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Language Arts

Welcome to 6th grade Language Arts! I’m excited about the opportunity to get to know you, and I’m looking forward to a happy and productive school year full of learning, respect, and fun. I can best be reached via email at: julioperez@dadeschools.net

To view and download important forms please visit my school site at: http://matermiddlehigh.org 

To log on to the portal- Go  to www.dadeschools.net and then click on student then click on the red log into portal tab. Then click on the green log into student portal tab and Then enter your username and password. Your password is your 2 digit birth month followed by 4 digit birth year follwoed by the letters pw. Example if you were born in February of 1981 then your password would be 021981pw.

Reading Plus- To log on to reading plus you must log on to your portal then towards the bottom of the screen click on the reading plus logo. If you have problems logging on to the portal you have to go on through www.readingplus.com. For  instructions on entering that way visit my mater site. You must complete 3 sessions per week. 

Home learning: reading plus 3 sessions. Starting the week of sept. 20 every student must complete 3 sessions of reading plus per week. I will check Sunday night at 10:00 pm to make sure.

 6-1-11

period 2 study for final exam Firday. 

Period 1 and 4 bring study guide to class print it from my mater site.

5-31-11 Period 3 bring study guide to class print it from my mater site.

5-27 periods 1,2,4 Reading plus (last week yay) done by sunday at 10. 3 sessions. Write a letter using the format we discussed in class. At least 2 paragraphs. Print out from my mater site the final exam study guide and bring it to class.

5-26-11 Period 1,3- Reading plus, Use your quickwrite that we did in class and use parallel structure . At least 2. Use commas correctly to combine sentences. 

5-25-11 Period 2,4- Reading plus, Use your quickwrite that we did in class and use parallel structure . At least 2. Use commas correctly to combine sentences. 

5-24-11-  Period 1,3- Reading plus

5-23-11 Period 2,4- Reading plus

5-12 period 1,3 Have scripts typed look at my mater site for sample. Next class we will revise script and rehearse. Wednesday the final scripts are due typed and all groups will perform. DO not be absent.

5-11 period 2, 4-  Type script for news story. use the format and look at the sample on my mater site. Next class we will revise the script and practice the stories. Tuesday the final scripts are due typed and all groups will perform. DO not be absent.

5-10- finish who what when where why 

5-9 Period 2,4 Decide with your group what news story you will present in class next Tuesday. Complete the 5 W's and an H who, what, when, where, why, how 

5-6 Period 1,3 on  sheet of paper do the following reflection by answering these questions: How did it feel to be on camera when you did your weather story?What did you like or dislike about playing a weather person? What did  you notice about ypur partner when they were presenting? What did you learn that will help you when you present your news story for embedded assessment 2?

5-5- period 2,4 on  sheet of paper do the following reflection by answering these questions: How did it feel to be on camera when you did your weather story?What did you like or dislike about playing a weather person? What did  you notice about ypur partner when they were presenting? What did you learn that will help you when you present your news story for embedded assessment 2?

5-4-11 Period 3 

Below you will find parts of the description of the weather in Flint, from “And You Wonder Why We Get Called the Weird Watsons.”

Using the two paragraphs of the story as a model, write a description of the extreme weather conditions found someplace else by replacing

the underlined sections. Use separate paper to write your new paragraphs. (so in other write exactly what is not underlined and replace what is with your own writing. I t needs to make sense though).

It was one of those super-duper-cold Saturdays. One of those days that when you breathed out your breath kind of hung frozen in the

air like a hunk of smoke and you could walk along and look exactly like a train blowing out big, fat, white puffs of smoke.

It was so cold that if you were stupid enough to go outside your eyes would automatically blink a thousand times all by themselves,

probably so the juice inside of them wouldn’t freeze up. It was so cold that if you spit, the slob would be an ice cube before it hit the

ground. It was about a zillion degrees below zero.

 5-3-11 Periods 2,4 Reading plus, Below you will find parts of the description of the weather in Flint, from “And You Wonder Why We Get Called the Weird Watsons.”

Using the two paragraphs of the story as a model, write a description of the extreme weather conditions found someplace else by replacing

the underlined sections. Use separate paper to write your new paragraphs. (so in other write exactly what is not underlined and replace what is with your own writing. I t needs to make sense though).

