Mrs. Farmer's ELA/Reading Classroom

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Mrs. Farmer's Weekly News: Monday, November 2-6

Students mastered figurative language this week by incorporating elements such as similes, metaphors, alliteration, personification, and more into their poetry writing. They learned the difference between creative writing and traditional essay writing. It is important for students to understand that there are many forms of writing, and we all work to enhance our literacy knowledge and critical thinking skills.

This week we will dive further into the novel, Out of the Dust, by examining non-fiction texts of the times of the Great Depression and comparing them to the novel, Out of the Dust.


**ALL students can stay after on Wednesday until 5 for additional writing help. I will send letters home to parents who I feel will most benefit, but all are free to come.**

**Tutoring for gifted students will be offered on Mondays until 4:30 for enrichment in writing. The goal is to move from proficient to exceeds for the Ga Milestones for all students.**

Future Educators of America Announcement! Don't Miss!!

For those students in our club, we will be meeting this Tuesday until 4:15! Your parents must pick you up on time. We will be passing out shirts, writing thank you notes to Northside Elementary, creating treat bags for our custodial staff, and going over information for our trip to the Newnan Campus of the University of West Georgia (will be an after school event).

Featured Work of the Week!


Common Core Standards Covered This Week:

RI.6.1: Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

RI.6.7: Integrate information presented in different media formats as well as words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

RI.6.9: Compare and contrast one author's presentation of events with that of another.

W.6.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content. (compare/contrast, cause/effect)

L.6.2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing:

a. Use punctuation (commas) to set off nonrestrictive elements.


1. I can cite text evidence.

2. I can use different media formats to better understand a topic.

3. I can compare and contrast to examine a topic.

4. I can write informative texts supported with textual evidence.

5. I can use commas correctly in my writing.


  • Bellwork on comma practice.
  • Students will close read two informational articles on The Great Depression and America in the 1930's.
  • Students will discuss their findings with partners, and then as a class.
  • Students will then compare and contrast times from that era to today, and write a constructed response to a choice of questions supported with text evidence.
  • Homework: Practice editing with commas in writing practice. Read for 20 minutes and complete reading task.


  • Bellwork on comma practice.
  • Students will read or re-read page 3-33.
  • Students will complete a note taking and summary page on their reading.
  • Discuss as a whole class.
  • Homework: Go back over constructed response from Monday. Re-do for accuracy. Read for 20 minutes and complete reading task.
  • Bellwork on comma practice.
  • Students will read "Drought and Dust", which is an article on the science of erosion. Students will choose between four questions to answer as constructed responses with text evidence.
  • Students will share their constructed with the class, and we will compare to determine excellent responses.
  • Homework: Go back over constructed response. Re-do for accuracy. Read for 20 minutes and complete reading task.
  • Bellwork on comma practice.
  • Students will examine an informational reading along with images of the Dust Bowl from the 1930's. They will observe and make conclusions in groups.
  • After a given time, we will discuss as a class.
  • We will read our novel, if as a whole class, if time allows.
  • Homework: Review for Friday's Checkpoint and complete reading assignment to turn in for a grade.


  • Checkpoint on use of commas.
  • Write a free verse poem using vocabulary from the novel.
  • Share with the class.
  • Homework: Read!

Final Grades: Homework assignments, constructed responses, reading task, free verse poem, and check point.

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