English Language Arts - Blocks 4, 5, and 6


    Welcome to 6th grade English Language Arts! In this class, students will learn and utilize reading strategies, tackle vocabulary, and complete various projects.  There will be four units of study throughout the year that will focus on various literary genres. These units are: Dealing with Disaster, Making Your Voice Heard, What Tales Tell, and Facing Fear. Each unit, usually completed in nine weeks, will include vocabulary development, decoding strategies, analysis of text structures, assessments, and writing performance tasks. 


    Agenda Planner - Students should purchase an agenda from OMS and will be required to write in it as needed. This will keep students organized on current assignments and due dates. All assignments will also be posted on my webpage. 


    Supplies - Students should come prepared to class ready to learn each day. They need their binder, agenda, a book to silently read, notebook paper, and pencils. They will also need to transport their language arts textbook back and forth between home and school each day. 


    Grades - Grade composition will be as follows: Tests/Projects - 50%; Classwork - 40%; Homework - 10%. Grades will be updated weekly in the online gradebook for student and parent viewing. All assignments will have a specific due date. 


    Twenty Book Challenge - This year, students will be challenged to read 20 books throughout the school year. Quarterly, students will be rewarded for every five books that they read. Students will also be required to read three books quarterly and have a book chat with the teacher. These chats will be recorded as homework grades.