It was one of those super-duper-cold Saturdays. One of those days that when you breathed out your breath kind of hung frozen in the

air like a hunk of smoke and you could walk along and look exactly like a train blowing out big, fat, white puffs of smoke.

It was so cold that if you were stupid enough to go outside your eyes would automatically blink a thousand times all by themselves,

probably so the juice inside of them wouldn’t freeze up. It was so cold that if you spit, the slob would be an ice cube before it hit the

ground. It was about a zillion degrees below zero.

5-2-11 Period 3 Reading plus, createa headline for the event with Byron and the car. 

5-2-11Period 1- Reading plus, Finish chart from springboard

4-27 period 2, 4  Draw picture with color of what happened to Byron at the car. 

4-26 Period 3 Draw picture with color of what happened to Byron at the car. 

4-25 period 4 Greek myth explaining a weather event with colored picture,reading plus

4-25 period 2 Greek myth expalining a weather event with colored picture,reading plus,draw a picture of what happened with Byron and the car when his brother went for help.

4-25 Period 1 Due wednesday- Greek myth expalining a weather event with colored picture and reading plus

4-21-11 periods 1,3  Reding plus, red folder writing prompt The Greeks used the story of Persephone, Hades, and Demeter to explain the changing of the seasons. Use your understanding of myths to write a brief mythological explanation of any weather phenomenon mentioned in “Can It Really Rain Frogs?” a myth in the style of the ancient Greeks.

4-20- Period 2,4 Reding plus, red folder writing prompt The Greeks used the story of Persephone, Hades, and Demeter to explain the changing of the seasons. Use your understanding of myths to write a brief mythological explanation of any weather phenomenon mentioned in “Can It Really Rain Frogs?” a myth in the style of the ancient Greeks.

4-19 periods 1,3 3 sessions of reading plus due Sunday, If you havent brought your red springboard  folder do so, Springboard book which you took home pg156  8 and 9 Pretend everyone just got the news of Persephone returning to her home and you are going to interview someone write 3 questions and answers for someone from the myth persephone that wanted Persephone to return (Persephone, Demeter Zeus) and 3 questions and answers for someone who didnt want her to return (Hades) BRING BOOK BACK NEXT CLASS.

4-18 period 1,2,4-  3 sessions of reading plus due Sunday, If you havent brought your red springboard  folder do so, Pretend everyone just got teh news of Persephone returning to her home and you are going to interview someone write 3 questions and answers for someone from the myth persephone that wanted Persephone to return (Persephone, Demeter Zeus) and 3 questions and answers for someone who didnt want her to return (Hades)

4-14, 4-15- 3 sessions of reading plus due Sunday, Journal #1 freewrite in journal, If you havent brought your red springboard  folder do so.

4-11, 4-12 3 sessions of reading plus due Sunday 

MUST HAVE 3 SESSIONS OF READING PLUS DONE BY SUNDAY 4/10 if not 1 hour after school detention.

 

MUST HAVE 3 SESSIONS OF READING PLUS DONE BY SUNDAY 4/3 AT 10:00 PM  IF  NOT YOU MUST STAY AFTERSchool ON FRIdAY  Write 5 interview questions that you would ask you idol or someone you look up to. it can be anyone. Should be mostly open ended questions.

Look for a greek myth. read it and do the following- Summarize it, write whether you liked it or not, why? 

4-6-11 period 2 and 4 3 reading plus sessions if not done by Sunday at 10 you will have one hour school detention next week. Look for a greek myth. read it and do the follwoing- Summarize it, write whether you liked it or not, why? 

All periods- 5 questions you would ask someone you look up to? 

3-25-11 1st period  reading plus 3 sessions, bring at least 10 index cards

3-24-11 Period 1,2,4- reading plus 3 sessions, bring at least 10 index cards, watch the news at least 2 stories and answer the following questions for each- what does the anchor say to introduce the story/ what does thE anchor say to transition between parts of the story? how does the conclude the news story? 

3-23-11  period 3 Watch at least 3 news stories and answer the following questions for each-

1. what is the subject of the news story? 2. What was the story about3. What was the purpose? to persuade inform or entertain?

