Parents: How to Help Your Child Succeed in ELA!
Below are a few ways to help your child in English Language Arts (ELA) this 2019-2020 school 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 (typically each Tuesday). Also, if you want a PDF of this list emailed to you, please let me know!
2. Language Review Sheets (LR): This 5-A-Day Language Review sheet starts at the beginning of each week (usually Monday) and will be due on the next Monday. This sheet covers grammatical skills at your student's grade level. It is a five-point participation grade, and students will be given either full credit or no credit based on how whether or not they attempted the work. Five points don't seem like much, but it adds up to at least forty points each quarter. These sheets are also used in an open-note quiz every quarter. They will have time at the beginning and/or end of each ELA class to work on it, and we will review the grammar skills in class.
3. Article of the Week (AotW) OR Poem of the Week (POTW): This assignment MAY start at the beginning of each week (usually Monday) and will be due on the next Monday. This assignment may not occur each week depending on the schedule and our unit location. For the AOTW, 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. For the POTW, students will need to read and take notes on the assigned poem. Then, they should complete a matching worksheet and a creative writing prompt.
4. 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: Friday, October 11th)
5. 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.
6. Sign up for Google Classroom updates: To stay even more informed, you can also sign up for Google Classroom updates! If you provide your email address and request this service on the agreement form signed at the beginning of the year, you'll get an email summary of your student’s work, including information about missing work and upcoming assignments.
7. Email me: Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns!