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Welcome to Creekside Park Junior High School!

 

I am so thrilled to be your sixth grade English Language Arts teacher this year!  Throughout our journey this year, I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you even better.  My goal is to make your first year in junior high school enriched with greater knowledge and memories to cherish for a lifetime.  I just want to take time to introduce myself and give you the chance to get to know me better.

 

I grew up in Houston and attended schools in Fort Bend ISD.  Later, I graduated from the University of Houston with my undergraduate degree in education as well as my Masters degree in Administration and Supervision. I was fortunate to be able to teach in Fort Bend ISD for seven years before moving to Chicago where I taught 5th grade. Even though winters were extremely cold, I loved living in the “windy city”. Later, I moved to England for four years and was able to travel to many different countries giving me the opportunity to learn and appreciate the cultures of people from around the world.  What an extraordinary experience, and I loved every minute!

 

After a few moves between Fairfax, Virginia and Dallas teaching 5th and 6th grade, my family and I finally settled back to Houston. I have two, wonderful sons, Nicholas and Alexander.  Nicholas will be in 8th grade at Creekside Park Junior High, and Alexander will be in the 5th grade at Timber Creek Elementary School. Besides teaching and spending time with my family, I enjoy reading, cooking, traveling and photography. I look forward to teaching and getting to know all of you. We’re going to have a Super Sixth Grade Year at Creekside Park Junior High School!

 

                                                          

 

Classes

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October 16 - October 20

The 2nd grading period start on Monday, October 16th.

Reading:

  • Students will analyze the function of stylistic elements/motifs (e.g., magic helper, rule of three) in traditional and classical literature from various cultures.
  • Students will explain how authors create meaning through stylistic elements and figurative language emphasizing the use of personification, hyperbole, and refrains

Language/Grammar:

  • Latin Root – port (carry) deport, import, portable, teleport, transport

  • Prefix – com, con, co (with) complement, compatible, converge, conspire, coordinate

Homework:

  • Read for 30 minutes daily
  • Vocabulary page 82-83 (Due Thursday)
  • Frayer's Models Unit 7 (Due Friday)

October 9 - October 13

The end of the grading period is Friday, October 13th.

Reading:

  • We will review elements fiction with The Stray by Cynthia Rylant.
  • We will have our fiction checkpoint Wednesday, October 11th.  This is a major grade.

Language/Grammar:

  • Greek & Latin Root – Review week for units 1-5.  This week's quiz will be over all 5 units.  Please have your child study the Greek/Latin Roots & Prefixes units with the vocabulary spiral.  All of the words, definitions and Frayer's model are in this spiral.

We will continue reviewing homophones using mentor sentences from White Fangby Jack London.
 
 

Writing: 

  • We will learn strategies to write effective summaries.

 Homework:

  • Read for 30 minutes daily
  • Vocabulary page 69-72 (Due Thursday)
  • No Frayer's Models this week 

October 2 - October 6

1/2 day Friday, October 6th & No school Monday, October 9th

Reading:

  • We will continue our fiction unit by analyzing point of view, theme, mood, tone and plot.
  • We will read The Stray by Cynthia Rylant.

Language/Grammar:

  • Greek & Latin Root – ped, pod (feet) pedestrian, pedicure, pedometer, podiatrist, tripod,

  • Prefix – counter, contra (opposite or against) counterfeit, counterpart, counteract, contradict, contrary

We will review homophones using mentor sentences from White Fang by Jack London.
 

Effect, Affect; Then, Than; Past, Passed; Who’s, Whose; Lead, Led; Weather, Whether; Lose, Loose

 

Writing: 

  • We will type our final draft of our personal narrative.
  • We will learn strategies to write effective summaries.

 Homework:

  • Read for 30 minutes daily
  • Vocabulary page 59-60 (Due Thursday)
  • Frayer's Models week 5 (Due Friday)

September 25 - September 29

Reading:

  • We will continue our fiction unit by analyzing point of view, theme, mood, tone and plot.
  • We will read The Dog of Pompeii by Louis Untermeyer (PreAP)
  • We will read Enemy Pie. (On Level)

Language/Grammar:

  • Latin Root – aud, audi (hear) audible, audience, audio, audition and auditorium

  • Prefix – anti (opposite or against) antidote, antisocial, antipathy, antiseptic and antibody

We will review pronouns using mentor sentences from Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  •  Students should understand that…
  1. Pronouns can be used either as a subject or an object in a sentence.
  2. The antecedent is the noun to which a pronoun refers.  A pronoun must match its antecedent or it is incorrect.
  3. Use the correct pronoun (subject or object) for a given situation, especially in situations of compound pronouns (“She and I went to the store.”)

