Category: Language Arts

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

ILL Check Rubric

Here is the rubric that we will use to check your ILLs on Thursday during class. Please use my ILL or a friend’s ILL as a guide if you need to get your notebook in order.

Have a great afternoon!

Mrs. Barrow

LA Update

Happy Friday!

Drafts of the hero’s journey are done and the revising has begun! Students have been working really hard to tell their own creative heroic journey, incorporating effective dialogue and using imagery to pull the readers in. Our hope is to continue to revise and edit Monday and Tuesday of next week. If all goes as planned, students will turn in their final copy after class on Tuesday. Thanks for the hard work, you guys!

Mr. Caggia, our incredible media specialist, will spend Wednesday with us teaching us how to create a #BookSnap. The idea of a #BookSnap was created by educator Tara M. Martin after watching her son become engrossed with Snapchat. #BookSnaps are a new and interesting way for students to learn to annotate text, connect with text by creating a digital visual representation, note character conflict, and much more. I can’t wait to see what the students create! To read about #BookSnaps, check out this link.

Have a great weekend!

Chambliss Barrow
Salem Middle School
6th grade language arts

Corrections Page

Here is a copy of the corrections page for your assessment from last week. You will receive your score and the questions missed tomorrow. You may use the corrections page give to you in class today, or you may fill it out digitally here and share it with me. Please refer to the example that we did together today during class.

Anyone may submit corrections for additional points. All corrections pages are due this Friday.

Let me know if you have questions!

Chambliss Barrow
Salem Middle School
6th grade language arts

LA Update

After our reading assessment on Wednesday, we moved into writing our own hero’s journey. So fun and creative! We began the brainstorming process today, and I encouraged students to think about this and work on it some over the weekend or during Spartan Time on Monday. The clearer picture they have of their hero, the easier creating a journey will be!

All of next week will be focused on writing the narrative. We will do a mini-lesson each day and then spend time writing for the remainder of the class. Students should be working on this each night, and we hope to wrap it up by the beginning of the following week.

Lastly, we will spend a chunk of time on Monday reviewing this week’s assessment and corrections as well as their hero comparison paragraphs. Corrections to both of these assignments will be due on Friday, September 22. Further explanation of the corrections will be given on Monday.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Chambliss Barrow
Salem Middle School
6th grade language arts

LA Update

I hope everyone had a wonderful LONG weekend!

Text evidence paragraphs are due by Wednesday morning in Google Classroom. This was our first time working all the way through the writing process, so hopefully there will be some great quality work!

This week we will be reading three different myths while looking at the common elements of a myth. We will discuss universal theme and continue to use text evidence to support our ideas and thoughts around the myths.

Mid-unit assessments were returned yesterday. We discussed quality answers for each test question. Corrections are due by this Friday, September 8th. They will not be accepted after Friday, so please be diligent about working on them.

Have a wonderful week!

Chambliss Barrow
Salem Middle School
6th grade language arts

LA work

Gnomes- As I told you today, I will be out of class tomorrow at a conference, so we will not be using class time to work on the draft of your evidence paragraph. Please make sure that your rough draft is complete in Google Classroom for class on Friday. This is super important; we will spend class time on Friday revising and editing the draft.

Happy writing!

Mrs. Barrow
Chambliss Barrow

LA Update

Happy Friday! We will be wrapping up our reading of The Lightning Thief next week by reading chapter eight. After next week we will be moving on a team, but I will encourage any student who is enjoying the ride to finish it up!

Students will select evidence from “The Hero’s Journey” and explain how it aligns with Percy’s experience in The Lightning Thief. We will use this as an opportunity to teach and experience the writing process, and paragraphs will be due on Friday as a writing assignment. In the midst of writing, we will explore a couple more myths that also align well with the hero’s journey.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Chambliss Barrow
Salem Middle School
6th grade language arts

LA Update

Weekly update!
In preparation for the main event today, we read about some of the strangest and scariest eclipse myths throughout history. They were entertaining and interesting to learn about, for sure!

Our overall goal this week is to begin comparing Percy Jackson to the common patterns found in history’s super heroes. We will use “The Hero’s Journey” text outlined by Joseph Campbell, an American psychologist and mythological researcher. It should be cool to kids to see that the patterns of Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, Katniss from Huger Games and even Simba from The Lion King all have very similar heroic journeys.

After much practice and investigation, students use evidence from two texts to a paragraph explaining how Percy Jackson’s experiences align with “The Hero’s Journey”. Big week!

Kids- please keep up with your reading. Chapter 5 due Wednesday, chapter. 6 dues Friday and chapter 7 over the weekend!

Chambliss Barrow
Salem Middle School
6th grade language arts