Mr. Visnosky: Sixth Grade Reading

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Welcome Students and Parents

Thank you for visiting our class website. Please visit often to get the latest news and information on what is happening in our class. If you have any questions about our program or progress please don't hesitate to contact me! I am looking forward to working with you this year!  STUDENT REMINDER FOR CLASSZONE: User name =  25+first initial and entire last name; password = lunch number with SCA on the end.  Disc versions of the book are available for students who have no Internet and paper copies are available for students without computer access (by student request).

Classzone.com (online lit reader)
6th grade reading syllabus 2018.pdf

Homework

Click on the link below for daily homework assignments and announcements concerning upcoming assessments.
Sixth Grade Homework Link

What is Happening

ELA grades will be determined by daily homework, reading logs, literature circles, written responses, papers, projects, and quizzes.  All homework is posted online and is accessible via the homework link above.  If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me.

Students are continuing to work on Unit 1: What Makes a Good Story in our McDougal Littell Literature Reader.  This week we will be reading three poems. the poems include: "The Geese," by Richard Peck, "The Walrus and the Carpenter," by Lewis Carroll, and "Jimmy Jett and his TV Set, by Shel Stevenson. A link to the poems can be found on my website by clicking HERE. The vocabulary strategy is multiple meaning words.  The reading strategy is analyzing poetry through talking to the text.  The literary analysis concept for the story is identifying narrative and lyric poetry as well as the speaker in poems. The Grammar skill is correctly using commas.

    On Monday, we will be identifying and anaylzing speakers of various poems.  On Tuesday, students will review elements of a good TDA, and then buddy read "The Walrus and the Carpenter."  The test on these poems will be on Wednesday 12/5. On Thursday, students will gain background knowlege of the setting of our next novel by completing the Roll of Thunder webquest in class.  We have no school Friday, but students must have Study Island Assignment #5 complete by 3pm on Friday.  If you would like more information on Study Island, please scroll down to the "Study Island" section of this webpage. If you would like to review the notes on TDA writing, please click HERE.  For information on Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry, please click HERE.

 

Metacognitive Logs

Students are expected to read 100 minutes per week and log those minutes on a reading metacognitive log.  Parents must sign to confirm the student is reading.  After each 20 minutes of reading, students must complete a metacognitive log entry.  Students should complete no less than 5 metacognitive logs per week to turn in for a grade along with the signed reading log.  These will be collected every Friday.

Grading:
The reading logs are worth 20 points.  10 points for 100 minutes read and signed by an adult + 5 points for total completion+5 points for accuracy of entries. Click below for a copy of the log.

Metacognitive Reading Log.docx
Metacognitive Log Sentence Requirements.pdf

** For the second part of the year (beginning on February 6th) Metacognitive logs will be replaced by literature circle packets with a reading log.  See "Student Projects" for more information on literature circles.

 

Student Projects

Students will be reading Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry by Wilson Rawls.  Students must complete comprehension packets as they read the novel. Students will be given some time to read in class but will also be required to read during free time and at home.  At the end of the novel, the AR test will be given as a 100-point comprehension test.  For background information, comrehension help, or a copy of the assignment sheets, please click the link below. 

 

Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry Resources

 

AR Requirements & Rewards

 All students are required to read 14 points per marking period. AR books should be 5th grade level or higher unless approval is given by the ELA teacher.  You can use the AR Book Finder to identify the number of points and reading level of a book.  Extra points do not carry over to the next marking period. AR tests can only be taken in ELA classrooms.  The number of AR points earned each marking period will count as one - 100 point test grade using the grading scale below.

14 points = 100%
13 points =   97%
12 points =   94%
11 points =   90%
10 points =   88%
  9 points =   85%
  8 points =   82%
  7 points =   79%
  6 points =   76%
  5 points =   73%
  4 points =   69%
  3 points =   64%
  2 points =   53%
  1 point   =  50%

Rewards
Students earning 7 AR points or more in any month from October to March will earn a certificate for a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut.  This is a rewards program called Book It!   Students can also qualify for an AR party that is funded through SMART.  We hold one AR party at the end of each marking period for students who read beyond the required reading.  The point requirements increase each marking period.  Books read for ELA class DO count toward AR grades and rewards.

     AR PARTY REQUIREMENTS
Marking Period 1- - -25 AR Points
Marking Period 2- - -30 AR Points
Marking Period 3- - -35 AR Points
Marking Period 4- - -40 AR Points

Accelerated Reader Site
Username: 
25 + First initial followed by your last name + @scasd.us   (ex: 25rvisnosky@scasd.us)
Password: Lunch number followed by SCA (ex: 12345SCA)

 

StudyIsland ELA Practice and Remediation

StudyIsland Login

Most students will log in using the information below. 

Username: 25 + First initial followed by your last name + @scasd.ms   (ex: 25rvisnosky@scasd.ms)
Password: Lunch number followed by SCA (ex: 12345SCA)

-Students currently have a 4 topic assignment which will be graded on 12/07/18 using the criteria listed below*. Students may retake each topic as many times as necessary to earn a 70% or higher.  The questions cover skills that have been previously taught in ELA this year.  Students may work on these during activity period, RTII, study hall, and at home. 

-Students will receive 10 points on all lessons they scored 70% or higher.  Students will receive 5 points for 69% and lower.  Students will be given 0 points for incomplete lessons and lessons not started. 

 

MobyMax ELA Practice and Remediation

MobyMax Login

Most students will log in using the information below.  It is the same login they use for MobyMax Math.

Username: 25 + First initial followed by your last name + @scasd.us   (ex: 24rvisnosky@scasd.us)
Password: Lunch number followed by SCA (ex: 12345SCA)

Students will receive 10 points on all lessons they scored 70% or higher.  Students will receive 5 points for 69% and lower.  Students will be given 0 points for incomplete lessons and lessons not started. 

 

Book-Finding Resources

Looking for a good book?  Try one of these tools:

 AR Book Finder-A useful tool to search for AR books.  This tool can search by genre, interest level, and book level.
Follett Destiny Library Catalog- Tool to search the Southern Columbia library for available books.

Summer Reading List from Education world

Education.com Summer reading list

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