3-22-11 Period 2,4- Watch at least 3 news stories and answer the following questions for each-

1. what is the subject of the news story? 2. What was the story about3. What was the purpose? to persuade inform or entertain?

3-21-11 Period 1 Reading plus 3, watch the news at least 3 or 4 stories answer the following questions- How did the anchor go from one story to another? What words did he use? What kind of stories were there/ Where they entertaining, informational, Persuasive?

3-21-11 Period 3, Reading plus 3, Final Draft of short story due Wednesday. Worth 4 grades. Must be 2 pages double spaced, black ink, 12" font, times new roman, 1" margins. must have a title page with name date, E.A.1.Short story,period, and title of story. must turn in rough draft also behind final draft. Rough draft must have highlights and other revisions we made in class.

3-11-11 Spring break Home learning- periods 1,2,4 Final draft due Next class worth 4 grades. Must be 2 pages double spaced, black ink, 12" font, times new roman, 1" margins. must have a title page with name date, period, and title of story. must turn in rough draft also behind final draft. Rough draft must have highlights and other revisions we made in class.

3-10-11 period 3 Type rough draft If you do not bring it next class typed we will call home because you will have 2 Z's because we are revising it in class so you can turn in your final draft when we return from the break. Must be double spaced, times new roman, 12" font 1 " marginsand 3 sessions reading plus

3-10-11 Period 1- Type rough draft If you do not bring it on Friday we will call home because you will have 2 Z's because we are revising it in class so you can turn in your final draft when we return from the break. Must be double spaced, times new roman, 12" font 1 " margins

3-9-11 Period 1 Finish pg. 129,130 springboard reading plus

3-9 Period 2,4-  Reading plus, if you didnt finish handwritten rough draft finish it , then type it. If you do not bring it on Friday we will call home becuae you will have 2 Z's because we are revising it in class so you can turn in your final draft when we return from the break. Must be double spaced, times new roman, 12" font 1 " margins

3-8-11 Period 1,3- Reading plus, Story starter- Begin your short story using the characters from the pictures.

3-7-11 Period 1,2,4- Reading plus Finish plot diagram for your short story.

3-3-11 period 1, 2 and 4- Draw characters from story With color. Needs to be just like theyre mentioned in story.  Complete a Plot diagram about the story. you can print the one from pg. 123 unit 2

3-2-11 period 1 Reading pluss 3 sessions, using the information from the story draw and color a picture of the two characters.

3-1-11- period 2 and 4 reading plus

Story Starter Writing Prompt:  chose a change in your own life that involved some kind of conflict t it.Think about that change or any other change in your life. Now think about

someone else who was involved in or witnessed the change. It does not necessarily have to be someone with whom you had a disagreement. How would that person’s viewpoint about the change be different from yours? In the space below, write how the story would differ if it were told from your perspective and from the other person’s perspective.

I Say…                                                                            They say                                                                                                                                                                                                                        -   My mom would say that she felt sorry for me but kept telling me I would make new friends, and I eventually did.

                                                                                      - My dad would say he was so sad that he had to move to a new place and that he felt like he let me down by moving out.

                                                                                    -   My orthodontist would say he had to do a lot of work (like pulling teeth) in order to put my braces in, and that it was ard                                                                                hard work. and He had to send me home with pain medication.

                                                                                      - I moved to a new community and I was sad because I missed my friends.

                                                                                      -  My parents split up and I had to live with my mom most of the time so I missed my dad.

                                                                                       - I got braces and they hurt a lot so I couldn’t eat for a while.

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2-25-11 period 1 2, 4 Reading plus 3 sessions, quick write 2-3 paragraphs Write about a time when you changed your mind about someone. Maybe you had a wrong first impression. Or maybe the person did something that you did not expect, and it changed the way you thought about him or her.

2-23 period 1, 2, 4 reading plus, 3 pictures magazine not famous people, finish picture

2-22 period 3 Reading plus, quotes worksheet 3 pictures magazine not famous people 

2-17-11 Period 1 2 4 Reading plus 3 sessions due Sunday. Bring in at least 3 pictures of ramdom people from magazines (no Justin Bieber) Quotes worksheet, define following words- airily, bound, feathery, gable, gazed, greedily, glistening, lush, remembrance, scope.

