Dear Students and Parents,
I am implementing a new "routine" this year in all of the ELA classes (6-8). We focused on most of these skills last year, but this year I have given some skills certain days. This list does not cover everything we are doing in class each day. It is also subject to change each week. Nevertheless, I hope it will still give you an idea of what we are working on each week! As always, please email me if you have questions.
Below are a few ways to help your students in English this year:
1. Vocabulary: Your child should be studying a word list each week. This list is available on Quizlet.com for your students. I also print lists for students who want a paper copy. Encouraging them to study this list, or studying it with them, would definitely help them with their quiz each Tuesday. Also, if you want a PDF of this list emailed to you, please let me know!
2. Article of the Week (AotW): This assignment will begin at the beginning of each week (usually Monday) and will be due on the next Monday. Students will need to read and take notes on the assigned article, as well as submit a one-page (double-spaced) response to the Google Classroom. Please see the article: "Parents: What's an AotW?" for more information.
3. Encourage them to Read: Students have both a class novel and a choice novel that they should be reading each quarter. If they fall behind with their class novel, they typically struggle with the assignments or activities related to it. Also, I do give pop quizzes from time to time to check their reading comprehension. For their choice novel, they have a "book talk" and a "One-Pager" assignment due at the end of each quarter. (First Quarter Deadline: Thursday, October 12th)
4. Sign up for Remind: To help keep you informed, I am using Remind, a mobile app, to send due-date reminders for larger class assignments. Please view the PDF for your child's class under my document tab for instructions on how to sign up.
5. Email me: Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns!
This year, I am implementing an assignment called the Article of the Week, or AotW. I heard of the AotW a few years ago, and I am very excited to start using it in my classroom! The assignment idea comes from an amazing ELA teacher, Kelly Gallagher. The AotW serves several great purposes in my classroom, including helping students think more deeply about the world around them using real-world, informational texts. Also, I hope it will help my students interact with their readings better in order to form stronger reading responses and text-based arguments.
Here are the parts to this assignment:
Please see "AOTW Rubric" in my Documents tab for information about how this assignment is graded!