Category: Language Arts

LA Update

Happy Thursday!

I just wanted to let parents and students know that I have just posted two exemplars of the DDT position paper that was just returned to students yesterday. Students can use the exemplars as examples for excellent word choice, analysis of research, punctuation of research, etc.

As I stated very clearly to all students yesterday, I am accepting revisions to this paper up through Sunday evening. Come Monday morning, my grades will be closed. Revisions are not a requirement for this paper, but they are an option for everyone.

Please let me know if there are any questions. It’s almost Friday! 😊

Chambliss Barrow

Are there any Seedfolks books out there?

This past week involved lots of helpful preparation for the upcoming EOGs! We did lots of review, talked about strategies, and I assured them that all I expected was that they try their best. No unnecessary pressure- just give it your best effort. I am proud of all of the hard work we have put into language arts this year, and look forward to wrapping up the year well!

Speaking of wrapping up the year, I’m hoping that some students still have their copy of Seedfolks, by Paul Fleischman. This was a small novel that was on their supply list at the beginning of the year. We typically read this at the beginning of the school year, but with the curriculum change, we were unable to do that this year. I’m hoping to read it with the students the last couple of weeks of school- it’s my favorite!

If you still have your copy lying around, please bring it to my room at the beginning of the week. I appreciate it!

Have a great weekend!

Chambliss Barrow

6-4 Language Arts

Salem Middle School

LA Update

Let the writing begin! We spent the bulk of this week researching and documenting the benefits and consequences of DDT. We have people on both sides of the fence which makes for fun debates! All research should be done in time for class on Tuesday. This means articles annotated and 4-5 graphic organizers completed.

Next week will begin writing position papers. Students will be asked to take a position on the use of DDT and support their potion with three claims that they found in their research. The final essay will be due Wednesday, June 6th.

I hope everyone has a wonderful and restful weekend!

Chambliss Barrow

6-4 Language Arts

Salem Middle School

LA Update

The great debate on DDT has begun!

We spent this week talking about how to determine the credibility of a source and moved into our research topic, DDT. Students will spend the next week reading about the great controversy over DDT and forming their own opinions. With each article they read, students will complete a graphic organizer. Students will use this research the following week to write their position paper on whether DDT should be banned or permitted around the world.

In addition, students should complete three quizzes on Read Theory before the end of the week.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Chambliss Barrow

6-4 Language Arts

Salem Middle School

LA Update

Happy Friday!

We will take a literature final test on Monday that has one poem and two fiction selections. The students all have the readings with them over the weekend so that they can read and come prepared for the assessment on Monday.

After Monday, we will begin working on research for our argument assignment. Students will do a lesson on the credibility of sources and then begin research on the use of DDT around the world. We will be focusing on claims and their supporting evidence.

Thank you for all of the sweet gifts and notes this teacher appreciation week. We feel very loved around here. 😊 Have a great weekend!

Chambliss Barrow

6-4 Language Arts

Salem Middle School

LA Update

Great week of poetry! We will continue with poetry next week. There will be a poetry quiz on Wednesday of next week as we prepare for our literature assessment the following Monday. The poetry quiz will have some identification questions but will have more questions about the application and effect of figurative language and poetic devices.

Students will have one poetry homework assignment for the week and will be asked to complete two more Read Theory quizzes by Friday, May 11.

Have a great weekend!

Chambliss Barrow

6-4 Language Arts

Salem Middle School

LA Update

Happy Friday!

This week our students finished writing, revising and editing their problem-solution paragraphs about a topic of their choice.

Next week is our last week before track out. Students will be creating an infographic based on their research and problem-solution paragraphs. We are also looking forward to our field trip on Tuesday!

Have a great weekend,

Tiffany Shin

LA Update

Happy Friday!

Today our students enjoyed watching a Peter Pan performance as a part of our cultural arts program.

This week we have been working on our new research project. Students chose from 4 possible topics about the ocean including ocean trash, oil spills, algal blooms and overfishing. At the end of the project, students will create 2 paragraphs regarding the problem and solution of their chosen topics with an infographic. Next week, students will work on the rough drafts of paragraphs and they will be due Friday the 16th. Infographics will be due the following week.

Have a great weekend!

Tiffany Shin

LA Update

Happy Saturday!

Students have been reading Flush all week and learning about perspective, tone and figurative language.

On Friday we introduced Book March Madness! Students will be able to vote on their favorite books until the most popular one is chosen as the winner. For more information on this nation-wide event, please visit the website below!
http://marchbookmadness.weebly.com/mg-novel-bracket.html

After students finish reading Flush over the weekend, we will review the book on Monday and take the End of Unit Assessment on Tuesday. We will also begin a new research project that will incorporate both World Without Fish and Flush.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Tiffany Shin