“A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step” -LAO TZU
Mrs. Sweitzer A116
Welcome to a fun-filled year of Language Arts! I look forward to getting to know each of you and learning together this year! Throughout each language arts unit we study this year, we will explore a variety of genres including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, music, and art, as well as electronic media. Reading, writing, speaking, and listening will be integrated to allow for individual growth and development, where you can challenge yourself to grow as a reader, writer, speaker, and listener.
One of our goals is to help you become deeper thinkers. As we analyze multiple texts to explore our essential questions, you will compare and contrast many genres. You will learn to pull out important text from these genres to support your ideas and opinions. Sixth grade Language Arts is an important time to grow and learn together. We will engage in Project Based Learning, Reader’s Workshop, and Writer’s Workshop throughout the year. Learning is not a race, but a journey! We look forward to exploring this amazing journey together.
According to the Buck Institute for Education, “Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge.”
The guiding questions we may explore this year include:
- What elements make up a story?
- What makes a mystery?
- What is a good friend?
- What does courage mean to you?
The Major Novels for the year include:
- Where the Red Fern Grows? by Wilson Rawls
- The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
- Refugee by Alan Gratz
Our 6th grade Textbook: Elements of Literature
- Matches individual readers
- Teaches independence
- Explicitly teaches strategies to access skills
- Values time spent reading, volume of reading, and a variety of reading experiences
- Follows predictable structures and routines
The Three Parts of Reader’s Workshop:
- Mini Lessons
- Independent Reading and Work (and group if possible)
In-depth writing will be done in response to literature, writing workshops, and on assigned pieces. Assignments are structured to allow for individual choice of topics, encourage creativity, and support strong voice. Most writing will occur during a writer’s workshop or in your journal. Here you will experiment with different types of writing. They will range from a response to a journal question, a prompt related to a book you are reading, a humorous sports commentary, a memoir, an experiment in developing your voice, etc. You will NEVER rip out these pages. They will serve as inspiration for writing pieces throughout the year that will eventually lead to publication. We will collect your journal periodically throughout the year unless it is on your iPad then it will be checked during class. Keep it up to date and well done. We look forward to sharing the love of writing with you!
This is an amazing source for students, parents, and teachers. All assignments will be posted on Google Classroom. The assignment will be explained and a due date will be given. Your child’s Google Classroom is a perfect place to view all of their assignments. Please review the following website to learn more about Google Classroom.
Sustained Silent Reading (SSR):
Reading is truly the key to becoming a better reader and writer! Please bring a book to school every single day with an SSR book of your choice. You will hear me say “ABAB” (Always Bring a Book) If you don’t have a physical book, you are welcome to use Sora on your new iPad. View the brief video to learn more about Sora.
First, you will have a red three pronged folder for class for any miscellaneous handouts. Second, you can make a google doc file on your iPad for all of your LA assignments.
You will be asked to set up your paper with the following MLS heading on the left-hand side of your filler paper beside the red line or the left hand corner on a google doc. If you forget, refer to the example posted on the board or in google classroom.
- Teacher’s Name
- Class & Period:
- It is your responsibility to complete and turn in your assignments on time at the due date.
- Weekly assignments are recorded in planners on Monday or Tuesday morning during the Hybrid schedule.
- You must make up assignments, class notes, etc if you miss class due to an appointment or illness.
- Remember that if you are absent you will have access to your planner, google calendar, or google classroom to refer to for your assignments.
- Homework is reviewed and collected at the beginning of class. Homework not completed at the beginning of class will be late unless there is a good reason and in that case speak with me.
- Missed notes should be copied from a friend in class.
If you ever have any questions or concerns throughout the year, please see me during the school day or send me an email. I look forward to sharing a successful year in English Language Arts together! Have a wonderful year!
Mrs. Sweitzer :)