Welcome to 6th grade Reading! 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:

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Students must have the following books each quarter to read in class: A project or test will be completed each quarter for each book

4th Quarter Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

Students must choose two books from the following list to read on their own each quarter and must also complete a project for each book:

  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • My Side of the mountain by Jean Craighead George
  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit
  • The heart of a Chief by Joseph Bruchac
  • Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford
  • Journey Home by Yoshiko Uchida
  • King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry
  • M.C. Higgins the Great by Virginia Hamilton
  • Shark Beneath the Reef by Jean Craighead George
  • Sing Down the Moon by Scott O’Dell
  • My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier
  • Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
  • Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank Gilbreth
  • Freedom’s Crossing by Margaret Goff Clark
  • Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss
  • Treasure Island Robert by Louis Stevenson


Their will be questions from following stories on your final:Maniac Magee, Holes,Taking sides 

A crippled boy,Why monkeys live in trees,The three wishes,Arachne,Senor coyote,The phantom tollbooth,Mowglis Brother

Book project due May 26th

6-1-11  Research paper final draft due-  Thursday the 2nd Must have coverpage, typed bibliography and also turn in rough draft with corrections. maniac magee board game due next class

5-26-11 Reading log  last one yay, Research paper final draft due-  Thursday the 2nd Must have coverpage, typed bibliography and also turn in rough draft with corrections. maniac magee board game

5-24-11 Book projects due next class. Reading log, typed draft due next class. Must be 2 pages, must have title page with name period date thesis, then pictures or graphs charts etc.. then typed bibliography (go to 

5-20-11 Conclusion for research paper reading log, book project read 3 chapters maniac magee, vocab activities

5-18-11 Body paragraphs for research paper, reading log, book project,  read 3 chapters maniac magee

5-16-11 Introduction of research paper , reading log, book project 

5-12-11- Reading log, thesis statement on index card, preliminary outline (use packet for sample) main categories and sub categories about your topic.

5-10-11, Reading log, book project, Note cards 20 in your own words 5 direct quotes. Look at the packet for examples or the website. 

5-6-11book project, reading log, research (at least 3 sources 1 encyclopedia, 1 newspaper/magazine article, 1 website) , bibliography cards (see packet on mater site for instructions)

Vocab activities and vocab quiz Thursday on first 10 vocab words froom maniac Magee. 

4-26 Reading log, Vocab activities due next class, vocab quiz next class,  Read chapter 7-10 Maniac Magee, Start finding research on topic, bring a blue folder, bring index cards (approx. 75) have your parent sign your index card with topic.

4-21- Reading log, bring Maniac Magee, book projects, select 3 research paper topics from the list at my Mater page. Research them and select one youlike and can find plenty of information for. On an index card write the 3 topics you slected and then on the back write the one you chose. Have your parent sign it next to the topic you chose. 

4-15-11 Reading log, Maniac Magee for next class book check. Research what a legend is. Wirite it down. Find a legen and print it out read it and bring it to class. 

4-7 Reading log due next class. Get Maniac Magee A.S.A.P. 

Book projects Due February 25 and March 25

Spring Break Home Work- Readinglog tow due when we return. Finish taking sides test when we return. Work on 2nd book projects of quarter due March 25.

3-2-11 reading log, taking sides chap. 10-12, finish Analyze and evaluate task card questions about social network sites  

2-26-11 Book Projects due monday, read until chapter 6 in taking sides.  Rading log due monday.

2-14- reading log chap 4-6, vocab quiz friday, vocab activites due friday 

2-10-11 Taking sides chapter 1-3, reading log due Monday, Create profile on    click on member log in then click learn how to create a student account and watch how to make your account. 

school id materfl     student activation code is newton26

1-27-11 Get Taking Sides by Monday book check, reading log, 2 examples of each onomatopoeia, simile, metaphor, personification, alliteration

1-20-11 Reading log, get Taking sides, finish task card. 

1-5-11 Print out smidterm study guide and bring to class Friday. You can find it on my mater site dont go into the reading part click on links and then click on readiing study guide. reading log, vocab activities and vpcab quiz tues.

1-3-11 reading log due tuesday, Book projects due Wednesday, Finish reading Loser.

Winter break homework- Read loser until chapter 22. Poetry book instructions are on my Mater site the document is called Poetry book. 

1st book project due December 7th, and January 4th. 

Reading log, vocab activities. vocab quiz tues. Find a poem with figurative language write what it means and bring poem to class.

12-14-10 create a concrete poem. Reading project due Jan. 7 

12-2-10 reading logs and book project due monday

11-30-10 read chapter 9,10,11 holes, reading log 

Book project 11-24-10 ANYONE WHO DID NOT TURN IN A fable email it to me A.S.A.P. and bring the original illustration on Monday to me. Reading plus due monday. finish task cards. 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.

11-18 reading log due monday, finish the two task cards we did in class, those who ordered the book loser from me bring the $6.40 monday.  

11-12-10 Reading log due tuesday, vocab quiz tues, vocab activities due tues.  

11-9-10 reading log, vocab activities, finsih emabarassing day of school journal, get loser

10/28/10- reading log due next class. Get Loser.

10/20 reading log, Finish holes test friday get the book Loser

10-18-10- reading log, finish cause effect task card, reading projects due Wednesday, read holes up to chapter 45, study and define las set of holes vocab. get Loser by Nov. 5

10-14-10  reading log due monday, book projects due wedneday, read holes until chapter 33 there might be quiz

10-12-10 reading log, next book project due next week

9-30-10 Reading log, character analysis 2 protagonist 2 antagonists, read holes chap. 18, 19 20, spelling bee words first column, vocab quiz on chapters 1-7 holes vocab. and vocab activites if you didnt turn in last class. Book project due oct 8

9-24-10 Finish journal, reading log, read chapters 9,10 holes.

9-16-10  Finish journal, reading log, define vocab.

 Journal #2What character in a story or book that you have read can you most relate to are you most like (not only physically).

9-7-10 Need to have the book Holes for Tuesday book check. Task cards laminated or in sheet protectors for Friday, Vocab activities due Friday, Vocab quiz Friday. Daily reading log. 

9-2-10 Get the book Holes, Laminate task cards (Due thursday), research your first name online see where it comes from. Ask your parents why they chose your first name. Write a couple sentneces answering both questions., supplies if not brought in yet, vocab activity(Due thursday). 

8-31-10  Finish journal # 1, Reading log for the week due this tuesday (you can print a copy from my page on the matersite, Get the book Holes by luis Sachar to read in class. Get All supplies!

Week 1- Bring last pg. syllabus completed and signed, 5 items in bag,