Mrs. Wurth

 Mrs. Jenny Wurth

Grade 6

Email: jwurth@stignatiuskaukauna.org


 Information for the Week of May 20th

6th Grade Religion:  We will continue to pray acclamations to Mary this week.  The students will have a quiz on chapter 14 on Tuesday.  They will have some time with thei buddies on Wednesday.  Their works of Mercy projects are due on May 28th. If the project is done outside of school, I am asking that they write a note saying what they did and get it signed by a parent.  In addition, we will finish planning our last Mass of the year (May 30th) this week. 

6th Grade Literature:  We will be reading and discussing chapters 12-16 this week in The Hobbit , and will be looking at the development of suspense. The chapters 10-13 worksheet is due Tuesday.  There will be a quiz on chapters 1-13 on Thursday.    

6th Grade English:  I will be returning and discussing the pronoun test on Monday.  There will be an opportunity for students to take a retest on Wednesday.    Students will also be writing an essay this week.  It will be an essay about The Hobbit, but I will also be looking at pronoun usage and organization.  The prewriting will be due Tuesday, a rough draft will be due Wednesday, and a final draft will be due next week Tuesday.

7th Grade Literature:  We will be finishing The Adventures of Tom Sawyer on Monday.   We will be reviewing vocabulary, plot, characters, and literary devices and techniques on Tuesday and Wednesday.  The test will be next Tuesday.  I will be giving students the essay question early this week.  They may write the answer ahead of time and bring it in for the test.  They may also do vocabulary flashcards for extra credit.

7th Grade English:  The students will continue working on their persuasion in advertising projects this week.  The projects are due on Thursday.  If the students are doing a commercial, they may either record it and show it in class, or they may "act" it out in class.  They will also have a short quiz on Maslow's hierarchy of Needs and persuasive appeals on Tuesday.

8th Grade Literature:   We will finish reading The Giver (hopefully) this week.  The sections 3 and 4 worksheet is due on Tuesday.    


ALL CLASSES: Guidelines for Success 

This year we will continue to implement “Guidelines for Success.” In order to reinforce the concepts, each core class will have an assignment with this title entered in a homework category. This assignment will have a value of 25 points. When students follow the guidelines for success, they will keep all of the points. If a student does not follow the guidelines on an assignment, they will lose one point.  This will be cumulative throughout the quarter. Students who follow the guidelines will have a high grade to add to their average. Students who are forgetful of the requirements, may have a lower grade; however it will only be one grade and should not overly affect their total class average. 

One point will be lost on an assignment if the assignment does not meet all of the following criteria: 

  • Correct heading on an assignment
  • Written in cursive
  • Written in complete sentences when required
  • Using blue or black ink (or pencil when required)
  • Using proper conventions when writing (spelling, punctuation, capital letters, etc.) 

Homework/Test Policies for Mrs. Wurth’s Classes
Homework for all classes will vary, from daily and weekly assignments, to papers and projects that are done over the course of weeks, or a quarter.  Clear due dates will be given for all work, and all homework is expected to be turned in at the beginning of class on the due date.

Late/Incomplete Work
Late, missing, and incomplete work will be accepted until a few days before the end of the grading period (a date will be given), but points will be deducted from the participation portion of the grade.  If work is not completed, it is impossible to participate fully in class.  An exception to this may be made if a student asks for an extension on an assignment before the due date.  when asking for an extension, the student should have a reason for needing the extension, and a plan for finishing the assignment, including a revised due date.  No more than two extensions will be granted each quarter. 

Homework Redos and Test Retakes
Any work that is not graded in class, such as essays, writing assignments, and book reports, may be redone by the student for an improved grade.  Any tests may be retaken for an improved grade (quizzes may not).  Students wishing to redo work or retake tests need to see the teacher to discuss this, and must retake tests during their own time (before/after school, during recess, etc.). 

Extra Credit
Some extra credit will be offered on a regular basis.  If a student has all regular work completed and turned in, and wants other extra credit opportunities, the student should speak with the teacher. 

Illness/Missed School
Students who miss school because of illness or an emergency will be given two days for each day absent to make up any work.  Tests/quizzes which were missed should be made up within one week.  If, because of the nature or length of an absence, this is not possible, students should meet with the teacher to make a plan. 

Students who know they will be missing school ahead of time should notify the office and their teachers at least one week in advance. 

  


6th Grade Literature  

Independent Reading - Independent Reading assignments and activities will be 20% of the total Literature grade.  This will include literature responses, book reports, projects, and/or timesheets.  You are expected to have a book to readduring Library times, silent reading times, and when you are finished with other work during class and study periods. 

