Hannan, Laura

Please Read! New unit starts January 10!!!

January 2018

Dear Sixth Grade Parents,

The sixth grade English Language Arts classes will start a new unit with the topic of Ocean Conservation Issues on Wednesday, January 10th.  There are two central texts in this unit. The first is an informational text titled World Without Fish by Mark Kurlansky. Each student will be provided with a copy of the book. Students will be expected to read or re-read selected portions of this text to support classroom instruction. Often,  there will be written homework to go along with the assigned reading. The book is expected to come back to school each day so that we can discuss the reading and written homework from the previous night. In addition to homework, assessments will be based on this reading. If students do not keep up with the reading nightly, they will fall behind in class and will be in danger of not passing the quarter. World Without Fish is nonfiction--more like a textbook. Therefore, students are strongly encouraged to have an independent book/fictional novel to read at home and at school. Thank you in advance for your support at home.

Sincerely,

Sixth Grade English Language Arts Teachers


STAR Reading Test Results

 

We took our second STAR Reading test on Monday, December 11.  Please ask your child to share his or her information that we discussed in class about the score.  Given three times per year, this assessment provides valuable information about what a student understands well and what that student may need to improve in fiction and nonfiction reading. The score is given as a Lexile number. Students should choose independent books considering both their interest areas AND Lexile range. 

 

A Lexile is a measure about either a student’s reading ability or the difficulty of a text, like a book or magazine article. The Lexile measure is shown as a number with an "L" after it — 880L is 880 Lexile. When a Lexile text measure matches a Lexile reader measure, this is called a "targeted" reading experience. The reader will likely encounter some level of difficulty with the text, but not enough to get frustrated. This is the best way to grow as a reader—with text that's not too hard but not too easy. When you receive a Lexile measure, try not to focus on the exact number. Instead, consider your Lexile range which is 100 below to 50 above your actual score.

Welcome to DREAM Team Language Arts!

Please be sure you're reading at least 100 minutes per week outside of class.  We are wrapping up our unit on genre and will have our first Word Cells Summative on October 11.   I will announce (and attach documents and links whenever possible) on the right throughout the school year! 
 
Mrs. Hannan
 

Wildcat Voice

Check out our eighth-grade journalism students!  They have been hard at work, researching and writing pieces on topics ranging from the new look for the Cavs this year to thorium nuclear reactors.Check it all out at

wildcatvoice.org
 

Word Cells Summative January 26

Use the link to complete review sections on current word cell lesson and to study for upcoming summatives.

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Welcome to DREAM Team Language Arts 2017

Students and Parents: please see attached for important information about DREAM Team Language Arts for the 2017-2018 School Year! More +
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