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Mrs. Henry's Classroom Guidelines 2019-2020

The Golden Rule: Treat others the way you want to be treated!

A positive attitude, respectful manner, and high expectations make a learning environment enjoyable!

Here's to a GREAT year in 6th Grade Language Arts!

COURSE STANDARDS:

  1. Reading: The students will read and comprehend text across the curriculum.

  2. Literature: The students will respond to a variety of texts.

  3. Writing: The students will write effectively for a variety of audiences, purposes, and contexts.

  4. Research: The students will apply reading and writing skills to demonstrate learning.

  5. Listening: Learners will participate effectively as listeners within formal and informal groups.

  6. Speaking: Learners will speak effectively for a variety of audiences, purposes, occasions, and contexts.

For more specific information about course standards, go to http://www.ksde.org/ and select academic standards for our grade and subject.

 

Language Arts 6 Course Information

What we expect of students: 

  • Students will be respectful of one another, any adults in our classroom, and all materials.
  • Students will follow all school rules as posted and noted in the student agenda book.
  • Students will come to class with a positive attitude and a readiness to learn.
  • Students will show responsibility by bringing necessary materials and being prepared for class.

What students can expect from their teacher:

  • A respectful setting.
  • An expectation that all students will have a successful year.
  • An environment for learning.
  • A meaningful lesson/activity each day.

Materials required for class:

  • Pencil & pen                                        
  • Colored pencils or markers
  • Highlighters
  • Notebook paper
  • Assignment
  • Library Book
  • Literature Book or novel
  • Interactive Notebooks
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Dry-erase markers 
  • Notecards
  • Agenda Book WITH Conduct card

What will class be like each day?

The class consists of a 90-minute Language Arts block. During this time, your student will spend the first 60 minutes with their assigned LA teacher focusing on English Language Arts Common Core Standards. The remaining 30 minutes will be spent with a levelized reading group--commonly known in our building as MTSS.

How much homework can we expect?

  • Generally, homework will be given once or twice a week unless we are working on a project or writing assignment; then, expect more. 
  • Beyond regular paper and pencil homework, students should read with the goal of completing one book independently every two weeks.
  • Students may also view assignments on the classroom board and the lesson plans tab on the website.

How are we graded?

  • Grades will be weighted in the following manner:
    • 50%  Tests & Projects
    • 35%  Daily work and homework
    • 15%  Independent Reading and AR

What about late work, re-dos, and test retakes?

  • An assignment is late if a student was in class when it was given and comes the following day without it. He/she may turn in late work one day late with a late pass and receive no grade penalty. This work should be placed in the late/absent basket.
  • All other work that is late will result in a 10% deduction.
  • Projects are subject to a different deduction. Students will receive a deduction of 2% for each day it is late up to but not exceeding a 10% deduction.
  • All late work must be turned in prior to the end of the nine weeks for credit.
  • Also, have your student check the “no-name” clip if missing an assignment.
  • Redos and test retakes are determined on an individual basis and must be advocated by the student.

 

What/How will we be learning?

  • Bell Ringer
    • At the start of every class, students are expected to complete a short activity to review or reinforce various reading or grammar skills. The activities will focus on identifying and determining the meaning of different forms of figurative language, analyze sentences for contextual clues while determining the meaning of the unfamiliar word, editing sentences, determine the part of speech of words, identifying the subject and predicate of sentences, and determine the structure of a sentence.
  • Vocabulary Index Cards
    • Each student is required to have 150 lined index cards (3x5) and an index card case. These will be turned into “academic vocabulary” cards. Students will receive between ten to fifteen words every two weeks. At the end of the two-week period, a test will be given. As a new set of words is introduced, they will be added to the old ones for the following test. The academic vocabulary will focus on the following: affixes and roots, vocabulary, and domain-specific words.
  • Library/Independent Reading (AR)
    • Students will visit the library every other week in their language arts class. During this time, students will be expected to check out books within their reading range, take AR tests, and read. Mrs. Chapman, our awesome librarian, will also have a lesson planned for them.
  • Independent reading/AR will be part of students’ grades. In fact, it will be weighted as 15% of their overall LA grade and will consist of three different types of grades:
  • Deadline Grade - Students will be expected to read a book every two weeks and earn a “deadline” grade of ten points for completing the book on time. They will earn 10 points if they take an AR test on or before the due date or receive a 0 if they don’t.
  • Comprehension Grade - The second grade associated with independent reading is based on how students perform on their AR test, a computerized comprehension test that consists of ten to twenty questions about the book they read. The grade given will be the score earned on the AR test which will then be converted into a grade worth 50 points. For example, if a student earns an 80% on Where the Red Fern Grows, the grade goes in the grade book as 40/50, which is still an 80%. If students take the test past the deadline, it is his or her responsibility to get the test results to their teacher in order to receive credit for the test. Otherwise, the comprehension score will be NTI (Not Turned In).
  • Interactive Notebooks
    • Each student is required to have a composition notebook to use in class. These will become our “interactive grammar notebooks” to compile the skills learned in class. Students may need scissors, glue, and colored pencils when creating and working in the notebooks. These notebooks will typically stay in the classroom as students will be required to produce a new book if it is lost or damaged. The pages will be shown on the website for students who are absent or for those who need more time to complete at home.
  • MTSS
    • Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) is a program designed to meet the needs of each student in order to focus on skills specific to him or her. Based on the STAR Reading Assessment, students will be placed into groups according to their skill level. If necessary, students will meet with an interventionist in a small group and concentrate on phonics skills, reading comprehension, or fluency. Students who are on grade level will meet in a larger group setting and focus on skills needed to enhance, stimulate, and challenge each person. The main focus is reading their AR book as a way to develop a love of reading.