ELA – 6th Grade
Ms. Maria Sciaroni
Instruction Planning Period: 10:25-11:40
Parent/Student Conferences: Tues/Thurs 10:25-11:40
School Phone: 314-652-9282
ELA 6th Grade
Course Description: Communication Arts skills are to provide experiences in learning that will enable scholars to communicate effectively in reading, writing, listening, and speaking, and information literacy. At the end of the course, scholars should be able to develop and apply skills and strategies to comprehend, analyze, and evaluate fiction, poetry, and drama from a variety of cultures and times; develop and apply skills and strategies to comprehend, analyze, and evaluate nonfiction; apply a writing process in composing text; write effectively in various forms and types of writing; compose a well-developed vocabulary and apply effective listening skills and strategies; develop and apply effective research process skills to gather, analyze, and evaluate information. Scholars will explore the vast ideas and thoughts of others through reading to build text connections as well as develop literacy skills from a global minded perspective.
- Bud, Not Buddy written by Christopher Paul Curtis
- A Wrinkle in Time written by Madeleine L'Engle
- Look Both Ways written by Jason Reynolds
We will be engaging in the use of Savvas myPerspectives curriculum this year as well.
*Scholars will be reading the novels in class. However, all scholars are required to have a library card issued by a local library where they can check out the required novels or novels may be purchased. *
Methods of Instruction
The teacher will develop lessons that serve to introduce and build scholars reading and writing through Language Arts skills. Lessons will consist of various skill building strategies that focus on developing and strengthening reading comprehension, analysis, and vocabulary as well as writing and language skills. The instruction guided by the teacher and promotes scholars to become independent thinkers and learners through facilitating individual, group, and differentiated work and activities. In addition, during novel studies, most lessons will be reading centered because it develops not only reading skills but also the other Language skills. Scholars will be encouraged to take ownership of their learning and move through their own paths of learning based on mastery of concepts. Scholars will be challenged at their own levels and will be provided with instruction that meets their individual learning styles and unique interests. The teacher will make lessons scholar-centered and rigorous and will guide each scholar toward mastery.
Course Objectives: The course objectives are aligned with the curriculum of St. Louis Public Schools and the Missouri State Standards to prepare for the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP), a state standardized test. Based upon SLPS standards, scholars are expected to show mastery of grade-level content in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Doing so will require them to read from a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts, as well as write for a variety of audiences and purposes. In doing so, they will acquire valuable textual analysis, reading comprehension, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Library books are checked out and they must be returned on or before the due date or at an agreed upon time by the librarian. Finally, scholars are expected to read in and out of the classroom. Reading homework is assigned daily; scholars should read self-selected novels at home. Quarterly book reports are written to reflect the reading taking place each evening at home. If teacher selected class books are available, scholars will sign out novels for the duration of study for each quarter. Scholars will be responsible for lost or damaged books.
Assignments: Assignments are written on the board and explained to scholars. They are also recorded on their weekly homework/goal sheets. Assignments include daily Do Now, classwork, participation, exit slips, homework, independent reading, and other activities. Scholars may be assigned projects, which they will be given sufficient time to complete. Incomplete assignments are never accepted, and scholars are given a time frame in which to complete the assignments. Scholars will provided in class time to work on some assignments, but scholars are responsible for completing assignments by the due date in order to achieve mastery and participation goals.
Late Assignment Policy: Late classwork is accepted Friday of the assigned week. There will be points deducted from work that was due the next day.
Exams/Tests/Quizzes: There will be weekly quizzes given to assess certain skills and concepts learned within the week. Scholars are also given a grade level common assessment after completing the reading and writing instruction and activities of a unit.
Classwork = 35%
- In class assignments
- Do Nows /Quick Writes
- Class Notes and Guided Practice Activities
Participation = 20%
- Goal Sheets
- Exit Slips
- Class Discussion
- In class assignments
Homework = 15%
- Independent Practice and Extension Activities
- Chapter Review Questions and Outlines
Tests = 15%
- Unit Exams
- Benchmark Exams
- Final Exams
- Major Assessments
- Weekly or Daily Objective-Based Quizzes
Projects = 15%
- Novel study themed projects
- Essays and presentations
Scholars are expected to take the responsibility of preparing themselves for all classes. Preparation includes but is not limited to homework, textbooks, goal/homework sheets, writing materials, and maintaining an organized binder. Class participation is necessary because it is factored in as part of the grade.
Attendance Policy: St. Louis Public Schools requires scholars to attend every day and the rules apply to Compton-Drew ILC as well. When a scholar is absent, they must return to school with a written excuse for their absence(s) in order for the absence to be verified. Chronic tardiness and absences keep scholars from developing behaviors that make them successful and will be reported to the social worker.
Homework Policy: All homework assignments are expected to be turned in on the due date. It is the responsibility of the scholar for keeping their parents informed of the class work and attend to the online class page (teacher page). Parents are also urged to check the scholar’s binder for daily assignments. Scholars have one day to complete assignments. There will be homework assigned Monday-Thursday. There will be no homework on Fridays unless scholars missed a day during the week. It is the scholar’s responsibility to collect their homework assignment from the hanging file in class. Scholars will receive a 0 until the assignment is turned in. Once it is, scholars will receive 5 points off for each day that the assignment is not turned in. Scholars have until the end of the quarter to turn in their homework.
Of course, there are exceptions such as illnesses, death in family, etc. However, there MUST be a written excuse from parent/doctor in order for the assignment to be accepted by the teacher.
The board establishes the following major purposes of homework for the St. Louis Public Schools:
- To reinforce the principles, concepts, and information taught and learned in the classroom.
- To assist teachers in assessing the scholar's comprehension of concepts and skills covered in class.
- To stimulate creative, logical, and critical thought.
- To provide an opportunity for the creative application of material mastered during the formal class time.
- To teach the scholar self-discipline and self-motivation regarding the responsibility and effort required to complete assignments.
- To permit parents to have a more active role in educating their children and in monitoring their classroom assignments and in becoming familiar with their textbooks.
The average time to be spent on homework is as follows:
Grades 6-8: Twenty (20) minutes per evening for each of the basic subject areas for scholars in grades six (6) through eight (8). This translates to an average of seventy-five (75) minutes of study each evening for scholars in these grades.
Make-Up Work Policy: Scholars are given an opportunity each week to turn in late assignments. See late homework policy.
Classroom Library: There is a variety of diverse and current library books made available within the classroom setting. In SLPS district, library and classroom library books are not censored as to allow scholars to choose books of interest on a variety of topics. If there is ever a concern about what a scholar is reading, please let me know as I can address this with them. As to encourage reading every day, classroom library books will be used to read during Silent Reading time in class.
Re-Do/Retake Policy: Scholars can re-do assignments and retake assignments upon request or upon recommendation of the teacher. They are allowed up to three retakes/re-dos and the best score out of the three will be taken for their final grade. Additional retakes/re-dos may be provided depending on the circumstances of the students and the assignment. Exceptions to the redo/retake policy are made based on scholar needs in reference to sickness and/or personal/familial issues that interrupt learning.
Written Assignments and Academic Misconduct: All written work submitted must be the scholar’s original work and conform to the guidelines provided by the teacher. This means that any substantive ideas, phrases, sentences, and/or any published ideas must be properly referenced to avoid even the appearance of plagiarism. It is the scholar’s responsibility to know all relevant school policies concerning plagiarism. Scholars will receive re-dos for plagiarism as this is a learning experience for them as they begin 6th grade. Any documented cases of plagiarism can result in a failing grade.