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May 02, 2006
Language Arts

1. Complete the worksheets on parts of speech tonight.

2. Reading logs are due Monday, May 8.

3. If you did not finish the sequencing activity, please finish it tonight.

4. We will be going to the bookfair next week if you would like to purchase books from your summer reading list.

Posted by Mrs. Simpson at 03:22 PM

April 25, 2006
Language Arts

1. Please be sure to read and update logs. We will have a reading recognition party for those who have met the requirement of 25 books.

2. The spelling test is this Friday. Please study!

3. The next few weeks will be spent studying vocabulary, literature, and reviewing grammar.

Posted by Mrs. Simpson at 03:20 PM

March 21, 2006
Language Arts

1. We have finished our explanatory paragraphs and I was pleased with the outcome.

2. Our mock writing test is this week and our practice test will be next week.

3. We are currently reviewing for the CRCT which will be after we return from spring break.

4. Expository writing is our focus for the next few weeks.

5. We will be starting a literature unit after spring break as well.

Posted by Mrs. Simpson at 09:51 AM

February 27, 2006
Language Arts

1. We finished persuasive paragraphs. Some children had trouble with supporting details, facts, and adding expert opinions. We typed the final drafts in the lab.

2. Today we worked on limericks. They are due tomorrow.

3. The next few days will be spent reviewing capitalization, punctuation, and grammar rules.

4. Our spelling test is Friday. The spelling sheet is due on Friday as well. Please study.

Posted by Mrs. Simpson at 03:52 PM

February 01, 2006
Language Arts

1. We are finishing commas, semicolons, colons, and quotation marks. The test will be Tuesday.

2. The book report project is due February 27th.

3. Next week we start predicate nouns, predicate adjectives, and direct objects.

4. Continue to read and update your logs.

Posted by Mrs. Simpson at 03:55 PM

January 30, 2006
Language Arts

1. The class has been reviewing commas, semi-colons, and colons. Our test will be next Tuesday.

2. The book report, your mini booklet, is due February 27th. Make sure you have read your adventure
book throughly.

3. Our persuasive writing unit is coming up after predicate nouns and predicate adjectives.

4. The celebration for honor roll is tomorrow at 9:15.

Posted by Mrs. Simpson at 03:31 PM

January 10, 2006
Language Arts

1. I hope everyone had a great holiday and appreciated the relaxation.

2. I am stressing 1 nonfiction book and 1 new adventure book. Please
remember to update your logs as you read.

3. The unit of study this week is subjects and predicates. We will
have a test next week.

4. This Friday there will be time to work on our new bookmark.

Posted by Mrs. Simpson at 03:49 PM

December 07, 2005
Language Arts

1. We just finished our business letters.

2. The verb unit starts next week.

3. The graphic organizer for your mystery book is due December 21st.

4. We will be having a mastery test on verbs next week.

Posted by Mrs. Simpson at 09:48 AM

November 29, 2005
Language Arts

1. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.

2. The historical fiction summary is due tomorrow.

3. We are currently working on our Sneetch letters.

4. Please bring in a business address because we will be writing
our formal business letters and typing them in the lab.

5. We look forward to our field trip on December 9th.

Posted by Mrs. Simpson at 09:59 AM

November 15, 2005
Language Arts Update

I was certainly proud of the Adjective Test results.

There is a spelling test this Friday. Please study Unit 4. Lists were given out yesterday.

We will be studying "Lob's Girl" tomorrow from our literature series. There will be a comprehension test on Thursday.

Historical Fiction books must be read by the time you return from Thanksgiving. Remember to update your logs. Our goal is to have 18 books read by December 20th.

Have a great holiday week.

Posted by Mrs. Simpson at 10:10 AM

November 01, 2005
LA Update

Please remember to keep up with your agendas for all classes.

Test on adjectives on Monday.

Inference bookmark due Thursday. Use your library book for completion.

Update your reading logs.

Continue to review parts of speech using DOG.

Posted by Mrs. Simpson at 09:50 AM

October 25, 2005
LA Update

We have finished our mini unit on figurative language.

Please encourage your child to finish his/her biography book by this Friday and update the log.

