MS. SPENCER’S ELA WIKI
My name is Ms. Spencer and I am your child’s 6th grade ELA teacher. I look forward to teaching your child this school year. I truly believe in the importance of education, self-reliance and personal growth. I will be teaching a rigorous curriculum and will have students reading, writing and learning.
I understand the importance of transparency and keeping a line of communication open. I will be sending another letter home with my planning period, email contact info and available times to call. In addition, I will be sending home a writing rubric, classroom policy and procedure and what is expected when a child turns in their assignment. I know that the best way to help keep a child productive, successful and happy in school is an open communication between child, teacher and parent.
If you have any questions about not only your child’s behavior but any questions about the school work, classroom policy and procedure or assignments, please feel free to call the school and leave a message. I will promptly return your call as soon as possible.
Below is a list of supplies for the class. One pack of loose leaf paper and folder (homework) will be kept by student. All other supplies will be used by the student in class throughout the year. Dictionaries will be used in class and at home. Therefore, we ask that students label their notebooks, folders and dictionaries.
Thank you and I look forward to a great school year!
School Supply List
One pack of copy paper
Two packs of loose leaf paper
3 manila folders
2 three prong, two pocket folders
1 pack of 300 index cards
2 Composition Notebooks
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Information will be added by Next Friday
We are a community and in order for that community to be successful…
- Students need to raise their hands during lecture and large discussions to speak or leave their seats so that all contributions can be heard and valued.
- Follow all School Rules (aka Non Negotiables)
- All students will respect themselves and others
- No Food, Drinks or Gum Allowed in Classes (Exception would be for a treat given by the teacher)
- Cell Phone Usage is Strictly Prohibited During Class (Unless given permission by teacher for class use)
- You must be seated by the tardy bell
- No hoodies allowed and jackets must remain open
- Clear or net backpacks only
- We need to clean up after ourselves and continue to keep the classroom organized
- We must respect one another, any visitors, and all property in order to be sure that we all earn the respect that we deserve
- There will be no physical violence or derogatory language allowed in our classroom
- All essays are to be typed in MLA format, a guide will be given and must be followed
- Any notes and assignments must be in your Reading/ELA notebook
- A proper heading for notes, notecards and assignments are to be on the right side with your First Name, Last Name, Class, Date and Instructor Name (Ms. Spencer)
- A proper heading for essays will include the information but on the left side
- All assignments must be due on time, i.e. —if you miss two days of work, you have two days to makeup assignment (If sick with a doctor’s note, you will have five days to complete)
- All notes, academic vocabulary cards, homework and exit tickets are for participation grades. All notes and academic vocabulary cards must be headed properly
- When a guest arrives, we must remain silent in respect of our guest
- No bathroom breaks during lecture time (unless emergency), Bathroom breaks will be given during independent practice
- Most importantly…..
- Remember to give 100% effort in all you do.
NOTES, SYLLABUS AND WEEKLY WORKSHEETS
Notes for the week of 8-10-2016 thru 8-18-2016
Elements of a Story
a PowerPoint presentation
Parts of a Sentence
Notes for the week of 9-1-2016 thru 9-16-2016
Notes for the week of 9-26-2017
Notes for the weeks of 10-8- 10-27
Notes for week of 1-8
Notes for week of 1-15
Writing Worksheets and MLA Guides
Trying to cite a source in your essay? Remember to check your MLA Style Guide. Always remember to put your citation in quotation marks and in parentheses cite the author’s last name and page number. If the text does not have an author, cite the title.
On page 87, it states “She had a husband whom she belonged to and a baby to take care of”, therefore, Sacagewa could not stay with her tribe and had to return to Lewis and Clark. (Norwich, 87)
Writing Prompts for Essays:
1st 9 wks
Dress Code Policy Essay due September 15
2nd 9 wks
2-3 hr and 4-5hr ELA Honors and 6-7hr ELA
6 (4 page for non Honors) page Research paper on Animal (Mammal) including Work Cited Page
12 pt Arial or Times New Roman, Double Spaced
I encourage all students to fill out a form with their parent from the school library for a Public Library card, the card can be used to use databases from your home or any Jefferson Parish Library
TOP 5 RULES FOR RESEARCH PROJECT
- You must have five resources
3 can come from databases
1 from website
1 physical book
- Your final draft MUST be TYPED in 12 PT ARIAL or TIMES NEW ROMAN ONLY
- You MUST create 5 resource cards
- Include Bibliographic Information
- Include a Short Summary of Text
- List citation or paraphrase information being used in your essay
- You MUST turn in your Rough Draft, Organizer, Resource Cards, Presentation and Final Draft For Full Points
- Your project MUST be MLA format
Breakdown of Research Project
Final Draft – Major Grade (50%)
Rough Draft- Participation (20%)
Resource Cards- Minor Grade (30%)
Presentation- Minor Grade (30 %)
Work Cited Page- (20%)
3rd 9 wks
Dominican Republic Mini Research Project
Students must create a brochure with a minimum of three short paragraphs and pictures about the Dominican Republic. Students may pick a subject under the topic of food, music, art, culture or government. Due Feb. 7th
Students will create a mini chapbook of four poems (lyrical, “Where Im From”, senryu and free verse) that will include a “Where I’m From Poem”, whose outline can be found here: Due Jan 26th
Students will compare and contrast a text (On Turning Ten, Eleven, Mother to Son or Daughter Leaving Home) and the novel Color of My Words. Students will discuss how the theme of “growing up” contributes and affects the characters throughout the story. Three Pages/Five Pages (Honors) Double Spaced Typed and 12pt Arial for Final Draft. Due Feb. 7th
4th 9 weeks
Greek Mythology Group Project due March 29th
Students will work on group project with a presentation on one chosen Greek God or Goddess. 7 pages typed double spaced. Arial or Times New Roman 12pt. Each student in the group will be responsible for one to two parts of the final project. See information packet below:
Remember your textbook sign in information is in the student workbook. If you need the passwords feel free to email me or contact me through the Remind app.
Homework Assignments and Classroom Assignments
Calendar of Classwork, Homework and Tests
Did your printer break? Out of ink? You can simply upload a student’s paper via Dropbox by using this direct link
This link will be good for assigned essays. If you have any questions please feel free to email or message me through REMIND.
For ELA Honors 2nd-3rd period
For Google Documents
For ELA Honors 4-5th period
For Google Documents
For ELA 6-7th period
For Google Documents
MS. SPENCER’S READING CORNER
BOOK REVIEWS, AUTHOR LINKS AND MORE
When deciding what should be my first novel to review for my students this year, I wanted to choose one that would resonate. I teach 6th grade ELA but want my students to understand empathy, tolerance and the pain of growing up. I found this book to be a perfect fit.
The story opens up to the uniquely honest, funny and sometimes painful perspective of August Pullman. A young man who suffers from Treacher Collins Syndrome. One thing I found to be a great draw was the use of multiple character perspectives including family and friends. Another bonus was that the author allowed the characters to be layered and mutable, showing a natural progression of character that sometimes is not shown in children’s books.
Favorite Classroom Films