Posted by: aoifelove | October 16, 2016

Excitement in the Air!

Dear Sixth Grade Parents and Students,

Last week in literature, my Sixth Graders continued their reading of Skellig by David AlmondIn addition to this, they worked on their formal outlines, and in their classroom workbooks for grammar and punctuation.  They also played the Grammar Game, which they loved.

This week, we hope to finish reading Skellig.  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, and it is 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, and “Remorse” by Truman Reitmeyer .

My Sixth Graders will have their first Literary Terms Test, on Thursday.  There are eighth definitions to study. Please encourage your child to study for this test.  Many thanks!

The next writing assignment is “Write a Spooky Story” and it will be due on Monday, October 31.  I will distribute the guidelines for it on Tuesday.  We will start this assignment in class, using the laptops, and my students will finish it at home.  They are excited about it!  I will read spooky stories in class, so it should be fun!  In addition to this, my Sixth Graders will continue to learn how to write a formal outline.  Hopefully, they will finish it this week, three students finished it last week.  They will also finish watching Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.

Our play, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, is in full swing with rehearsals! 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. Our first two rehearsals were GREAT!  We blocked the first two scenes of the play.  My Sixth Graders were AMAZING!  Well done, Sixth Graders!  Please encourage your child to learn his/her cues and lines, as they are now part of the weekly homework.  Thank you!

The homework for this coming week is as follows:

  • The “Narrative Poems” are due on Wednesday, October 19.
  • Study for your Literary Terms Test 1 (eight terms), for Thursday.
  • Study your cues and lines in your script, A Christmas Carol.

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 🙂