2-16-11  Period 3 Type story we did in class. , Reading plus 3 sessions Alphabet dialogue tags. Write the alphabet on the left side of your paper and try to come up with as many words that start with that letter that can be used instead of said

example                                                                                                                                                              Aasked                                                                                                                                                                      Bbegged                                                                                                                                                                        C- complained

2-15-11 Period 1 2 4- Reading plus, Alphabet dialogue tags. Write the alphabet on the left side of your paper and try to come up with as many words that start with that letter that can be used instead of said

example                                                                                                                                                              Aasked                                                                                                                                                                      Bbegged                                                                                                                                                                        C- complained

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Period 1 report to room 14  tomorrow instead of our classroom.

Period 2 report to room 116 tomorrow for 2nd period

2-8-11 Period 1 Reading Plus, Finish plot diagram you need to

2-7-11 Periods 1,2,4 Reading plus, word map plot period 4 also plot diagram using one of the following plot lines- • A boy and girl like each other very much but their families are enemies (Romeo and Juliet).

• Twins are separated at birth but reunited later (The Comedyof Errors).

• A magic potion makes a sleeping person fall in love with the first living thing seen when he or she awakens (A Midsummer Night’s Dream).

• A parent plays favorites, making the two older children jealous of the youngest child (King Lear).

Extra credit Last Day Friday Feb. 4th (my bday)- Bring a pair of jeans to donate. 

2-2-11 period 3 Reading plus, fragment and runon worksheet.

Feb1 Period 2 and 4 Reading plus, fragment and runon worksheet. 

1-31-11- Period 3 Homework from previous class since I was out on Monday 

1-28-11  period 1 and 4  reading plus, word map- figurative language and short story, add to the story eleven dialogue between Rachel and either Ms. Price or Phylis. short story

1-27-11 period 3  reading plus, word map- figurative language, add to the story eleven dialogue between Rachel and either Ms. Price or Phylis. short story

1-26-11 Period 4 reading plus, word map, construction paper one side draw before the change the other side after the change.

1-26-11 Period 2 reading plus, word map short story, construction paper one side draw before the change the other side after the change.

1-26-11 Period 1 Reading plus,  Word map short story.

1-25-11 period 3  reading plus, word map for internal conflict and one for external conflict

1-24-11 Period 2,4 reading plus, word map for internal conflict and one for external conflict. 

1-20-11 period 1 reading plus, word map for internal conflict and one for external conflict. 

1-20-11Period 3 Find a monologue and pratice it and bring to class, reading plus

1-19-11 Period 2,4 Toy monologue, Find a monologue and pratice it and bring to class, reading plus

Jan. 10 period 1, 2,4 3 reading plus,  make a list of your favorite toys can be from when you were a child until now. Pick one and freewrite about it.

Jan. 7 Period 3 3 reading plus,  make a list of your favorite toys can be from when you were a child until now. Pick one and freewrite about it.

1-6-11  3 reading plus sessions due Sunday.Should be to session 45. Final draft of expository essay due Monday. double spaced, 12" font Times new roman 1" margins with a cover page with title name and period. Must be turned in with hand written rough draft done in class, typed rough draft with corrections.

1-5-11 3 reading plus sessions due Sunday.Should be to session 45. Final draft of expository essay due Friday. double spaced, 12" font Times new roman 1" margins with a cover page with title name and period. Must be turned in with hand written rough draft done in class, typed rough draft with corrections.

1-4-11 Period 2 and 4   Retype rough draft make all corrections and revisions. Final Draft due Monday double spaced, 12" font Times new roman 1" margins with a cover page with title name and period. Must be turned in with hand written rough draft done in class, typed rough draft with corrections.  3 reading plus sessions due Sunday.Should be to session 45

1-3-11- Period 3 Retype rough draft make all corrections and revisions. Final Draft due Friday double spaced, 12" font Times new roman 1" margins with a cover page with title name and period. Must be turned in with hand written rough draft done in class, typed rough draft with corrections.  3 reading plus sessions due Sunday. Should be to session 45

Winter Break Homework- One reading plus session per week so thats a total of 2. Its time to catch up. By the end of the break you should have 44 sessions done to be caught up. If you have 44 sessions done by January 3 then I will change all of your reading plus Z's from this quarter to C's.

