Hello and welcome to Language Arts Extended.  Please have your student regularly check the Hub, Office 365 Email and/ or Office 365 Teams for important information regarding due dates, files, assignments, and quiz/test dates.  The link to Study Island (homework) may be found on the Marsteller weblinks page, under "Staff."  I also include it in my weekly newsletter broadcast via the Hub, along with Readworks.org information.  As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me NicholKA@pwcs.edu.  Thank you!

Study Guides:

UnitOneStudyGuideNichols (1).pdf

UnitTwoAndThreeStudyGuideNichols.pdf

April 15 "Wednesday Lesson" on Context Clues:
Suggested Learning Lesson and Activity April 15.pdf
ContextClues.pptx
context clues types pic.PNG
Looking for optional extension activities after finishing today's lesson?  Try the "Context Clues" assignment in Study Island or login to IXL to do the 6th Grade LA activities for context clues, V.1-V.5.
Want to film a Flipgrid book talk?  Login using your Office 365 account info!
Pd. 1 Ext Flipgrid Class Code: nichols2579
Pd. 3 Ext Flipgrid Class Code: 844c864e

I will have virtual online office hours through a Teams meeting on Thursday, April 16 for this "Wednesday Lesson" on Context Clues.  Check out the email invite or the invite that I posted in our Teams general chat!
Pd. 1 Ext Video Chat during my 12-2pm Office Hours: 12-12:25
Pd. 3 Ext Video Chat during my 12-2pm Office Hours: 12:50-1:15

Optional Learning Activities for March:
Students, looking for some optional suggested learning activities to add some structure to your routine at home?  Well, I have come up with a calendar for the week of March 23-27 to keep your skills sharp and review the standards and learning targets at home.  I have made sure that there are alternative activities for any students that may not have regular internet access as well.  Check it out!
Suggested Learning Activities March 23 to 27.pdf

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Daily Reading: settle in with a good book and read for 20-30 minutes. If you want, snap a picture of yourself reading from your book!

Daily Reading: continue with the book that you started yesterday. Write down the page number that you are starting from, set a timer for 30 mins, then see how many pages you read in 30 minutes!

Daily Reading: Think about where you are in your book right now. Would you recommend it to Mrs. Nichols? Would you recommend it to your ELA class? Book talks on Flipgrid are coming...would you recommend it on a Flipgrid Book Talk?

Daily Reading: Have you finished your book? Have you reached the climax, or are you still in the rising action? What is the main conflict that your character is facing? Think about those questions as you read for 20-30 minutes today.

Daily Reading: Read for 20-30 minutes, then check your email for some review Quizizz codes from Mrs. Nichols! One of the quizzes may be a "Do You Know Your Teacher?" quiz that we used as an icebreaker at the beginning of the year! :-)

Readworks.org: Login to your Readworks account using the class code, then your name, followed by your student ID #. Then, select one of the Readworks passages to read and work on. It's your choice! *Alternative activity if internet access is not available- go through your mail or recycling and find one of the newspapers that are mailed to us for free. Read an article from that newspaper, write down the title, author, name of the newspaper, and what you learned from the article in the morning work section of your 3 subject ELA notebook.

Ted Talk Tuesday: Take a moment to watch this Ted Talk on kindness and celebrating leadership. Ted Talk Drew Dudley Then, in morning work section of your ELA notebook, write a reflection ofyour "lollipop moment" when someone has been kind to you or simply changed your life. Here are some questions to drive your reflective response: When have you received kindness? Have you ever had a bad day and someone showed kindness to you, turning your bad day into a good one? How can you spread kindness to others? What are some simple acts of kindness that you can do today, this week, this month?

*Alternative activity- same reflection but without video.

Storyline Online: Go to the following website and choose a children's book. StorylineOnline Watch and listen as the book is read to you. Then, make a plot diagram with the following elements: exposition (setting, main characters), initiating event, rising action, climax (3/4 of the way through), falling action, resolution, and conflict (internal or external?). Decorate your plot diagram, take a picture, and upload to our files in Office 365 Teams. *Alternative activity- same plot diagram, but use a children's book from your house. Write the plot diagram in the morning work section of your 3 subject ELA notebook.

