Mrs. Jensen


Welcome to 6th and 8th Grade Language Arts!



"The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." -Dr. Seuss



Mrs. Elizabeth Jensen

  • E-mail: ejensen@saintjoes.com
  • Room 301

Grade 6 Language Arts

Literature

The sixth grade will be reading the following literature and poetry this year:

  • Pay It Forward: Young Readers’ Edition by Catherine Ryan Hyde (September-October)
  • Short Stories – selections will be distributed in class (October-early November)
  • Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (November-December)
  • The Watson’s Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis (January-February)
  • The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (February-March)
  • Poetry - selections will be distributed in class (April)
  • A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park (May)

Grammar and Writing

Grammar Curriculum

I. Parts of Speech

  • ·Noun
  • ·Pronoun
  • ·Verb
  • ·Adjectives
  • ·Adverbs
  • ·Prepositions
  • ·Conjunctions
  • ·Interjections

II. Parts of a Sentence

  • ·Subject
  • ·Predicate
  • ·Direct Object
  • ·Indirect Object

III. Subject-Verb Agreement

  • ·Singular
  • ·Plural

IV. Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

  • ·Singular
  • ·Plural

V. Types of Sentences (End marks)

  • ·Declarative (periods)
  • ·Imperative
  • ·Interrogative (Question marks)
  • ·Exclamatory (Exclamation points)

VI. Sentence Structure (Commas)

  • ·Simple
  • ·Compound

VII. Effective Sentences

  • ·Fragments
  • ·Run-ons

VIII. Common Usage Problems

  • ·Affect vs Effect
  • ·Your vs. You’re
  • ·They’re, There, and Their
  • ·Farther vs. Further
  • ·Two, To, and Two
  • Other commonly misused words

IX. Other punctuation – quotation marks, hyphens, etc.

  • ·Quotation Marks
  • ·Hyphens
  • ·Underlining titles


WRITING

Monsignor Haddad Middle School is in its third year of utilizing the John Collins Writing Program and will be implemented across the curriculum in each class. Each student will be required to write one essay per month. These essays will typically be completed during the designated writing lab period (on D- days); however, students may be required to revise and edit their work at home.

Since we are using Office 365, each student has been given a username and password to log into the portal. The portal can be accessed at www.portal.office.com.

Username: firstnamelastname@mh365.school

Example: johnsmith@mh365.school

Please be sure to save to the OneDrive. You may use WordOnline through the portal if you do not have Microsoft Word on your home computer.

John Collins Writing Program


Below you will find resources about editing symbols and the types of writing for which students will be held accountable.

Essential Terms for Argumentative Writing:

Analyze: to consider more than one opinion on a topic or question before drawing your own conclusions

Argument: a way to convince another person of your opinion by using evidence from a text or another relevant source

Claim: an idea you believe to be true that you can support with evidence (what you are trying to prove in your essay- used to be called thesis statement)

Counterclaim: the response given by someone who doesn’t agree with your claim

Evidence: the relevant or concrete example(s) you give to prove your point

Formal Style: written in a serious voice that avoids casual phrasing, slang, and contractions

Knowledgeable: based closely on the facts, events, or ideas you’ve read about in your reliable sources

Objective Tone: a reasonable voice that relies on evidence, not emotions, to develop an argument


In addition to the John Collins Writing Program, we will be beginning a new grammar program using Loyola Press's Exercises in English workbooks.





Vocabulary

Our vocabulary curriculum utilizes the Wordly Wise 3000 program. Each lesson includes fifteen vocabulary words for the students to learn.

Please find word lists for each lesson and interactive activities for Wordly Wise athttp://www.wordlywise3000.com/word_lists/. Please click on Book 6.

The Wordly Wise homework schedule is as follows:

A Day: Exercise A is due.

B Day: Exercise B is due.

C Day: Exercise C is due.

D Day: Exercise D is due.

E Day: Exercise E is due. There will also be a general review of the lesson on this day.

F Day: Formal assessment of the lesson (both definitions and spelling) will be given on this day.

G Day: Tests will be passed back and gone over as a class so that problem areas can be addressed.

Syllabus

Welcome to 6th Grade Language Arts Class!

Monsignor Haddad Middle School


Email: ejensen@saintjoes.com

Textbooks:

  • Wordly Wise

Students in this course will:

  • Read, analyze, and interpret novels, short stories, and poetry
  • Plan, write, revise, and edit several pieces of writing including personal narratives, descriptive and informative essays, persuasive essays, poetry, and other creative pieces
  • Understand, appreciate, and use a variety of literary devices and conventions
  • Expand their vocabulary skills through vocabulary study and development of word usage skills
  • Use language mechanics correctly, identify parts of speech, and demonstrate knowledge of capitalization and punctuation.

Class Supplies—Bring Them Every Day!

  • 1” 3-ring binder
  • 3 subject dividers
  • 1 package of notebook paper
  • One marble notebook
  • Black/blue pens
  • Highlighters
  • Pen/pencil case
  • Glue stick
  • ***Students must bring their Wordly Wise book, grammar exercise workbook, reading/poetry journal, and current novel to class each day***

Literature

The literature curriculum consists of novels (all of which will be posted on my website), as well as several short stories and poetry. Students are responsible for either purchasing a copy of each novel or checking it out at the local library. While I understand that sharing a novel with a friend is most cost-effective, it does not allow for the optimal learning experience as often times the student will need the novel in hand to effectively complete assignments at home as well as in class. I will provide each student with a copy of the necessary text while reading and studying the short stories and poetry.

