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Language Arts 6

Instructor
Mrs. Dutcher-Dawa
Department
Lang Arts

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HRC December: Read each night for 10 minutes on Monday-Thursday nights. Follow the directions on the calendar for recording the information each night. HRC December is due on Friday, December 15th.

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Trimester 2 Week 2: 12/4~12/8

Monday - Thursday nights read/record 10 mins. on HRC December (Due Friday, December 15th).

 

Hatchet Comprehension/Vocabulary test = Thursday, 12/7

 

Monday:  Receive HRC December; continue working on Hatchet Vocabulary Dictionary.

HW:  Work on Hatchet Vocabulary Dictionary due Friday; start bringing Study Sync textbook every day.

 

Tuesday:  Pass out A Cry in the Wild permission slip; continue working on Hatchet Vocabulary Dictionary; Introduction Video to Unit 2 in Study Sync.

HW:  Work on Hatchet Vocabulary Dictionary due

Friday; Use the internet or SS textbook to find/write down 10 facts about Ancient Egypt; Return Permission Slip tomorrow.

 

Wednesday:  Collect A Cry in the Wild permission slip; continue working on Hatchet Vocabulary Dictionary; finish HT#5 Brian's Changes (fill in the 2nd half of the chart); read Hatshepsut: His Magesty, Herself in Study Sync (begins on p. 118).

HW:  Work on Hatchet Vocabulary Dictionary (due

Friday); Hatchet Comprehension/Vocab. test tomorrow

 

Thursday:  Turn in permission slips if you haven't already; complete the Hatchet Comprehension and Vocabulary Test

HW: Finish Hatchet Vocabulary Dictionary due tomorrow

 
 
 

Friday:  Turn in Hatchet Vocabulary Dictionary.  Pass back HRC Nov; Second Read/Close Read Hatshepsut: His Majesty, Herself Study Sync p. 119 ~ 122.  Define bolded vocabulary words in the margins using context clues.  Circle unfamiliar words and try to define them using the context of the sentences.  Ask questions/annotate the text.

HW: Have a great weekend!

 

Permission Slip: A Cry in the Wild (Rated PG)

     We will be watching the movie A Cry in the Wild next week beginning on Wednesday, 12/13.  It is a movie based on Hatchet (the novel that we just completed), so we will then be able to compare and contrast the two stories.  This movie is rated PG.  In my observation it contains a few bad words, has brief nudity (from behind as Brian jumps into the lake), and some violence (including fighting with a bear).  Please let me know if your child has permission to see this movie by filling out the attached permission slip.  Children who do not return the form, or do not receive consent will be asked to go to a different location during the movie and will be given an alternate assignment to complete.  Thank you very much for the kind support.

Trimester 2 Week 1: 11/27~12/1

Monday:  Finish reading Hatchet; begin HT #9 Packet Page 58-59 Q's 1-8.  Use the A. B. C.  Strategy for providing evidence (also called ACE Answer/Cite/Explain) Use direct quotations, as well as paraphrase evidence.

1.  What jobs keep Brian busy right after the tornado?

2. What about the plane's location makes getting into it so difficult?

3. What has happened to the dead pilot?

4.  How does Brian react tot he arrival of the rescue pilot?

5. Brian does a lot of unexciting jobs before he tries to get into the plane.  Why is that wise?

6. What role does the lake play in the plot after Brian drops his hatchet?

7. How does Brian react to the condition of the dead pilot?

8. Contrast Brian's reaction to the arrival of the rescue pilot with the reaction of the pilot when he sees Brian.

HW:  Read/record 10 mins on HRC November

 

Tuesday: Finish HT#9 Packet Pages 58-59 Q's 1-8.  When finished go over the answers/make corrections with a red pen.  Begin HT#10 Reader ResponseChoose one of the following prompts about this section of Hatchet to write about (at least 3 paragraphs).  Opinion/Argument: Describe and explain why you would or would not like to go through an experience like Brian does.  Use textual evidence form the story to explain your opinion. OR Narrative: Gary Paulsen wrote several other novels about Brian.  Before you read any of them, predict whay you think will happen to Brian next.  How will his life change because of what he goes through in Hatchet.  Tell the story.

