Balanced Literacy- Grade 6- Mrs. Gosline

  • Welcome to 6th Grade ELA!
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    Thank you for your continued partnership in the education of our students.
     Parent, student, teacher, and community involvement are all integral pieces of ensuring that this year is a great success!  I look forward to introducing students to many different genres, authors, themes, and forms of writing throughout the year.  I am eager to get to know each student both as a reader and as an important member of our school community.  Throughout the year we will read together, learn from each other, and begin to find out more about ourselves from working together

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    Please check this website for updates regarding upcoming events in our school and classroom, as well as information about our learning targets. Information about specific assignments can be found in your child's agenda book and in our Google Classroom.
    NJSLA Testing for 6th Grade:    Monday, May 2- Friday May 6
    Student schedules have been rearranged this week to accommodate testing. Please eat a healthy breakfast and make every effort to arrive at school on time! If desired, students may bring wired earbuds or headphones and a mouse from home to use during testing. Apple Watches and cell phones will be collected daily. It is best to leave these devices at home, if possible.
    Please note: Due to NJSLA Testing, the April Word of the Day Test will be Tuesday, May 10 .
    4th Marking Period Changes: 
    To aid in a smooth transition to middle school, the 6th grade team will be making some changes to expectations for the 4th marking period. These changes apply to all subject areas and go into effect on Monday, April 11th. 
    1. The weekly iReady assignment (45 minutes and 1 passed lesson) in Math and ELA will be due by 3:15 each Friday. 
    2. Homework will represent 20% of the student's overall grade.
    3. A grade for preparation and promptness represents 5% of the overall grade. Each student will start the marking period with a 100, but the score is reduced by 5 points each time a student needs to go back to their locker for a classroom material or is late to class (without a legitimate excuse).
    What's Happening? 
    Spring 2022
    Hello Spring
    Reading: Novel Study- Home of the Brave, by Katherine Applegate
    Mentor Sentences and Responses to Literature, Point of View Narrative
    May: Career Research Paper
    Cross Curricular Group Project: Shark Tank 
    Shark Tank was a huge success! Thank you to all of the students who worked so hard with their business partners and to the sharks for helping to make such a memorable event!
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    General Class Information
    ELA homework primarily consists of reading independently and of some long-term weekly assignments.  The goal is to encourage students to learn time-management and avoid procrastination in preparation for middle school. Each Monday, the students spend time in ELA class determining a "plan" for the week which is based on their academic, social, and extracurricular schedule. Please review and discuss your child's plan and agenda book as a family during the week.  
    Weekly Assignments:
    • Independent reading is assigned periodically during a novel study.
    • Novel Responses due Mondays
    • 45 minutes and 1 passed lesson on iReady due Friday by 3:00 (beginning in the 4th MP)
    • Grammar/Mentor Sentence Quizzes on Fridays
     Word of the Day: 
    6th Grade students are exposed to a new vocabulary word each day in the classroom.  As a group, we discuss the meaning, synonyms, antonyms, and possible ways to incorporate the word into daily writing or conversation.  At the end of the month, students will be assessed on the 14-20 words they have learned.  It is expected that students spend time each week reviewing words as they are learned, rather than the night before the test. Tests can be expected the first week of each month. Students are usually provided two weeks notice for studying purposes.