Tuesday, December 1, 2015

This Week

We finished looking at our first "Courageous" Character, Brian.  This week will be looking at Bethany Hamilton, a shark attack survivor. 
Here are a few things we will be looking at :)

 Homework: Look at your 30 book challenge and see what you need to do to catch up!! You should have read around 12 books by now!!

Don't forget to fill out your reading log every night!!

Monday, November 23, 2015

This Week

We will finish the novel this week before the break.  Please make sure that everyone has completed the novel and pages 40-47 in their notebooks.  I will grade these pages after break. 

We will have a final test tomorrow!

I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your break!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

This Week

We are working Hatchet Chapters 9-15.  Students will have a test on these chapters Friday.

Copy of Novel:  (I just "googled" Hatchet ebook)

Students are working in groups and analyzing theme, setting, conflicts, the main character's emotions, and symbolism. 

Test on Chapters 9-15

Homework Thursday Night:  Read and fill out Characterization Chart.  New and Old Brian.

Notebook Check
Pg 40 Cornell Notes
pg 41 Characterization
pg 42 Survival tips and Quotes
pg 43 Hatchet symbolism
pg 44 Themes of Hatchet
pg 45 Where in the World is your Character/setting
pg 46 Character Emotions
pg 47 Types of conflict

Monday, November 9, 2015

This Week

We are reading Chapters 5-9 this week in Hatchet.

Please make sure students are reading each night at home and they are filling out their reading logs. 

Students should also make sure their Table of Contents sheet is filled out.  They will received new ones today.

Page 31 Rough Draft
Page 32  LOSH Characterization
Page 33  Superstitions
Page 34  LOSH Questions
Page 35  Plot Chart
Page 36  Venn Diagram
Page 37  Conflict Chart for Hatchet Chapters 1-4
Page 38  Letter to Mom
Page 39 Hatchet Test

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

This week

We have started our new unit on survival.  Students will be looking at a variety of literature that focuses on how acts of courage contribute to one's personal survival or the survival of others. 

This week we are starting "Hatchet."  We are looking at conflict and characterization.  Monday we talked about skills that are needed for survival.

Monday, October 26, 2015

This Week

We are finishing our 11 sentence paragraph today and then we will start reading "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."  Hopefully, we will be able to watch the cartoon version on Friday.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

This week

Students have been working on make up work and turning in any assignments that have not been graded.

I gave everyone a progress report, a letter to parents and a notebook check to complete with parents. Hopefully, this helped with any questions about missing assignments or grades that need to be made up.

We read the Drive-In Movies this week and we are now working on a heirloom paper.  Friday they will write an 11 sentence paragraph and we will also discuss theme.


Friday, October 16, 2015

This Weekend

Students can work on an missing work or zeros/low grades.  I need all progress reports, notebook check and reminders back by Monday.

Don't forget to read over the weekend to catch up on your 30 book challenge.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

This Week

This week we read "Becky and the Wheels and Brakes Boys."  Students looked at characterization, plot and theme.  I was not able to find the story online but they can use the literature book online and read the story.  I also have paper copies of the story for students that ask for it. 

-They will have a test on the story tomorrow. 

-They received:
 a progress report today that needs to be signed and returned.
-a reminder list that needs to be signed and returned.
-a notebook check paper that needs to completed with a parent and signed and returned.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

This Week :)

We are finishing a test from last week and we will start reading

"The All American Slurp":


Monday, September 21, 2015

September 21st-25th

We finished discussing "Arachne" and students will have a test on the story tomorrow.  See previous post for the a copy of the story.

Homework:  Students need answer the question, What is symbolism? on page 11 in their notebooks.  They must also write about their most memorable birthday whether it is really good or really bad. 
Students received a new reading log today.  They must be reading every night, writing a summary and getting a signature. 

Students will take the test and then we will begin a new story called "Eleven." 

We will finish reading "Eleven" and answer questions 2 & 3 on page 12 in their notebooks.  We will continue to discuss Characterization, Plot, Theme, Point of View and Symbolism. 

Students are finishing plot, conflict and point of view.  Friday they will focus on figurative language, theme and sensory language.

Point of View Video

"Eleven" by Sandra Cisneros

Monday, September 14, 2015

This Week

We are starting Mythology this week.  Students will be reading "Arachne." We will focus on citing textual evidence, how culture shapes identity, elements of a story, characteristics of folklore, and characteristics of myths. 
The Story "Arachne"

Students have an interactive notebook for my class.  So far we have the first 10 pages completed.  Please look in their notebook and see if they have these completed and stapled in.  (tape is an option as well) We spend a few minutes everyday organizing their spiral notebook.  There should be a table of contents in the front of every one's notebook. 

