I Am David

All language arts students needed to bring to class “I Am David” by Anne Holm. At this point, I recommend purchasing the book on Amazon.com. One of my students said he downloaded the book for free with a library ID number on the Broward Public Library’s website.

Starting May 6, students will need to have a copy of the book, either on an electronic device or a hard copy.

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Final Exam

The final exam will be comprised of two parts. The first part will be a My Access essay, which will be due Thursday, May 30, and will count as an exam grade. The second part will be a triple-weighted multiple choice test that will be taken during exams — May 31-June 5.

The final exam will cover the following:

— all literary terms covered throughout the year

— Greek myths and gods/goddesses

— vocabulary, comprehension, and themes from “I Am David”

— FCAT-style passages

— (Advanced only) Research skills – quoting and paraphrasing sources, Web site reliability, MLA citations

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4th quarter agenda – Period 7

Final Exam essay portion: Here are the Final Exam essay directions.

5/27 and 5/29 Learning goals: I will demonstrate comprehension of a novel. I will discuss key terms from the year. CW: 1. Finish discussing chapters 7 and 8. 2. Review for finals. HW: Study for final exam. Final essay due on My Access by May 30.

5/22  Learning goal: I will demonstrate comprehension of a novel. CW: 1. Discuss ch. 6. 2. Work on essay for final. 3. Watch portion of “I Am David.” HW: Read chapters 7 and 8 by May 28/29.

5/20  Learning goal: I will demonstrate comprehension of a novel. CW: 1. Discuss ch. 5. 2. Work on essay for final. 3. Watch portion of “I Am David.” HW: Read ch. 6 by May 22/23.

5/16  Learning goal: I will demonstrate comprehension of a novel. CW: “I Am David” chapters 1 to 4 exam HW: Read ch. 5 by May 20/21.

5/14  Learning goal: I will identify parts of the plot and use context clues to determine meanings of unknown words. No bellwork. CW: 1. Highlight/underline evidence to support character analysis essay for final. 2. Complete study guide and bring with you for test on Thursday. HW: *** Missing work due May 17. Complete study guide.

5/10 Learning goal: I will annotate the novel and look for textual evidence to support my essay. No Bellwork! CW: 1. Discuss character analysis essay for final. 2. Keep reading “I Am David”/discuss ch. 3. HW: *** Missing work due May 17. Read to page 111.

5/8 Learning goal: I will keep a double-entry journal and make inferences based on the text. BW5: What shocks/interests/amuses you about David’s reaction to things he learns in ch. 2? CW: 1. “I Am David” — ch. 2/3. 2. Turn in the work from the 3 stations or any missing work. 3. Quiz on ch. 2 HW: 1.Read to page 80

5/6 Learning goal: I will keep a double-entry journal and make inferences based on the text. BW4: What is the significance of the colors that David sees at the end of chapter 1? Explain. CW: 1. “I Am David” — ch. 2. 2. Turn in the work from the 3 stations or any missing work. HW: 1.Read to the end of ch. 2 2. Prepare for quiz on chapter 2 3. 6 double-entry journals for ch. 1 and 2.

5/2 Learning goal: I will keep a double-entry journal and make inferences based on the text. BW3: Why is David so mistrusting of people? Use evidence from the text. W: 1. Finish Chapter 1 of “I Am David.”  2. David’s World in Ruins” worksheet 3. Turn in the work from the 3 stations or any missing work. HW: Read chapter 2 up to page 49.

4/30 Learning goal: I will keep a double-entry journal. BW2: What’s more important? Freedom or your life? CW: 1. Read part of Chapter 1 of “I Am David.” 2. Learn about Joseph Stalin and the Gulags 3. Turn in the work from the 3 stations. HW: None

4/22-4/26 Learning goals: I will learn about the Holocaust. BW1: During the Holocaust, soldiers confiscated thousands of shoes from victims as well as any valuable possessions. How does seeing this pile of shoes make you feel? CW: 1. Rotate in groups to complete these three assignments: Holocaust activities HW: Bring “I Am David” on April 30.

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4th quarter agenda – Advanced (1, 2, 3, 6)

Extra Credit: Here are the options for the Extra Credit due May 30.

Final Exam essay portion: Here are the Final Exam essay directions.

5/28-5/30 Learning goals: I will demonstrate comprehension of a novel. I will discuss key terms from the year. CW: 1. Finish discussing chapters 7 and 8. 2. Review for finals. HW: Study for final exam. Final essay due on My Access by May 30.

