Mrs. Ostermiller - Lang. Arts

           Welcome to 6th Grade Language Arts!

This course incorporates reading, writing, oral literacy, and collaborative strategies to build the knowledge and skills necessary for students to become independent readers, writers, and thinkers.  Students will respond to text, interpret and analyze text, and reflect on as well as evaluate the process used to make meaning of text.  We will explore the theme of “change” this year.  Students will develop a deep understanding of this concept by thinking about the different connotations associated with this idea across diverse contexts. 

Text:  We will be primarily utilizing Springboard consumable workbooks.  We will also be reading a variety of print and non print texts including, but not limited to, novels, poems, essays, film clips, editorials, primary source documents, short stories, and biographies.

Students can expect to complete any/all of the following throughout this academic year:


Instructional Strategy

What can students expect?

 Non-Linguistic Representations

Graphic Organizers, Role Playing, Philosophical Chairs, Skits

 Reinforcing Effort & Providing Recognition

Verbal and Visual recognition

Similarities & Differences

Venn Diagram, T-Chart, Conversation, Essay

 Cues, Questions, and Advance Organizers

Activating Prior Knowledge, Levels of Questions, Visual Organizers of Learning

Cooperative Learning

Literature Circles, Jigsaw, Reciprocal Teaching, & Socratic Seminar

Generating & Testing Hypotheses

Questioning, Data & Evidence Collection, Research

Academic Vocabulary Development

Six Step Process, Frayer Model, Word Walls

Summarizing & Note taking

Note taking and Summary Frames, Cornell Notes, Dialectical Journal

Setting Objectives & Providing Feedback

Student Goal Setting & Reflection, Teacher & Peer Descriptive Feedback

Homework & Practice

Multiple opportunities to Practice and Deepen Knowledge with Teacher Feedback

Instructional Technology

Inspiration, Photo Story, Advance Powerpoint, ISafe

If you ever have any questions, concerns or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact me! 

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