Mrs. Farmer's ELA/Reading Classroom

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Mrs. Farmer's Weekly News: Tuesday, October 13th-Friday, October 16th

The students dived into Chromebooks this week! They experienced uploading an assignment, and completed a second assignment through Google Classroom. They seemed to enjoy it, and we plan to use them a few times a month. Everything is a balance, and we will temper it with interactive traditional lessons as well.


Common Core Standards Covered This Week:

  • RL.6.4: Determine the meaning of words as they are used in a text, including figurative meanings, analyze the impact of specific word choice meaning and tone.

  • W.6.6: Use technology, including the internet, to produce and publish writing as well as interact and collaborate with others.

  • W.6.10: Write routinely over extended time frames for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

  • L.6.5: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.


  1. I can determine the meaning of words as they are used in a text, including figurative language.
  2. I can use technology to produce and publish writing.
  3. I can can write for a range of disciplines and purposes.
  4. I can demonstrate understanding of figurative language and word meanings,
  • Introduce the novel Out of the Dust.
  • Pre-Test over mini, two week poetry unit.

Bellwork, What is poetry? Analyze the clip from Dead Poet’s Society, Read aloud the first part of Out of the Dust, fill in a kwl chart and discuss, Complete the “What is Poetry” assignment, Complete elements of poetry for homework.


Bellwork, alliteration vs. onomatopeia worksheet to complete in groups, discuss, analyze poems for figurative elements, Read chapters 1-3 in Out of the Dust.

Homework: Assigned as needed.

Other resources used for the lessons this week!

The Dust Bowl Episode | Uncovering the Dust Bowl | PBS
Mr. Knowitall - Plot Diagram
Out of the Dust Book Trailer
What will your verse be?
Johnny Cash-Legend of John Henry's Hammer
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