Hello Families- Here is an update for my classes.
Sixth Grade- Students are finishing up their assessment for the Character Unit. We are now ready to dive deep into the world of Personal Narrative. In this, our first focused writing unit, students will tell ‘small moment” stories from their own lives. We begin by making a long list of possible stories to write such as: Misquamicut Beach when the seagull landed on my head, The broken leg of 1995, Driving to South Dakota for the eclipse, or any other true life experience they can fictionalize. Students will practice narrative techniques to improve their writing skills and to capture the attention of their audience.
Seventh Grade- I have been reading aloud the ever popular, timeless and treasured The Outsiders by S.E.Hinton. Each time I have read this story, I have a student point out something, a tiny detail that stuns me. Your children are thinking critically and are transferring their work to independent reading-I am impressed. This unit will not come to close until the beginning of November; that is when I will assess their knowledge and growth. Look for more creative ways of showing thinking, but still expect your child to be “Writing Long.” If any seventh grade students are having difficulty keeping up with 250+ pages per week, they may find that the work is getting harder. Please encourage your child to keep up with home reading and make time for it in their day.
As always, contact me via email if you have questions.
Happy Fall- Amy Koepke
Hello 6/7 Families!
My name is Amy Koepke (think kep(t) the key) and I teach sixth grade Reading and Writing as well as one seventh grade shared class where I am the Reading teacher and Mrs. Sharon Papale is the Writing teacher. This is my 30th year of teaching! That seems impossible to me, but I have really been with RSD #17 for that long. I have taught at the HKMS for the past 5 years and love the fast pace almost as much as the age group. I have lived in Killingworth most of my life and love bumping into families all over the state (and sometimes in less likely places). I have a grown daughter who has finished college and moved on to sunny Philladelphia, and my son just started 9th grade at HKHS where he says things are quite different. I also live with my good-natured husband, Keith, and a lovable but very fresh little cat named Tom. We spend lots of time traveling and experiencing the world around us. I look forward to getting to know you and your families; this looks to be a wonderful group!
I contact families each time we move to a new unit and alert you via email when there are important updates, long term projects, or work that may need attention at home. This year I will be using Microsoft 365 "Teams" to help students and families be informed about my class.en House I will be able to let you know how this tool works.
Don't hesitate to contact me- Email is best, but you can also call the school.
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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