Williams's Weekly

Week of October 26, 2020

This is week B

Students will be attending period 1, 2, and 3 classes this week.

There will be NO spelling words/test this week! :)

We will continue our novel study this week. I am trying something new this year with the extended class times. I allowed students to choose their novel and have assigned small groups. The longer classes allows me to teach a mini-lesson focusing on a particular skill and then the students will break into their groups and practice that skill using their novel.

Students will be focusing on Plot Diagramming this week. Various activities will be assigned with the purpose of helping students identify how the setting affects the story.

Each student will earn individual grades. Even though they'll be working in groups, each student is responsible for their own work.

Red Ribbon Week!


Monday: Lei off drugs (think Hawaii)

Tuesday: Hawk Sports Fan- wear Hawk Gear or your favorite sports team

Wednesday: Red, White, and Blue day

Thursday: Scare off Drugs- wear your Halloween costume*

*Costumes must be school and dress-code appropriate. Students will be asked to remove costumes that are distracting or inhibiting learning and classroom procedures.

Due Dates:

Student Work Responsibilties:

Scribble Spelling (extra credit= NOT required)

Comprehension Questions for novel study

Vocabulary for novel study

Setting worksheet


Many of the above assignments are WORKING assignments and grades/completion will be adjusted accordingly. However- some measureable progress should be visible by THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2020.



YOU are responsible for the above assignments. You will be given ample classtime and assistance to complete these. While you may choose to work WITH your group, you are responsible for YOUR work.

Google Classroom and Apex Codes:

Period 1: 65n7rkc

Period 2: l5t6lzk (those are lower-case L's)

Apex: V3857255

Period 3: gkesjrf

Apex: V8177195

Period 4: wonkxzp

Apex: V1919985

Period 5: same as Period 1


6th Grade: kg766ok

Apex: V5324880

7th Grade: q6cwesj

Apex: V9287622

8th Grade: orlduuk

Apex: V2034146

2020-21 Language Arts Syllabus

Amanda Williams

Houston Jr/Sr High

Language Arts Syllabus



Dear Parents/Guardians:

My name is Amanda Williams and I am the Language Arts teacher for sixth grade at Houston Junior Senior High School. This is my thirteenth-year teaching and my third at Houston. I LOVE reading and can usually conquer at least three novels a week and hope to bring and share this passion of the written word with all my students and their families.

This year we get to be Pioneers in Education with a blended model of both in-school and online curriculum available. It is going to be exciting navigating new waters. Our focus in sixth grade is primarily on Elements of Literature with a specific focus on plot, character development and setting. We also focus on strategies including, but not limited to, prediction, questioning and summarizing. I will be working very hard this year on Grammar and Writing. This will include sentence composition, complete answer construction, text dependent analysis, parts of speech, conventions and usage; narrative and expository writing and finally: spelling and vocabulary.

Below I have included some FAQs I hope you find helpful when beginning this journey!

Q: Where do I go to find my work?

A: All classwork will be assigned in the Google Classroom that students will log into on

the first day we meet in class. Assignments completed in Apex will be self-contained to that online domain.

Q: How do I login? Who do I contact for help if I cannot login?

A: Students username is their initials and student ID and a password that they choose.

Students struggling to login to the Chromebook, Google Classroom, or Apex

can contact me via email or by phone: Amanda.williams@matsuk12.us 907-892-9487

Q: When/how often do I have to log in?

A: It is a good idea to log in every day: Monday through Friday. Should we shift to remote learning, I will post assignments in pieces with pacing suggestions for the week.

New assignments will get posted on Sunday afternoon/evening, but students are not expected to start work until Monday. Students can work ahead of the pacing if they wish.

Q: What if I need help with my work?

A: I will have office hours every Friday from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. There will be an open

Zoom link available for students to pop in with questions. I will also meet with students

via phone or Zoom by appointments.

Q: Grades and Student Feedback

A: Synergy is where all grades earned will be posted. While Apex scores assignments and there is a cumulative grade given for work completed, I will update Synergy for the most accurate up-to-date progress for Language Arts as a whole. Synergy will reflect your grades for everything: classwork, citizenship, tests, assignments, and Apex.

Q: How will late work be handled?

A: Late work is not accepted. Of course, there are certain allowances, but late work is not accepted. Students will have ample class time allotted to complete assignments and homework is very rarely given.