Category: Language Arts

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

LA Work for Thursday and Friday

No school in the middle of a writing project! Fun!

**Please complete the work below if able. Obviously, if weather is bad, power is out, you are evacuating, etc., I will completely understand. But, the more we can stay on schedule, the better. So, be safe, and if you can accomplish come classwork, great!

Okay- Cores 1&2: Please make sure you are working on the rough draft for your own hero’s journey. Ideally, the rough draft will be complete in Google Classroom. Feel free to share with a buddy and begin getting feedback. We will talk more about dialogue when we return and begin the revising process.

Cores 3&4: Please complete the yellow hero’s journey cards on page 26 of your ILL that we started in class today. If you finish those and feel confident in your story, please fill in that information on this graphic organizer. If you need a little more specifics, this organizer may be more helpful. You will need to print this or make your own copy to be able to type on the organizer. We will review this Monday if there are questions. Basically, you are re-telling the story that is on your cards in a more organized fashion on the one page to prepare for drafting.

First and foremost, stay safe!

Mrs. Barrow and Mrs. Messier

LA Update

Great week! We are so impressed with the Myth to Movies projects. Students worked together so well, and it was great to see their final products. I’m proud of you guys!

Next week, we will start our final large writing assignment for quarter 1. This assignment is a fun narrative, My Own Hero’s Journey. It gives way for student creativity and helps them prove what they know about narrative writing, but also the hero’s journey.

There will be a hyperdoc with all docs (graphic organizer to rubric) posted next week. The Gnomes Calendar will have homework for the week which will guide them through the writing process. Final papers will not be due until mid-week the following week.

We hope everyone has a great weekend!

Mrs. Barrow and Mrs. Messier

LA Update

I hope everyone had a great week! We are moving quickly through The Lightning Thief and will read a few more chapters next week. We began the work of understanding more about Greek mythology and Greek gods this week. They play a role in the background of The Lightning Thief, so it’s interesting to learn how the two are woven together. We will continue that work next week reading the myths of Cronus and Prometheus.

Towards the end of the week we will introduce a group project, Myths to Movies. In small groups, students will study a myth and make a short "movie" to educate classmates on that myth. Planning for this will begin Wednesday and move into the following week. Should be fun!

Please check the Gnomes Calendar for next week’s homework, and have a great weekend!

Chambliss Barrow

6-4 Language Arts

Salem Middle School

Flipgrid Assignment

Students who were not ready or able to record their Flipgrids today during class may choose to record it tonight at home or can use Spartan Time or Team Time to record this week.

Below are instructions that can also be found on page 16 of the ILL. If Flipgrid asks for a code, use the last few digits of the Flipgrid link (8a8t5p).

Have a great night!

Chambliss Barrow & Nicole Messier

Percy Jackson is a hero.—-Now Prove it!

Videos must be posted by tonight at 9 p.m.

In a flipgrid video, answer the reflection question below. State your First and Last Name and Class Period before saying your response.

Percy Jackson is a character in The Lightning Thief who follows “The Hero’s Journey”. Use evidence from one of your favorite parts of the book and explain how Percy is demonstrating a stage from “The Hero’s Journey”

Directions:

  1. Go to the link https://flipgrid.com/8a8t5p (you can use your phone, computer, ipad, any device with a camera).

    flipgridcard-student.jpg 8a8t5p
    flipgrid.com
    This grid is password protected.
  2. Read the video directions on the Flipgrid website

  3. Click on the "+" sign and Record your video

  4. Feel free to retake your video many times if needed

  5. Enter info when finished

LA Update

Happy Friday!

Students should be moving their way through The Lightning Thief! We reviewed chapter 6 today, and there was a short reading check (quiz) on chapters 5 & 6. Chapter 7 is assigned to be read over the weekend.

In addition, (and we hate giving weekend homework) but we asked students to finished writing their script for the Flipgrid assignment on Monday. This was started in class, but we ran out of time and many did not finish. The assignment should be one paragraph, explaining how Percy Jackson is following "The Hero’s Journey" stages. There should be quotations from both The Lightning Thief and "The Hero’s Journey," and an explanation of how these two align. They started the planning on page 15 of the ILL.

There will be a seminar next week! These are a fun way for students to share their ideas and finding as a whole class, so we are really excited. We will spend class time preparing material to discuss, and this will be posted in Classroom for anyone who wants to complete it digitally. We will also continue to move through The Lightning Thief, reading nearly a chapter a night. Please remember there is a free audio version of the book on our Classroom if students are having a hard time keeping up with the pace. Perhaps listening while they read will be helpful.

Thank you for all of your support, and please reach out with any concerns.

Our best,

Chambliss Barrow and Nicole Messier