Daily Work/Assignments - Daily Work and Assignments will be 35% of the total grade.  This includes vocabulary assignments and activities, questions about reading assignments, and other short-term projects and assignments.  Most of these will be done in your Literature notebook, or will involve handouts/worksheets, and many will be discussed/gone over in class. 

Projects/Papers - Projects and Papers will be 15% of the total Literature grade.  This category includes long-term individual and group projects based on reading assignments and lessons, and formal papers you will be writing.  You will be given a timeline and steps to follow for these longer assignments.   These assignments will be handed in, and you will need to type them, write them neatly on looseleaf, or follow a format given in class

Tests/Quizzes - This category will be 20% of the Literature grade.  It includes chapter/unit tests, as well as vocabulary quizzes, and short quizzes on individual reading assignments.  You will be given a week’s notice for any chapter/unit tests we will be having. 

Participation - Participation will be 10% of the total Literature grade.  This will include contributing in a positive way to class and small group discussions and small group projects and assignments.  It also includes coming prepared to participate in class, which means having assignments completed and in class, and having your materials with you.

In 6th grade, you will be reading selections from  Acts of the ApostlesBeowulf, and Bulfinch’s  Mythology.  You will also be reading either A Door in the Wall or Adam of the Road, and The Hobbit. There will be various pieces of poetry and shorter readings as well as we examine the rise and growth of Christianity through literature.  

 

Independent Reading Expectations and Requirements – 6th Grade

1.  Timesheets

Each week, you will be expected to read an independent reading book (one not being read for a class) for 120 minutes.  The 120 minutes can include reading done in school – during study, during S.S.R., etc., or outside of school.  Fill in your timesheets completely (folding them and using them as bookmarks is an easy way to keep them nearby), and get them signed.  They will be checked weekly.  You may use the same timesheet for multiple weeks.

2.  Literature Responses

Each week, you will be expected to turn in a literature response.  You do not need to be finished with a book in order to complete a literature response.  At the top of each literature response, in addition to a heading, should be the title and author of the book you are reading, and the question you have chosen to answer.  Each literature response should include two parts:

1.  Summary – Write a brief summary of what you have read.  The summary should be in chronological order, clear, and easy to understand.  It should include the most important/interesting events/ideas in what you have read for the week.  The summary should be a complete paragraph.

2.  Response – In your response, you should answer one of the three questions listed below (or more).  Provide a clear explanation for your answer.  The response should be a complete paragraph.

Questions:

* How does what you have read relate to your own life?  (Are the characters similar to people you know?  How?  Are events in the story similar to things that have happened in your life?  Explain.)

*What do your think about what you have read?  Why?  (Did you like it?  Why/why not?  Did it make you feel happy/angry/sad/etc.?  Why?  Were there any parts that stood out to you?  Why?)

*What is the author’s message?  What do you think of that message?  (What is the author trying to tell you?  Why?  Do you agree?  Disagree?  Why?)

3.  Book Reports/Projects

Each quarter, one or two book reports and projects will be due.  Instructions for the report and project will be given.  There will be different projects available each quarter.  Students need to finish reading a book before doing a report or project on that book, and students may not complete more than one report/project on a single book.

  


6th Grade English/Language Arts


Writing 
- Writing projects and assignments will be 20% of your English grade.  This category includes daily writing activities, partner writing assignments, and long-term papers that go through the writing process.  You will have a separate notebook for your daily writing activities.  Most long-term papers will be worked on in the computer lab, and will have a required format.

In 6th grade, the focus in writing will be on choosing appropriate topics, having a clear main idea, using specific details, and choosing appropriate organizational strategies.  You will work on writing effective paragraphs, descriptive writing, five-paragraph essays, and short stories.

Daily Work/Assignments - Daily Work and Assignments will be 30% of the total grade.  This includes most worksheets and book assignments dealing with grammar, mechanics and usage, as well as other short-term projects and activities.  Many of these assignments will be done in your English notebook, or will involve handouts and worksheets.

In grammar this year, you will be studying the parts of the sentence, avoiding run-on sentences and sentence fragments, and pronoun usage.  You will also review rules of punctuation.

Spelling - Spelling will be 20% of your total English grade.  It includes weekly spelling assignments and activities, as well as spelling quizzes.  We will usually have one spelling unit each week.

Spelling units will focus on vowel and consonant sound combinations, as well as words with affixes.

