6th Grade English

January 26-30, 2015

WOW!! Welcome back!

Hello all,

It seems like forever since we last chatted. Snow days have definitely impacted our regular schedules. We hope you enjoyed your time with family and friends over the holidays,and that you played in the snow when the opportunities presented themselves! :) January means that we are halfway through our time together this year. It's been great, and we are looking forward to the second half being even more fantastic!

“The snow began to fall again, drifting against the windows, politely begging entrance and then falling with disappointment to the ground” ― Jamie McGuire, Beautiful Disaster

Break out Groups (Tuesday/Thursday)

Our break out groups this quarter are based on scores from the 2nd quarter benchmark. Some students are working on Great Books with Mrs. Burton. Other students will be working with Main Idea, Fact and Opinion, and Author's Organizational patterns with transition words. These areas were weak for many students on our benchmark. If you would like to give your student extra practice, please encourage them to use Study Island at home and focus on these three areas. The link for Study Island is provided below.

“Just keep in mind," Liaro said, "they're not going to remember the words. They'll remember how you made them feel. Make them feel something.” ― Kameron Hurley, The Mirror Empire

Forensics!

Nope not CSI! Not investigating crime scenes! We are working on public speaking. Students will be competing in Prose, Poetry, Public Speaking, and Dramatic Presentations. Students have selected their pieces and should be practicing. We will have our classroom competitions February 5th, and we will finish up on February 6th. Those students who are the top in our classes, will go on to compete against all of 6th grade.

Journalism / Reading for Concepts (Wednesdays)

Journalism with Mrs. Jarboe is working on their next copy of "6th Grade Scoop". This edition will overlap those articles from last quarter with new articles from the current Journalism group. Other students are working on Wednesdays reading nonfiction articles and focusing on reading concepts. Students continue to struggle with inferring information. This is a difficult skill where students must incorporate what they know in their schema with what they are reading. They then must predict meaning from what the text tells them. Any help you can give your student in this area would be greatly appreciated.

Reading 180

Students continue to work on strategies to improve their reading comprehension. Recently, they have been focusing on onomatopoeia. This is a feature in figurative language. These are words that make the sound that they say. For example, bam, crunch, moo, etc. Graphic novels are great places to see examples of this type of text.
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The Great Kindness challenge!!

Next week we will be trying to catch students doing random acts of kindness! Each homeroom will be creating kindness chains! On Tuesday students should wear their favorite shoes to kick off the event! Wednesday is Goofy Hat Day! Thursday is Twin Day/Favorite Jersey Day! On Friday everyone show your DMMS spirit!! We can't wait to focus on being kind to others!

Reading Log DUE

Monday, Jan. 26th, 8:30am

Daniel Morgan Middle School, Winchester, VA

Article of the Week DUE

Friday, Jan. 30th, 8:30am

Daniel Morgan Middle School, Winchester, VA

Contact us... we are here for you!


Mrs. Amanda Burton, Ext 75244, burton@wps.k12.va.us

Mrs. Sherie Dearth, Ext 75232, dearth.sherie@wps.k12.va.us

Ms. Amy Entwisle, Ext 75179, entwisle@wps.k12.va.us

Ms. Beth Huddleston, Ext 75140, huddleston.b@wps.k12.va.us

Mrs. Ann Jarboe, Ext 75108, jarboe@wps.k12.va.us

Mrs. Ashley Phillips, Ext 75120, phillips@wps.k12.va.us

Mrs. Cynthia Smith, Ext 75101, smith@wps.k12.va.us