5/22-5/23  Learning goal: I will demonstrate comprehension of a novel. CW: 1. Discuss ch. 6. 2. Work on essay for final. 3. Watch portion of “I Am David.” HW: Read chapters 7 and 8 by May 28/29.

5/20-5/21  Learning goal: I will demonstrate comprehension of a novel. CW: 1. Discuss ch. 5. 2. Work on essay for final. 3. Watch portion of “I Am David.” HW: Read ch. 6 by May 22/23.

5/16-5/17  Learning goal: I will demonstrate comprehension of a novel. CW: “I Am David” chapters 1 to 4 exam HW: Read ch. 5 by May 20/21.

5/14-5/15  Learning goal: I will annotate the novel and look for textual evidence to support my essay. I will identify key parts of the story. For extra credit (5 pts. on “I Am David” exam): 1. Write 3 book titles with their authors. 2. Write a two-sentence plot summary about each book. 3. For each book, explain why it would make a captivating summer reading novel. CW: 1. Highlight/underline evidence to support character analysis essay for final. 2. Complete study guide and bring with you for test on Thursday/Friday. HW: *** Missing work due May 17.

5/13  Learning goal: I will annotate the novel and look for textual evidence to support my essay. No Bellwork. CW: 1. Highlight/underline evidence to support. Discuss character analysis essay for final. 2. Keep reading “I Am David”/discuss ch. 3. 3. Start reading ch. 4. HW: *** Missing work due May 17.

5/10-5/12 Learning goal: I will annotate the novel and look for textual evidence to support my essay. No Bellwork. CW: 1. Discuss extra credit. 2. Discuss character analysis essay for final. 3. Keep reading “I Am David”/discuss ch. 3. 4. Start reading ch. 4. HW: *** Missing work due May 17. A day – read to page 111     B day – read ch. 3 Period 1 – Read to 111 by Monday.

5/9 Learning goal: I will keep a double-entry journal and make inferences based on the text. BW5 (B day): What is the significance of David interacting with his conscience? Period 1/A day: no bellwork CW: 1. Keep reading “I Am David”/discuss ch. 2. 2. Turn in 8-10 double entry journals 3. Discuss extra credit. 4. Discuss character analysis essay for final. HW: *** Missing work due May 17. A day – read to page 80  B day – read ch. 3 Period 1 – Read the rest of ch. 3 by Monday.

5/7 and 5/8 Learning goal: I will keep a double-entry journal and make inferences based on the text. BW4/5: Describe one thing that David didn’t know that surprises/saddens/shocks you. CW: 1. Keep reading “I Am David” 2. Write 8 double-entry journals for ch. 1 and 2. *** Missing work due May 17. HW: 1. Study Island – Quotes and Paraphrasing – 20-25 questions – past due. A day – read to page 80.

5/1 and 5/2 Learning goal: I will keep a double-entry journal and make inferences based on the text. BW3: Why is David so mistrusting of people? Use evidence from the text. CW: 1. Finish Chapter 1 of “I Am David.” 2. “David’s World in Ruins” worksheet 3. Turn in the work from the 3 stations or any missing work. HW: Study Island – Quotes and Paraphrasing – by May 3 – 20-25 questions

4/29 and 4/30 Learning goal: I will keep a double-entry journal. BW2: What’s more important? Risk your life for freedom or live under oppression? CW: 1. Read part of Chapter 1 of “I Am David.” 2. Learn about Joseph Stalin and the Gulags 3. Turn in the work from the 3 stations. HW: Study Island – Quotes and Paraphrasing – by May 3. 20-25 questions

4/23-4/26  Learning goal: I will learn about key concepts from the Holocaust. BW1: During the Holocaust, soldiers confiscated thousands of shoes from victims as well as any valuable possessions. How does seeing this pile of shoes make you feel? CW: Station 1: Holocaust — ideas and concepts Station 2: The Suitcase Station 3: Ekphrastic poetry Holocaust activities advanced HW: Bring “I Am David” by April 29. Finish pet-inspired poem by Thursday/Friday.

4/15-4/22  Learning goals: I will use textual evidence to justify my responses on the FCAT. BW: none CW: 1. Work on FCAT practice test part 2 — we’ll review answers when I see your class. 2. Discuss answers from homeroom practice test. 3. Read “Every Cat Has a Story” and create your own pet-inspired poem. HW: Get the book “I Am David” by Anne Holm by April 29-30.

