6th Grade Honors Reading and Language Arts with Mr. Kemock


Tuesday – 9/12/17

-         Literature Journal prompt

    • “To Beverly’s surprise, her teacher suggested that she should write children’s books. Has anyone every made an encouraging comment that made you think differently about your future? Describe the experience in detail.”
    • Re-sort Journals
    • Create “Vocabulary Journal”

-         Return Grammar exit slip cards

    • Discuss answers

-         Autobiographical Writing Introduction

-         Read “The Platoon System” from A Girl From Yamhill: A Memoir

    • Page 172 – 186 of the A Girl from Yamhill: A Memoir text
      • Students take notes on key words, quotations, and ideas they find intriguing
  • Student Activity 7A – Literature Web (Page 59)
    • Independent
    • Discussion Questions

Homework

-         Complete Activity 7A - Literature Web (Page 59)


Wednesday – 9/13/17

-         Literature Journal Prompt

    • “Describe a person who has had a positive influence on your life. How has this person helped you? What changes have occurred in your life because of him or her? Be specific.”

-         Brief discussion on the word “Analyze”

    • Break into specific parts and examine each part closely

-         Continue activities for “The Platoon System” from A Girl From Yamhill: A Memoir

    • Check-in Student Activity 7A – Literature Web (Page 59)
        • Share ideas with partners
    • Discussion Questions
    • Student Activity 7B – Vocabulary Web (Page 60)
      • Word to analyze: Perjure

-         Begin Student Activity 7C (Page 61)

    • Each pair of students receives a word from the teacher

Homework

-         Finish the Vocabulary Web (Student Activity 7C - Page 61) for the word you were assigned


Thursday – 9/14/17

-         Analyze Photobiographies

    • Introduction
    • Period 2/3 Groups
      • Six groups of four
        • Two books per group
    • Period 5/6 Groups
      • Nine groups of four
        • Two books per group
    • Activities (One group copy for each activity)
      • Transfer to the Media Center
      • Students review photobiographies in groups
      • Complete Student Activity 5C (Page 47)
      • Complete Student Activity 5D (Page 49)
      • Complete Student Activity 5E (Page 51)
        • Students complete the workbook page as a group but the word illustration individually
      • Clean-up

Homework

-         Finish the picture for your word (Student Activity 5G – Page 52 – “Now picture what the word means. Use this space to plan a cartoon, collage, or photograph that clearly shows the meaning of the word. Create or display your final version on a separate sheet of paper.”). The pictures must be colored and feature content that depicts the correct meaning of the word. For example, for the word "valedictorian," an acceptable picture would be a picture of a student giving a speech in an auditorium.


Friday – 9/15/17

-         Citation Lesson

-         Autobiography Journal Prompt

    • “How did reading and/or writing help the author grow? Give specific details, citing the text, including chapter names/numbers and/or page numbers. Write one paragraph, with a minimum of 5-8 sentences and a minimum of one citation.” – 20 minutes

-         Submit Literature Journals and Autobiography Journals

    • Turninitin.com

-         Collect pictures for words from photobiographies

-         Check-in Student Activity 7C (Page 61)

    • Share and discuss

-         Vocabulary Journal Discussion

    • Use it to take notes on unfamiliar words
    • May be asked to create Vocabulary Webs in the future

-         Participate in a Peer Review and Revise Writing

    • Open drafts of paragraphs about whether uniforms should be required in school
    • Student Activity 7D – Self-Review of Writing (Page 62)
      • Students review and complete on their own
      • Student Activity 7E – Peer Review of Writing
        • Partners share and discuss
        • Comments must be constructive
        • Students then complete Student Activity 7E (Page 63)

    • Students complete revisions on the drafts of the paragraphs about whether uniforms should be required at school based on their peers' feedback
      • Submit via turnitin.com

Homework

-         Begin working on Vocab Journals, writing definitions for unkown words


Monday – 9/18/17

-         Media Center

    • Check-out a book

-         Literature Journal Prompt 9

    • Is it more important to choose a career that you will enjoy or a career that guarantees financial security (your income covers all of your expenses now and in the future)?
      • First, complete the Hamburger Model through Activity 7G (Page 66)
      • Then, type out the response in the Literature Journal
        • Must have a minimum of eight sentences, including an introduction, three reasons, six elaborations (one or two may be transitions), and a conclusion.

