Category: Language Arts

LA homework

Tonight’s homework is to complete the graphic organizer for the narrative poem. It can be found on pages 54 and 55 of your ILL (pages 136 and 137 of the workbook). This is important work and will be necessary for tomorrow’s class where we will begin drafting the poem. As stated in class, I will be checking this as a homework grade.

Get creative!

Mrs. Barrow

LA Update

Happy Friday! I thoroughly enjoyed our conversations around the narrative poetry books this week. I hope that some students found books that they are now looking forward to reading!

There will a poetry quiz on Tuesday. The standards addressed are below:

-I can determine the theme of a poem.

-I can determine the meaning and impact of figurative language.

-I can identify the theme of adversity.

-I can analyze how a particular line or stanza contributes the theme/plot.

We will spend Wednesday revising our adversity essays, and poetry writing will begin on Thursday.

Have a wonderful weekend! Stay warm!

Chambliss Barrow

6-4 Language Arts

Salem Middle School

LA Update

Happy Friday!

Parents- so you that you are aware: students reflected on their interim grades today during Spartan Time. We are asking that you all have a conversation about their strengths, areas of improvements and current scores, and return the form to their homeroom teacher next week. Thank you for your help with this!

We began poetry circles today and they went super-well. I heard awesome discussion about the adversities facing the characters, and I saw many kids wrapped up in the books. I hope this is a great chance for kids to get their hands on several different texts and hopefully find a couple that they want to read. It also gives us a chance to learn how to read and understand poetry together. The poetry packets are due on Monday, December 11.

Coming up- there will be a poetry assessment, Tuesday, December 12, and then students will begin writing their own narrative poems which will be completed just before we track out.

Looking forward to the next few weeks!

Have a great weekend,

Chambliss Barrow

6-4 Language Arts

Salem Middle School

LA Update

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

We are going to begin poetry this week in language arts class. We will focus on narrative poetry beginning with Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village. Then, we will get a taste of several more contemporary narrative poetry books such as Crossover, Brown Girl Dreaming, and Love That Dog.

Class will focus on everything from identifying adversities faced by the characters, to determining the theme of the poem and identifying figurative language. Each night’s homework is to complete any classwork that was not completed during class. Please use Google Classroom for digital graphic organizers and digital copies of the text.

Have a wonderful week!

Chambliss Barrow

6-4 Language Arts

Salem Middle School

LA Update

Happy Friday to everyone!

The students did a great job of keeping up with their writing this week. We drafted a four paragraph essay describing the adversities faced by the nobles or peasants of The Middle Ages. At this point, drafts should be completely done, and revising in process. Some students made it through the revising checklist, but others were asked to finish that over the weekend. The checklist can be found in their ILL and on Google Classroom. We will spend time Monday revising and editing classmates’ essays, and the final copy is due by Tuesday.

Tuesday will be our BookSnap party. I am so looking forward to hearing about all the wonderful books that the kids have been reading, and I know they are excited about our party. 🙂 Thank you so much to all of you who have sent in donations for the party. I could not believe how quickly you all responded. I really appreciate it!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Chambliss Barrow

6-4 Language Arts

Salem Middle School

Donate to the BookSnap Party

Many of our students have been working hard on their BookSnaps for our upcoming BookSnap party. If you are able, we would appreciate donations of cookies, marshmellows and hot chocolate to make the party happen.

Use this SignUpGenius to designate your donation. Donations can come in any time between now and next Tuesday, November 21.

Thank you so much for making this possible!

Chambliss Barrow

6-4 Language Arts

Salem Middle School

LA Update

Happy Monday! This week in language arts we will be working on putting our research from last week to good use. Students will draft a four paragraph essay on adversities faced by people of The Middle Ages. We will focus on how to effectively use evidence from our research in an expository essay. Transitions and formal language will be key. We spent time with the rubric on Friday, and it can be found in our Google Classroom. Rough drafts will be due in class on Friday, November 17th so that revisions can begin. The final essay will be due on Tuesday, November 21st.

Please check the Gnomes homework calendar for specific due dates.

Have a great week!

Chambliss Barrow

6-4 Language Arts

Salem Middle School

LA Homework Change

Students, just a reminder:

The homework for tonight, Wednesday, was changed. Please complete page 44 in you ILL and be prepared to discuss the model paragraph in class tomorrow.

Also, I posted a digital copy of the corrections page in Classroom. You are welcome to complete them digitally. If you scored a 60% or lower, please come to me during Spartan Time to complete these.

Have a great afternoon!

Chambliss Barrow

6-4 Language Arts

Salem Middle School

LA Update

It was great to be back this week!

We began our unit 2 theme, Voices of Adversity, this week. We are starting the unit by learning about the adversity faced by people of The Middle Ages. We have all decided we are glad we didn’t live during that time!

We read a text that provided background information of the Middle Ages. Using that text, we practiced finding the gist, determining the main idea and key details and writing a summary paragraph. We will review the skills next week as we prepare for a mini research project.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Chambliss Barrow

6-4 Language Arts

Salem Middle School

My Hero’s Journey Reminders

Published narratives (your very best work!) are due tonight. The only comments that should appear in the margins are your comments labeling all seven stages of the hero’s journey and your very best examples of imagery.

Please refer to page 28 of your ILL for punctuating dialogue rules, page 29 for how to create effective dialogue and page 30 for imagery examples.

I can’t wait to read your masterpieces!

Mrs. Barrow