•      Welcome to Ms. Duquette's home page for sixth grade language arts. Our interdisciplinary ID unit is now in the graders' hands, but the learning continues!
     
        Students recently finished a daily class read aloud of writer James Howe's novel Totally Joe.  Although my ELA classes traditionally read The Misfits, it felt like a bit more humor and levity was needed after this year's news developments.  Both novels are funny and touching, dealing with themes of bullying, feeling "different," and other middle school-related topics.
     James Howe talks Bunnicula's 40th Anniversary
        On May 8, James Howe visited our classroom. He talked a bit about how he came up with ideas for The Misfits, Totally Joe, and the other companion novelsThe students and I had a great time. We
     
    learned about Mr. Howe and his daughter Zoe. She is the reason The Misfits was created! We got an exclusive sneak peak of his new Bunnicula book, and some students presented work they wanted to share. Thank you so much James Howe for visiting. We had a great time!  James Howe visits our class
     
    -Created in part with Frieda and Maggie-
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Duquette, 6th Grade ELA   Tentative Syllabus

     

     

    September

    • The Liberation of Gabriel King Summer Reading Unit: free writing, paragraph writing lessons, book discussions, current events tie-in discussions, social injustice mini-research
    • Poetry:  diamonte
    • Vocabulary--related to summer reading
    • Vocabulary quiz
    • Punctuation:  end punctuation
    • Creative writing strategies:  Writing from a List, History of My Name, Questioning
    • Nonfiction:  current events research

    October

    • Short stories:  includes His First Flight, Early Autumn, All Summer in a Day, The Tell-Tale Heart
    • Read Aloud:  The Crazy Man 
    • Creative writing and language: metaphor, simile, personification
    • Poetry: cinquain
    • Narrative writing
    • Vocabulary--related to short stories
    • Vocabulary quiz
    • Parts of Speech:  nouns, verbs, adjectives
    • Independent reading: book choice and weekly in-class reading time; introduction of monthly Padlet digital book response entries

    November

    • Short stories and read aloud 
    • Creative writing and language:  personification, metaphor, simile, symbolism, imagery
    • Narrative writing, finalized
    • Vocabulary--related to short stories
    • Vocabulary quiz
    • Parts of Speech:  nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs
    • Group work: parts of speech games; serve as “focus groups” to provide feedback for other groups’ games; finalize games; in-class “Game Play” times for students and for teacher observation and grading of games
    • Nonfiction:  Jr. Scholastic Magazine and lessons on article structures
    • Independent reading: weekly in-class reading time; book talks; time for monthly Padlet digital book response entries
    • “Senior Friends Day” cross-curricular interviews and writing

    December

    • Historical Fiction unit
    • Group work:  historical fiction book talks; sharing of independent book “jobs”
    • Grammar:  subjects and predicates; quizzes
    • Creative writing and language:  alliteration
    • Poetry booklets  
    • Nonfiction:  Jr. Scholastic Magazine and “Quote Sandwich” response writing
    • Independent reading: weekly in-class reading time; book talks; Padlet

    January

    • Historical Fiction unit, continued
      • Group work:  historical fiction book talks; sharing of independent book “jobs”
      • Historical Fiction book test with essay
    • Tough Questions Signpost in literature
    • Grammar, punctuation, parts of speech
    • Poetry: booklets continued, lyric poetry, poet study
    • Nonfiction:  Jr. Scholastic Magazine and writing
    • Independent reading: weekly in-class reading time; book talks; Padlet

    February

    • Poetry Focus: structure, inspired by Nikki Giovanni’s poetry; bio and autobio poems, tritina poems
    • Grammar:  Independent clauses, compound sentences, comma usage
    • Comma Quiz--compound sentences and introductory elements
    • Begin noticing “signposts” in nonfiction (Beers & Probst’s Notice & Note)--Quoted Words Signpost
    • Nonfiction texts related to Black History Month: apply quoted words reading strategies; quote sandwich and cause and effect writing format
    • Begin Nonfiction Unit:  Current events and choosing a thesis
    • Independent reading: weekly in-class reading time; book talks; Padlet

    March

    • Poetry Focus: pantoum, sestina, sonnet
    • Grammar:  Subordinate clauses
    • Comma Quiz--using subordinate clauses
    • Nonfiction signpost: Extreme Language and others
    • Nonfiction Unit:  Research, including print, digital, podcast; choose a current events thesis; writing for persuasion, information, or argument; final paper
    • Invention Dimension (cross-curricular with social studies) highlighting and notes
    • Independent reading: weekly in-class reading time; book talks; Padlet

    April

    • Poetry Focus: sestina, sonnet, other structures
    • Grammar and punctuation: clauses and commas
    • Comma and Clauses test
    • Invention Dimension (cross-curricular with social studies) notes and outline
    • Vocabulary
    • Social Justice Unit: book groups, mentor text, discussions, writing activities
    • Independent reading: weekly in-class reading time; book talks; Padlet

    May

    • Poetry: Students complete booklets and start hardcover booklets
    • Social Justice Unit: book clubs, mentor text, final project
    • Grammar/Mechanics test
    • Invention Dimension (cross-curricular with social studies) final paper
    • Greek prefixes and mythology
    • Independent reading: weekly in-class reading time; book talks; Padlet

    June

    • Greek mythology--The Children’s Homer and god/goddess myths
    • Poetry presentations
    • Final test
    • Letter or myth to next year’s sixth graders

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
       
  • Lisa Duquette
    Grades 6 Language Arts & Skills Center Teacher
    27 Farragut Ave.
    Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
    914.295-3063
     
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