Category: Language Arts

LA Update

After reading many adversity poems these last few weeks, students are going to have a chance to write their own! These will be narrative poems, poems that have a plot and therefore tell a complete story. An explanation of the assignment and the brainstorming page can be found in Google Classroom.

Monday’s class will be centered on brainstorming and planning the poem. Drafting will take place during class on Tuesday, and Wednesday will be revising and editing. Any step not completed during class that day will need to be finished for homework that night. It will be important for students to stay with the pace of the assignment, as this will be the last major grade on Quarter 2.

We will have our poetry cafe on Thursday and Friday! Students will share their poems with the class as we enjoy cookies and hot chocolate- thank you all for your generous contributions to the cafe!

Please have students see us during Spartan Time if they fall behind or need extra help.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Chambliss Barrow & Nicole Messier

LA Update

I know this has been a wonky week, so here is a quick reminder of due dates that we talked about in class yesterday and today:

  1. Two Read Theory Quizzes are due tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 14)
  2. Corrections to Friday’s quiz are due Monday (please see us if you need help with this; we will be happy to help on Monday during Spartan Time) Your answers and scores are in Google Classroom (Mid Unit 2 Quiz)
  3. Revisions to the Visual Essay are Monday (please make comments on the Slideshow letting teachers know what you revised and click the turn-in button when done).
  4. Extra credit for the quarter has been posted in Google Classroom and discussed during class. This is totally optional. Extra credit is due Friday, Dec. 21.

Please let us know if you have questions about these upcoming dates or assignments.

Have a great afternoon!

Chambliss Barrow & Nicole Messier

LA Update

Happy weekend!

Just wanted to let everyone know where we are going this upcoming week. We just wrapped up the narrative poetry stations last week. We hoped that students enjoyed getting a taste for several different novels and maybe found one they want to finish. These stations were due completed on Friday. Students took a poetry quiz yesterday, accessing the skills from the previous 3 weeks os instruction. We will be working on corrections during Spartan Time this week. All corrections for this quiz are due Monday, Dec. 17.

We will continue reading and studying poetry this week in preparation for writing our own poem. We will finish the quarter with a poetry writing assignment and a poetry cafe. This will be the last major assignment for Q2.

In regards to homework this week, two more Read Theory quizzes are due on Friday. Also, corrections for the following two assessments will be due Monday, Dec. 17. Students, please use allotted class time and Spartan Time to get extra support on these corrections.

– Friday’s poetry quiz (mid unit 2 quiz in Google Classroom)

– Visual Essay (We will be viewing and discussing these on Monday. We will be starting our revisions in class.)

Have a great and warm weekend!

Chambliss Barrow & Nicole Messier

LA Update

Happy Friday! So hard to believe that there are only three weeks left until track out. Time flies!

We began exploring narrative poetry this week. We read various narrative poems from a collection, Good Master’s, Sweet Ladies. We used this book to practice locating and explaining the impact of figurative language, the impact of word choice/tone, and supporting our claims with evidence.

Today we began modified literature circles where students will be practicing these skills within novels written in verse. This work will continue through Thursday of next week. Throughout the week, students will read excerpts from five different novels, hopefully finding a couple that peaks their interest! There is a handout that corresponds with each novel, and these will be due on Friday, December 7th.

Literature circle work will need to be completed during class or during Spartan Time since students will need copies of the novel to complete the work. Outside of school, two Read Theory quizzes are due on Friday.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Chambliss Barrow & Nicole Messier

6-4 Language Arts

Salem Middle School

LA Update

The awards ceremony today was so wonderful. What fun to recognize such outstanding students. So happy to have those parents who were able to attend. 😊

In language arts class, we are working hard on the visual essay. Students should have been working on the graphic organizer today during class. Any of that left unfinished after class should be finished for class on Tuesday. As we told the students, the graphic organizer is just a place for planned out ideas; it does not have to be perfect. We will use that organizer to write a draft on Monday. More detail will go into the rough draft.

With that being said, it will be super important that students come in with a completed graphic organizer on Tuesday so that they can move on with the project. All of the documents and steps of the project can be found in Google Classroom on the Visual Essay hyperdoc.

We hope everyone has a wonderful LONG weekend!

Our best,

Chambliss Barrow and Nicole Messier

LA Update

Good afternoon! Just an update to touch base and let you know where we are and where we are headed in language arts class.

We introduced our end of unit project on Friday and began the research portion for it on Monday. Students are creating a visual essay answering the following research topic: What are the adversities faced by your chosen group of people? Students could choose one of three topics– Girls Education, Immigration or the Plight of the Rohingya People.

By tomorrow, Thursday, all students should have wrapped up their research and be ready to begin the graphic organizer. Each student is required to use at least two articles for research and they should be taking notes in the researcher’s notebook. All of the project’s materials (including an overview page, the research articles, an example, rubric, etc.) can be found in the hyperdoc in Google Classroom.

Our plan is to work on the graphic organizer Thursday and Friday of this week and begin our rough draft next week.

Thank you for all of your support at home!

Our best,

Chambliss Barrow and Nicole Messier

LA Homework Reminder

Just a reminder that two Read Theory quizzes are due tomorrow for language arts. Read Theory is an online tool with reading activities at various levels. It meets students on their level and is a great way for students to practice comprehension but also provide simple progress monitoring. Each "quiz" is short and only takes a few minutes to complete.

Students, please visit www.readtheory.org, click login, and login through Google.

Let us know if you have questions!

Chambliss Barrow & Nicole Messier

6-4 Language Arts

Salem Middle School

LA Update

I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful track out! The October track out is so wonderful…

We hit the ground running today by introducing our first topic for quarter 2. Quarter 2 will be all about the adversities that people have faced across different time periods and places. We will start by studying the adversities faced by people in The Middle Ages. Man, there were a lot!

Homework for the week should be in the students’ agendas and can also be found on the Gnomes’ Team Calendar.

Have a wonderful afternoon!

Chambliss Barrow

6-4 Language Arts

Salem Middle School

LA Update

I cannot believe we are down to one week!

My Own Hero’s Journey papers are coming in, and we cannot wait to read the creative stories our students have written. Cores 1 & 2 should have turned their papers in by Friday night, and Cores 3&4 will finish up the editing process at the beginning of the week. Everyone on team should have papers in by Tuesday evening. Our plan is to grade them and return them ASAP so that all students have a chance to reflect and revise before we leave for track out. We appreciate all the hard work the students have put into their work!

We will spend part of this week tying up loose ends and doing some creative work. You can see our calendar for schedule. We have an author (and parent of a current student!), Heather McCollum, coming to talk to students on Wednesday. We are incredibly excited to hear her author story- and it’s perfect timing as the students have just wrapped up fiction writing!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Chambliss Barrow and Nicole Messier