Back to School Night. 6 th Grade Language Arts. Welcome!. Thank you for entrusting us with the important job of partnering with you in the Catholic education of your child. Let’s begin in prayer. Opening Prayer.
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Back to School Night
6th Grade Language Arts
Thank you for entrusting us with the important job of partnering with you in the Catholic education of your child. Let’s begin in prayer.
Oh Heavenly Father, make me a better teacher/parent. Teach me to understand my children, to listen patiently to what they have to say. Keep me from interrupting them or contradicting them. Make me as courteous to them as I would have them be to me. Holy Spirit, always fill my heart with joy and love for my precious child. Amen.
-3rd yearat Serra
-Attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Escondido
- Student taught in 1st and 6th grades
Who: 6th Grade Language Arts students, hosted by Miss Davidson and Miss Foley
Where:6A and 6B Classrooms
What: Structured discussion meetings with a small group of peers who are also reading the same novel
How: Participate in “In the Zone” reading and weekly Book Club meetings; read one assigned novel per trimester, and complete one trimester project, as well as Edmodo posts
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Consider the following quote from Jerry Seinfeld’s book Sein Language, 1993, p. 164:
Ideas: the heart of the matter; generates thought and holds the interest of the reader; focuses on the main goals or points of subject; reasonable and thought provoking
Organization: strong coherence and order to sequence of events in writing; strong transitions that keeps the reader on the right path; effective leads and conclusions
Voice: generates emotion/feeling/opinion; demonstrates comfort with topic; written with passion, a careful eye, and zest
Word Choice: selection of words that are like “Baby Bear” from Goldilocks “just right” (not too verbose and not too limited); words selected create visual images that paint a “showing” not telling picture; stimulates the senses
Sentence Fluency: sentences flow easily and effortlessly; a variety of complex, compound, and simple sentences are present
Conventions: Application of accurate knowledge of grammar, spelling, capitalization, punctuation; allows piece to be understood and prevents frequent re-reading of text
Sample Graded Essay Based on 6 Trait Writing
Stargirl’s Triumphant Fall from Grace: Analytical Essay
Ideas: 2 Organization: 2
Word Choice: 2 Conventions: 2
Sentence Fluency: 3Voice: 2
Comments: You identified one part of the main idea in Stargirl’s fall from popularity, and how this is foreshadowed by Spinelli. Definite improvement noted from your original draft. You are moving closer to the middle of the river on the 6 trait writing guide! Keep swimming! Be prepared with one question you would like to ask me when I conference with you about this piece next week (How can I improve my word choice? I don’t really understand how to come up with better ideas for my work? ).
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