Tests/Quizzes - This category will be 20% of the English grade.  This category includes chapter/unit tests on writing concepts and grammar, mechanics and usage, as well as shorter quizzes on mini-units and individual concepts.  You will be given at least a week’s notice before any chapter/unit tests.

Participation - Participation will be 10% of the total English grade.  This will include contributing in a positive way to class and small group discussions, small group projects and assignments, and peer review/editing sessions.  It also includes coming prepared to participate in class, which means having assignments completed and in class, and having your materials with you.

  


6th Grade Religion 

Daily Work/Assignments - Daily Work and Assignments will be 35% of the total grade.  This includes most worksheets and book assignments dealing with the concepts and vocabulary we are studying, as well as other short-term projects and activities.  Many of these assignments will be done in your notebook, or will involve handouts and worksheets.

This year, our Religion textbook will be Following Christ.  Students will be studying The Ten Commandments, as well as the Mass.  

Projects/Papers - Projects and Papers will be 20% of the total Religion grade.  This category includes long-term individual and group projects based on reading assignments and lessons, and formal papers. You will be given a timeline and steps to follow for these longer assignments.   These assignments will be handed in, and you will need to type them, write them neatly on looseleaf, or follow a format given in class

Tests/Quizzes - This category will be 25% of the Religion grade.  This category includes chapter/unit tests, as well as shorter quizzes on mini-units and individual concepts.  You will be given at least a week’s notice before any chapter/unit tests.  

Participation - Participation will be 20% of the total Religion grade.  This will include contributing in a positive way to class and small group discussions,  small group projects and assignments, and class and school prayers and activities.  It also includes coming prepared to participate in class, which means having assignments completed and in class, and having your materials with you.

We will be participating in Liturgy of the Hours each day we do not have Mass.  We will also be leading morning prayer and announcements on occasion, attending Adoration on Mondays, preparing and helping with Masses, and praying in the classroom daily.

   


7th Grade Literature 

Independent Reading - Independent Reading assignments and activities will be 20% of the total Literature grade.  This will include literature responses, book reports, projects, and/or timesheets.  You are expected to have a book to readduring Library times, silent reading times, and when you are finished with other work during class and study periods. 

Daily Work/Assignments - Daily Work and Assignments will be 35% of the total grade.  This includes vocabulary assignments and activities, questions about reading assignments, and other short-term projects and assignments.  Most of these will be done in your Literature notebook or will include handouts/worksheets, and will be discussed/gone over in class. 

Projects/Papers - Projects and Papers will be 15% of the total Literature grade.  This category includes long-term individual and group projects based on reading assignments and lessons, and formal papers you will be writing.  You will be given a timeline and steps to follow for these longer assignments.   These assignments will be handed in, and you will need to type them, write them neatly on looseleaf, or follow a format given in class

Tests/Quizzes - This category will be 20% of the Literature grade.  It includes chapter/unit tests, as well as vocabulary quizzes, and short quizzes on individual reading assignments.  You will be given a week’s notice for any chapter/unit tests we will be having. 

Participation - Participation will be 10% of the total Literature grade.  This will include contributing in a positive way to class and small group discussions, and small group projects and assignments.  It also includes coming prepared to participate in class, which means having assignments completed and in class, and having your materials with you. 

This year, you will be reading The Witch of Blackbird Pond, tales from Washington Irving, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, as well as various shorter pieces of fiction and nonfiction that deal with the establishment, growth, and change of America and its culture. 

 

Independent Reading - Grade 7 Literature  

Students are expected to have a book with them at all times in class.  There will be a designated library time each week when students can check out/renew books, and students may visit the library during study/work time when the library is open. 

 Students should be reading independent reading material a minimum of 120 minutes each week.

 Literature Response (Reading Log

Each week, students are required to complete and hand in a Literature Response assignment.  The Literature Response is a response to whatever the student has read that week (a few chapters of a book is fine - the book does not need to be completely finished to write a Literature Response).  Students should choose the question to which they would like to respond, from the handout given.  Students will then write an at least 2 paragraph response to the question they have chosen.  This should be done on loose leaf paper, in black or blue ink or pencil, or typed, and should be proofread for spelling and other conventions.   The question should be written at the top of the paper. 

Book Report and Project 

Students are expected to complete at least one book every month.  Each one - two months, a book report and project will be due.  The due date and project options will be given to students at least one month in advance.  The book report will review the book's setting, plot, characters and theme.  Students will also be given at least two options for each book project, and handouts will be available to explain the details of those project options.  