Grammar: Review your grammar notes. Then, watch the following videos on prepositions and conjunctions. Schoolhouse Rock Conjunctions andPrepositions

Write three to five simple sentences in your notebook, labeling the verb, predicate, subject, as well as any other nouns, pronouns, articles (There are only 3! What are they?), prepositions, prepositional phrases, and conjunctions.

*Alternative activity- same grammar, but without the video.

Would You Rather Friday: In the morning work section of your 3 subject ELA notebook, answer the following question thoughtfully, in full sentences, giving evidence to support your answer.

 

Would you rather...have bright blue hair or bright blue teeth? Use specific examples to support your answer.

 

Take a picture and share your answer with Mrs. Nichols via email!

 

*Alternative activity- same "Would You Rather" question, but you do not have to share it if you do not have internet access.

YouTube Challenge: Mrs. Nichols is going to set up a YouTube Channel for her ELA students. What should the name of the channel be called? Think of a fun, school-appropriate name, and email it to Mrs. Nichols by Wednesday evening. We'll have a Survey Monkey vote on Thursday!

YouTube Challenge: Did you email Mrs. Nichols with a name suggestion?

 

Physical challenge: After finishing a chapter in your book, complete 20 jumping jacks.

YouTube Challenge: Mrs. Nichols will have her family pick their top ten favorite channel names. Those top ten will be featured in a Survey Monkey to be distributed via Office 365 email tomorrow! Vote ends Thursday night!

YouTube Challenge: Survey Monkey will be sent out this morning, and closes tonight. What will Mrs. Nichols name her YouTube channel for ELA?

YouTube Challenge: Mrs. Nichols will reveal her YouTube Channel and share a Book Talk from a middle school novel that she has read this week. Video to be posted by 12 noon on Friday.


Suggested Learning Activities March 30 to April 3.pdf

Monday 3/30

Tuesday 3/31

Wednesday 4/1

Thursday 4/2

Friday 4/3

Daily Reading: settle in with a good book and read for 20-30 minutes. Please snap a picture of yourself reading from your book and share it on Teams (with parent permission, of course).

Daily Reading: continue with the book that you started yesterday. Write down the page number that you are starting from, set a timer for 30 mins, then see how many pages you read in 30 minutes!

Daily Reading: Think about where you are in your book right now. Would you recommend it to Mrs. Nichols? Would you recommend it to your ELA class? Book talks for Flipgrid's Thursday Thoughts are coming...would you recommend it on a Flipgrid Book Talk?

Daily Reading: Have you finished your book? Have you reached the climax, or are you still in the rising action? What is the main conflict that your character is facing? Think about those questions as you read for 20-30 minutes today and prepare for your Book Talk. You don't have to finish your book in order to talk about it.

Daily Reading: Take some time to think about how you will incorporate reading over spring break. Will you listen to audio books or library books on the Hoopla app? Are you going to read outside on a blanket, getting some fresh air?

Do your parents have any favorite books from middle school that they can share with you?

New York Times: "What's Going on in this picture?" The New York Times has a segment where they will post a picture and students have to come up with a caption (text feature) for that picture. NYTimes Picture Check out this week's picture, and email the following to me:

-What is going on in the picture?

-What do you see that makes you say that?

-What more information or background knowledge can you find or infer?

-What should the caption be for the picture? *Alternative activity if internet access is not available- go through your mail/recycling and find one of the newspapers or magazines that are mailed to us for free. Find a picture in that newspaper, but cover the caption under the picture with a piece of paper. Answer the questions listed above with the picture that you found in the newspaper in your ELA notebook. Then compare your answer to the caption under the picture.

Ted Talk Tuesday:GRIT Learning often comes with effort, hard work, perseverance, and a growth mindset, called grit. Take a moment to watch this Ted Talk on grit: Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. Then, in morning work section of your ELA notebook, write a reflection of how you apply grit in your daily life and the goals that you have for yourself. Continuing to learn at home takes a lot of grit. If you need more examples, here are two videos to help with your response: Motivation Minute Grit in the Classroom Questions to drive your reflective response: What are you doing to stay motivated in your learning at home? What are some of your educational goals?What goals do you have for your future? Do you believe that the better your effort, the better the outcome? Do you have a positive growth mindset? *Alternative activity- same reflective response but without video.

