Mrs. Wilson's Language Arts Class

January 4-8

6th Grade

Welcome Back!

Monday we took the time to renew and check out new books. Most library books were over due or close to being due. Book Projects were handed back. Please see your child for details. They have the project and the rubric.

Tuesday we looked at our mentor text for our next writing unit titled, "Raymond's Run" by Toni Cade Bambara. The students also started their annotated text for the week. They worked on a pair of articles titled, "Playing With Pain" and "Travel Team Heartbreak". Both articles deal with sports injuries. The students needed 7 annotations between both articles.

Wednesday we looked at dynamic and static characters in a text, book, or story. A dynamic character is a character whose thoughts, ideas, or traits change throughout the story. A static character is the same at the end of the story as they were at the beginning of the story.

Thursday we worked on a writing strategy called "Writing in the Air". The students talk the way they would write. This is a strategy that few students have used before so we practiced by having them describe a character that they know. We practiced this strategy a two times and after a few pointers, I saw great improvement. We will be using this strategy when we begin out second writing unit next week.

Friday we took the time to review the story "Raymond's Run". This mentor text will be used in our next writing unit as well. It is important for students to know the characters and plot well before using it as a writing mentor text.

7th Grade

Monday we took the time to renew and check out new books. Most library books were over due or close to being due. Book Projects were handed back. Please see your child for details. They have the project and the rubric.

Tuesday the students also started their annotated text for the week. They worked on a pair of articles titled, "Playing With Pain" and "Travel Team Heartbreak". Both articles deal with sports injuries. The students needed 7 annotations between both articles.

Wednesday we looked at dynamic and static characters in a text, book, or story. A dynamic character is a character whose thoughts, ideas, or traits change throughout the story. A static character is the same at the end of the story as they were at the beginning of the story. The students were also given a list of books to choose from for our next writing unit. The books were all fictions with similar topics. The writing unit is to write about literature.

Thursday students were given the book that they voted on. It worked out nicely that everyone got the first book that they picked. We used class time to let students get into the books and learn more about the characters and setting. By the end of the hour there were only a few unhappy customers.

Friday I encouraged the students to finish at least the first chapter (some of the books have long chapters). We then took inventory on who would be changing books and rearranged as needed.

Dates to Remember

January 13- Courage Retreat (7th Grade)

January 15- ALL LATE WORK/ REDO WORK DUE

January 18- END OF 2nd QUARTER/ SEMESTER 1

January 22- No School- PD Day

February 3- Kona Ice

February 26- Read to Succeed Slips due (6th Grade)

February 29- No School- PD Day