<![CDATA[Ms. Amaral - 6 English]]>Wed, 09 Mar 2016 12:59:36 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Who Are You? (Who? Who? Who? Who?)]]>Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:31:16 GMThttp://ms-amaral.weebly.com/6-english/who-are-you-who-who-who-whoCouldn't resist the extra Who's up there ... any other THE WHO fans out there? Or CSI? ;-)

This week we are working on a paragraph of introduction -- the students were prompted to consider what facts about themselves they think I need to know in order to be their teacher this year. 

We started by looking at a model paragraph I'd written about myself. From there, we collaboratively built a rubric that can be used to grade their paragraphs, when they're finished later this week. 

Finally, they got rolling on their own writing by filling in the graphic organizer for the assignment. 

This is our second paragraph writing project of the year, so we will also be working to incorporate the feedback given on their first paragraphs. While they are writing later on in the week, I will be meeting with the students to review their first paragraphs and review the notes and feedback. 

This was a LOT of writing focus during our double period today ... so we took a brain break midway through to play a vocabulary root matching game. Students worked with their table teams to match up the six roots they learned at the end of last year with their translations. Then, each student was given their own set of cards to use as a study aide ... because you never know when that information might be handy in class (nudge, nudge, hint, hint, wink, wink!).
Homework for tonight and Wednesday is to visit the Weebly site and watch the first four Grammar Snack videos for Unit 1. Students have "filler" note sheets to complete for each video. If anyone has trouble getting the videos to work, they should come in BEFORE class on Thursday to get some help. :-)

A final note for today -- tomorrow night's homework is to complete a plot map for a short story which we'll be reading in class together on Tuesday. Students were given a copy of a plot map, complete with NOTES about the kind of information that should be included when they do their homework. It looks like this:
A downloadable, PDF version of the document can be accessed HERE.
<![CDATA[We're Back - Ready for Week 2]]>Mon, 08 Sep 2014 16:10:05 GMThttp://ms-amaral.weebly.com/6-english/were-back-ready-for-week-2Last week was a whirlwind of team building and getting to know one another. Teams were named: Blue-Ringed Octopi, Black Knights, "That Team," the Octobunnies, Unique Unicorns, Grammits, Super Beavers, and the Cheesy Nachos are already working like well-oiled machines. I can tell we are going to have a GREAT year working together.

This week started with the official kick off for our Independent Reading Program. Students have set both weekly and term goals -- teams even have page goals for the week, which we'll be checking on this Friday. (Page ranges for their individual goals were based on ERB scores from last spring and a fluency assessment conducted one-on-one with each student last week.) We even broke down the goals to look at daily milestones ... in other words, how many pages does one need to read each day to achieve the overall goal by the end of the term. When looked at this way, students instantly saw that reaching for the high end of their target range is completely DO-ABLE!

Today we also talked about what they remembered about strong paragraph structure. We compared a well-organized paragraph to a hamburger:
We also discussed how to evaluate paragraphs using a rubric. Here's an example of a rubric for a basic "hamburger" paragraph:
<![CDATA[Starting May Off with a Good Start & Grandparents and Special Friends Day]]>Fri, 09 May 2014 13:27:15 GMThttp://ms-amaral.weebly.com/6-english/starting-may-off-with-a-good-start-grandparents-and-special-friends-dayThis week's guest bloggers: Lilly and Giana

Recap Statements/Descriptions: We had four days of class this week and have had a lot of fun with everything.

GRM: There was no room for grammar because Shakespeare took over the class!

LIT: Shakespeare has hit this week off! Everyday, but Friday due to Grandparents and Special Friends Day, our class has gone over A Midsummer Night’s Dream homework, acted out parts in the play, and have taken review sheets of the play that day.

VOC: This week, we didn’t work on any vocab. But, we learned some old English from the play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

WRITING:  The last few weeks both sixth grade classes compared and contrasted a character from A Single Shard and another book, or A Single Shard. During this week we edited our comparisons and contrasts. If you want to see some of them, go outside of Ms. Amaral’s classroom, to your left, on the wall you’ll see our work.

<![CDATA[ERB Week]]>Sat, 03 May 2014 00:42:53 GMThttp://ms-amaral.weebly.com/6-english/erb-weekGuest bloggers: Amelia and Lily

Recap Statements/Descriptions: Due to a five day week with two of the days being ERB testing, our class had only three days of English, those being Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

GRM: For homework last week we did some grammar snacks which we reviewed in class on Thursday the 1st.

LIT: On the 1st we worked on revising and beginning to type our photo prompt paragraphs which we started working on earlier this year.

VOC: During our three days of English class we have sadly had no vocabulary.

WRITING: We did writing on the 30th with our compare and contrast paragraphs in which we compared a character from A Single Shard to another person or character.

