Week of August 27th

General News
  • Picture Day is Friday!
  • No School on Labor Day
  • Mid-term reports go home Sept. 5th
This Week in ELA
  • CBM testing on Monday. What is CBM? Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM) is a method teachers use to find out how students are progressing in basic academic areas such as math, reading, writing, and spelling. It helps detect students who need more support in a subject, and it helps teachers group students by like- or mixed-ability. This online test is given several times throughout the school year.
  • This Week in Reading. Culture Kick-Off happened last week. Did your child come home talking about strange photos on the slideshow used by our ELA teachers? Did your child talk about the discussions we had? Yes, we talked about what makes a community, and I asked why it is important to belong to a community. In that context, we talked about “normal” for different people in different places. This week, to further our discussion, we will look in depth at the old Chinese tradition of foot-binding using an article from photojournalist Jo Farrell. This nonfiction article will be contrasted with a narrative on the same topic later this week (or early next week) that allows us to look not just at the content itself, but story structure, central ideas, imagination versus fact, etc.  Our discussions, the articles, and the slideshow–with its photos that are outside of our day-to-day experiences in America–create the foundation for the books we will read this year as a class. We will read about Afghanistan lifestyles, British lifestyles, Americans in the JFK era, and one superstar who lived a life of poverty and homelessness but rose to football fame. By week 6 of this quarter, we will be primed to begin this quarter’s novel, “The Breadwinner,” by Deborah Ellis.
  • This Week in Writing. Students will write a narrative from the informational text on Chinese foot-binding.
Whooo's ReadingUpdates from Sixth Grade ELA!
Nightly Reading Grading Scale:

As part of the reading program, all sixth graders are required to read 120 minutes weekly (Saturday – Friday) outside of school hours. This required reading should be documented on the Whooo’s Reading program that students will be using to complete the quizzes. Reading 120 minutes weekly is also counted as part of students’ grades in the Whooo’s Reading category of the gradebook (which counts as 20% of the overall ELA grade). See the rubric to the right for reading times and grade percentages.

*Students reading 0 minute per week will be required to  read during TEAM Time at Homework Hangout.

Minutes Read Percentage
120 (or more) 100%
100-119 95%
80-99 90%
60-79 85%
40-59 80%
20-39 75%
0-19 70%

Quiz completion suggestions:

Student are required to read four books read per quarter on reading level (i.e., no picture books, graphic novels, “Who Was” books, and books such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid.).  Book choices must include one fiction book, one nonfiction book, and one book of his or her choice. The fourth book will be the extended text used in the ELA classroom.

  • First quiz by Friday, Aug. 31st
  • Second quiz by Friday, Sept. 14th Third quiz by Monday, Oct. 1st
  • Fourth quiz to be taken in class between Monday, Oct. 1st and Friday, Oct. 5th

Quiz “Retake” opportunities:

Students will not be allowed to retake another quiz on the same book after receiving a poor score. However, students will be allowed the opportunity to read another book that fits the required genre and take a quiz on that book to potentially replace the unsatisfactory quiz grade. (For example, if the students receives a 50 on the required nonfiction book they may read another nonfiction book and take a new quiz to improve their score). Essentially the top quiz score for fiction, nonfiction, and choice book will be counted toward the quarter grade. The classbook score must count toward the quarter grade.  See the back for a reminder of quiz score scales.

Finally, those of you without computer access at home should sign your child’s reading log OR tracker (where ever he or she has logged reading minutes) to acknowledge that the reading was completed. Then, your child may enter the times during class. Also, time in class will be given on due dates to take the online quizzes for those students who do not have home internet access.

Whooo’s Reading Quiz Scoring Rubrics – 6th Grade

  • 4 (100%) – Wrote 4-6 sentences, restated and answered the question fully with 2+ details from the text, well organized.
  • 3-3.5 (75%-88%) – Wrote 1-4 sentences, restated and answered the question fully with 1-2 details from the text, may not be as well organized.
  • 2-2.5 (50%-63%)- Answered the question but did not restate the question, was overly vague, did not supply evidence, is not long enough, or did not address all parts of the question.
  • 1-1.5 (25%-38%) – Plot summary or personal opinion only, did not attempt to answer the question.

0 (%) – Answer contains or is entirely bad faith (typed something, just to submit, does not pertain to text.


We will cover the following standards this week:

  • 6.RI.KID.1 Analyze what a text says explicitly and draw logical inferences; cite textual evidence to support conclusions.
  • 6.RI.KID.2 Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through details; provide an objective summary.
  • 6.RI.KID.3 Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and developed in a text.
  • 6.RI.CS.6 Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in a text.
  • 6.RI.IKI.7 Integrate information presented in different media or formats, such as in tables, images, diagrams, and words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
  • 6.W.T TP.3 Write narratives (fiction and nonfiction) to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective techniques, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

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