Page 1: Folklore Identification Sheet
Page 2:  Reading Survey
Page 3:  Summer Essay
Page 4:  Group Work on Folktales
Page 5:  He Lion Questions
Page 6:  Show me the Evidence
Page 7:  Cite the Evidence
Page 8:  He Lion Test
Page 9:  Cornell Notes
Page 10:  Graphic Organizer for Myths and Cause and Effect

Book Challenge Section in their Binder:
Students also have a 30 Book Challenge this year.  They should be reading every night at home. They must also keep up with a reading log.  So far students should have completed a Folklore, Fantasy and Free choice.  They may be working on one of these.  Please check that they are completing this.

Extra Credit:
Write a letter to the teacher stating that you have looked at your child's notebook, read the website and reviewed the Book Challenge and novels or books read so far. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

September 7-11th

Welcome back! I hope everyone enjoyed their extended weekend!
 This week we will finish "He Lion, Bruh Bear and Bruh Rabbit."  Students will have an open book test tomorrow on the story and we will begin our next story "Arachne," a Greek myth. 
Reading Notebook:  Students should have something on the first 5 pages.

Homework: Read 20-30 minutes each night and look over notes.

Monday, August 31, 2015

This Week

Today we went over the characteristics of Folk Lore and the different types. Students should be able to identify these characteristics in a story.  We will review the elements of a story before students begin group work on folktales tomorrow.  Also, ask your child about the 30 book challenge this year!! Students should be reading every night. 

Introduction to Folklore PowerPoint

Elements of a story video

Book Challenge

We are reading "He Lion Bruh Bear and Bruh Rabbit" (Thursday)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


I have waited until the first few days to post so that students and parents are adjusted for the new school year! The first few days have been wonderful and the students seem really happy.  So far, students have brought home a few forms to be signed and we need to collect all forms by Friday. 

The first nine weeks in my class we will be focusing on Folklore.  We will begin in Unit 6 in the literature book. Pages 760-763 describe the types of folk literature and their characteristics.

Friendly Reminder:

School Pictures are September 1st for 6th grade.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

This Week!!

We are done testing!!  However, students received final progress reports from me today.  Tomorrow students will turn in any missing work.  I must have all work by tomorrow.  Please sign the reports and send them back to school.
Ms. King

Friday, May 22, 2015


Make sure you have completed both stories Lesson 9 and 7 using RUNNERS!! Don't forget EACH step of RUNNERS. Hopefully, you were able to complete this in Core 7 but if not take a few minutes this weekend and do it.

Tuesday we will do fun ELA reviews and I will give you a practice EOG Test on Wednesday.    Don't forget Thursday and Friday we begin real testing for Science!

Enjoy your weekend!!
Mrs. King

Monday, May 18, 2015

This Week

We are practicing a reading strategy to help with testing.  Students have used this strategy for a week and are expected to know the strategy by tomorrow.  (R.U.N.N.E.R.S)

Read everything but the story (headlines, photos, captions, directions, questions)
Underline key words  in the questions
Number the paragraphs, stanzas or lines
Now read and
Enclose keywords or details and annotate each paragraph
Reread the questions
Select the best answer

Monday, May 11, 2015

Monday, May 4, 2015

This Week

I did send home progress reports today.  If you child is missing anything, please have them bring it to me this week.  I will be collecting the work that they have been working on since last week tomorrow.  We have been doing group work on the elements of a short story.  They should be working on this tonight.

Due Tuesday based on short story "Becky and the Wheels and Brakes Boys"
Autobiographical Narrative
Dialect and evidence
Plot chart
Characters and character traits
Figurative Language with evidence
Point of View
Compare and Contrast Venn Diagram

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Stories we are reading

Unit 4
"Reflecting on childhood"

How do childhood experiences shape the decisions of others?
How do life experiences, as we grow older, make us who we are?

Anne Frank

Becky and the Wheels and Brakes Boys


Monday, April 20, 2015

Back to Normal this week!!

Today is the last day of the field trip so we will be back on a normal schedule.  Students are expected to turn in all work for a grade that we have been working on.  They have had all week to complete this and the weekend.  It is due tomorrow.

Assignments due:
Cornell Notes
Similes and Metaphors
Figurative Language
Poems in Literature Book
Alliteration Sheet

Items Due Before Break
Movie Sheet
Hoot Project
Sherlock Holmes Way

Please make sure you are finished with all of your work!!!!



Thursday, April 16, 2015

This Week!

This is our first week back from Spring Break and it is a little crazy because of the wonderful field trip that 6th grade is attending.  However, we will be looking at Poetry and Figurative Language this week.

Flocabulary on Figurative Language

Students, please don't forget to read every night at home and look at your chart to see what books you need to read to meet your goal of 30 books!!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

This Week

Sherlock Holmes...The Red-Headed League

Questions 3, 4, 7 & 8

Students will also watch the movie "Hoot" so that we can discuss argumentative writing and speaking.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Turn in Progress Reports
Fill out Book Challenge
Get Permission Slip Signed

No Reading Log this WEEK but students should still read!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Next Week.....Mysteries

Read a Sherlock Holmes Mystery:

The Case of the Speckled Band Article

Making Inferences Sheet

Critical Thinking Questions

Literary Elements



I am extending the book report due date to Monday, March 23rd.  Students should have finished a Mystery or Science Fiction novel and then completed a project.

