekend!


Sept. 22nd
1. Finish your sensory detail handout if you were not able to complete it in class.
2. Work on your narrative essay.



Sept. 21st

Write a 5+ sentence story with two examples of dialogue and two examples of sensory details.
Sensory details are descriptions that engage your sense of touch, taste, smell, sight, and sound.




Sept. 20th
Please make dialogue corrections to this text:

Correct the passage with proper use of indentation, punctuation, and dialogue.

I told him Papa was fine and handed him a slip my grandpa had given me. They sure are some fine looking pups he said. You’ll have to go around the door. I’m sure my feet never touched the ground as I flew around the building. He unlocked the door, and I stepped in, looking for the dogs. I couldn’t see anything but boxes, barrels, old trunks, and some rolls of barbed wire. The kindly stationmaster walked over to one of the boxes. Do you want the box and everything in it he asked. I told him I didn’t want to the box, just the wiggly puppies inside. How are you going to carry them he asked. I think they’re a little too young to follow behind you without a leash.





Sept. 19
1. Correct any mistakes in dialogue that you have on your narrative essay.2. Write a dialogue exchange between two famous or infamous famous people. Each person must speak at least three times. Make sure to use proper grammar, indention, and punctation.



Sept. 16thPlease submit your second draft (the one with revisions from your peer review partner) by Saturday morning. You will see comments on Sunday night or Monday morning. If you'd like to review for your quiz please find the Jeopardy review PowerPoint attached to this message. The best way to review is to consult your Interactive Reading Notebook from pages 2-10 and study your notes. Have a great weekend!






Friday, Sept. 9thStudents will complete a first draft of their narrative writing assignment over the weekend and bring a copy of the completed draft to class on Monday for a peer review session.


Thursday, Sept. 8th
Students will write the exposition of their narrative writing assignment to turn in at the beginning of class. In their exposition they will introduce the characters, time period, and setting. The exposition will end with an exciting force (the discovery of the source of eternal life).


Wednesday, Sept. 7th
Students will continue to brainstorm for their story with a narrative writing graphic organizer.





Tuesday, Sept. 6thStudents will begin to brainstorm for their story with a narrative writing graphic organizer.





UPDATED!
You can download a digital copy of Tuck Everlasting below. Have an amazing and safe Labor Day!



Friday, Sept. 2ndHomework
Bring your book Tuck Everlasting with you to class on Monday.Use this afternoon to re-read your favorite 3+ chapters of Tuck Everlasting. Refresh yourself on the story and the role of each character. Be ready to discuss the book on Monday.If you did not finish the summer reading over break, that will be no excuse on Monday. Be sure to finish it over the weekend.
If you do not have a book, contact me privately and we will work something out.
You can download the book below:







Thursday, Sept. 1stHomeworkWrite an 8+ sentence reflection about your experience being an actor, creating your own script, using costumes and props, and learning about conflict through theatre.
Answer at least three of these questions in your response:1. How did this activity help you remember what different types of conflicts could look like?2. What new ideas would you add to this if you were teaching someone about conflict using theater/drama?3. Did you feel like you nailed your performance?4. How did preparing ahead of time help you feel more confident?5. What was the best and worst part of your experience acting or observing today?




Wednesday, August 31stHomework
For homework you will rehearse the script for 15-20+ minutes at home with your sister, brother, friends, mother, or father. Make sure that you remember your lines and treat yourself to a little fun for a job well done once you get them down. Be sure to remember to bring any props or costumes that you would like to use to school with you on Thursday.Practice makes perfect and you can never be too prepared.Have fun!
You'll find the rubric you are being graded by in the document below.Don't forget that you will also assess/grade your classmates as they perform.

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HOMEWORK

Tuesday, August 30th

For homework complete this handout


The document asks you to list 5 different conflicts for each of the scenarios.

These are the possible scenarios.

1. Man vs. Man, Man vs. Group, Internal Conflict
2. Man vs. Man, Man vs. Another Man, External Conflict*
3. Man vs. Nature, Internal Conflict, Man vs. Man
4. Man vs. Group, Man vs. Self, Internal Conflict
5. Man vs. Self, External Conflict, Man vs. Nature
6. Man vs. Nature, Man vs. Self, Internal Conflict

*(remember that this one requires you to have a Man vs. Man conflict with two individual people. For example: Harry Potter vs. Voldemort and also later Harry Potter vs. Snape)

A note on the last section:

Many people seemed uncertain about how to complete the bottom part of the sheet which asks you to combine three conflicts (one from each category) into one idea. This is actually easy if you tell yourself a story about the conflicts.

For example, if your group had the first pairing (Man vs. Man, Man vs. Group, Internal Conflict) and you looked down your list to find different elements to combine into a skit it might go something like this.

From your Man vs. Man section you could take an example like, "a girl steals a necklace from her sister" and for Man vs. Group you could take an example like "a person's family confronts them about something they did wrong" and from Internal Conflict "a person can't decide if they should tell the truth or not." These are three elements from three different sections of the worksheet that you will use your imagination to make into a skit or story about conflict.

Here's a story idea I thought of that I can write in the last section of the text based on the ideas that I pulled from each section (Man vs. Man, Man vs. Group, Internal Conflict):

"A girl steals from her sister and has to confront her family about the truth, she is really emotionally unsure about what to do."

