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Grade Six

English/Language Arts

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 be able to 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 have copies of these books 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 extra 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 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 to complete.

 

The texts and worksheets come from Engage NY which is aligned with the Common Core Standards. 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)

 

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

 

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

 

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: binder, pencils, planner, and homework assignments completed and turned 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.

 

 

 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, and turn them in to me as soon as possible.

 

 

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 (Lunch Recess Detention) during their recess time.  If the student continues to disrupt the classroom learning environment, they will be sent to the office to speak with an administrator about their behavior.  If consequences are necessary, they will be given by the administrator.

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 day and will try to respond the same day that you send the message.  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

 

  • Book Talks- Students will be required to read three books independently and give a presentation regarding information from those books in front of the class at different times during the school year.  I will have a handout for students and answer any questions that they have about their presentations.  Generally they know about the assignment about 3 months before it is due, that should give them ample time to read their book and prepare for their presentation.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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