Posted by: aoifelove | March 5, 2017

Teachers’ Professional Growth Day: Friday!

Dear Sixth Grade Parents and Students,

I cannot believe that we are already into March!  Time flies when we’re having fun! 🙂

Last week in literature, my Sixth Graders continued to read The Tempest by William Shakespeare.  We are half-way through it, as we read the Shakespearean side first, then, the translation side, so it is taking longer to read than a regular play.  They like to rap when they read the lines, as it makes it more fun.  Whatever works! 🙂

My Sixth Graders did a GREAT JOB in writing their Stage Plays. 🙂  I am so proud of them!  I have bound the rewrites of the Stage Plays, however, some students still need to turn in their rewrites.  Hint! Hint!

In preparation for writing their “Children’s Books,” we focused on the Exposition, and the need to grab the attention of the reader with a detailed, exciting, and interesting introduction to their books.  I read five introductions to children’s books, in order to demonstrate different ways of approaching an Exposition.  In addition to this, my Sixth Graders explored “Proverbs,” which will be an ongoing study, once a week, until we finish the packet.  Proverbs are fun!  We also returned to Literary Terms, in preparation for their next test, on Wednesday, March 8.

Friday: Joel York, on Skype: Joel addressed the elements of writing a good Exposition and Rising Action, and the idea of using “foreshadowing.”  Great job, Joel! 🙂

This coming week in literature, my Sixth Graders will continue to read  The Tempest.  They will also work on their “Children’s Books.”  This week in class, we will focus on the “Rising Action,” and how to write practical, believable, and intelligent events that will lead to an intense “Climax” for the main characters and the reader.  In addition to this, we will revisit “Proverbs.” They will have a Literary Terms Test on Wednesday, March 8.

Last week during Tuesday’s Drama Class, my Sixth Graders begged me to continue with watching Percy Jackson’s mythological adventures, in The Lightning Thief.  We had started this movie during our rainy-day lunch time, on Monday, and they loved it.  Therefore, I obliged.  On Thursday, we returned to The Tempest, in the amphitheater’s sunshine.

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • The rewrites of your Stage Plays are due on Monday, March 6.
  • Study for the Literary Terms Test, on Wednesday, March 8.
  • Work on writing your Children’s Book.
  • Complete Joel’s homework, please.


  • Friday, March 10, is Teachers’ Professional Growth Day.  Therefore, there will be no school for our students.  Enjoy the three-day weekend! 🙂
  • 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 thanks!

The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.

~ Elbert Hubbard

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


Miss Susan 🙂