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6 th Grade english. Middle School Core Knowledge Curriculum. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela. Wendy Pieseski. BA from Boston University--double major in psychology and sociology; minor in women’s studies

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6 th grade english
6th Grade english

Middle School Core Knowledge Curriculum

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela

wendy pieseski
Wendy Pieseski
  • BA from Boston University--double major in psychology and sociology; minor in women’s studies
  • Master’s Degree in Social Work from University of California, Berkeley
  • Master’s Degree in Elementary Education (K-6) from University of Phoenix
  • Secondary English Endorsement (7-12)
  • Student taught under Nancy Heins
  • Fourth year teaching sixth grade at AA
grading percentages
Grading Percentages
  • Participation 10%
  • Reading 25%
  • Grammar 20%
  • Spelling/Vocab 15%
  • Writing 30%
reading curriculum
Reading Curriculum
  • Realms of Gold Poetry and Short Stories such as
    • All the World’s a Stage (Shakespeare), The Raven (Edgar Allen Poe), and Woman Work (Maya Angelou)
  • Novels
    • Greek Myths
    • The Prince and the Pauper
    • Julius Caesar
    • The Odyssey and The Iliad
    • Walk Two Moons
  • Open Court Reading
  • Outside Reading and Book Reports: 1 per trimester
book reports projects
Book Reports/Projects
  • Book Reports:
    • Trimester 1: Fantasy/Science Fiction
      • Newspaper
    • Trimester 2: Historical Fiction
      • Multi-genre Project
    • Trimester 3: Walk Two Moons
      • Online Scrapbook

Holt Grammar Book: subject/predicate, independent/dependent clauses, fragments, run-ons, sentence types, punctuation, active and passive voice,

“Caught Ya” or DOL daily grammar practice/quiz on Fridays

Continual practice and strengthening of skills

Focus on understanding concepts

  • Focus on research, persuasive, descriptive, narrative, expository, poetry, compare and contrast, short stories
  • 6 Trait +1: Convention, Ideas, Organization, Sentences, Voice, Word Choice + Presentation
  • Five paragraph essays with introductions, conclusions, hooks, zingers, “Magic 3”
  • Write To Learn
  • Peer Editing
vocabulary and spelling
Vocabulary and Spelling
  • Vocabulary:
    • Novels
    • Core Knowledge
    • Vocabulary Book
    • Caught Yas
  • Weekly activities: varied; may be written, electronic, or web-based
  • Weekly spelling/vocabulary tests with definitions
  • Daily work to be done independently
  • Amount will vary class to class
  • Assignments due at the beginning of class (unless specified)
  • Time given in class for individual and group work
  • Use of study hall--effective use of study hall will reduce the amount of homework at night
  • Help and encourage your children to use their planners. They are the first resource for homework
  • Homework Club M-Th
classroom expectations
Classroom expectations
  • Respect students, teachers, and property
  • Come prepared—physically and mentally
  • Clear Desks = Clear Minds = Easy to Learn and Focus
  • Essential 23
  • Behavior concerns will result in a conference with teacher and student to create a plan, then teacher-student-parent
  • Encourage students to come to conferences
middle school website
Middle school website


infinite campus ic
Infinite Campus (IC)
  • IC lists all homework in the order that it is due on the “To Do” list
  • Teachers enter graded assignments on Infinite Campus
    • Assignments are not on the website
  • The website will simply provide the students with big projects, links, and downloads
  • IC lists your student’s overall percentage, missing assignments, and letter grade
  • Assignments in red are not missing!
student advocacy
Student Advocacy
  • Students may come see me before school, during HR, by appt during lunch, or after school
  • Extended HR
  • Students should be their own advocates when they have questions or concerns about assignments
    • Develops strong communication skills
    • Ensures that students are taking ownership of work
  • Parents are welcome to contact me after the student has initiated communication
  • Please follow the AA parent communication policy
  • Student use of AA email
locker break
Locker Break
  • Breaks are provided mid-morning during a double class time (either English or Science)
  • Schedule posted in lockers
  • Enables students to have to carry a limited number of items with them to each class
  • Eliminates the need for backpacks
  • Provides students a mid-morning snack to keep up energy until lunch (we encourage healthy snacks!)