Monday, September 28, 2015

End Of Unit 1

Today students wrapped up Unit 1 with another assessment on finding theme, this time in non-fiction text. Through all of the practice we did in this unit for writing constructed responses and examining a text for specific, relevant evidence, I think students are off to a great start with 6th grade expectations for quality and effort! I appreciate all of their focus and hard work!
Our next unit is focused on the concept of perception; particularly how we see ourselves versus how others see us, and eventually moving into how and why we perceive others in the way that we do. Please help your student with the homework that will be coming home as we start off the unit; it is important for them to gather data about their perception of self and others so that we can use it as a jumping off point as we start thinking about our essential questions.

Visit the "What Are We Studying?" page for a complete outline of the unit, including all of the standards we will be assessing in the next 6 weeks.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Close Reading and Theme

This week, we dove head first into finding the theme and central idea of both fiction and nonfiction texts using the skill of close reading.  Students have had multiple opportunities to read a text, analyze, discuss and write about the theme of the text to prepare for Friday's assessment.  

Below are the standards we are working very hard to address in class this week and next:

RI, RL 6.2 Use key ideas and details to determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details.

We ALWAYS, ALWAYS require textual evidence, and grade it on this standard:

RI, RL 6.1 Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. 

RI = "reading informational" non-fiction
RL = "reading literature" fiction

Anchor chart from class on close reading
Anchor chart from class on theme
Anchor chart from class on a model constructed response

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

First Assessment: One Pager

On Tuesday and Wednesday, students completed their first assessment.  They worked on the standard, (OEL.1.d) engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly. (CCSS:SL6.1).  The task was to interview a peer, focusing on clarifying questions and getting more information.

On Wednesday, students took the information collected from the interview and created (or are in the process of creating) a One Pager about their peer.  The hope was that the responses from their partner were detailed enough to create an image of the answer given.

These were not completed in class due to our Wednesday schedule.  They are due this Friday.  Any One Pagers not turned in by then will result in a detention on Monday.  Students are invited to come to work on them in the pod during their lunch on Thursday.  It will not be a detention.

Examples are found below, along with expectations and rubric.

Expectations and Models

Getting comfy with our resources

Thursday and Friday of this week will be spent  orienting ourselves to the technology and resources that are available to help throughout the year.  Click on the helpful links tab (or the attached link) to find these resources, along with a few others that might be useful throughout the year!  

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Letter To My 8th Grade Self

"Letter To My 8th Grade Self" will be assigned Friday, September 4th and is due Tuesday, September 8th. Students must include at least three paragraphs. The first paragraph must describe what life is like now that they've settled into middle school. The second paragraph must include goals for themselves in 8th grade, reasons behind the goals and how they're going to accomplish them. The third paragraph must include the impact of that the growth mindset has had on them so far and how they're using it in the future.  

Goal setting is one of our standards for 6th grade.  Be sure your goals are realistic, attainable and able to be measured (so you know if you're reaching your goal!)

Please see an example here. Be sure to use the example to format your letter correctly. You will get these back in 8th grade.  Put effort into this so it can be a time of enjoyment when you read what life was like as a 6th grader!