Week 8 (9/26-9/30)

ENGLISH

We will be starting a new unit on short stories. Students will work with partners to write their own short stories, which they will eventually turn into an iBook during a class field trip to the Apple Store. We will also be reading and discussing two short stories: My Name by Sandra Cisneros and Names/Nombres by Julia Alvarez.

The objectives for the week are as follows:

Monday

SWBAT revise their drafts of their short stories.

Tuesday

SWBAT discuss the history of NCLR and critically reflect on an informational video.

Wednesday

SWBAT raise self-awareness by engaging students in a process of personal reflection, based on the short story “My Name”

Thursday

SWBAT polish and finalize short narrative stories for the Apple Store field trip

Friday

SWBAT to discuss themes of a short story
SWBAT adapt written language to formal and informal contexts

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will be continuing our unit on Africa. Students will learn about village and community life in Subsaharan Africa, and we will discuss the importance of geography to the development of early trade routes.

The objectives for the week are as follows:

Monday

SWBAT describe village life in Subsaharan Africa and analyze the significance of ritual ceremonies

Tuesday

SWBAT analyze and discuss a short story depicting traditional Subsaharan village life

Wednesday

SWBAT analyze the relationship between geography and the spread of Bantu

Thursday

SWBAT map out and discuss the development of ancient African trade routes

Friday

SWBAT cite reasons that led to the rise of the powerful Zimbabwe state

Week 7 (9/19-9/23)

ENGLISH

This week, we will be concluding our unit on The Giver. We will be finishing the book on Monday. Then, students will work to develop an argumentative essay, discussing key themes from the novel. Students will pre-write, then develop a rough draft, and then work with peers to revise their essays

The objectives for the week are as follows:

Monday

SWBAT define the term “ambiguity” and describe/ analyze how the ending of The Giver is ambiguous.

Tuesday

SWBAT write a clear thesis and have strong, supporting details that relate directly to it

Wednesday

SWBAT write a rough draft argumentative essay on Jonas’ actions in The Giver.

Thursday

SWBAT edit and revise their drafts with support from peers.

Friday

SWBAT compare and contrast The Giver film adaptation

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

This week, we start our study of Subsharan Africa. We will discuss the geography of the continent, the important of trade, and the rise of several major ancient African kingdoms.

The objectives for the week are as follows:

Monday

SWBAT understand the significance of Africa’s tradition of oral history in relation to its culture.

Tuesday

SWBAT identify key geographical locations in Africa and explain their significance.

Wednesday

SWBAT explain the significance of trade to Sub-saharan Africa.

Thursday

SWBAT describe key elements of trade in Sub-saharan Africa and its relation to modern day societies in Africa.

Friday

SWBAT demonstrate knowledge of key academic language of African geography.

Week 6 (9/12-9/16)

ENGLISH

We are approaching the climax of The Giver. We will be learning the meaning of Release, and discussing Jonas’ plans to change his community.  I will be absent on Thursday and Friday for a training, but students will continue reading up through Chapter 20 of the novel.

The objectives for the week are as follows:

Monday

SWBAT describe how Jonas’ training has transformed his understanding of his community and analyze cause and effect in “The Giver.”

Tuesday

SWBAT construct a well-supported argument about whether it is ever okay to give up, and connect that argument to key ideas in “The Giver.”

Wednesday

SWBAT describe what it means to live in a “loving world’ and explain/analyze why Jonas does not live in a loving society.

Thursday

SWBAT create clearly supported arguments regarding whether Jonas is making a moral decision to change the lives of people in his community.

Friday

SWBAT argue, using textual support, what qualifies as genuine love, and analyze and make inferences about why Jonas is willing to sacrifice everything to save Gabe.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

This week will conclude our study of ancient Rome.  On Friday, students will be taking a unit test, which will review key ideas from throughout the unit. On Thursday, students will have the opportunity to construct a study guide, which they may use during the test.

The objectives for the week are as follows:

Monday

SWBAT describe and identify the reasons for the fall of the Western and Eastern Roman Empires.