Writing: 

  • We will revise our first draft of their personal narrative for leads, word choice, dialogue, voice, transitions and ending.
  • We will also peer edit the personal narrative for spelling, capitalization and punctuation.

 Homework:

  • Read for 30 minutes daily
  • Vocabulary page 48-49 (Due Thursday)
  • Frayer's Models week 4 (Due Friday)

September 18 - September 22

Reading:

  • We will continue our fiction unit by analyzing setting, types of conflict, point of view and plot.
  • We will read The Flying Machine and All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury. (PreAP)
  • We will read Freddie in the Shade. (On Level)

Language/Grammar:

  • Latin Root - (cred - believe) credential, credible, creditor, creed, incredulous
  • Prefix – (de, dis - opposite or against) displace, disagree, decode, deprive, decline

  • We will review capitalization rules using mentor sentences from Sunrise over Fallujah by Walter Dean Meyers

Writing: 

  • Using sensory details
  • Write first draft of the personal narrative about an interesting personal experience that taught you something.

 Homework:

  • Read for 30 minutes daily
  • Vocabulary page 37-38 (Due Thursday)
  • Frayer's Models week 2 (Due Friday)

Open House

Open House is Thursday, September 14th, 6pm -8pm

Please make sure you know your child's first period class and room number. In first period you will receive your student’s full schedule and follow that class list, period by period, as we progress through the night.  

Bell schedule:

6:00-6:20 Period 1 

6:25- 6:35 Period 2

6:40-6:50 Period 3

6:55-7:05 Period 4

7:10-7:20 Period 5

Period 6 (PAW period “advisory” will not meet)

7: 25-7: 35 Period 7

7: 40-8:00 Period 8 

September 11 - September 15

Reading:

  • We will begin our fiction unit by analyzing how the author introduces, develops, and describes a character. The character may be described directly by the author or indirectly through the actions, thoughts, and speech of the character.  
  • We will analyze the elements of plot.

Language/Grammar:

  • Greek Root - (photo) photocopy, photograph, photon, photosynthesis, telephoto

     

  • Prefix – (im, in, il) incapable, ineligible, imbalance, illiterate, illogical

  • We will review nouns and verbs using mentor sentences from The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Writing: 

  • We will begin brainstorming to write a personal narrative about an interesting personal experience that taught you something.

 Homework:

  • Read for 20 minutes daily
  • Vocabulary page 23-24 (Due Thursday)
  • Frayer's Models week 2 (Due Friday)

September 4 - September 8

 
Dear Parents,
 
I hope that everyone is doing well!  I am looking forward to seeing all of the students this week.  I know that last week was very stressful and a bit scary for all of the students, including my own children.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns this week.  
 
We will begin homework this week.  Students will need to complete the vocabulary page 9-10 for week 1 and Frayer's models for all 10 words. An example of the Frayer's model is located in the student's vocabulary spiral. Also, a power point for vocabulary week 1 is on my Edlio page under the Greek/Latin roots & Prefix/Suffix tab.  
 

Reading:

  • We will analyze reading genres.
  • Students will discuss their summer reading book during inquiry circles on Friday.  We will take an essay test over the summer reading book next week.  (PreAP)
  • We will continue analyzing the notice and note reading strategies using Walk Two Moons and Freak the Mighty

Language/Grammar:

  • Greek Root - (Graph) autograph, graffiti, graphite, paragraph, telegraph
  •  

    Prefix – (ir, non) irrational, irregular, irrelevant, nonexistent, nonverbal

  • We will review homophones using mentor sentences from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Writing: 

  • We will finish organizing our interactive writing notebook.
  • We will create a heart map and writing territories list about things that are important to us.
  • We will write a personal narrative using our heart map and writing territories.

 Homework:

  • Read for 20 minutes daily
  • Vocabulary page 9 & 10 (Due Thursday)
  • Frayer's Models week 1 (Due Friday)
  • Bring Summer Reading Book on Friday for inquiry circles (PreAP)

August 22 - August 25

Welcome to Sixth Grade at Creekside Park Junior High School! 

Reading/ Language Arts:

 Reading

  • We will review reading workshop rules and procedures.
  • We will set up our interactive reading notebook.
  • We will discuss growth mindset and create goal for the school year
  • Interactive Read Aloud: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech using notice and note reading strategies. 
  • We will begin analyzing notice and note reading strategies using Walk Two Moons.

Language: 

  • Complete Sentences

Writing: 

  • We will review writing  workshop rules and procedures
  • We will set up our interactive writing notebook & work in progress folder.
  • We will write a bio poem describing themselves
  • We will create a heart map and writing territories list about things that are important to us.

 Homework:

  • Read for 20 minutes daily
  • Bring items to decorate reading and writing journals
  • Bring independent reading book