Grammar

Throughout the year we will continue a course study of the mechanics of the English language. While consistently reviewing the basics, we will also delve deeper into areas such as the more intricate verb tenses and parts of speech. Although grammar will be discussed on a regular basis, we will explicitly work with the grammar text at various points during the year when there is a respite in the literature curriculum. Students are required to bring their grammar workbooks with them on a daily basis.

Writing

The sixth grade Language Arts curriculum emphasizes basic writing skills, beginning with the three paragraph essay and eventually expanding into the five paragraph essay. The John Collins Writing Program is in place, and students will write essays across all of the major subject areas. There will be approximately one essay assigned each month. Students will also be required to keep a reading and poetry journal.

Tardy Policy

Each student is allowed one (1) opportunity to enter class after the bell rings during any given week. The second time the student is tardy that week he/she will be issued retention. The retention is to be served within that week after school. Exceptions are made if the student was called to the office, was meeting with another teacher, etc.

Breakdown of Coursework

Homework: 30%

It is imperative that homework is completed. Completing your homework will allow you to practice the skills you have learned in class which will lead to greater test performance and understanding of the skills. In addition, you will be able to ask me questions about topics you may not understand or need help with. This will allow for more effective teaching and learning. All homework assignments MUST be written down in your assignment notebook which will be evaluated at random. If you are choosing not to record your assignments, there will be a deduction to your homework grade.

Classwork: 30 %

You must be prepared with materials and present yourself in a manner that conveys an attitude of respect and a willingness to learn. An important part of succeeding in this class will be taking notes and keeping information. You must have either a binder that you bring to class with you each day. If you are absent, you must obtain notes from a classmate. Material discussed in class on novels, grammar, writing, etc. should be kept in this binder. Quizzes based on reading or material learned in class may be given at any time. These quizzes will be part of your classwork grade.

Tests/Essays/Projects: 40%

All Wordly Wise tests will be administered on F Day. If you anticipate an absence on this day, it is your responsibility to speak with me beforehand and arrange for a time to take the tests. If you are unexpectedly absent on F Day then you must make the necessary arrangements to remain after school on G Day in order to take the tests. Upon the conclusion of each novel, a formal assessment will be administered as well as upon the conclusion of a unit of grammar. Students will be notified of these tests dates well in advance so that arrangements can be made if an absence is expected. Several essays will be assigned throughout the course of each trimester. Projects may be assigned as part of a novel unit.

Vocabulary

Wordly Wise Lesson Schedule:

A Day: Exercise A is due.

B Day: Exercise B is due.

C Day: Exercise C is due.

D Day: Exercise D is due.

E Day: Exercise E is due.

F Day: Formal assessment of the lesson (both definitions and spelling) will be given on this day.

G Day: Tests will be passed back and gone over as a class so that problem areas can be addressed.

Grade 6 Language Arts

Binder Set-Up

Your Language Arts binder will have three sections. They should be labeled in the following order:

1.) Literature

2.) Grammar

3.) Tests and Quizzes

* Please keep loose leaf in the first three sections.

* Put this paper in a sheet protector and place it in the front of your binder.

Grade 8 Language Arts


Literature

The eighth grade will be studying the following novels and plays:

The Giver by Lois Lowry (September)

Ashes of Roses by MJ Auch (October)

Selections from Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (November-December)

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (January)

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (February-March)

Fiction novels in Literature Circles (April)

Night by Elie Wiesel (May)

A selection of short stories, informational (nonfiction) articles, and poems will also be read and discussed, but I will provide those to the class.

Writing

Grammar Curriculum

I. Parts of Speech

  • ·Noun
  • ·Pronoun
  • ·Verb
  • ·Adjectives
  • ·Adverbs
  • ·Prepositions
  • ·Conjunctions
  • ·Interjections

II. Parts of a Sentence

  • ·Subject
  • ·Predicate
  • ·Direct Object
  • ·Indirect Object
  • ·Subject Complements
  • ·Dependent/Independent Clauses

III. Subject-Verb Agreement

  • ·Singular
  • ·Plural

IV. Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

  • ·Singular
  • ·Plural
  • ·Indefinite

V. Types of Sentences (End marks)

  • ·Declarative (periods)
  • ·Imperative
  • ·Interrogative (Question marks)
  • ·Exclamatory (Exclamation points)

VI. Sentence Structure (Commas and semicolons)

  • ·Simple
  • ·Compound
  • ·Complex
  • ·Compound-Complex

VII. Effective Sentences

  • ·Fragments
  • ·Run-ons
  • ·Varied sentence structure

VIII. Common Usage Problems

  • ·Affect vs Effect
  • ·Your vs. You’re
  • ·They’re, There, and Their
  • ·Farther vs. Further
  • ·Two, To, and Two
  • And other commonly misused words

IX. Other punctuation

  • ·Quotation Marks
  • ·Hyphens
  • ·Underlining titles


WRITING

Monsignor Haddad Middle School is in its fourth year of utilizing the John Collins Writing Program. Each student will be required to write one essay per month. These essays will typically be completed during the designated writing lab period; however, students may be required to revise and edit their work at home.

Since we are using Office 365, each student has been given a username and password to log into the portal. The portal can be accessed at www.portal.office.com.

Username: firstnamelastname@mh365.school

Example: johnsmith@mh365.school

Please be sure to save to the OneDrive. You may use WordOnline through the portal if you do not have Microsoft Word on your home computer.

John Collins Writing Program


Below you will find resources about editing symbols and the types of writing for which students will be held accountable.