Tuesday

SWBAT create a timeline of events and provide a brief description of how it contributed to the Roman Empire.

Wednesday

SWBAT compare and contrast the ancient Roman Empire with the modern “American Empire.”

Thursday

SWBAT review and organize key ideas, by constructing a graphic organizer study guide, for use on the unit test.

Friday

SWBAT demonstrate understanding of Rome’s history, including its rise and fall, by taking a summative unit test.

Week 5 (9/6-9/9)

ENGLISH

We will be continuing in our reading of The Giver.  We will be reading about the different memories that the Receiver shares with Jonas, and we will be discussing the importance of pain, choice, and the nature of wisdom.

The objectives for the week are as follows;

Tuesday

SWBAT analyze how Lowry uses descriptive language in “The Giver.”
SWBAT connect the use of vivid memories with the theme of non-conformity in “The Giver.”

Wednesday

SWBAT  use and understand the term “perspective shift” and how it applies to “The Giver.”
SWBAT analyze and discuss how color relates to the theme of conformity in “The Giver.”

 

Thursday

SWBAT analyze and discuss how the theme of “choice” applies to ‘The Giver.”

Friday

SWBAT discuss and analyze the importance of pain in “The Giver” and explain how it helps to create wisdom.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Due to Friday’s shortened schedule, the Week 4 quiz was pushed back to Tuesday of this week. It will be an open-notes, short-answer quiz. Then, during the week, we will be discussing the split between the Eastern and Western Roman empires, and we will compare and contrast the two empires.

Tuesday

SWBAT complete a quiz, assessing their knowledge of Rome’s expansion, and then reflect on their performance and study skills.

Wednesday

SWBAT describe factors that led to the split of Eastern and Western Roman Empires.

Thursday

SWBAT identify key contributions of the Eastern Roman Empire.
SWBAT identify and discuss primary sources

Friday

SWBAT identify and describe key differences between the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox church.

ELA Homework – Plot Storyboards

Students will create a “storyboard,” in which they identify five key plot events from the first 10 chapters of The Giver. Students must draw a picture for each plot event (stick figures are fine;) include a two sentence (minimum) caption describing the plot event; and identify whether the plot event is part of the exposition or rising action of the novel. This assignment is due Wednesday, September 5.

Below is the class Powerpoint presentation on the five elements of plot:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1u3qh4s4-UbXgdKvbd1U00nCGCBHcoEhR6lJqA9atMd0/edit

 

 

Social Studies Homework

If students did not finish the written response in class, they must answer the question below for homework. (four sentences minimum)

“The Romans said that entire groups of people (the Gauls and the Huns) were evil, without really knowing anything about them. How is this similar or different to politics now?”

Week 4 (8/29-9/2)

ENGLISH

This week we will be reading Chapters 7 to 11 of The Giver.  We will be discussing the critical role of the Receiver of Memory, and the importance of strict laws in Jonas’ community.

The objectives for the week are as follows;

Monday

SWBAT identify the difference between and correctly use the three forms of “there.”
SWBAT write an objective summary of Chapter 6.

Tuesday

SWBAT analyze and describe Jonas’ internal narrative, during the Ceremony of 12.

Wednesday

SWBAT discuss and analyze the importance of the Receiver’ exemption from major laws.

Thursday

SWBAT discuss and analyze how the absence of memories affects members of the community in “The Giver.”

Friday

SWBAT  analyze how Lowry uses descriptive language in “The Giver.”
SWBAT connect the use of vivid memories with the theme of non-conformity in “The Giver.”

SOCIAL STUDIES

This week, we will be discussing the different factors that led to the collapse of the Roman Empire, and its split into East and West. On Tuesday, students will be using Achieve3000 to read and analyze an article on Roman expansion into Britain.  On Friday, students will take a quiz, which will be open-notes. Many of the questions will be short answer.

Monday

SWBAT identify and describe key contributions of the Roman empire in architecture and art.

Tuesday

SWBAT read, summarize, and analyze an assigned article on Roman expansion into Britain.

