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6th grade WEEK of February 27 - March 23, 2017
Due Date: 2/27/2017
Subject: 6th Grade Gifted Language Arts

Monday, February 27, 2017 

*  Today we worked the entire period editing and revising the Code Orange smallpox vaccine argumentative essays.

*  Remember to make your corrections in RED in the essay.

*  You have to fill out the checklist (see classroom if you need a copy) according to this scale:

4= GREAT!! This is DEFINITELY A-quality work as you've done everything asked in the BEST way possible!

3= You're almos there!  This is good work and would be in the B-range.  There are some minor improvements you could make.

2= This is average, C - work. You need to go back to the checklist again and see what you can add.

1= Something important is missing, and it's not ready to turn in yet.  This is D-work and HAS to have more revision.

0= You cannot turn in work like this.  It's copied/plagiarized because it's not cited, it's not finished, or it's left out altogether.  Go back and do a lot of work before you turn it in. This is failing-level work.

* You have to get TWO different peer editors to use their checklist to go through your paper. They can fill it out on your checklist or just leave you comments/sticky notes/tell you in person what still needs to be added/changed/deleted.

**When you submit your work (which HAS to be in no later than Friday of this week or you are CHOOSING a zero on this assignment), you MUST give me the original rubric and the new checklist; otherwise, I will leave your grade as it is in Classroom now.


Tuesday, February 28, 2017 

Tomorrow you will begin the Write Score Test.  You will NOT submit today but will save and exit.  Tomorrow you will go through the checklist and then I also have to give you the okay to submit the test.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Today you will finish the Write Score Test.  You will NOT submit today until AFTER  you've scored your essay with the checklist AND gotten my approval to submit.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Reading Plus

If you finish early, then read chapters 14 -15 in Code Orange and complete these sticky notes.  They are due TOMORROW!!!

Sticky notes for chapters 14 and 15, which students will do once they finish Reading Plus (and for homework) are on classroom.

Here are the sticky notes (too)

Chapter 14:


  1. According to THIS CHAPTER, what’s the BEST evidence that convinces Derek and Olivia that the FBI really may NOT find Mitty in time to make a difference?  Explain why/how this evidence convinces the two of them.


  1. Olivia couldn’t understand why Mitty didn’t tell her or Derek anything about the smallpox scare and his plans for disappearing/the emails that might have gotten him kidnapped.  Based on what you’ve learned from the text about Mitty, explain to them why he didn’t say anything.  Give textual evidence as support and explain what that evidence proves.


  1. Give two DIFFERENT pieces of specific textual evidence from THIS CHAPTER that proves this statement to be true:  Mitty made a good choice in selecting Derek as his best friend.  Explain what qualities your evidence reveals in Derek and how/why each of these makes Derek a great friend to have.


Chapter 15


  1. On page 168, the 1st paragraph, Mitty uses an implied metaphor to describe his life.  Explain what he means by this metaphor by answering these questions:  

  1. What does a duck pond represent? WHY use a duck pond instead of something like a lake, river, or ocean?

  2. What IS the slime and how does it “have him by the ankles”?

  3. How is Mitty the duck in the metaphor?  What does he have in common with a duck?


2.  Does Mitty believe that he has smallpox?  How do you know?  Give textual evidence to prove your answer.


3.  There’s a shift in Mitty’s thinking on page 172.  What is Mitty planning, and how do you know?  Use textual evidence and elaboration to explain.


6th grade Week of February 21-24, 2017
Due Date: 2/24/2017
Subject: 6th Grade Gifted Language Arts

Monday, February 20, 2017 

No school!  Presidents Day


Tuesday, February 21, 2017 

Reading Plus Day

Make sure you finish all your goals by Sunday evening because the program starts a new week at midnight!


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

There's a power point on classroom that we looked at . Then each group was assigned one of the five areas covred in the power point and wrote out a practice introduction.  

I then edited those introductions and included the updated versions on the same assignment.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Today the students read all ten sample introductions and read the article on writing great conclusions.  You can find it on classrom.  Then link doesn't open here at school, so I copied it onto a google doc that CAN be viewed.  We did a Kahoot for fun to review the main points that the author gave.

Then , EACH student picked one of the five ways to start a grabber and wrote an entirely new introduction that can be used with the essay you wrote about whether or not the smallpox vaccine should be given again.  

They then EACH wrote a concluding paragraph that would go with that new introduction.  You'll find the directions on classroom.

You can use these new introductions and conclusions when you revise and edit your smallpox vaccine essays.


Friday, February 24, 2017

Today students looked at their essays and the preliminary grades (NOT in IC).  Pay close attention to all my comments BUT DO NOT RESOLVE THEM.  Sometimes when you delete a sentence, they will go away on their own, and that's okay.  Don't click "resolve" when you think you've fixed a problem I flagged.  You MUST make ALL changes in RED in the essay, and you HAVE to fill out the checklist that you see on classroom BEFORE you can resubmit the revised and better essay for a new grade.  If you don't turn in the checklist, you'll keep the grade in classroom now for this paper.  You also need to have two other people read your essay and offer suggestions BEFORE you can submit it.

We didn't finish these in class today, so we'll work on them in class on Monday.  The final essay HAS to be turned in by next Friday, March 3, 2017, or you will keep the original grade.

6th grade Thursday, February 16, 2017
Due Date: 2/16/2017
Subject: 6th Grade Gifted Language Arts

Finish your Reading Plus goals for the week

6th grade Thursday, February 16, 2017
Due Date: 2/16/2017
Subject: 6th Grade Gifted Language Arts

Today was Reading Plus day.  Remember that you have to finish the work by Sunday night because the program resets for the next week and won't let you  go back.

6th grade Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Due Date: 2/15/2017
Subject: 6th Grade Gifted Language Arts

1.  Kahoot!


2.  Chapter 13 in Code Orange

6th Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Due Date: 2/14/2017
Subject: 6th Grade Gifted Language Arts

All this is on Google Classroom:


Vocbulary for Code Orange chapters 9-19

Vocabulary Practice (graded assignment)


6th grade Monday, February 13, 2017
Due Date: 2/13/2017
Subject: 6th Grade Gifted Language Arts


Directions:  20 /15 Correct the errors.  Underline the two dependent clauses and tell each one’s part of speech.  Identify the adverbs, the verb phrases,  and the direct objects. What is the structure of the sentence?


If Mitty could of saw his Mother that was doing the chicken dance than he would of ran away quickly.

2.  Read together chapters 9 and 10.

homework:  Read chapters 11 and 12 and do one good sticky note per chapter.

Examples of sticky notes:

Observation about character developement

conclusion you can draw from text (something deeper and not a surface level, easy-to-see idea)

drawing connections between something in this book and something you've read somewhere else (or even a movie)

the wording chosen or the way a sentence is written and how it advances the plot 

developement of theme or mood or tone


With every sticky note, you ALWAYS have to state your main idea, give specific textual evidence that is cited (quoted or paraphrased), and thorough elaboration.