6th Grade ELA(14 Units, 119 Lessons)
Big Idea: When students are able to use background knowledge when they read, the ability to comprehend is drastically improved. And that's a good thing!
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Big Idea: For our first library visit in Middle School, students get a mini-lesson in how to utilize resources, locate genres, and behave like scholars.
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Big Idea: Students become rocket scientists, as they collaboratively solve how to get from a moon mishap to their mothership.
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Big Idea: Inspired by a quote in Cris Tovani's book "So What Do They Really Know?" students identify the narrator in their head.
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Big Idea: All of my favorite books have come as recommendations from friends. By "Buzzing" better than an Amazon.com review, students share their reading (and, shhhh, their thinking).
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Big Idea: By our first midterm, I had a sneaking suspension that some students had lost some momentum toward their goal. Good thing I didn't!
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Big Idea: I pull this lesson out on figurative rainy days--when my kids have been working really hard, when we're all a little burned out. I mean, who doesn't like a little doodling?
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Big Idea: Students learn what reading looks like in our classroom and read an engaging article to help build our community.
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Big Idea: Before our first peer review, I knew my kids needed some community-building before they would trust each other. So we built each other up!
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Big Idea: Language Arts teachers never tell kids that it's okay to give up on a book, but this lesson gives intentionality to this act.
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Big Idea: I really try to stay away from adding work to student choice reading, but a book recommendation seems like a nice compromise.
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Big Idea: Sometimes we get so wrapped up in new concepts, we forget to give the kids an opportunity to practice reading on their own.
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