Wednesday, October 7, 2015

This Week :)

We are finishing a test from last week and we will start reading

"The All American Slurp":

Monday, September 21, 2015

September 21st-25th

We finished discussing "Arachne" and students will have a test on the story tomorrow.  See previous post for the a copy of the story.

Homework:  Students need answer the question, What is symbolism? on page 11 in their notebooks.  They must also write about their most memorable birthday whether it is really good or really bad. 
Students received a new reading log today.  They must be reading every night, writing a summary and getting a signature. 

Students will take the test and then we will begin a new story called "Eleven." 

We will finish reading "Eleven" and answer questions 2 & 3 on page 12 in their notebooks.  We will continue to discuss Characterization, Plot, Theme, Point of View and Symbolism. 

Students are finishing plot, conflict and point of view.  Friday they will focus on figurative language, theme and sensory language.

Point of View Video

"Eleven" by Sandra Cisneros

Monday, September 14, 2015

This Week

We are starting Mythology this week.  Students will be reading "Arachne." We will focus on citing textual evidence, how culture shapes identity, elements of a story, characteristics of folklore, and characteristics of myths. 
The Story "Arachne"

Students have an interactive notebook for my class.  So far we have the first 10 pages completed.  Please look in their notebook and see if they have these completed and stapled in.  (tape is an option as well) We spend a few minutes everyday organizing their spiral notebook.  There should be a table of contents in the front of every one's notebook. 

Page 1: Folklore Identification Sheet
Page 2:  Reading Survey
Page 3:  Summer Essay
Page 4:  Group Work on Folktales
Page 5:  He Lion Questions
Page 6:  Show me the Evidence
Page 7:  Cite the Evidence
Page 8:  He Lion Test
Page 9:  Cornell Notes
Page 10:  Graphic Organizer for Myths and Cause and Effect

Book Challenge Section in their Binder:
Students also have a 30 Book Challenge this year.  They should be reading every night at home. They must also keep up with a reading log.  So far students should have completed a Folklore, Fantasy and Free choice.  They may be working on one of these.  Please check that they are completing this.

Extra Credit:
Write a letter to the teacher stating that you have looked at your child's notebook, read the website and reviewed the Book Challenge and novels or books read so far. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

September 7-11th

Welcome back! I hope everyone enjoyed their extended weekend!
 This week we will finish "He Lion, Bruh Bear and Bruh Rabbit."  Students will have an open book test tomorrow on the story and we will begin our next story "Arachne," a Greek myth. 
Reading Notebook:  Students should have something on the first 5 pages.

Homework: Read 20-30 minutes each night and look over notes.

Monday, August 31, 2015

This Week

Today we went over the characteristics of Folk Lore and the different types. Students should be able to identify these characteristics in a story.  We will review the elements of a story before students begin group work on folktales tomorrow.  Also, ask your child about the 30 book challenge this year!! Students should be reading every night. 

Introduction to Folklore PowerPoint

Elements of a story video

Book Challenge

We are reading "He Lion Bruh Bear and Bruh Rabbit" (Thursday)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


I have waited until the first few days to post so that students and parents are adjusted for the new school year! The first few days have been wonderful and the students seem really happy.  So far, students have brought home a few forms to be signed and we need to collect all forms by Friday. 

The first nine weeks in my class we will be focusing on Folklore.  We will begin in Unit 6 in the literature book. Pages 760-763 describe the types of folk literature and their characteristics.

Friendly Reminder:

School Pictures are September 1st for 6th grade.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

This Week!!

We are done testing!!  However, students received final progress reports from me today.  Tomorrow students will turn in any missing work.  I must have all work by tomorrow.  Please sign the reports and send them back to school.
Ms. King

Friday, May 22, 2015


Make sure you have completed both stories Lesson 9 and 7 using RUNNERS!! Don't forget EACH step of RUNNERS. Hopefully, you were able to complete this in Core 7 but if not take a few minutes this weekend and do it.

Tuesday we will do fun ELA reviews and I will give you a practice EOG Test on Wednesday.    Don't forget Thursday and Friday we begin real testing for Science!

Enjoy your weekend!!
Mrs. King

Monday, May 18, 2015

This Week

We are practicing a reading strategy to help with testing.  Students have used this strategy for a week and are expected to know the strategy by tomorrow.  (R.U.N.N.E.R.S)

Read everything but the story (headlines, photos, captions, directions, questions)
Underline key words  in the questions
Number the paragraphs, stanzas or lines
Now read and
Enclose keywords or details and annotate each paragraph
Reread the questions
Select the best answer

Monday, May 11, 2015

Monday, May 4, 2015

This Week

I did send home progress reports today.  If you child is missing anything, please have them bring it to me this week.  I will be collecting the work that they have been working on since last week tomorrow.  We have been doing group work on the elements of a short story.  They should be working on this tonight.

Due Tuesday based on short story "Becky and the Wheels and Brakes Boys"
Autobiographical Narrative
Dialect and evidence
Plot chart
Characters and character traits
Figurative Language with evidence
Point of View
Compare and Contrast Venn Diagram

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Stories we are reading

Unit 4
"Reflecting on childhood"

How do childhood experiences shape the decisions of others?
How do life experiences, as we grow older, make us who we are?

Anne Frank

Becky and the Wheels and Brakes Boys