-         Discuss expectations for Substitute Teacher

-         Begin “The Vocabulary of Literature”

    • Introduction
    • Lesson I
      • Handouts
      • Read / Discuss words and definitions
      • Overview of activities
      • Overview of quizzes

-         “Self-Portrait” Autobiography Essay - Overview

    • Reflections: Self-Portrait Assignment (Page 45)
    • Use the Concept Web: Autobiography Theme from Page 46 and the drafts of your opening sentences from the Literature Journal for guidance
    • First draft instructions
      • 3 – 4 Pages (no less than three full pages, no more than the end of the fourth page)
      • Double-spaced
      • Based around a central theme
      • Introduction – Body – Conclusion
      • Everything must connect back to the central theme
      • This is a rough draft, so don’t worry about grammar, mechanics, punctuation, and spelling. Focus on ideas, organization, word choice, and sentence fluency
      • Any questions

Homework

-         Begin studying / practicing Lesson 1 Vocabulary

    • Study at least 10 – 15 minutes every night


Tuesday – 9/19/17

-         Substitute Teacher

-         Autobiography Journal Prompt 2

    • “How did the author’s writing career fit into the lifestyle and expectations of his or her family? (Think of how the family reacted or would react to the author becoming a writer)”
    • Write one paragraph, with a minimum of 5-8 sentences and a minimum of one citation. Use your books and your notes for quotes and ideas. You have 20 minutes.
    • Submit via turnitin.com

-         Self-Portrait Autobiography Essay

    • See “Self-Reflection Autobiography Instructions” PowerPoint
    • See Workbook Page 45 for detailed instructions
    • See Workbook Page 46 for the theme Concept Web
    • See the Literature Journal for opening the opening sentence
    • Begin writing in a new document title “Self-Portrait Autobiography”
      • You do not have to complete the rough draft today

      • Turn in whatever you have finished to the dropbox in turnitin.com

-         Study vocabulary words from “The Vocabulary of Literature”

    • Independent

-         Independent Reading

    • Read the book that you checked out from the Media Center yesterday

Homework

-         Continue studying / practicing Lesson 1 Vocabulary

    • Study at least 10 – 15 minutes every night


Wednesday – 9/20/17

-         Substitute Teacher discussion

-         Assignments discussion

    • Expectations
    • Missing assignments

-         “Change” essay revision grades

    • Students view on turnitin.com
    • Questions

-         “The Vocabulary of Literature”

    •  “Vocabulary Workbook” document on laptops
    • Lesson I
      • Jack London – Nonfiction Essay (Page 16)
        • Read the essay
      • Jack London – Poem (Page 17)
        • Identify vocabulary and its part of speech

-         Autobiography Groups

    • Student Activity 8A – Literature Web (Page 67)
    • A Girl from Yamhill – “The Library”
    • Childtimes – Part I: “Pattie Frances Ridley Jones”
    • How I Came to Be a Writer – Chapter 1
    • A Day of Pleasure – “Who I Am”
    • The Lost Garden – Chapter 1

Homework

-         Continue studying / practicing Lesson 1 Vocabulary

    • Study at least 10 – 15 minutes every night


Thursday – 9/21/17

-         Substitute Teacher expectations

-         “Change” essay revisions

    • Questions

-         “The Vocabulary of Literature”

    • Lesson I
      • Classic Words Challenge (Page 18)
      • Classic Grammar – Parts of Speech (Page 19)

-         Discuss autobiography Literature Webs with groups of five, each member with a different autobiography

    • Discuss / critique

-         Autobiography swap

    • Pass book to the person to the right
      • Students keep the book for an activity tomorrow

-         Class discussion

    • Discuss similarities and differences between authors

Homework

-         Continue studying / practicing Lesson 1 Vocabulary

    • Study at least 10 – 15 minutes every night


Friday – 9/22/17

-         School Canceled due to gas leak

Homework

-         Continue studying / practicing Lesson 1 Vocabulary

    • Study at least 10 – 15 minutes every night


Monday – 9/25/17

-         “The Vocabulary of Literature”

    • Lesson I
      • Classic Word Muddles (Page 20) and Classic Centuries
      • An Impression – The Sea Wolf (Page 21)

-         Student Activity – Literature Web

    • Students take out the autobiography they received from another student on Thursday.
    • Students read the assigned chapter and complete the Literature Web handout
      • This is not the autobiography you have been reading since the beginning of the year
    • Chapter assignments:
      • A Girl from Yamhill – “The Library” (Pages 62 – 87)
      • Childtimes – Part I: “Pattie Frances Ridley Jones” (Pages 7 – 47) – Pages are very short
      • How I Came to Be a Writer – Chapter 1 (Pages 1 – 21)
      • A Day of Pleasure – “Who I Am” (Pages 5 – 10)
      • The Lost Garden – Chapter 1 (Pages 1 – 12)
    • Students who finish early may begin reading “Literary Lessons” from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (Page 78 – 84)
      • Take notes in the Literature Journal
        • Focus on keywords, symbols, and main ideas
    • Study vocabulary words from “The Vocabulary of Literature”
      • Complete independently

Homework

-         Continue studying / practicing Lesson 1 Vocabulary

    • Study at least 10 – 15 minutes every night

-         Read “Literary Lessons” (Pages 78 – 84)

    • Take notes in your Literature Journal
      • Focus on keywords, symbols, and main ideas