Need to type the rough draft of your expository essay. Remember you can see your springboard book online at my mater site click on spring board unit 1. Need to bring the prewriting (paragraph expaining the change), handwritten version we did in class, and typed one without mistakes. 

12-15-10 Finish the paragraph about the change in your life. Need to explain the change, Why did it happen? and how did it change your life? Reading plus 3 sessions due This Sunday 

5 metaphors, reading plus 

12-8-10 5 similes describing items of clothing    a simile is a comaprison using like or as. Example- My hat was as yellow as the bright shining sun. 

12-1-10 Complete index cards like we did in class think of ways to describe time passing by (example- 3 moons ago) you need to decorate the card with what you talked about. use Color. Make creative New ones not ones from class.

11-30-10 Reading plus 3 sessions for this week. Pantomimes will be presented next class for a grade you need to have written down what skill or beleif you are doing. Also you can bring props or costumes. (NO WEAPONS OR INNAPROPRIATE ATTIRE) 

11-29-10 period 2 and 4. Reading plus 3 sessions for this week. Pantomimes will be presented next class for a grade you need to have written down what skill or beleif you are doing. Also you can bring props or costumes. (NO WEAPONS OR INNAPROPRIATE ATTIRE)There were some problems with the reading plus program this weeked so I will extend the deadlne until Tuesday midnight. I printed a report this morning so if you complete the 3 sessions before this weds you have to let me know if not they will count for next week. 

11-24-10 ANYONE WHO DID NOT TURN IN A fable email it to me A.S.A.P. julioperez@dadeschools.net and bring the original illustration on Monday to me. Reading plus due monday. Write pretending you are Willie B and talk about your experience living in the zoo.  

11-19-10 Reading plus, Research Willie B's story. Was he real? Where did he live? Did he actually talk? Write about half a page in your own words about his life story. Create acrostic poem using either GORILLA or WILLIE B. The first word or phrase of each line has to start with the same letter (see example below) and has to be a characteristic about willie. not his looks his personality and decorate it with what you talked about. Fable due wednesday 450-600 words typed, times new roman must have characters, plot, setting and a lesson about protecting the environment. Create original drawing about you story.

G -  Great at entertaining guests

O -   obligated to live in the zoo

R - revered for his size

I - intimidates people

L - Loyal to his trainer

L- loves his new habitat

A -   wild animal  

11-18-10 Reading plus, Research Willie B's story. Was he real? Where did he live? Did he actually talk? Write about half a page in your own words about his life story. 

11-17-10 reading plus by sunday should have 30 sessions done. find synonyms that you would use for the following words: pondering, methodically, perched, obligated, majestic, regal, feigning, slackness,submerged, habitat, plucking, wake

 11-15-10 periods 2 and 4 Reading plus 3 sessions this week, Finish Expository paragraph about changeWriting Prompt: On separate paper, draft a paragraph about an area of

change in your life. Choose one of the areas of change from your graphic

organizer. Begin your paragraph with a topic sentence. Provide at least

two additional sentences to explain the topic sentence. Develop and

elaborate upon each of those two sentences with additional commentary

that includes vivid details, clarification, and concrete examples.

11-12-10 Period 3 Reading plus 4 sessions this week,  Expository paragraph about change Writing Prompt: On separate paper, draft a paragraph about an area of

change in your life. Choose one of the areas of change from your graphic

organizer. Begin your paragraph with a topic sentence. Provide at least

two additional sentences to explain the topic sentence. Develop and

elaborate upon each of those two sentences with additional commentary

that includes vivid details, clarification, and concrete examples.

11-8 11-9 Reading plus 4 sessions, Decorate frame poem, finish journal

11-4 Reading plus 4 sessions this week. Periods 1 2 4 Final draft due Monday Must have cover page look at my mater site for a sample. Must have everything with Final draft including planning, rough draft, rough draft with corrections and highlights, final draft I wrote on and the Final draft with a cover page.

