Posted by: aoifelove | October 25, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Dear Sixth Grade Parents and Students,

Thankfully, the ITBS Testing is finished, and the Sixth Graders have survived in tact.  Well done, Sixth Graders!

This week in literature, we will finish Skellig by David Almond, which will be followed by discussions regarding this great book.  Later in the week, my Sixth Graders will watch the movie of Skellig, during Literature on DVD, which will bring the book to life for them.

The next book on the Sixth Graders’ agenda for reading is Greek Gods and Heroes by Robert Graves.  It is full of stories about gods, goddesses, and all kinds of monsters.  Great reading for the young mind and the imagination!  In the meantime, we will continue our Narrative Poetry unit.  This week, we will finish analyzing “Remorse” by Truman P. Reitmeyer, then, we will read “Little Boy Blue” by Eugene Field.

The “Spooky Stories” are due on Friday, October 31.  The next writing assignment is “Write a Plot Analysis Outline of Skellig by David Almond.  I distributed the guidelines on Friday, and I will go over them on Tuesday.  My Sixth Graders have two weeks to complete this assignment.  The due date is November 7.   Some students still need to turn in the rewrites of their “Fables” and their colored illustrations.

The Sixth Graders will have their second History Test on Thursday, October 30.  Please encourage your child to study for this test.  This week, there will be no Wordly Wise homework, as I want my students to focus on studying for the History Test.  This week in history, we will finish reading Chapter 3, which focuses on Ancient Mesopotamia.

Our play, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, has been cast! All students will appear in two scenes, apart from Scrooge, who is in every scene.  Some students will have two different parts to even up the score on the lines. All the “second parts” have not been finalized yet, but  will be finalized very soon.  We had our first rehearsal on Friday, and it was GREAT!  We blocked the first three scenes.  Please encourage your child to learn his/her lines and cues, as they are now part of their weekly homework.  Thank you!

The homework for this coming week is as follows:

  • Study for the History Test on Thursday, October 30.
  • The “Spooky Stories” are due on Friday, October 31.
  • Study the cues and lines in the script A Christmas Carol.

Reminder: Parent/Teacher conferences on Monday, October 27 and on Friday, November 7.  I look forward to meeting with you then.

Children have more needs of models than of critics.  ~ Joseph Joubert

Enjoy  your weekend and have a grand week ahead!


Miss Susan