<![CDATA[The Whole Week in a Few Sentences]]>Fri, 25 Apr 2014 22:06:58 GMThttp://ms-amaral.weebly.com/6-english/the-whole-week-in-a-few-sentences
This week's guest bloggers: Jane and Keana

Recap Statements/Descriptions: This three and a half day week we mainly focused on writing and revising our photo prompt and our compare and contrast paragraphs.

GRM: As an end of the year project, we worked on adding grammar skills to our favorite photo prompt responses from the whole year! We also started on the last unit for grammar snacks and worked on a grammar galore worksheet!

LIT: For literature we finished checking our A Single Shard active reading and we got a chance to fix all our mistakes for a higher grade!

VOC: In the vocabulary section we wrote sentences for the port and mis/mit roots. Then we checked our vocabulary “best sentence” sheet with a peer.

WRITING:  We got to write an outline and start the draft for our compare and contrast paragraph on A Single Shard.

SPECIAL: In honor of William Shakespeare’s birthday, April 23,1564, we got to have rice CAKES and ginger ALE because of a line in a play, Twelfth Night.
<![CDATA[Cakes & Ale]]>Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:48:11 GMThttp://ms-amaral.weebly.com/6-english/cakes-ale

"Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?" ~ Twelfth Night

In celebration of Shakespeare's 450th birthday, we had rice "cakes" and ginger "ale." Much fun was had by all.

<![CDATA[The End of A Single Shard]]>Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:20:37 GMThttp://ms-amaral.weebly.com/6-english/the-end-of-a-single-shardThis week's guest bloggers: Anna, Isabel and Sarah

Recap Statements/Descriptions: This week we did lot of literature work, and ended our second active reading novel.

GRM: In grammar we did sentence diagramming.

LIT: We worked on the Princess Penelope Packet, which is a practice for figurative language. We also ended A Single Shard

VOC: In vocab, we did sentences for our new roots, port and mit, using action parts from Grammar.

WRITING: We did the writing lab for comparing Collies and Chihuahuas.

<![CDATA[Breaking News: Almost Done Reading A Single Shard]]>Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:33:44 GMThttp://ms-amaral.weebly.com/6-english/breaking-news-almost-done-reading-a-single-shardThis week’s bloggers: Helen and Maggie

Recap Statements/Descriptions: We’ve been starting, working on, and finishing a lot of activities this week.

GRM: We finished up our pronouns unit, and began prepositions.

LIT: We continued reading A Single Shard and worked on the vocabulary and tic-tac-toe sheet for chapters 9 -11.

VOC: We didn’t do new vocabulary, but we worked on mnemonics for mit, mis, and port words.

WRITING: We learned about compare and contrast paragraphs, and worked on how to make an outline from information in a paragraph.

<![CDATA[This Week in 6 English]]>Sun, 06 Apr 2014 19:47:25 GMThttp://ms-amaral.weebly.com/6-english/this-week-in-6-englishGuest bloggers: James and Alayah

Overall, this week was jam-packed full of Grammar, Literature, Vocabulary, and Writing.

GRM: We learned about Who, Whose, and Whom in this week’s Grammar Snacks. On Wednesday, we also had a grammar quiz on subject, object, and possessive pronouns.

LIT: For Literature, we read chapters 7, 8, and 9 in A Single Shard and wrote down literary terms for questions about the chapters.

VOC: This week for vocab, the class used time in class to work on Word Voyage and in our class novel, A Single Shard, we brainstormed synonyms for the vocabulary in the book.

WRITING: After we were done with our “Must do” list, we enjoyed creating a response to writing prompts.
<![CDATA[Your DOUBLE DOSE of Single Shard]]>Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:57:27 GMThttp://ms-amaral.weebly.com/6-english/your-double-dose-of-single-shardRecap Statements/Descriptions: This is the first week back from Spring Break and we are in full gear! Lately this week we have read chapter five and six of Single Shard and started a new vocabulary list for Word Voyage.

GRM: This week we didn’t do much in grammar but we did continue working on pronouns with our “Single Shard worksheets.” An example question was: find a sentence with a subject pronoun and its antecedent in chapter five.

LIT: In literature this week we continued reading The Single Shard. In class we did worksheets on finding character traits and other literature elements in the book.

VOC: We had a vocab quiz this week on all the vocab roots we have had for the WHOLE year! Ms. A. also told us that we have a new list for Word Voyage. This week’s root words are port and mis/mit.

WRITING: On Thursday we started to do free writing in our IRP notebooks. While we read The Single Shard, we wrote a short answer paragraph about if it was right for Tree-ear to spy on Kang.

Thanks for Reading! Have a Great Weekend!

Your bloggers,  -Mark and Rex