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Grade Six

English/Language Arts

2016-2017

DALTON MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

Instructor: Mrs. Walton

 

Overview

In the sixth grade, students will be expected to read and comprehend texts at a sixth grade level.  Students will learn to closely read a text and cite evidence from a text to support their written responses.  Students will also be expected to read sixth grade material fluently, with correct pronunciation of words, appropriate speed, pausing at punctuation, and read with expression.  The writing standards are intertwined with the reading selections.  Sixth grade students will be writing in response to the texts they are reading, as well as, writing a narrative story, and researching and writing informational  and argumentative essays and reports.

 

Texts

Listed below are the texts that students will be reading during class time.  I will be getting these books from the Dalton Public Library for student use in class.  If you would choose to purchase these books for home use, that would be fine, but it is not necessary. 

 

All sixth grade students will be using the same sets of books, therefore, these books will not be sent home for homework.  I will have a limited number of these books available to sign out and return the next day, or sign out on a Friday and return the following Monday.  The signing out of these books will only be for students who were absent and need to make up work, or students who were unable to complete assignments in the given class time.  The plan is that each book and writing project will take about a nine to twelve week period.

 

The first three texts and worksheets will be from Engage NY and materials and resources can be found by typing the following into the URL bar:  engageny6thgrELA. (Believe me- this is probably the easiest way to find what you are looking for.)

 

The Lightning Thief   By: Rick Riordan  (Module 1)

 

Bud, Not Buddy   By: Christopher Paul Curtis (Module 2a)

 

Frightful’s Mountain   By:  Jean Craighead George (Module 4)

 

 

 

Classroom Rules

 

     In order to facilitate the above-mentioned goals, each student will be expected to maintain proper classroom conduct.  Proper classroom conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following list of behaviors.

 

  1. Each student is expected to come to class prepared to learn.This preparation includes having all proper materials (including: notebook, pencils, pen, binder, planner, fluency page and homework when due) and completing classroom and homework assignments and turning them in on time.

     

  2. Respectfully addressing the teacher and fellow students at all times is a must

          (Talking while the teacher or a classmate is talking is not respectful!)

     

  3. Being in the classroom on time and sitting in your assigned seat

     

  4. Raising your hand and waiting to be called on for all questions or relevant comments

     

  5. Participating in classroom discussions

     

  6. Waiting for the teacher to dismiss you when the bell rings, and pushing in your chairs before you leave

     

  7. Reading your assigned fluency page out loud each night (part of homework)

     

     

    Further Student Responsibilities

     

        You, the student, are responsible for missed schoolwork.  You will be given one day to make up an assignment for each day you are absent (unless you already have the assignment, or it is a long-standing assignment).  Turn your assignments in on time!  Ask me for papers, or assignments that you missed.  Late assignments are to be marked as late and placed in the homework tray. 

     

     

    Discipline

     

     Students who are causing disruptions or breaking class rules will get a warning. If during the class period they are still disruptive they will either stand on the fence during recess, or attend LRT during their recess time.  If the student continues to cause difficulties, they will be sent to the office to speak with either Ms. Marthey or Mr. Petrak.  The parent will then be notified regarding their child’s behavior either by email or by a phone call. 

     

    Being sent to the principal’s office (at which point many other things will begin to happen—each of which is spelled out in the student handbook and other district policy instruments), is usually a last resort—don’t push things that far!

     

    Continued misbehavior in the classroom will cause the student to be isolated within the classroom (a fancy way of saying the student will be sitting at a desk away from other students).

     

    Always remember the reason you are in my classroom.  You are here to learn!

    Anything that hinders the learning process should be eliminated.

     

     

    Communication

     

    It is the responsibility of the student and their parents to communicate their concerns, problems and requests as soon as there is a need. Mrs. Walton can be reached in any number of ways.  However, one of the best and quickest ways to receive a response is via e-mail.  I check my school e-mail every morning and will try to respond the same day that you send the mail.  My school e-mail address is:        mwalton@daltonlocal.org 

     

     

     

    Resources

     

    Students take online tests periodically on Scholastic Reading Inventory during class time.  They earn an SRI score- that is their lexile score.  This score can help determine which books are at the right reading level for students to be reading independently. The following chart shows grade 3-7 lexile scores.

     

    “old recommendations”                           “New Common Core Recommendations”

3

600L to 730L

520L to 820L

4

640L to780L

740L to 940L

5

730L to 850L

830L to 1010L

6

860L to 920L

925L to 1070L

7

880L to 960L

970L to 1120L

 

 

Looking for a book to read at your level?

 

This is a good website to find books at your lexile level (your lexile level is your SRI score) Just because a book is listed for your child’s reading level, does not always mean it is an appropriate book for your child to read. You and your parents will have to decide what books and content are right for you.

https://lexile.com/findabook/

 

 

The following link is a complimentary list of books for 6th grade independent reading, it is provided simply as a guide if you are looking for a book based on grade level. Just because a book is listed for your child’s reading level, does not always mean it is an appropriate book for your child to read.  Again you and your parents will have to decide what books and content are right for you.

http://home.comcast.net/~ngiansante/gradesix.html

 

 

 

Fluency

 

Once again, fluency is the ability to read grade level text with correct pronunciation of words, appropriate speed, pausing at punctuation, and reading with expression.  It is not just reading quickly.

 

The following are grade level norms or goals for 6th grade:

 

Fall- 127 words per minute

Winter- 140 words per minute

Spring- 150 words per minute

 

If your child is more than 10 words below the fall goal at the beginning of the year, then they will more than likely be checked for fluency improvement throughout the year.

 

 It is important for all students to practice reading their fluency pages out loud each night, completing the vocabulary, and answering the comprehension questions that go with the passage each week regardless of their beginning of the year fluency score.  Fluency homework will be part of their weekly homework grade, as well as, their speaking and listening grade.

 

Mrs Walton Test Retake / Correction Procedures for Reading ELA

 

 

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