Mrs. Wurth

 Mrs. Jenny Wurth

Grade 6

email: jwurth@stignatiuskaukauna.org

 

 

 

The Week of November 13th 

6th Grade English:   We will not have a spelling unit this week or next week.  This week there is a quiz on subjects and predicates on Wednesday.  We will be reviewing in class Monday and Tuesday.  We will also be working on Mass planning for our 6th grade Mass on December 8th.  

6th Grade Literature:  We will be watching a video of the rest of the story of Beowulf this week, and will be discussing conflicts Beowulf faces, as well as how these relate to the first conflict we read about, and the overall theme of the story.  Later in the week, I will be introducing our next unit, which will focus on the stories of King Arthur and the knights of the round table.  A timesheet is due on Wednesday, and a literature response is due on Thursday. 

7th Grade English:   There will not be a spelling unit this week or next week.  We will be reviewing different types of adjectives this week, and the students will be creating short skits using and defining the various types.  They will also have a review assignment.  There will be a test on adjective identification and usage next week Tuesday.   

 7th Grade Literature : We will review The Witch of Blackbird Pond this week.  The students have a test on the book on Friday.  They will be given the essay questions on Monday, and may do them ahead of time.  They may also do vocabulary flash cards for extra credit.  Timesheets are due on Wednesday and literature responses are due on Thursday.

8th Grade English: We will review and work with active vs. passive voice in writing this week.  We will also be reviewing the verb parts, forms and tenses. There will be a test on verb forms, tenses and parts next week Tuesday. 

8th Grade Literature:   This week we will begin looking at speeches as a genre of literature.  The students will be working with The Gettysburg Address, and analyzing it in terms of elements of an effective speech.  

 

Information About Each Class

All Classes:

 

Guidelines for Success

 

This year we are teaching the students “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.) 

 

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 read during 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, 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 25% 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.

 

 

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 25% 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. 

Daily Work/Assignments - Daily Work and Assignments will be 25% 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. 

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. 

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 (this includes flash drives when needed).  

 

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 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 read during 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, 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 25% 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.

 

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. 

Daily Work/Assignments - Daily Work and Assignments will be 25% 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. 

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. 

Tests/Quizzes - This category will be 25% 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 (this includes flash drives when needed).

 

 

8th Grade English/Language Arts

 Writing - Writing projects and assignments will be 30% of your English grade.  This category includes daily writing activities,  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.

 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. 

Tests/Quizzes - This category will be 30% 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 (this includes flash drives when needed).

 

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 read during 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, 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 25% 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.

 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).

 

 

 

 

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