September 18-22

NO-NAME EPIDEMIC: There is a terrible epidemic taking over all of my classes. Students are not putting their names on their assignments! Many of you will notice you have zeros in the gradebook… you may be thinking, “Hey! I know I turned that assignment in!” Well, it’s extremely possible that you simply neglected to put your name on your paper! Ask me to see the pile of sad, no-named assignments!

Week at a Glance:

Monday: Students reviewed the steps of the plot diagram (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution) by watching “Geri’s Game” and completing a plot diagram. (NOTE– this was originally assigned last week, but due to time we finished it today!) Additionally, students read “Daedalus and Icarus” in their SpringBoard and analyzed the different parts of plot within the text.  HOMEWORK- finish answering questions 1-5 on page 65 if you did not finish in class (most students finished!). 

Tuesday: Students will examine what makes an effective exposition in a short story by focusing on the exposition in “Daedalus and Icarus.”  Students will complete the chart on page 66 of their SpringBoard.  Additionally, students will analyze how important varied sentence structure is to writing by completing the activity on page 67. HOMEWORK- finish the exposition chart (#6) on page 66 and #7!


Wednesday: Students will change their focus to conflict, rising action, and climax in a short story by reading Sandra Cisneros’ “Eleven” on page 68.  Students will answer the text-dependent questions on page 70-71 (1-7). HOMEWORK- finish any questions you did not finish in class! 3rd period- you only have to do #1 and #3. All classes- please exclude #2.

Thursday-Friday: Students will examine the importance of a resolution in a story and the use of figurative language by reading “The Treasure of Lemon Brown” by Walter Dean Myers.  This is a longer short story (despite it being a short story!), so the assignments and work with this particular passage will most likely go into Friday as well.  HOMEWORK- tbd

Note– parents and guardians, on Monday, September 18, a conference week letter was sent home with all students.  You will only conference with your child’s first period teacher during conference week.  The letter that was sent home allows you to pick the type of conference that works best for you! Please send the completed form back with your student ASAP so teachers can honor your conference preference. Thank you!

Personal Narrative Announcement: I have FINALLY graded and entered ALL personal narratives into the online gradebook. If you see a “50” in the gradebook for your personal narrative, you did not turn one in.  I have 2 or 3 without names that are waiting to be claimed!


September 13-15

Week at a Glance:




Wednesday: Students focused on theme and elements of the plot diagram.  In class, students discussed the meaning of theme and shared what they thought the theme of “Thank You M’am” could possibly be.  Additionally, students participated in two Flocabulary videos (Theme and Plot).  Then, students analyzed the different parts of the plot diagram by reading/listening to Cinderella. HW- NONE.

Cinderella Plot Activity- Click me!

Thursday: Students will take a closer look at analyzing the different parts of the plot diagram by completing a plot diagram vocab sort and by watching two Pixar “shorts.”  While watching the shorts, students will fill in a plot diagram.

Pixar Short #1Click me!

Pixar Short #2Click me!

Friday: Library for check out.

September 5-8

Hope everyone had a relaxing Labor Day Weekend!

Week at a Glance:


Tuesday: Students were given the entire class period to write their FINAL DRAFT of their personal narratives.  Please see the scoring guide that is attached below. HW- finish final draft (DUE TOMORROW).

EA #1 Scoring Guide– this is the rubric I will be using!

Your narrative must follow the below requirements:

personal narrative requirements

Wednesday: Students will unpack embedded assessment #2 (this is the second big writing assignment of unit 1) noting the skills and knowledge needed to successfully complete this assignment.  Then, students will compare/contrast a personal narrative to a short story. HW- NONE.

Thursday: Students will read “Thank You M’am” by Langston Hughes in their SpringBoard during class.  While reading, students will mark the text using close reading symbols.  Additionally, students will be working in pairs to answer text-dependent questions.  They will finish up by discussing the elements that make a “good story” such as the setting, characters, the major incident, conflict, and theme. HW- Finish text-dependent questions 1-6 on pages 56-57.

Friday: Students will be working in the computer lab completing activity 1.12 in their SpringBoard. At this point, EVERY student in my class has registered for the digital version of online SpringBoard. HW- NONE.


August 28-September 1

Sorry for the late post…

Week at a Glance:

Monday: Students discussed different hooks in writing.  In addition, they began drafting their rough drafts of their personal narratives with specific emphasis on the hook!  See the different types of hooks below. HW- NONE.


