Because ELA includes reading, writing, grammar and spelling, our weeks are busy and varied. It seems as though the days fly by!
Currently, students are on unit 9 in spelling which reviews words that end in the |er| sound. Students write sentences using the words, have an activity of some sort, and can always practice their words on aaa.spell.com. Tests are on Fridays.
After studying sentence fragments, run-ons and comma splices, the sixth graders recently were introduced to simple, compound, complex and compound-complex sentences. This required being able to identify subordinate clauses. Indeed, these are rather challenging units. The intent is to give the sixth graders the exposure, vocabulary and basic skills that they will build upon in the upper grades. Our next grammar unit is a review of capitalization rules.
On November 18, our class started reading Maniac Magee, a Newberry winner from several years ago. Using this novel, we will review concepts like theme, conflict, tone and point-of-view. Students will also work on finding literary devices such as similes, metaphors, personification and alliteration. While reading Maniac Magee, we will read an occasional piece from Unit 5 of the Into Literature textbook. The theme of this unit is Never Give Up, an appropriate one to support the many themes of Maniac Magee.
Students recently submitted an essay as a culmination of Unit 1: Finding Courage. We explored the idea of a thesis sentence and practiced finding and incorporating evidence into paragraphs. These will be skills that we will continue to practice and develop all year.
As always, if you have any questions, please contact your sixth grader’s ELA teacher.