Project Options

Extra, Extra- Newspaper Article
Travel Brochure
Detective on the Case
Character Cards
New Ending

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

This Week

We are learning about denotations and connotations.  Please watch these videos to help.




Thursday, March 12, 2015

Progress Reports, Make Up Work and a Project

Students received a progress report today and we personally stapled all make-up work to them.  It is due by Monday.  We are at the end of the nine weeks.  All articles are on this web page. 

Students also have a book report due by March 20th. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

This Week

We are working on argumentative writing.  Students are learning how to support their claims with reasons and evidence.  We will be creating avatars and videos.   

Students read this article about cellphones to create avatars on www.voki.com

We will be looking at www.goanimate.com  this week!!

Monday, March 2, 2015

This Week

Students have a new reading log that will be graded on Mondays.  Please make sure that students are reading every night and filling out their reading log.  Parents must sign these at the end of the week.

We go to the library every Wednesday to check out books.  I really work with students on finding novels that I think that they will like.  This nine weeks students have specific genres to focus on... (Science Fiction, Mystery and Free Choice) They will need a novel in my classroom everyday. 

Students chose a Book Report to complete with the novels that they are currently reading.  The Book Report is due March 20th.  We are focusing on Science Fiction and Mystery.  Please make sure your child is completing the report on a novel they are reading now and that it fits the genre requirement. 

Ask your child about argumentative writing! We are looking at persuasive writing, arguments, claims, reasoning, and supporting arguments.

Your Phone Can Ruin Your Life

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

This Week

We put together a time line on important events that took place during the civil rights movement.

We are now reading Sojourner Truth's famous speech "Ain't I a Woman."

Homework:  Students should complete 4 out of the 8 vocabulary words.

Sojourner Truth Information


Monday, February 9, 2015

This Week!

We will be starting a story about Barbara Johns tomorrow.
Please have students bring in Progress reports.

Article if you want to read ahead!

Making Connections


Analyze Poetry


Don't forget to get your reading logs signed and fill out what pages you have read each night!!!

Notebook Check Tomorrow for a Quiz Grade

pg95- Joey Paulk Read Think and Explain
pg96 Joey Paulk Test
97-98 Vocabulary and What is Strength
99-Test on Greensboro boys
100 Questions
102 Bellringer
103-104 Making Connections & Analyzing Poetry

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

This Week!

Students took their Reading Benchmark yesterday.  The rest of the week we will be going over "The Greensboro Boys."  (see previous post)

Students also received their progress reports today.  Please sign and return.  If they have any missing assignments, please have them staple it to their progress report.

EXTRA CREDIT- Study Island


Thursday, January 22, 2015

This Week

Students are presenting projects this week and we are then reading "This Face of War."

However, some students are not done and need to finish working on these by tomorrow.  Thanks!

Friday, January 16, 2015

This Weekend.... PROJECT

Some students have not finished their project (see previous post).  Please have them work on it over the weekend.  

Suggestions if you do not have Powerpoint or a computer:

-Hand write information that you find on your subject using the guidelines provided or save it on your notes on your cellphone.
-save pictures on your cellphone
-or write down the website that you find pictures that you like.

-Use a cellphone or tablet
-Go to the public library
-Go to a friend's house or neighbor's

Once you have collected your information then you can use the first few minutes of class typing it into your Powerpoint.

You can also save your information to a flash drive.....however, many students who do this come to school with an empty flash drive. .... So double check and try it on another computer.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Extra Credit or practice for testing:  Go to www.studyisland.com   and click on Core 4 to practice reading skills.


Student can work on their project.  Make sure to cite your sources!!!

New Project

How do acts of courage contribute to one's personal survival or the survival of others?

We are starting a new project this week and students are required to choose a courageous character and create a presentation to share with the class.
What does courageous mean?

Who are they? name and background
What makes them courageous?
What obstacles do he/she overcome and how?
Who/what did they rely on to get them through?
What can we learn from them?
Where are they today? How has their outlook on life changed?
Must have 6-10 slides-PowerPoint or Prezi
Each slide must have a graphic (picture)

Links to look at


List of some of the courageous characters.....however, some of these are NOT courageous!! You have to read about them:


Monday, January 5, 2015

Welcome Back!!

The end of the nine weeks is approaching!! Students have less than nine days to turn in any missing work.

This week we will be learning about another courageous character, Malala Yousafzai.

 Malala Article

Students received a progress report from me so that you can see what they are missing and need to turn in.  You may sign this report and return. Thank you!!

Point of View

Students have tone and mood practice sheets to finish. They are to complete 1-5.  They had time in class to start on this.
Tone and Mood Sheet