Now that the first marking period is coming to an end, I wanted to update families so you know what students are learning in Reading Class.
6th Grade: I have launched the Social Issues Book Club Unit. All students are in groups that are reading the same titles as we work on Author’s Craft, Power and Positioning of characters, and (continued work on) building themes. Students are expected to keep up with the reading they agreed to during their group meetings.
CHANGE IN READING LOG: For the remainder of the school year, all sixth graders should put their full effort into reading and logging during class, Flex, and at home. The rubric has been adjusted so that the expectation (B Range) is 200-250 pages per week. Above 250 pages and 10+ consistent entries brings a students into the A range
7th Grade: I have launched the Developing Analytical Practices Across Genres Unit. All students are expected to have fiction books, short stories, poems/ lyrics from which they can work on Author’s Craft, Theme, and building stronger annotation skills. I will provide texts for all genres, but many students enjoy choosing their own appropriate poems and lyrics.
CHANGE IN READING LOG: For the remainder of the school year, all seventh grade students should put their full effort into reading and logging during class, Flex, and at home. The rubric has been adjusted so that the expectation (B Range) is 250-3000 pages per week. Above 300 pages and 10+ consistent entries brings a students into the A range.
We have had two terrific field trips and now it's on to conferences. Feel free to prepare questions ahead of time as we are trying to see as many parents/ guardians as possible and our time is limited.
Both 6th and 7th grades are coming to the end of our first unit. Students will be taking a post assessment next week to determine what they have learned from our focused study of characters and theme. This is not an assessment that students can 'study' for. Anyone who has had strong agency and paid attention during class will do well. Retakes are available to anyone who stays after school with me for a reteaching work session-more on this after the assessment.
6th Grade: Our next Unit of Study is: Social Issues Book Clubs All students must have a realistic fiction book by next Friday, November 3. Students will be grouped by their book choice. I have many choices in my library and I will be taking both classes to the HKMS library as well.
7th Grade: Our next Unit of Study is: Analyzing Texts Across Genres This is an exciting unit where students will be analyzing author's purpose, theme, and author's craft across genres as diverse as nonfiction-informational to poetry. Students need to continue to have an independent book at all times in class.
Hello 6/7 Families,
As we continue our reading work with getting to know characters, we will begin focusing on multiple themes within one book. Author's often teach us a lesson through their characters' growth and discovering the central message can come through noticing smaller messages. Work will be based on author's craft, recognizing it and understanding the moves the author made in order for the reader to grasp the messages/ themes.
All students have been given a note taking sheet for a book review project. The notes and cover plan are due on Tuesday, October 10th for seventh grade, and Thursday, October 12th for sixth grade. I have a copy of the note sheet on my "home page." Final projects are to be typed on MS365; I will have the template ready by this Friday.
Seventh grade final project due: Monday, 10/16/17
Sixth grade final project due: 10/19/17
I am looking forward to meeting many of you at conferences; I have had the chance to get to know your readers and am anxious to let you know how they are doing.
Hello 6/7 Families,
It is my pleasure to finally officially say hello to all of you as my website is now live! I will update this Blog often so you know the work your child is doing in Reading class. I must say that I am impressed with your children who have been incredibly responsible as all have now finished and handed in their Reader's Notebook projects. Grades are in Powerschool for those who handed it in on time. I will update frequently, so expect to see grades for the first reading log before the end of the week.
As for reading logs, all students are responsible for handing in a completed log every Tuesday; they will then get the new log. For the first three or more logs, I will copy the rubric on back so all can get familiar with it. Our goal is to read every night for 30+ minutes which equals 25-30 pages if the book is "just right."
SIXTH GRADE: All students need a realistic fiction book to read during class and at home. We are tracking characters very closely to understand their personalities, actions and words, and how they change throughout the story. It is a good idea for sixth graders to become involved with series books. This enables them to track character changes more fluidly.
SEVENTH GRADE: All students need to have fiction books with strong characters and I highly recommend students choose a series or author they enjoy. Our work is rather challenging as we are moving past straight character study and moving into closer study of author's craft. Students will be asking themselves, "Why did the author..."
I look forward to an exciting year with your children and will be glad to meet you at Open House on September 27. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to email me.
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