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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!)