We are in the process of finishing our narratives in class.

The adjective and adverb unit starts Thursday.

There is no spelling test this week.

Posted by Mrs. Simpson at 09:34 AM

October 17, 2005
LA Update

Narrative Compositions due Friday using sensory details.

Figurative Language Unit starts today.

Spelling Test Unit 3 this Friday.

Posted by Mrs. Simpson at 09:54 AM

October 03, 2005
Language Arts

October 3rd

I look forward to seeing some of you during conference week.Report cards will be handed out at this time.

We are currently working on types of sentences, fragments, and run-ons.

Reading logs and reading comprehension continue to be a focus for us. Drawing conclusions, making judgments, and making predictions.

Our narrative compositions will be done next week.

Posted by Mrs. Simpson at 09:22 AM

September 12, 2005
Language Arts

* We are finishing our narrative paragraphs today.

* We will be concentrating on parts of speech the next two weeks.

* Please encourage your child to read and update his/her log.

* Progress reports will be going home on Friday.

* Please continue to monitor agendas for homework in other subjects.

Posted by Mrs. Simpson at 09:42 AM

September 01, 2005
Language Arts

Just an update from Mrs. Simpson 09/01/05

* Please check agendas every night and complete all homework
* Spelling Test Unit 1 postponed until next Wednesday
* Performance Testing tomorrow and next Tuesday in Language Arts
* We are still working on narrative writing

I have been pleased with our progress with DOL and DOG. My students are great and this will be a great year.

Posted by Mrs. Simpson at 09:20 AM

August 22, 2005
Language Arts

In the next few weeks my class will concentrate on the following:

1. DOL

2. DOG

3. Nouns- common,proper,possessive,singular,plural,collective

4. Stages of the Writing Process

5. Topic Sentences and Detail Sentences

Posted by Mrs. Simpson at 02:36 PM

August 09, 2005
Course Syllabus

Language Arts Syllabus -- Sixth Grade 2005-2006


In language arts, our course of study will focus on the four modes of language communication: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Emphasis is placed on the following: the writing process, grammatical structure, study skills, literature appreciation, spelling and vocabulary development, research skills, and the development of reading strategies.
Over the term of the school year, students will learn to be competent and fluent in standard English. The Cobb County language arts curriculum is designed to elicit evidence of students' language competencies through their writing products. Therefore, at each grade level, students produce developmentally appropriate pieces of writing, which will undergo self-editing and peer editing. Teachers will assess students' writing in a manner that will communicate writing strengths and weaknesses, as well as encourage growth and progress.

• Writing and Grammar: Communication in Action
• Prentice Hall Literature
• Classical Roots Vocabulary
• Daily Oral Language

Students will write well-developed paragraphs and essays which include carefully constructed topic sentences, introductions, supporting details, and conclusions. Students will use transitions within and between paragraphs, use dialogue in writing, and demonstrate correct grammar usage. Students will identify the eight parts of speech; demonstrate correct application of common spelling rules and correct spelling of high-frequency words; avoid run-on sentences and non-functional fragments; and demonstrate correct usage of capitalization and punctuation.
Topics that are addressed on an ongoing basis are as follows: Daily Oral Language exercises; spelling and vocabulary; parts of speech; sentence structure; writing in response to journal writing topics; reading-to-learn strategies; and selected literature readings. Each student will develop a writing/reading portfolio which will assess development in the reading and writing processes. Organizational skills are an integral part of the language arts program; students will keep their materials in a well-organized notebook. Students will write their assignments in their agendas and check his/her teacher’s blog. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain, complete, and turn in all make-up work. Students will carefully edit all assignments. Rushed and carelessly completed assignments may result in a lowered grade. It is the student's responsibility to be prepared with required items for class.

♣ Classwork 20%
♣ Quizzes 30%
♣ Tests 35%
♣ Homework 10%
♣ Reading Log 5%

We look forward to working with you and your child in making this a successful school year.
This syllabus is a general outline and is subject to change in order to accommodate class and individual needs.

Mrs. Cushman Mrs. Burke Ms. Shaw Mrs. Simpson

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June 19, 2005

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