Writing Wednesday:Look at that reflection that you wrote last Tuesday, March 24, in response to Drew Dudley's Ted Talk about a "lollipop" moment when some has been kind to you. Write a letter to that person who was kind to you and turned your bad day into a good one. Describe the event that happened, how your day had been going, and what they did to make it better. Be sure to thank them for their kindness. You do not have to share the letter with them, but it will be cathartic, or emotionally helpful, to get those thoughts and words out onto paper. Use the notes to help propel your letter.

*Alternative activity- go back to last Tuesday's activity and look at your response about when someone was kind to you or made your day better in some way. Now, write a thank you letter to them, describing what happened and how they helped you get through a tough time.

Thursday Thoughts: It's time for Flipgrid's Thursday Thoughts! Log in to Flipgrid using your Office 365 login information (you can also find Flipgrid on the Clever app).

Pd1 Class Code: nichols2579

Pd 2 Class Code: e87a4535

Pd 3 Class Code: 844c864e

Pd 5 Class Code: d5a2fbd8

The title of the assignment is: Book Talk April 3

*Remember to click the drop down menu if you cannot see the title of the topic*

*Alternative activity- Give a book talk to a parent, sibling, pet, or stuffed animal: Take a book that you have read in the last two weeks, and tell themabout it, without spoiling the end of the book. Share informationabout the main characters, the setting , the conflicts that they face. What did you like about the book? What didn't you like? Did you enjoy the author's writing style? Would you recommend this book to other middle schoolers and why?

Would You Rather Friday: In the morning work section of your 3 subject ELA notebook, answer the following question thoughtfully, in full sentences, giving evidence to support your answer.

 

Would you rather...be given $1,000 right now or be given $50 a month for the rest of your life? Use specific examples to support your answer.

 

Take a picture and share your answer with Mrs. Nichols via email or post it in Teams!

 

*Alternative activity- same "Would You Rather" question, but you do not have to share it if you do not have internet access.

NHI's:If you had any assignments that are considered past due for the 3rd quarter- such as the Readworks that I assigned PRIOR to our Unit test, Study Island assigned in January, the Love Letter to Food, or the Biography written report part of the project, please email those assignments to Mrs. Nichols by April 14.

 

Library of Congress: Did you know that the Library of Congress has online resources of primary (first person point of view) and secondary (third person point of view) sources online? Check out this collection about portraits and photographs made during the Civil War. Audio is available.

Portraits of the Civil War

Physical challenge: After finishing a chapter in your book, complete 10 pushups.

 

Typing challenge: Go to the Clever app in Office 365 and login using your Office 365 login information. Then, go to the Typing.com app and try it out! All lessons are available to you right now.

Chore Challenge: Ask a family member to tell you their least favorite chore. Then, do that chore! Write what it was like to do that chore, if you enjoyed the chore or now understand why your family member does not like it, and the steps that you took to accomplish it. Then email your response to Mrs. Nichols OR post your response to our Teams general chat.

YouTube Challenge: Do you have a book that you would like featured on Mrs. Nichols' First Chapter Friday Book Talk video? If so, send her an email with the name and author of the book, plus 3-5 persuasive reasons why the book should be featured.

 

YouTube Challenge: Mrs. Nichols will host a second Book Talk featuring a new novel for First Chapter Friday. Check Teams and Office 365 Outlook email for the link to the video!


Standards Covered in Class from August 2019 to March 13, 2020:
If you are interested in the standards that have been taught this school year through our units, whole class novels, book clubs, projects, and huge PBL entitled "Tackling Plastic," you will find them in the file below.  The standards that have been covered are denoted with a gold star, while the standards that were to be covered in the fourth quarter are denoted in italics font.  
6th Grade English Standards of Learning.pdf