Posted by: aoifelove | February 25, 2017

Mardi Gras!

Dear Sixth Grade Parents and Students,

Happy Mardi Gras, on February 28! 🙂

Last week in literature, my Sixth Graders continued to read The Tempest by William Shakespeare, which they are enjoying.  They started a new comprehension workbook, which reinforces the Greek mythological stories that they read earlier this school year. They like this workbook very much, as it tests their critical thinking skills.  In preparation for writing their “Children’s Books,” we focused on the characteristics of a protagonist versus the characteristics of an antagonist, and the need for a creative conflict in a good fictional story.  They also worked in their grammar and punctuation-editing workbooks.  In addition to this, we returned to Literature on DVD, and watched four chapters of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.

I am very happy to report that the majority of my Sixth Graders scored in the “A+” range, on their spelling/vocabulary test.  Their weekly homework grades are in the A+/A range.  Outstanding work, Sixth Graders!  Keep up these incredible grades! 🙂

On Friday, we met with Joel York, on Skype. He addressed the importance of Tone and Mood, in writing a book.  He shared many interesting and helpful details with respect to Tone and Mood in a fictional story.  Well done, Joel! 🙂

This coming week in literature, my Sixth Graders will continue to read The Tempest.  In addition to this, they will focus on the plot structure of writing a children’s book, and how to write an attention-grabbing Exposition, that will take the reader on an exciting quest through the Rising Action of their stories.  They will continue to test their critical thinking skills with the Greek mythological workbook.  They will also work in their grammar and punctuation editing workbooks.

Last week in Drama Class, we rapped to Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest, in the amphitheater.  My Sixth Graders had a lot of laughs and enjoyed it.  This week in Drama Class, we will explore new ways of reading The Tempest.

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Study the spelling/vocabulary of Lesson 9 in Wordly Wise, for Thursday.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 9 of Wordly Wise, for Thursday.
  • Work on the plot structure of your “Children’s Book.”
  • Complete Joel’s homework for Friday.


  • ECDS JOG-A-THON will take place on Friday, March 17.  This is a very worthwhile fundraiser.  For every $1,000 raised, a child will receive a lifesaving heart surgery in either Haiti or Kosovo.  All donations will be GREATLY APPRECIATED!  Sponsor sheets need to be completed and turned in by Wednesday, March 15.  The Sixth Graders will run/jog between 1:30p.m. and 2:00p.m.  ECDS needs parent volunteers for this special event.  If you will be available, please sign up.  Many, many thanks!

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.

~ Mother Theresa

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


Miss Susan 🙂