Category: Language Arts

LA Update

I enjoyed our introduction to Percy Jackson in The Lightning Thief! We spent a lot of time using evidence to make inferences about his character in chapters one and two of the novel. We will continue this work next week while reading chapters three and four. There will be a mid-unit assessment on Friday where students will be assessed on providing a “gist statement” for a text and citing evidence from the text to prove their answers.

You can check your child’s agenda or the Gnomes website for next week’s homework. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Chambliss Barrow
Salem Middle School
6th grade language arts

Language Arts Resources for Parents

It was a pleasure to meet so many parents last night! Below are a couple of points of interest from the night.

First, I am including a written summary of the newly adopted EL Education curriculum resource provided to us by Wake County. In addition to the summary, below is a link to a video that Wake County made as an introduction to the EL. I hope you find these resources helpful. I am looking forward to what this year has in store for us!

EL Education Video

I had several parents ask for a copy of recommended books for sixth graders, so I will include that document as well. I found this resource in Donalyn Miller’s book, The Book Whisperer. Miller, a sixth grade language arts teacher in Texas, asked her students to compile the list, so these are recommendations for sixth graders, by sixth graders!

Book List

I am more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Thank you so much!

Chambliss Barrow
Salem Middle School
6th grade language arts

Parent Information Page for EL.pdf

LA Homework Reminder

Hey Gnomes! Remember. when reading Chapter 2 tonight, use your “evidence flags” to flag the challenges that Percy faces as well as his responses to those challenges. Be prepared to talk about what you found in your triad groups tomorrow!

Also, I posted the audio version of the book on Google Classroom. Listen and follow along in your book if that sounds fun!

Keep it real!
Mrs. Barrow

LA Update

Happy Friday, Gnomes! I try to send a quick update from language arts each Friday to let you know where we’ve been this week and where we are headed. So- what a wonderful week! I have commented on my love for this group more than once this week. They have made a great first impression, for sure.

We spent a bit of our time this week getting set-up for language arts class. I introduced the “40” Book Challenge. I was quick to help the kids realize that this number (40) may change for them depending on their current reading habits. I encouraged them to make their own attainable goal this year, with an strong emphasis on becoming a stronger reader. My goal is to simply help them love reading! We will use the back of the ILL as a readers notebook where they will keep their reading log, book notes, recommendations, etc.

In addition, students did a fantastic job introducing themselves and their classmates to our class using the Swag Bag assignment. We learned about and discussed what it means to be an active listener. This is something we will return to constantly throughout the school year. I asked them to observe their parents’ listening skills, so watch out, but feel free to call them out as well. 🙂

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I can’t wait to continue to watch your students grow. It’s going to be a great year!

Chambliss Barrow
Salem Middle School
6th grade 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