HW:  Read/record 10 mins on HRC November

 

 

Wednesday:  Finish HT#10 Reader Response.  Complete HT#11 Close Reading the Literature.  With a partner, closely reread the first eight paragraphs in chapter 19, finishing with "...he wasn't sure he liked the change."  Read each question, and then revisit the text to find evidence that supports your answer.

1.  Using evidence from the story, explain why Brian doesn't open the survival pack right away.

2. Describe at least five of the riches that Brian finds in the survival pack.

3.  What is one example from this section that explains how survival is suddenly and easier prospect for Brian?

4.  How does the author describe Brian's mixed feelings about two items from the survival pack?

When done, go over/discuss the answers as a class.

HW:  Finish HT#10 Reader Response if you did not finish; Read/record 10 minutes on HRC November.

 

Thursday: Begin Hatchet Vocabulary Dictionary Project (15 points):  See handout for directions.

HW:  HRC November due signed tomorrow.

 

Friday: Collect HRC November; Continue Hatchet Vocabulary Dictionary Project (15 points)

 

Trimester 1 Week 13: 11/20~11/22 (updated daily) Last Week Trimester 1

Monday-Tuesday: Read/record 10 mins. on HRC November (due December 1st)

 

MondayCW: Read Ch. 16-17 Hatchet; discuss the tone the author uses in these chapters.

HW:  The last day to submit work for Trimester 1 is this Wednesday; Finish HT#7 Comp. Q's 1-4 (Ch.'s 13-14); R/R 10 mins.

 

TuesdayCW: Lesson: Using Context Clues; Vocabulary Word Search Game; HR#8 Vocabulary: Using context clues.

Use the context clues for each of the vocabulary words in order to figure out and write down the definitions for our 15 vocabulary words (see handout)

HW:  The last day to submit work for Trimester 1 is tomorrow; Work on HT#8 Vocabulary: Using Context Clues; R/R 10 mins.

 

WednesdayCW: Last Day of Trimester 1:Read Ch. 18 in Hatchet; Finish HT#8 Vocabulary: Using Context Clues
and go over answers; turn in any late/missing work.

HW:  Have a great Thanksgiving Break! =)

 
 

Trimester 1 Week 12: 11/13~11/17 (updated daily)

Monday-Thursday: Read and record 10 mins. on your HRC November.

 

Monday: Finish presentations; finish HT#5 Brian's Changes.

HW:  Bring Hatchet tomorrow; R/R 10 mins.

 

Tuesday: Read Hatchet Chapter 10.  Begin HT#6 Illustration/Explanation: 1. Choose any scene that we have read about in Hatchet.  2.  Draw and color the scene on the top half of the page (color/shade completely/no pencil showing).  3.  Put the title/heading on the lower half of the page.  4.  Write a paragraph (under the title/heading) summarizing what happened in the scene.  Describe how this scene was, is or will be important to the story.

HW:  Work on HT #6 Illustration/ Explanation; R/R 10 mins.

 

Wednesday: Read Chapters 11-12; continue working on HT#6 Illustration/Explanation

HW: Finish HT #6 Illustration/ Explanation; R/R 10 mins.

(HT#1 Survival Item and Paragraph, HT#2 Gary Paulsen Biography, and HT#6 Illustration/Explanation due Friday).

 

Thursday: Read Chapters 13-14.

Begin HT#7 Comprehension Questions 1-4 Chapters 13-14.  Answer the following question with our A/B/C format: A. Answer the question. B. Provide Evidence C. Explain how the evidence proves your answer (Use quotes to support two questions and paraphrasing for the other two).

Questions:

1. Explain refraction.  How did the understanding of this phenomenon help Brian to catch fish? Provide evidence/explain. 

2.  Brian shows ingenuity (cleverness) in these chapters.  Provide evidence/explain where this is shown/give examples. 

3.  According to Brian, what was the "great, single, driving influence in nature"? Provide evidence/explain.

4.  What lessons did the skunk teach Brian? Provide evidence/explain. 

HW:  HT#1 Survival Item and Paragraph, HT#2 Gary Paulsen Biography, and HT#6 Illustration/Explanation due stapled together tomorrow; R/R 10 mins.

