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					6th Grade Language Arts
Class - Workshop Model
   Each class period will begin with a class
    read-aloud which serves as a time to
    model reading, thinking, and comprehension
    behaviors and strategies which students will
    then practice and apply to their self-selected
    novels. Following the class read-aloud, we
    engage in alternately a reading or writing
    mini-lesson which provides an opportunity
    for direct teaching and practice of a skill or
    concept.
Workshop – Mentor Text

   Using a reading and writing workshop
    model, our class instruction will include
    daily mentor text which can include, short
    stories, Jr. Great Books, news articles,
    blog posts, magazines, novels and a variety
    of textual excerpts that will serve as…
    models for author’s craft and content.
Reading Diary
 Additionally each student will be
  completing a reading log of books of their
  choice which will require a minimum of
  20 minutes a day outside of school.
 1st quarter: literary genre
   (minimum - 5 different genre)

 2nd       quarter: award winners
   (minimum - 5 different award winners)
Interactive Notebook

   Each student will maintain their Language
    Arts INB with class notes and resource
    materials.
Inspired Reading and Writing
 These 21st century students will be
  publishing their works, reading, writing,
  researching, presenting and conversing
  about literature using our class wiki and
 LPS Google Docs. http://www.lpsk12.org
Vocabulary/Spelling
 In addition to specific content vocabulary, we will
  focus on the origin, use of and application of 5
  prefixes, suffixes or roots per week.
 Accelerated Language Arts will also use the
  Sadlier-Oxford Level B Spelling/Vocabulary
  Workshop – alternating: Week 1 – Students are
  responsible for the spelling of the 20 vocabulary
  words in the unit. Week 2 – Students are
  responsible for the vocabulary exercises
  reinforcing the definition, pronunciation,
  grammatically correct usage, synonyms, and
  antonyms.
Common Assessments
 FOCUS WRITING:
 1st Quarter: Show Not Tell Descriptive
  Writing - Testing Window 9/20 – 9/29
 2nd Quarter: Persuasive Writing – Testing
  Window 12/06 – 12/10
 3rd Quarter: How - To Technical Writing –
  Testing Window TBA
 4th Quarter: Poetry Techniques – Testing
  Window TBA

LA FOCUS READING
COMPREHENSION GOALS:
1st Semester – Thinking Strategies
INQUIRY QUESTION: How does my thinking help
  me to understand?

   Metacognition
   Schema
   Questioning
   Drawing Inferences
   Determining Importance
   Sensory Imagery
   Synthesizing
   Problem Solving
2nd Semester – Reading
Outcomes of Understanding
INQUIRY QUESTION: What does reading
  do for me?
 Insight for Writing
 Empathy
 Confidence
 Sense of Aesthetic
 Desire to Advocate
 Increase in Cognitive Stamina
 Clear Recollection and Intent to Reapply
 Others...

				
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