Posted by: aoifelove | October 25, 2015

Parent/Teacher Conferences 2!

Dear Sixth Grade Parents and Students,

Last week in literature, my Sixth Graders didn’t finish reading Skellig by David Almond, as planned, because the “Write a Spooky Story” assignment took longer to explain (with examples), than I had anticipated.  Therefore, this week, we will finish reading Skellig, 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 for reading, on my Sixth Graders’ agenda, 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 read “Little Boy Blue” by Eugene Field.

The next writing assignment “Write a Spooky Story” is due on Thursday, October 29.  This week, my Sixth Graders will learn how to write a formal outline.  I will distribute the guidelines on Tuesday, and I will teach them how to write a formal outline during this coming week and the following week.  Then, they will write a formal outline/plot analysis of Skellig from my notes.  My Sixth Graders will have three weeks to complete this assignment.  The due date will be Thursday, November 19.

My Sixth Graders will have their second History Test on Thursday, October 29.  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 prepare for the History Test.

Our play, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, has been fully 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. The narration parts have not been finalized yet,  but  will be very soon.  We had our first rehearsal on Friday, and it was GREAT!  We blocked the first four scenes.  My Sixth Graders were AMAZING!  Well done, Sixth Graders!  Please encourage your child to learn his/her lines and cues, as they are now part of the weekly homework.  Thank you!

The homework for this coming week is as follows:

  • Study for the History Test on Thursday, October 29.
  • The “Spooky Stories” are due on Thursday, October 29.
  • Study the cues and lines in your script, A Christmas Carol.

Reminder: The Parent/Teacher conferences will take place on Monday (all day), October 26 and on Friday (afternoon), November 6.  They will be held in my classroom, and will begin at 8:15a.m. and end at 4:00p.m.  Each conference will last for approximately fifteen minutes.  I look forward to meeting with you. 🙂

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

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a grand week ahead!


Miss Susan 🙂