 

Friday: Turn in HT#1 Survival Item and Paragraph, HT#2 Gary Paulsen Biography, and HT#6 Illustration/Explanation; read Ch. 15 in Hatchet and Finish HT#7 Comp. Q's 1-4 (Ch's 13-14).

HW: Have a great weekend! =)

Trimester 1 Week 11: 11/06~11/10 (updated daily)

Monday - Thursday Nights R/R 10 mins. on HRC November.

 

Monday: Read Chapters 8-9 in Hatchet.  Begin HT#5 Brian's Changes.  Draw a picture of Brian in the middle of the page.  On the left side of Brian, label the column "Beginning."  Under the title write 2 sentences for each of the categories: 1.  Describe what Brian "thinks" about. 2. Describe what Brian hears. 3. Describe what Brian feels (touch). 4.  Describe what Brian sees (in Chapters 1-9).

HW:  Book Talk Presentations begin tomorrow: bring your summary, 3x5 presentation note cards and poster board visual aid on the day that you are assigned to present.

 

Tuesday:  Book Talk Presentations

HW: R/R 10 mins; Book Talks continue tomorrow

 

Wednesday:  Book Talk Presentations

HW: R/R 10 mins; Book Talks continue tomorrow

Thursday:  Book Talk Presentations

HW: Have a great weekend! =)

 

Hatchet Packet 1 Activities

These are the pages included in the packet:
Biography
Introducing the novel
Comprehension Q's Ch. 4 Q's 1-4
Comprehension Q's Ch. 6 Q's 1-4
Active Reaching Ch's 1-5 and 6-10
 
We will be using the assignments in different ways.  Please do not complete the assignments until they have been discussed and assigned.

Trimester 1 Week 10 : 10/30 ~ 11/3 (updated daily)

Monday: Go over Narrative Essay Scores; write a Narrative Writing Reflection Paragraph, which includes a topic sentences, discusses at least 2 strengths and 2 weaknesses, includes ways to improve your paper and has a closing sentence.

HW:  Book Talk book report: continue working on your poster (visual aid)

 

Tuesday:  Discuss themes in stories; watch 2 episodes of 

Scooby Doo; complete RA#8 Themes in Stories: For each episode please write what you believe the theme of the story was, where it was scene and why you feel that was the theme.

HW:  Have wonderful evening!

 

Wednesday:  Finish RA#8 Themes in Stories; receive HRC November (fill in dates); finish and submit Narrative Writing Reflection Paragraph and finish HT#3 Ch. 4 (Q's 1-4)/go over answers.

HW: Book Talk book report: finish your poster (visual aid).  Presentations begin on Tuesday, November 7th.  Your project is due on the date that you were assigned to present. R/R 10 mins.

 
 

Thursday:  Read Ch.'s 5-6 in Hatchet; complete HT#4 Active Reading Ch.'s 1-5 T-Chart.  Play Hatchet Trivia Game: "Dawa's Dilemmas." 

HW: Book Talk book report: work on presentation portion; begin making notecards.  Presentations begin on Tuesday, November 7th.  Your project is due on the date that you were assigned to present. R/R 10 mins.

 

Friday:  Read Ch. 7 in Hatchet; complete Ch.6 Discussion Q's 1-3 (see posted handout in Hatchet Packet 1)  Continue playing Hatchet Trivia Game: "Dawa's Dilemmas." 

HW: Reminder: Book Talk book report presentations begin on Tuesday, November 7th.   Have a great weekend!

 

Trimester 1 Week 9: 10/23 ~ 10/27 (updated daily)

Monday-Thursday: Read/record 10 mins. on HRC October due Friday, October 27th. 

 

Monday:  (substitute) Start thinking about your summary for your book report; write a quick rough draft. 

HW: R/R 10 mins.

 
 
 

Tuesday:  Introduce Book Talk book report: receive handout. 

HW: Work on Book Talk book report (see handout for requirements). Begin typing your summary (use/underline plot terms); R/R 10 mins.

 

Wednesday:  Book Talk book report Dates Selected for Presentations; Red Ribbon Week Activity; Read Hatchet Chapter 2.

HW: Work on Book Talk book report (see handout for requirements). Finish typing your summary (use/underline plot terms); R/R 10 mins.

