LA Update

Our focus for the week will be on poetry. After looking closely at one more poem, we will begin drafting our own unexpected perspective poems. I will place a large emphasis on imagery for this assignment, encouraging students to pay close attention to their word choice. You must choose your words carefully for a poem! Poems are due next Tuesday, November 3.

For the next several weeks, we will be studying Greek and Latin roots. I assigned the list of words for our first root word, ped, today. Students will have a check-up (classwork grade) on these ten words on Thursday and will then begin reviewing for their next root, man/manu. As I emphasized in class today, there will be very limited class time spent studying these terms, so students are expected to study outside of school. They have a processing page assignment to help with studying, and I have created a quizlet which is a fantastic study tool. Each year students encounter thousands of new words in their reading, and over 75% of the English language is derived from Greek and Latin roots, so we feel that learning these roots can tremendously aid students’ vocabulary.

Lastly, I spent a chunk of class time today discussing the chapter 14 writing assignments that students turned in at the end of last quarter. This assignment was done solely in Google Classroom and has been a learning experience for me, as it was the first time I have ever instructed using Google Classroom, and a learning experience for the students, as many had never completed a writing assignment in Google Classroom. I spent a lot of time grading the assignment and a tremendous amount of time providing feedback to each student. Because I feel like many students have a great deal of room to improve, I am giving students an entire class period this week to work on revising the assignment using the rubric and my specific feedback and am allowing for corrections to be made, regardless of the original score. There will be very specific instructions about turning in a revised copy of the assignment, and all revised copies are due by Friday, November 6.

Thank you to all of those who have already sent in glue sticks. They are much appreciated! Have a wonderful week.

Chambliss Barrow
Salem Middle School
6th grade language arts