Tuesday: Students were given the entire class period to work on their rough drafts for their personal narratives. Students used a “proficient checklist” to make sure they include the necessary details and information into their personal narratives.  See checklist below. HW- completed rough draft is due THURSDAY.

proficient checklist

Wednesday: EARLY RELEASE! We will be going to the computer lab to sign up for SpringBoard online accounts! After, (with the little time we have left due to early release) students will work on finishing up their rough drafts! HW: ROUGH DRAFT IS DUE TOMORROW.



Thursday: Students will peer edit/revise their personal narratives. After, they will begin their final, NEW draft of their personal narratives. This will be the one you turn in for a grade!

Friday: Students will go to the library for check-out. After, they will finish their final drafts of their personal narratives and turn them in!




August 21-25

Week at a Glance:

Monday: Students analyzed different types of figurative language by reading “The Jacket” by Gary Soto and completing pages 32-34 in their SpringBoard workbooks. HW- NO HOMEWORK!

Huge CONGRATS to all of my classes for being awarded the “Eclipse Class Points Special!” Each class was awarded an additional 40 points for remaining in their assigned seats unless given permission to move! AWESOME!

Tuesday: Students will analyze the effects of figurative language in a personal narrative (still working with “The Jacket”). We will finish questions 1-8… HW- finish #7 on page 34 of your SpringBoard. Here is an attachment of the chart if you need it. Many students finished this in class!

The Jacket Chart (Modified)

Wednesday/Thursday: Students will begin the brainstorming process of their own personal narrative.  Together, we will go through a variety of brainstorming activities to get their ideas flowing.  We will review important narrative techniques we’ve learned thus far in the hopes of incorporating those techniques into our own personal narratives!

Friday: Students will review the “incident-response-reflection” strategy as they draft their personal narratives.  We will use a part of the The Lion King to model the “incident-response-reflection” strategy.




August 14-18

Week at a Glance:

Monday: Students worked to complete the chart on page 12-13 of their SpringBoard.  This chart breaks down the sequence of events in “The Circuit” as well as analyzes changes the main character experiences.  Students also participated in a quick-write.  HOMEWORK- if you did not finish page 12-13 in your SpringBoard OR your quick-write… it’s homework! Due tomorrow!


Tuesday: Students will read the personal narrative titled “My Superpowers” in the SpringBoard on page 16-17.  While reading, they will mark the text using close reading symbols for comprehension.  In partners, they will complete the 4 text-dependent questions.  HOMEWORK- complete questions 1-4 (chart included) if you did not finish in class. Also complete the below writing prompt if you did not in class!

writing prompt

Wednesday/Thursday: Students will read an excerpt from the novel “Flipped” on pages 19-23. While reading, they will mark the text using close reading symbols for comprehension.  After reading, we will discuss the different points of view of the excerpt and have a mini-lesson about different types of POV.  Additionally, students will work in pairs to complete the 8 text-dependent questions on pages 23-25 (chart included).  HOMEWORK- complete questions 1-6 if you did not finish in class.

Friday: Library for check out and SRI (student reading inventory).  This SRI measures the reading lexile of a student. In addition, students will be setting up their SpringBoard online accounts! (YAY!)

NOTE TO 4TH PERIOD ONLY- Please return the eclipse permission slip that went home with students! This slip is due THIS FRIDAY, AUGUST 18! Students who do not return the form by this Friday will not be able to go outside with our class to view the eclipse!

As always, please email me with any questions, comments, or concerns!

August 7-11

Welcome 6th graders!

I waited a week to update the class blog because schedules changed. From now on, you can expect a weekly (sometimes daily) update on the agenda for the week. See below for this week’s agenda/assignments.

Week at a Glance:

Monday: Students will be introduced to unit 1 vocabulary words as they complete a QHT chart. Students will also be issued their SpringBoard workbooks. These workbooks need to be brought to class on a daily basis! No homework.

Tuesday: Students will unpack embedded assessment #1 in their SpringBoard books. No homework.

Wednesday: Students will complete assignment 1.2 in their SpringBoard. HW- Finish assignment 1.2.

Thursday: Students will finish assignment 1.2 in their SpringBoard if they have not finished. We will discuss goals for writing a personal narrative.

Friday: Unit 1 pre-test.

Important SpringBoard Info:

  • You will be able to access the entire SpringBoard workbook ONLINE. Please wait until further notice before trying to login. I have to create the classes online first.
  • SpringBoard workbooks are about 80 dollars to replace. Please make sure you are responsible with yours!


Unit 1 Vocabulary:

Unit 1

Unit 1 (other)