Timesheets  

Timesheets may be required in order to ascertain whether or not students are reading 120 minutes per week.  If they are assigned, they will need to be signed by a parent or guardian, and will be checked on a weekly basis.  

 


7th Grade English/Language Arts  

Writing - Writing projects and assignments will be 20% of your English grade.  This category includes daily writing activities, partner writing assignments, and long-term papers that go through the writing process.  You will have a separate notebook for your daily writing activities.  Most long-term papers will be worked on in the computer lab, and will have a required format.

In 7th grade, you will focus on making appropriate and specific word choices, and on sentence fluency and variety.  You will also be expected to incorporate writing concepts and techniques from 6th grade dealing with organization, clarity, and detail.  You will continue to work on writing effective paragraphs, and will also be working with poetic forms, short stories, and persuasive writing/techniques.

Daily Work/Assignments - Daily Work and Assignments will be 30% of the total grade.  This includes most worksheets and book assignments dealing with grammar, mechanics and usage, as well as other short-term projects and activities.  Most of these assignments will be done in your English notebook.

This year in grammar, you will be studying modifiers such as adjectives and adverbs, sentence structures and purposes, and phrases and clauses.

Spelling - Spelling will be 20% of your total English grade.  It includes weekly spelling assignments and activities, as well as spelling quizzes.  We will usually have one spelling unit each week.

Spelling units will focus on words with affixes, and on words which come to English from other languages, such as Latin, Greek, and Spanish.

Tests/Quizzes - This category will be 20% of the English grade.  This category includes chapter/unit tests on writing concepts and grammar, mechanics and usage, as well as shorter quizzes on mini-units and individual concepts.  You will be given at least a week’s notice before any chapter/unit tests.

Participation - Participation will be 10% of the total English grade.  This will include contributing in a positive way to class and small group discussions, small group projects and assignments, and peer review/editing sessions.  It also includes coming prepared to participate in class, which means having assignments completed and in class, and having your materials with you.

 


 8th Grade Literature  

Independent Reading - Independent Reading assignments and activities will be 20% of the total Literature grade.  This will include literature responses, book reports, projects, and/or timesheets.  You are expected to have a book to readduring Library times, silent reading times, and when you are finished with other work during class and study periods.  

Daily Work/Assignments - Daily Work and Assignments will be 30% of the total grade.  This includes vocabulary assignments and activities, questions about reading assignments, and other short-term projects and assignments.  Most of these will be done in your Literature notebook or involve worksheets/handouts, and will be discussed/gone over in class. 

Projects/Papers - Projects and Papers will be 20% of the total Literature grade.  This category includes long-term individual and group projects based on reading assignments and lessons, and formal papers you will be writing.  You will be given a timeline and steps to follow for these longer assignments.   These assignments will be handed in, and you will need to type them, write them neatly on looseleaf, or follow a format given in class

Tests/Quizzes - This category will be 20% of the Literature grade.  It includes chapter/unit tests, as well as vocabulary quizzes, and short quizzes on individual reading assignments.  You will be given a week’s notice for any chapter/unit tests we will be having. 

Participation - Participation will be 10% of the total Literature grade.  This will include contributing in a positive way to class and small group discussions, and small group projects and assignments.  It also includes coming prepared to participate in class, which means having assignments completed and in class, and having your materials with you.

  

This year, you will be reading Across Five AprilsRoll of Thunder Hear my CryAnimal Farm, and The Giver, as well as shorter works, as we examine changing attitudes, beliefs, and values over time.  

 Independent Reading - Grade 8 Literature  

Students are expected to have a book with them at all times in class.  There will be a designated library time each week when students can check out/renew books, and students may visit the library during study/work time when the library is open.  

Students should be reading independent reading material a minimum of 120 minutes each week.

 Literature Response

 Each week, students are required to complete and hand in a Literature Response assignment.  The Literature Response is a response to whatever the student has read that week (a few chapters of a book is fine - the book does not need to be completely finished to write a Literature Response).  Students should choose 1-2 questions to which they would like to respond, from the handout given.  Students will then write an at least 2 paragraph response to the question they have chosen.   The response should include specific supporting details from the book. This should be done on loose leaf paper, in black or blue ink or pencil, or typed, and should be proofread for spelling and other conventions.   The question should be written at the top of the paper.

Timesheets  

Timesheets may be required in order to ascertain whether or not students are reading 120 minutes per week.  If they are assigned, they will need to be signed by a parent or guardian, and will be checked on a weekly basis(Wednesdays, during Library time).