 

Thursday:   Read Hatchet Chapter 3.  Read the "Meet Gary Paulsen" biography (see handout).  Complete HT#2 About the Author: Gary Paulsen.  Read the biography page.  Summarize the key points from the biography into 1-2 paragraphs.

HW: Work on Book Talk book report (see handout for requirements).  Begin working on your Visual Aid for your Book Talk book report; R/R 10 mins: HRC October due tomorrow.

 

Friday:    Finish HT#2 About the Author: Gary Paulsen.  Read the biography page.  Summarize the key points from the biography into 1-2 paragraphs.  Read Hatchet Chapter 4. Complete Ch. 4 Comprehension Q's.

HW: Be sure to get your poster board for your project! Have a great weekend!

 

Trimester 1 Week 8: 10/16 ~ 10/20 (updated daily)

Monday-Thursday: Read/record 10 mins. on HRC October due Friday, October 27th.  Be sure to read a fictional novel of 100 pages or more by Monday, October 23rd. Please select a novel that is NOT one of our anchor texts (i.e. Hatchet, Wednesday Wars or Freedom Walkers)

 

Monday: Go over GR#1 answers and the answers to RA#5 Study Sync P. 50 Q's 1-5.   Begin RA#6 Point of View Notes: Lesson: Point of View. 

HW: R/R 10 mins. on HRC October; bring highlighter tomorrow.

 

Tuesday: CW: Lesson: Point of View and Figurative Language Take notes; watch concept videos; learn SHU Question Answering Strategy (Star Background information/Highlight questions/Underline the directions and circle the action words in the directions).

HW: R/R 10 mins. on HRC October; bring highlighter tomorrow.

 

Wednesday: CW:  Continue close reading the story Eleven; complete RA#7 p. 51 Q's 1-5

HW: R/R 10 mins. on HRC October; If not finished please complete RA#7 p. 51 Q's 1-5.

 

Thursday: CW:  Continue close reading the story Eleven; complete WN#6  p. 51 Writing Prompt. 

HW: R/R 10 mins. on HRC October; If not finished, please complete WN#6 p. 51 Writing Prompt.

 

Friday: CW:  Turn in RA#7 p. 51 Q's 1-5 and WN#6  p. 51 Writing Prompt.  HT#1 Survival Item and Paragraph:  Create a survival item out of a piece of paper and string.  What could you used this item for if you were stuck in the wilderness?  make a quick sketch of your item into your spiral.  Explain in one paragraph how you would used the item and discuss the challenges you might face.

HW: Have a great weekend!

 
 
 

Trimester 1 Week 7: 10/9 ~ 10/13 (updated daily)

 Monday-Thursday: Read/record 10 mins. on HRC October due Friday, October 27th.  Be sure to read a fictional novel of 100 pages or more by Monday, October 23rd.

 

Monday: Finish Study Sync P. 9 Q's 1-3 (RA#4).  Peer edit/discuss/edit/correct answers.  Lesson: Subject/Predicate/Sentence Fragments.  Begin GR#1 Q's 1-23 (Hatchet).

HW: R/R 10 mins. on HRC October

 

Tuesday: Meet in library to get Hatchet textbooks; continue GR#1 Q's 1-23 (Hatchet); answer the following follow up questions: 1. Identify a fragment in Paragraph Two.  Why is this fragment effective when combined with the sentence that follows it?  2.  How is a fragments used as a transition between ideas in paragraphs 8 and 10? 3. Choose one of the fragments and rewrite it as a complete sentence.  What effect does the revision have?  Explain which you prefer.

HW: R/R 10 mins. on HRC October

Wednesday: Computer Lab: Introduction to the School Portal and Our Study Sync Website.

HW: R/R 10 mins. on HRC October

Thursday: Write about a time where you felt unfairly treated or where you were judged unfairly for something you didn't do.  Read the story Eleven on pp. 47-49 in your textbook.  Answer p. 50 Q's 1-5 using textual evidence for support.

HW: R/R 10 mins. on HRC October

Friday: Finish p. 50 Q.'s 1-5.  Reread the story Eleven,, make annotations and define vocabulary words.  Watch Study Sync TV: Collaboration Video.

HW: Have a great weekend!