Category: Language Arts

Reading EOG review tools

Attached is a PowerPoint presentation for review along with the Quizlet that we did today in class. Use these if you feel like you need a little extra review. Most importantly, rest up this weekend, and be prepared to give your VERY BEST EFFORT on Monday!

Mrs. Barrow

EOG REVIEW.ppt

LA Update

Today was named “make it better” day in language arts. We worked super-hard on corrections to yesterday’s assessment and revising our literary analysis. Most students did not fully complete either of these activities. Both the test and the revised analysis can be turned earned for extra points. Students know these are due next Thursday, June 15. I made it clear that I put a ton of sweat into providing helpful feedback on their writing. It is super important to me that every student takes the time to read the feedback and make the paragraph better.

Next week will be EOG review. We’ll spend three days playing The Amazing Race, a reading review game. I’ll give a couple of pep-talks, and we will be ready to tackle whatever the next week brings!

Thank you for your continued support this year. Let me know if you have questions or concerns.

Have a great weekend,

Chambliss Barrow
Salem Middle School
6th grade language arts

LA Update

Hopefully everyone had a chance to look over the practice EOG analysis with their students last night. If not, your student has an analysis of the exam and a quick reflection. I asked that students take it home and speak with their parents about their strengths, weaknesses and goals when it comes to reading.

We will wrap up our quick look at nonfiction next week with a nonfiction assessment on Thursday. On Friday, we will spend time revising our literary analysis papers. This is an assignment from a little while back; I have provided some direct feedback to their writing, so I will give them a chance to see the feedback and make adjustments.

The following week will be some EOG review and pump-up for the upcoming week!

Please let me know if you have questions. Have a wonderful weekend!

Chambliss Barrow
Salem Middle School
6th grade language arts

LA Update

Happy LONG weekend!

We will be taking a practice reading EOG on Tuesday. This is a released copy of a previous EOG, so we should be able to collect some data to steer the instruction for the remainder of the year. The students and I will be analyzing our test data from the test at the end of the week. We will break the test into its standards in order to see both our strengths and weaknesses.

We will spend the rest of the week studying irony (fun!) and reading more nonfiction.

Enjoy the weekend!

Chambliss Barrow
Salem Middle School
6th grade language arts

LA Update

Good afternoon! Quick update on language arts:

We will be writing our literary analysis on Langston Hughes’s short story, Thank you, Ma’am, this week. Students will begin planning in the graphic organizer on Google Classroom tomorrow if they have not begun that already. Final copies of the literary analysis are due this Friday.

There is another roots quiz this week, so we will go through the same format as the past two weeks. There are a couple of small homework assignments to get the kids familiar with the roots, and there is a Quizlet in Classroom as well. So far, everyone is doing really well with words.

Lastly, students should continue completing Ready Theory quizzes during the week. I’m asking that students take at least 3 quizzes per week. We will set some goals regarding Ready Theory later in the week, so ask your students about their goals!

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Chambliss Barrow
Salem Middle School
6th grade language arts

LA Update

Great week- we got a lot accomplished!

Looking at the week ahead, we will discuss and learn the second group of ten root words on the root words handout. There will be a quiz on those ten roots on Friday.

We had great discussion about Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken”. I was so proud of the way the students really dove into the poem and attempted to understand Frost’s message. We will use this poem next week to practice writing a literary analysis. After writing an analysis together, students will write their own literary analysis of “Thank you, Ma’am” by Langston Hughes. I absolutely love this short story, so we will have fun with it next week!

Lastly, I gave each student an account for Read Theory, an educational tool that provides online readings for the students’ practice. A couple of cool things about the program–One, adjusts to students’ individual level, and it also allows for progress monitoring. I can see how many quizzes each student has completed, their reading level on each quiz and which skills they may be struggling with. Because I believe it is great practice as we near the end of the year, I am asking the students to complete a certain number of quizzes each week. I have linked the parent flyer here, so feel free to read more about the program.

Have a wonderful, wonderful weekend!

Chambliss Barrow
Salem Middle School
6th grade language arts

Project Rubric and Reflection

Just a follow-up to yesterday’s post about the reflection piece of the project. I passed out rubrics to most students but still have a few who did not pick them up from me. I did not have a chance to process the rubrics with students in cores 1 and 2, so students, please let me know if you have any questions about the grade and/or rubric. Please use the rubric when reflecting on your strengths and where you may grow.

Students, thank you for all of your hard work on this project- I know a lot of time and energy was spent!

Chambliss Barrow
Salem Middle School
6th grade language arts

Reflection Piece For Extra Points

I have posted a document in Google Classroom that I would like for students to use to reflect on the recent historical fiction novel project. Students will be able to earn points to the project grade for this reflection. I feel it is an important piece of the learning process, so please take advantage of this opportunity! I would like submissions as soon as possible since it is still fresh in your mind.

My best!
Mrs. Barrow

LA Update

My goodness, time is flying! Next week is our last week to work on the historical novel project. We will spend the entire week planning and creating a Google Slides presentation with our team. Presentations will being either Friday or the following Monday.

All documents can be found in the students’ Google Drive. Rubrics and slide presentation tips will be in Google Classroom on Monday.

Please let me know if there are any questions.

Thank you, and have a great weekend!

Chambliss Barrow
Salem Middle School
6th grade language arts