For the final section you are pulling one idea from each category and combining them into one made-up story.




Sixth Grade English
“It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.” — James Baldwin


“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald


In the quote above, James Baldwin and F. Scott Fitzgerald beautifully summarize one of the most exciting and amazing parts about reading—the ability to learn from and connect with people from all over the world, from many different time periods, and from an exceptional number of backgrounds. Over the course of the year, we will embark on an exciting pathway that will allow us to begin uncovering the meaning behind these quotes and their messages about the importance of literature. This class is about making connections between all parts of a story, poem, song, or article—from the strength of an individual word on a page to the greater theme or central idea of a complete piece of writing—to our own lives and our own loyalties.

In 6th grade English, students will continue to sharpen, deepen, and strengthen their abilities to read, interpret, analyze, and critique increasingly complex short stories, poems, novels, and literary nonfiction. In addition, students will further develop their abilities to craft narrative, argumentative, and expository texts while continuing to work towards mastering grammar and the conventions of the English language. Finally, sixth graders will also practice public speaking and active listening skills regularly.

Daily Supplies

Students are required to arrive to class with the following every day:

  • o 2 5-subject, black, spiral bound notebooks (One for reading and one for writing)
  • o Black Folder
  • o Pen/Pencil, Colored Pencils, Tape, Scissors
  • o Their homework planner/agenda
  • o The required class readings
  • o An independent reading book

Unit Breakdown and Anchor Texts

I. Listening to the Author (Anchor Text: Tuck Everlasting and select Short Stories)
II. Authors’ Tools (Anchor Text: The Outsiders)
III. Questioning the Author (Anchor Text: Monster)
IV. Comparing the Author (Anchor Text: The Giver)
V. Preparing for 7th Grade (Anchor Texts: The Pearl and Ender’s Game)


Grade Breakdown:

  • o Classwork & Homework (30%)
Select classwork and homework assignments will be collected for a grade. This section of the grade will also include Interactive Notebook checks.

  • o Tests & Quizzes (25%)
This category includes reading quizzes, grammar assessments, and traditional multiple choice and short answer quizzes on class and subject material. Students will be given advanced notice before every closed book test or quiz. There will be “pop” open-notes and annotation quizzes.

  • o Projects & Papers (25%)
This category can also be termed “summative” or “long term” assessments and it is made up of long term, multi-draft writing assignments; formal speeches; and formal, lengthy group projects that are normally completed at the end of a unit.

  • o Participation & Preparation (20%)
In keeping with the mission of WLPCS, all students are expected to participate daily in class. Participation, dialogue, and actively engaging with class material are all critical to learning. Preparation includes coming to class with all required supplies and with the mindset to engage fully in the activities for the day. Students will be graded weekly on their participation.


Interactive Notebooks

Over the course of the year, students will build and compile two Interactive Notebooks (IN)—one for reading classes and one for writing classes. These notebooks will house important readings, notes, practice, writing project information, and study materials for students. Not only will students be learning the skills and content associated with the core curriculum of this class, but they will also be guided through lessons on organization and study habits. When students are absent, it is important they attend tutorial in order to update their INs in order to have all notes and materials necessary to successfully understanding class material. More information on INs will be taught and distributed over the course of the first two weeks in class.

Homework Policy

  • o Daily Homework: Late homework will not be accepted except in the case of illness, an excused appointment, or significant family events. Failure to submit homework results in “0” points for that homework assignment.

  • o Long-Term HW: For every day that a long term paper, project, or assignment is late, the letter grade will be lowered by one full letter grade.

Please know that assigned homework is both important and not only required for student growth and learning, but also is many times necessary for success in the next day’s class. If a student gets “stuck” on an assignment or if there is a problem with the daily assignment, please do not hesitate to email me and we will work through the individual situation together to find a solution.

Class Expectations

The following four expectations will be held consistently throughout the year:
  • o Respect for Self
  • o Respect for Others
  • o Respect for the Right to Learn
  • o Respect for Property

I expect a lot from English 6 students because I know they can give a lot. Officially in the middle school environment and role models for a younger class, 6th graders will be held to all behavior guidelines explained in the Code of Conduct in the Washington Latin Family Handbook. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated in English 6 as it interrupts the learning of the whole class.

I do realize, though, that some days are better than others and a Monday morning in the middle of February may not feel the same as the first Monday of the school year. If a student realizes her or she needs to take a reset/quick break, he or she can let me know and that effort and self-awareness will be applauded and honored and not condemned while we work together to make class a success that day. Open communication and self-awareness are critical to the functioning of the class and also to continued personal development in middle school.

Finally, I expect English 6 students to take risks. Raise your hand and think through your ideas, even if they are not right on track. That is the point of school!

Contacting Me/Questions

Thank you for taking the time to read this syllabus! If you have any questions, concerns, comments, or just want to talk further about the class, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am readily available by email and am eager to connect and talk about how to make this a successful year for all English 6 students!

Best,
Jos Bloomfield
jbloomfield@latinpcs.org
http://wlpcsmiddleschool.wikispaces.com/Bloomfield