11-3 Period 3 Fix final draft with my revisions and any other mistakes due Friday no exceptions.  Must have cover page look at my mater site for a sample. Must have everything with Final draft including planning, rough draft, rough draft with corrections and highlights, final draft I wrote on and the Final draft with a cover page. Also finish frame poem and decorate with pictures about what you wrote in poem.

10-29- Final draft due next. Use your rough draft and make all corrections . MUST BE TYPED with no mistakes. Must be double spaced, Time New Roman font size 12, 1 inch margins black ink. COver page with name, date, period and topic.  

10-28 periods 1 and 3 finish the  revising your narrative essay. Those that didnt have it typed type it and revise it using the book pg. 31 revising through self assessment which can be found on my mater web links.

10-27 periods 2 and 4   4 reading plus sessions this week, typed rough draft of your narrative essay due next class. Must be double spaced, Time New Roman font size 12, 1 inch margins. Use the prewriting we did in class. Remember to have a hook (aqqs) in the first papragraph. and dont start your incident right away. If you need to look again at the narratives we read Kira Kira and My Super Powers. You can see the book from my Mater Site.

10-20-10, 10-21-10 Reading plus, complete 4 openings that you would use for your narrative using the 4 different A.Q.Q.S. hooks- Anecdote, question, quote, statement of intrigue.  You are not writing the whole narrative essay just the opening.

Bring back purple media release form signed

10/18, 10/19 FInish journal, word map characterization 

10-15-10 Period 1 2 and 4 Memory map, reading plus 3 sessions due Sunday. pick one of the following: A short, dramatic dialogue from that incident (no more than four or five lines).  A short narrative of your incident using vivid verbs and sensory details.

  

10-7, 10-8 Journal free write, catch up on reading plus, add transitions and sensory details to your retelling of the incident from your point of view (nala or simba) activity 1.6 springboard pg . 14 

10-5,10-6 Journal Who is your favorite super hero/villain? How are you alike? Different? Catch up on reading plus should have a total of 9 sessions done by this sunday

10-1, 10-4   Journal free write, 3 reading plus due sunday 3 sessions, quickwrite(on a sheet of paper) how  do others describe you now? how would you like to be described by the end of the year? Finish transforming the poem who's who on pg. 10 of springboard. Go on to my mater site to view the poem.

9-29, 9-30   journal #8  If you could ride to school on any animal, real or make believe, what would the animal be? Write about what would happen when you arrive at school.

Freewrite on a sheet of paper and place in red spring board folder about an incident that brought about a huge change in your life. Red folder with constrcution paper w/ changes you are currently going through. If not finished in class word map on word related to change that you selected. 

9/22, 9/23 Reading plus 3 sessions, Red springboard folder, construction paper with changes and words and images that show your changes.  Finish  

 journal check Monday/Tuesday must have 1-6

9-20,9-21 Reading plus, journal #7 If someone were to make a movie based on the story of your life which actor/actress would play you? What might the movie be called? What would critics say? Create a commercial for the movie.

9-16, 9-17 Define fluency, characterization, narrative, point of view, expository writing, cause/effect. Journal 6 Think of an ordinary object such as a stapler or a tire. Now write a paragraph that makes the item sound expensive.

9-14-10   Journal 5 freewrite, define springboard academic vocabulary-  fluency, characterization, narrative, point of view, expository writing, cause/effect

9-7, 9-8 Journal  #4 in comp. notebook 1/2 pg. cursive what did you do over the holiday weekend. If you didnt do much what would you have wanted to do? Summer reading project due Weds. or Friday depending which day you have class.

9-3, 9-4  Freewrite journal print not cursive unless you want to  1 pg. in comp. notebook, summer reading project due next week,  supplies

9-1, 9-2  Summer reading project, journal #2 in comp. notebook 1/2 pg. cursive Write a short tale that might put a toddler to sleep. Consider the sounds of the words you use and include repetition to slow the story down and give it rhythm.

8-30, 8-31 Summer reading project, journal #1 in your composition notebooks in cursive 1/2 page talk about your first week at mater your teachers what happened etc.., research expository essays because you are writing one next class.

Supply check on monday or tuesday depending which day you have class. 

Week 1- Last page of syllabus filled out and signed due next class. Brown Paper bag with 5 items that mean something to you. You will discuss each item.

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