Unit 5 focuses on students understanding of the key elements of narratives and how these elements vary across genre (folk tales, fables, myths) and form (stories, drama, poetry).
FSA Writing Preparation: 2/26-3/2
Week 6: 2/12-2/16
2/12-2/13: Adjusted schedule due to I-Ready diagnostic tests - Figurative language review and complete reading from "A Night to Remember" (Figurative language poster - classwork grade - 5 marks)
2/14: Text analysis: from "A Night to Remember" (classwork grade - 5 marks)
2/15: from "A Night to Remember" comprehension test
2/16: Project planning & viewing from "Titanic at 100: Mystery Solved."
Week 3: 1/23/17-1/27/17
Focus: Writing to compare-and-contrast
Essay topic: How realistic was Henry Longfellow's portrayal of Paul Revere's ride?
Monday: Comprehension: "The True Story of Paul Revere's Ride."
Tuesday: Timeline - Comparing key events on 4/18/1775 in literary and historical versions
Wednesday & Thursday: Essay development & centered writing focus
Friday: reviewing & editing writing
Week 2: 1/15/17-1/19/17
Monday: No School (MLK Jr. Day)
Tuesday: ELA diagnostic testing
Wednesday: "Paul Revere's Ride" pre-test review
Thursday: "Paul Revere's Ride" Comprehension test
Friday: Comprehension: "The True Story of Paul Revere's Ride." Writing: Essay Planning
Essay Topic: How accurate is Longfellow's portrayal of Paul Revere and the events of April 18th, 1775? What is the poets' purpose for presenting the character and events in the way they do?
Week 1: 1/9/17-1/12/17
"Paul Revere's Ride" by William Henry Longfellow
Tuesday: "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" viewing. KWL chart and summary of Paul Revere's life and ride.
Wednesday & Thursday - Close reading: "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere."
Friday: Textual Analysis - "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere." Comprehension Check responses due (Classwork grade - 10 marks)
Unit 4: Assignment deadlines
Comprehension Test (10 test marks): from "A Night to Remember." - Thursday, February 15th/Friday, February 16th (2nd & 6th period)
Comprehension Quiz (10 quiz marks): from "Titanic at 100: Mystery Solved." - Tuesday, February 20th
Project (10 project marks): Narrative non-fiction/poem about a real decision that mattered - Thursday, February 22nd.
Essay (10 test marks): How realistic was the portrayal of character & events in "Paul Revere's Ride?"
Draft review - Friday, February 23rd
Final Copy due - Friday, March 2nd
Unit 4: Decisions that Matter 1/9/17-2/23/17
Winter Diagnostic testing
Students will take their ELA winter diagnostic test during the week beginning Monday, January 15th.
1/16: 6th Grade ELA diagnostic test (8:30-11:41)
1/17: 6th grade Math diagnostic test (8:30-11:41)
Students who achieve sufficient learning gains from their 2017 FSA score will be eligible to participate in a Dress Down and DJ Dance day in February as a reward for their efforts and growth.
Unit 2: Facing Fear - The Ravine (9/6-9/18)
In the second part of the Facing Fear Unit, students will learn about the five essentials elements of a short story as we comprehend "The Ravine," the story of Vinny, a young boy challenged to overcome the external conflict of his fear of heights and the internal conflict of not wanting to appear cowardly in front of his friends. Students will complete a comprehension test on the story (9/18), utilize text evidence from the story to explain how fear can be helpful as it makes us cautious in their informative essays, and produce plot maps to analyze the narrative structure. Students will learn critical vocabulary, practice how to use context clues to decode unknown words, and understand how writers use dialectical English to give the reader a deeper understanding of how the character speaks.
Text: "The Ravine"
Focus: Close Reading Basics - Literature
Unit 1 Informative essay: How can fear play an important and helpful role in our lives?
Final Copy Due: Monday, September 18th
PLease Note: All information below this point is relevant to 2016/17. Whilst it will provide you with an overview of upcoming units, dates and assignments are subject to change. Thank you.
PBPA #2: Argumentative Writing