6th Grade Reading/English News

2nd Six Weeks

Communication and Organization:

We are "falling" into place in 6th grade, and we have hit the ground running! We hope you have signed up for reminders through the Remind app, and that you are keeping your eyes peeled for class emails that are sent out periodically with updates and assignment deadlines. Please also make sure that you are getting information and graded work from your student as it comes home each week in their "take-home" folder. We are trying to help our students get organized and have given them yellow calendars to write assignments on each week. Please help your 6th grader stay organized and check to see if they are filling this out each day with homework reminders and upcoming events for all of their classes.

Accelerated Reader

We ended our first six weeks of AR expectations with a treat for everyone who met their AR goal for the first grading period. Students had the opportunity to eat lunch outside in the courtyard and to pick out a cookie treat of their choice.

For students to meet their AR goal each six weeks, they must take an AR test over two 150+ page books, and pass both of their tests (with a 70 or higher).

All students are required to read two 150+ page AR books each six weeks, test over them, and turn in book logs, too. The scores that they earn on their two tests are recorded each six weeks as part of their Reading/ELA average. Please make sure your student is reading and working toward their goal in a timely manner.

Honors classes have a slightly different goal, but this has been discussed in class. Feel free to contact your child's teacher for any clarification in regard to AR goals.

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We are currently in the middle of an author study project with our 6th grade students. They have chosen books by one of the following authors: Sid Fleischman, Gary Paulsen, Rick Riordan, Roald Dahl, R.L. Stine, Rachel Renne Russell, Sharon Creech, and Christopher Paul Curtis. This project entails students researching their chosen author and gathering information to put together in a presentation for the class. They are able to choose from a power point presentation, a prezi presentation, a cereal box, or a picture book as their finished product. It will include facts about their author's personal life, education, work, and many other interesting details that they are able to find. Please look over the expectations of this project with your student at home. They have a blue handout in their ELA folder that lines out all of the details and stipulations. All students are being given research time in the computer lab a couple of times during this project, as well as opportunities to watch videos about their author and search through printed information that is provided by their teacher. Whatever they are not able to get finished at school, will have to be completed at home. Students will begin making presentations on October 16th and 19th.
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Honors Research Project

The above mentioned Author Study does not apply to the honors classes. The honors classes just finished a different research assignment. They tackled a cross-curricular project combining reading, English, and social studies...while learning the process of research. What a fun experience! The students researched a country and created a virtual tour and travel blog using Tour Builder. https://tourbuilder.withgoogle.com/ As teachers, we are very impressed with the student's commitment to this project and what they have to show as a result! Good job!

KMS Open House and Scholastic Bookfair

Tuesday, Oct. 20th, 6pm

2500 Shasta Way

Kilgore, TX

We hope everyone will join us for Open House on October 20th. We are excited to have an opportunity to meet and greet the families of our students, as well as show off some things we have been learning about in class.