4/12 Learning goals: I will use textual evidence to justify my questions on the FCAT. BW: What are your top 3 test-taking strategies you will use during the FCAT? CW: Take FCAT practice test 2. HW: Study Island – due 4/12 – Theme – 10 questions

4/11 (Take Your Child To Work Day) BW: none CW: 1. Students use Play Doh to create objects and write poems about what inspires them (extra credit) 2. Periods 2 and 6 receive FCAT practice test 2 packet. They should complete this as homework and/or during homeroom time next week. I will collect the packets April 29 and 30. Students must highlight textual evidence to receive full credit. Students: Stop by for a packet if you want to use it as practice!!!  HW: Study Island – due 4/12 – Theme – 10 questions

4/9 and 4/10 Learning Goals: I will write a poem that utilizes literary devices to convey meaning. BW4: Describe yourself versus how others might see you. CW: 1. Finish handout for Understanding “To This Day” by Shane Koyczan. 2.Create an autobiographical poem. HW: Study Island – due 4/12 – Theme – 10 questions

4/4 and 4/5  (I am at the Key Club district convention in Orlando. I will return on 4/8. The agenda is written on the whiteboard.) Learning goals: I will use textual evidence to support questions from a piece of literature. BW3: Describe your favorite monster from a novel or movie. CW: 1. Read “Typhon, The Hydra, and The Empusae” and then answer the questions on the packet.  2. Read and complete “A Monstrous Poem” handout. HW: 1. Complete classwork. 2. Study Island – Structure – 10 questions – due 4/5.

4/3 and 4/8 Learning goals: I will analyze the meaning and tone of a spoken word poem. I will correctly identify figurative language in a poem and understand how figurative language can help express my feelings. BW2: Poet Li Young Lee described poetry as “the story of a feeling.” How can figurative language help you express your feelings? CW: 1. Watch “To This Day” by Shane Koyczan. 2. Complete discussion question worksheet, Understanding “To This Day”, and turn it in to the bin. HW: Study Island – Structure – 10 questions – due 4/5.

4/1 and 4/2 Learning goals: I will learn what comprises poetry. I will learn the differences between free verse and other poetic forms such as limericks. BW1: What is poetry? CW: 1. Create class Ars Poetica based on bellwork responses. 2. Read Billy Collins’ “Introduction to Poetry.” 3. Act. 5.9 in SpringBoard – read limericks and write your own. HW: 1. Finish limerick and turn in next class. 2. Study Island – Structure – 10 questions – due 4/5.

 

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Phenomenal Research Project

For periods 1, 2, 3, and 6, these are the handouts for your Phenomenal Research Project.

Phenomenal Research Project (rubrics included)

Works Cited and in-text citation examples

For extra credit, you may create a 2-minute video to accompany your project, or you may create a small board game based on facts and information from your project.

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Midterms

Midterm exams will take place the week of Jan. 14. Here is the review sheet for 6th grade Language Arts and 6th grade Advanced Language Arts: 12 13 6th grade midterm review.

I have computers in my room that you may use before and after school to complete the essay if necessary.

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Greek Root Words Project

Students have a Greek Roots Project to complete, with the presentation starting after midterms. Please review the file for due dates. Some dates were altered due to ePat practice testing.

Greek Roots Project Scoring Guides (7th period only has the presentation)

Greek Roots Project sample slide

Root Word categories for project

Greek Roots Project (Period 7)

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Spelling Bee

Students in Ms. Ridal’s 6th grade language arts classes will be having their class spelling bees Dec. 12 and 13. The schoolwide spelling bee will take place Monday 12/17 starting at 7:45.

Classes will have a test on the 6th grade words on Dec. 20 and Dec. 21, and the winner of each class spelling bee will be exempt from the exam.

UPDATE: B day’s spelling test is moved to Jan. 8 as per administration’s mandate.

2013 GASC grade 6 test

2013 GASC study words sixth grade

Contest Winners – I recommend practicing the following words for the schoolwide spelling bee in addition to the 6th grade words.

2013 GASC grade 7 test

2013 GASC study words seventh grade

2013 GASC grade 8 test

2013 GASC study words eighth grade

 

 

 

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Welcome to middle school

Hello 6th-graders! Welcome to middle school at Somerset Academy. I’m excited to have you in my class this year, and I can’t wait to embark on our educational journey.

6th grade Advanced Language Arts

6th grade Language Arts

After reviewing the syllabus for your class, please sign and print the syllabus acknowledgement form.

syllabus acknowledgement form

To use Google Documents and have an e-mail address for class use, you need to fill out the E-mail Under 13 Consent Form.

SUMMER READING

If you are a returning Somerset Academy student, you will be taking a multiple-choice comprehension test on “Freak the Mighty” on Aug. 28/29. Your 500-word essay on another summer reading novel is due Aug. 30/31. The essay should NOT be a plot summary.

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