Wednesday

SWBAT describe reasons for Rome’s wars with the Gauls and the Huns and analyze the effects of Roman intolerance.

Thursday

SWBAT identify key factors that led to the decline of the Roman Empire and the split between East and West.

Friday

SWBAT complete a quiz, assessing their knowledge of Rome’s expansion, and then reflect on their performance and study skills.

Social Studies Homework – Pax Romana Travel Brochure

Over the weekend, students are required to visit the website below:

http://nsms6thgradesocialstudies.weebly.com/rome-becomes-an-empire.html

Students will create a travel brochure, inviting people to visit Rome, during the period of Roman Peace, the Pax Romana.  Directions for the assignment are available here:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/190uEPFN3Ngk3sre86rga9_hsejkQOXIZGx60QrJJpaU/edit#slide=id.g16642448bc_0_58

The travel brochure is due Monday.

Week 3 (8/22-8/26)

ENGLISH

We will continue reading The Giver.  However, on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, students will be testing. On Monday, we will be discussing how to write an effective argumentative paragraph.

The objectives for the week are as follows;

Monday

SWBAT create an argumentative paragraph with clear, supporting reasons for their argument.

Tuesday

Testing

Wednesday

Testing

Thursday

SWBAT compare and contrast Utopian and Dystopian societies in relation to The Giver.

Homework: Student will write a well-developed paragraph in which they answer the question “Why do you think Jonas was forced to take a pill to stop his feelings for Fiona?”

Friday

SWBAT analyze and describe the symbolic meaning of different rituals during the annual Ceremony.


SOCIAL STUDIES

This week, we will learn about how the Roman Empire transformed from a Republic into an Empire. Students will participate in a number of hands-on activities, including creating travel brochures for Ancient Rome, and solving the mystery of Caesar’s murder. On Friday, students will be introduced to Achieve 3000, which they will be using in both Social Studies and English.

Monday

SWBAT explain how the Punic Wars led to Rome’s expansion.

Tuesday

SWBAT explain how the Punic Wars led to Rome’s expansion. (Continued.)

Wednesday

SWBAT describe how civil war in Rome led to the rise of Julius Caesar.

Thursday

SWBAT explain how Augustus helped to rebuild Rome into an empire, and how this created Pax Romana.

Friday

SWBAT read, summarize, and analyze an assigned article on Roman expansion into Britain.

Week 2 (8/15-8/19)

ENGLISH

This week, class will begin reading The Giver.  On Monday, we will discuss the key elements of a story. On Tuesday, we will discuss Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, which connects to the main theme of The Giver. (We will discuss the novel’s key themes throughout the unit.) On Wednesday, we will begin reading the book in class. This week, we will read Chapters 1 to 3.

The objectives for the week are as follows;

Monday

SWBAT identify and provide examples of the five basic elements of a story.

Tuesday

SWBAT closely read and annotate an expository article about Maslow’s Hierarchy.

SWBAT identify and describe the five stages of Maslow’s Hierarchy.

Wednesday

SWBAT make reasoned inferences about character, plot, and setting in The Giver and support their inferences with textual evidence.

Homework: Write a paragraph answering the question “Jonas is forced to confess his feelings every morning.  Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea? Why?”

Thursday

SWBAT describe roles and responsibilities in Jonas’ community.

SWBAT logically argue whether  or not the Selection is a fair process.

Friday

SWBAT provide specific evidence to describe traits of the character Jonas.


SOCIAL STUDIES

This week, we begin our study of the Roman empire. We will be discussing Rome’s beginnings as a city state, ruled by a king, through to its early expansion into a massive republic.

Monday

SWBAT identify the geographical location of the Roman Empire and identify reasons why this location was chosen.

Tuesday

SWBAT identify some key Roman myths and analyze the purpose of those myths.

Wednesday

SWBAT describe life and values in the early Roman empire and compare/contrast it to their own.

Thursday

SWBAT describe multiple types of government and determine what that means for society.

Friday

SWBAT identify reasons for Rome’s expansion, and explain how these factors strengthened the Roman Empire.