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 =  24+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 2017.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.

We are currently working on Unit 8: Information, Argument, and Persuasion.  This unit begins on page 840 of our McDougal Littell Literature Reader.  Students will learn how to identify and analyze arguments.  The next selection will include two stories: "What Video Games Can Teach Us" and "The Violent Side of Video Games."  Both are magazine articles by Emily Sohn and can be found on pages 890-899 of the literature Reader. We will use the selections to practice nonfiction reading strategies such as previewing and margin magnets.  We will also identify and analyze persuasion techniques.  For worksheets and information on Unit 8, please click HERE.

     On Tuesday, students will hold their fifth nonfiction lit circle meeting for our second round of biographies and autobiographies.  On Wednesday, Students will Read their novels and check over their lit packet so they are ready to hand in on Thursday.  On Thursday, students will complete their 6th and final literature circle meeting.  They will take the AR test for a grade and hand in their literature circle packet.  On Friday, students will watch the Solomon Northrup movie to compare the movie to the literature reader book.  14 AR points are also due on Friday.  Please scroll down to the "Student Projects” section to find out more information about literature circle jobs and requirements. 

 

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 completing 4 rounds of literature circle packets during the second half of the year.  Students will be presented with 6 books and be asked to choose a book based on reading ability and interest.  The first two rounds of literature circle books consist of fantasy novels and then historical fiction Civil War novels.  The last two rounds are nonfiction biographies and autobiographies.

Students are required to read an assigned number of pages and complete one of six jobs in the literature circle packet.  The reading log must be signed, the reading must be completed, and the job must be entirely finished on the day of a meeting.  We will hold two literature circle meetings a week, usually on Tuesday and Friday.

DATES FOR ROUND 3 OF LITERATURE CIRCLE MEETINGS (nonficiton):

Tuesday 5/15
Friday 5/18
Tuesday 5/22
Friday 5/25
Tuesday 5/29
Thursday 5/31

Literature circle packets will be worth 200 points.  100 points of student grades are for participation in-group discussions.  This grade includes having the job completely finished for the start of each meeting.  100 points are determined by grading the content of each job to make sure it was completed thoroughly and accurately.  A 100-point comprehension test may also be administered at the conclusion of each book.  The total point total will be 200-300 points depending on if a comprehension test is given. 

CLICK HERE FOR LITERATURE CIRCLE PACKETS

 

AR Requirements

 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%

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

-Students currently have the Informational Module assigned in study island.  This will be graded on 5/18/18 using the criteria listed below*.  Students may retake each topic as many times as necessary to earn a 80% or higher.  Students only need to retake lessons they scored 70% or lower on during the previous 4 assignments.  These are all skills that have been previously taught in ELA this year.  Students may work on these during study skills, RTII, study hall, and at home.

*For this assignment, students will receive 1 point for each assignment higher than an 80%. 

-Students will receive 5 points on all lessons they scored 70% or higher.  Students will receive 2.5 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: 24 + First initial followed by your last name + @scasd.us   (ex: 24rvisnosky@scasd.us)
Password: Lunch number followed by SCA (ex: 12345SCA)

Students will receive 5 points on all lessons they scored 70% or higher.  Students will receive 2.5 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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