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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!

 

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February 19 - February 23

Reading:

  • This will be our last week for book club.  

Language/Grammar:

  • Students will analyze sentences for subject-verb agreement.
  • No vocabulary words this week.

Writing: 

  • Students will continue writing dialectical responses for book club.
  • We will begin expository writing.

Homework:

  • Read for 30 minutes daily

February 5 - February 9

Reading:

  • Continue Book Club
  • Analyze nonfiction text features and text structure

Language/Grammar:

  • Students will identify and write complex sentences
  • Latin Root – meter, metr (measure) barometer, diameter, optometry, perimeter, symmetry

  • Prefixes - pre, fore, ante (before) & post (after) precaution, forecast, antebellum, antebellum, antecedent, postpone

Writing: 

  • Students will continue writing responses using text evidence and citing a source using MLA format.  

Homework:

  • Read for 30 minutes daily
  • Vocabulary pg. 182-183 (Due Thursday)
  • Frayer's Models Unit 16 ( Due Friday) 

January 29 - February 2

Reading:

  • Students will begin reading fiction novels for book club which will last for several weeks.  For book club, each group has a different novel to read.  Students are expected to complete 2-3 dialectical responses each week.  They will also meet with their group once a week to discuss the novel.  Students will be given class time to complete their reading and dialectical responses.  If students need additional time to complete their reading or activities, they may complete it for homework.

Language/Grammar:

  • Students will identify and write complex sentences
  • Latin Root – rupt (break) corrupt, disruptive, erupt, interrupt, rupture

  • Latin and Greek Number Prefixes & Metric System Prefixes 

Writing: 

  • Students will continue writing responses using text evidence and citing a source using MLA format.  

Homework:

  • Read for 30 minutes daily
  • Vocabulary pg. 171-172 (Due Thursday)
  • Frayer's Models Unit 15 ( Due Friday) 

January 22 - January 26

Reading:

  • Students will be reading and analyzing memoirs and narrative nonfiction stories.  

Language/Grammar:

  • Students will continue to identify subordinate conjunctions and subordinate clauses. 
  • Latin Root – astr (star) asterisk, asteroid, astronaut, astronomer, astronomical

  • Prefix – di, bi (two) & tri (three) dilemma, diverse, bilingual, trio, trilogy

Writing: 

  • Students will continue writing responses using text evidence and citing a source using MLA format.  

Homework:

  • Read for 30 minutes daily
  • Vocabulary pg. 160-161 (Due Thursday)
  • Frayer's Models Unit 14 ( Due Friday) 

January 15 - January 19

Welcome to the second semester of 6th grade!  It hard to believe that we are already halfway through the school year.  This semester we will focus on nonfiction - literary nonfiction, narrative nonfiction, expository, persuasive and a research project.

Reading:

  • We will be studying literary elements of memoirs and the author's craft to understood why an author would write a memoir.  

Language/Grammar:

  • Students will identify and construct subordinate clauses and distinguish them from independent clauses.
  • Greek Root – log, logue (word) apology, dialogue, epilogue, eulogy and monologue

  • Prefix – mono-, uni (one) monopoly, monotonous, monogamy, unison, universal

Writing: 

  • Students will learn to construct a writing response using text evidence and citing a source using MLA format.  

Homework:

  • Read for 30 minutes daily
  • Vocabulary pg. 149- 150 (Due Thursday)
  • Frayer's Models Unit 13 ( Due Friday) 

December 18 - December 22

Reading/Writing:

  • We will be working a drama project in class.  
  • The drama project will be due on Thursday, December 21, 2017                                                                                

Language/Grammar:

  • Students will continue to identify and write examples of subordinate clauses and distinguish them from independent clauses.

     

Homework:

  • Read for 30 minutes daily
  • Vocabulary Quiz will be on Tuesday, December 19th

December 11 - December 15

Reading:

  • We will continue our study of drama by analyzing the each scene for plot development, characters, dialogue and stage direction.
  • Student will read the play, The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
  • We will have a checkpoint test on Thursday, December 14th.  The test will cover fiction, poetry and drama.  This will be a major grade.
  • I have sent a review packet with a fiction story, poetry and a drama with 23 questions for homework.  The checkpoint will be very similar to the review packet which is due on Wednesday, December 13th.                                                                                        

Language/Grammar:

  • Students will identify examples of subordinate clauses and distinguish them from independent clauses.
  • Students will also write examples of subordinate clauses.
  • Unit 12 vocabulary is a review of units 7-11 which is due on Monday, December 18th.  I'm giving the students extra time to work on the vocabulary since we have a checkpoint next week.

Homework:

  • Reading review packet due Wednesday, December 13th.
  • Vocabulary Review of Units 7-11 pg. 135-139 due Monday, December 18th.
  • Read for 30 minutes daily

December 4 - December 8

Reading:

  • We will begin our study of drama by analyzing the each scene for plot development, characters, dialogue and stage direction.
  • Student will read the play, The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant (on level) & Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs (PreAP)

Language/Grammar:

  • Students will identify and construct simple and compound sentences using conjunction words and semicolons.
  • Greek Root – Chron (time) chronic, chronicle, chronological, chronometer, synchornize

  • Suffix – arium, orium (place where) & ment (result) planetarium, aquarium, emporium, assessment, amendment

Homework:

  • Read for 30 minutes daily
  • Vocabulary pg. 126-127 (Due Thursday)
  • Frayer's Models ( Due Friday) 

November 27 - December 1

Reading:

  • We will finish our study of poetry and have a quiz on Friday.

Language/Grammar:

  • No Vocabulary Words

Writing: 

  • Students will read and respond to their fiction novels.
  • Introduce Notice and Note reading strategies. (Pre-AP)

Homework:

  • Read for 30 minutes daily
  • No Vocabulary  

November 6 - November 10

Reading:

  • We will study poetry by Maya Angelou, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes and Emily Dickinson
  • Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about the structure and elements of poetry and provide evidence from text to support their understanding.
  • Students will  explore how authors create meaning through stylistic elements and figurative language emphasizing the use of personification, hyperbole, and refrains.

Language/Grammar:

  • Students will identify independent clauses and distinguish them from fragments or dependent clauses.
  • Greek Root – phon (sound) homophone, microphone, phonics, saxophone, symphony

  • Suffix – er, or, ian, ist (person who) reporter, predecessor, physician, pianist, colonist

Writing: 

  • Students will finish writing their 1st draft of their original folktale and begin revising and editing.

Homework:

  • Read for 30 minutes daily
  • Vocabulary pg. 104-105 (Due Thursday)
  • Frayer's Models ( Due Friday) 

October 30 - November 3

Reading:

  • Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about the structure and elements of poetry and provide evidence from text to support their understanding.
  • Students will  explore how authors create meaning through stylistic elements and figurative language emphasizing the use of personification, hyperbole, and refrains.

Language/Grammar:

  • Latin Root – hydr (water) dehydrated, hydrant, hydrate, hydraulic, hydroplane

  • Suffix – ance, ence (state, quality) & ness (state, condition) maintenance, consequence, ambivalence, consciousness, fondness

Writing: 

  • Students will begin writing their 1st draft of their original folktale.

Homework:

  • Read for 30 minutes daily
  • Vocabulary pg. 93-94 (Due Thursday)
  • Frayer's Models ( Due Friday) 

October 23 - October 27

District Reading Benchmark Test on Thursday, October 26 & Friday, October 27.

Reading:

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

Language/Grammar:

  • No Vocabulary this week due to district benchmark test.

Writing: 

  • Begin brainstorming an original folktale.

Homework:

  • Read for 30 minutes daily
  • No Vocabulary 

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)