Week of November 5th
6th Grade Lesson Plans

I..  1st Quarterly FCAT Test REVIEW 
*  On 11/7 through 11/9, students will read the selections, from the test booklet, aloud.
*  A Student Panel (Those students who made "A's" on this test) will go over the answers with their classmates.
Lesson Plans for the Week of November 12th
Home Learning Due 11/14
Write a modern legend, fable, myth or folktale. (LA.B.2.3.3)
*  It needs to be 2 to 3 pages long.
*  Written in blue or black ink.
*  Single spaced.
* If typed, 12 point type

Legend - real hero, actual event
Fable - teaches a lesson
Myth - about the world, natural phenomenon
Folktales - entertainment
  *  trickster tales
  *  fairy tales
  *  tall tales
FCAT Interdisciplinary Practice:  Locating Infromation and Map Skills
The Legendary Nile
Instructional Focus:  Reference and Research
FCAT Timeline:  Author's Purpose
FCAT Writing + (LA.B.1.3.1; LA.B.2.3.3)
Students will write an essay in 45 Minutes on the following prompt:
An adage, or proverb, is an old saying, such as
  "A Man is Known by the Frienda he keeps."
  "A woman's work is never done."
  "All that glitters is not gold."

Does your family have a favorite adage to live by?

Write to explain one of the proverbs above or about one of your family's favorite proverbs.
Cinderella is a popular fairy tale retold in many cultures.
Lesson Plans for the week of November 19th
Happy Thanksgiving!
Students will continue telling their original folklore to their classmate in the style of storytelling in the oral tradition.
*  STUDENTS WILL BE SHOWN THE MCDOUGAL-LITELL: LANGUAGE OF LITERATURE VIDEO: TIM TINGLE TELLS TJE STORY OF "BROTHER COYOTE AND BROTHER CRICKET - A VERSION OF DAVID AND GOLIATHE FROM THE AMERICAN SOUTHWESTPRESENT THEIR ORIGINAL FOLKLORE.
*  STUDENTS WILL ORALLY TELL THEIR ORIGINAL FOLKLORE (LEGEND, MYTH, FABLE OR FOLKTALE -- TRICKSTER TALE, FAIRY TALE OR TALL TALE) USING VOICE INFLECTION AND PROJECTION, GESTURES, AND ACTING SKILLS.
STUDENT PRESENTATIONS OF ORIGINAL FOLKLORE
(LA.C.3.3.1; LA.C.2.3.2)
                              READER'S CIRCLE:  THE GOLDEN GOBLET BY ELOISE JARVIS MCGRAW

1.  Students will finish reading Chapter I
2.  Using the overhead, the teacher will quide students through Reader Circle activities, as defined below, by
    *  Give example for writing FCAT Benchmark Questions
    *  Show that meanings of word depend on the context in which the word is used
    *  Write down the culture of Ancient Egypt as it is described in the chapter
    *  Write a brief summary or Chapter 1, looking at the main idea.
2.  Then students will complete reader circle assignments in groups of three to four
    *  Discussion Director (Writes questions and answers using the FCAT Q-Cards.)
    *  Words and Phrases Commander (Writes vocabulary down from each chapter, gives part os speech and defines words as they are used in context.)
    *  Culture Conductor (Writes down the culture of the characters society as it is described in the book.)
    *   Illustration & Summary Supervisor (Collects pictures from the Internet or illustrates something of interest from the chapter and writes a summary)
3.  Afterwards, Discussion Directors list the names of the students in the group  and grades each student on how well he/she completed the designated literary circle job task.  (A = excellent, B = good, C = satisfactory, D = some effort, F = No effort.
4.  All other students must write on a separate sheet of paper the date, and answer:
    *  What you learned.
    *  Do you find the information about the culture and the setting  interesting?
    *  What is your opinion about the book so far?
* LA.C.1.3.1 - STUDENTS WILL APPROPRIATELY LISTEN TO THE STORIES PRESENTED AND PEER GRADE THEIR CLASSMATES' PERFORMANCES.
Home Learning Due November 26th
Learner Profile
Aproaches to Learning
Write on handout, " Self Portrait" from What Do You Stand For? For Teens: A guide to building Character, by Barbara Lewis.
INSTRUCTIONAL FOCUS:  REFERENCE AND RESEARCH
FCAT TIMELINE:  AUTHOR'S PURPOSE
Areas of Interaction
Human Ingenuity
Approaches to Learning
  *  Storytelling
  *  Notetaking
*  Based on all information given,how does each part add to the idea that ______________________?
*  How do _____________ and _________________ suggest the central (main) idea that _______________________?
*  According to the information given (including the chart, graph, etc.) about ___________________, which pair of ________
would___________________________? (Refer to the map of Pakistan for Shubanu)
*  People who read this article (story) will learn to/that______________________.
*  How does the concept in the article (story, chapter, paragraph)________________ relate to the concept in the article (story,  chapter, paragraph, poem )________________?  Use details from _________ and ____________to support your answer. (Note: Use two different reading passages.)
FCAT Timeline Benchmark (11/26 - 12/14/07):  Organization, Interpretation &
Synthesis of Information (LA.A.2.3.5)
LESSON PLANS FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 26TH
FCAT Interdisciplinary Test Practice
* Students will read "The Legendary Nile" in Pat Cusick's  Connections, Pupils Edition 6: Test Preparation Program, from Barrett kendall Publishing.  Afterwards they will take the Interdisciplinary Test on page 9.
* (15 Min.)  Go over Interdisciplinary Environmental Project.  Have students write in their agendas the home learning assignment for this project due 12/3 and 12/4. (11/26 and 11/27)

* Go over plagiarism.  If they are not the authority on the topic, or subject being researched, they need to cite their source in their own text.  If MLA Documentation is being used, it is the author's last name and page number for books, and author's name only for WEB articles.  Some science teachers may introduce them to the APA style of documentation, which really should be used since the subject is science.  Our language arts textbook has MLA explained in it.  Since research will be based in their science classes, this will be their science teacher's decision. (11/28 and 11/29)

* Students will read aloud the Middle Years Programme's Learner Profile from the handout given to them, which they are to keep in their notebooks.  Each student will write an FCAT Writing + Prompt on the Learneer Profile given to them and will turn it in.  One of the midterm essay prompts will be on the MYP Learner Profile.
Note:  Students are responsible for knowing this material and different activities will be given to them so that they may learn it.  In addition, they will be tested on the Learner Profile in the future. (11/28 and 11/29)
Instructional Focus (11/26 - 12/14/07)
Reference and Research:  The student will locate information and put it into his or her own words.
Click on to the desk to see the IBO Learner Profile
FCAT WRITING+ PROMPT
A Caring person shows empathy, compassion and respect toward others. 

Think about the times you showed empathy, compassion or respect toward another person?

Write about how you are a caring person or about when you had to care for another person.
*  Afterwards, students will peer grade each other's essays using the FCat Writing+ Rubric.
*  Then, students will read their essays aloud to the class and students will write down one good thing about their essay and one thing that can be improved.
                                                                                    Objectives:
(LA.B.1.3.2)  In writing their essays on being a principled person, Students have clarity in their presentation of ideas, use creative strategies appropriate to the purpose of the paper.
(LA.C.3.3.1)  Students use speaking strategies effectively to read aloud their Learner Profile Essay on being a principled person.
(LA.C.1.3.1)  Students listen to their classmates reading and offer one tip on how the student can improve the essay, and one thing they liked about the essay
Introducing the Novel Unit: The Golden Goblet,
BY ELOISE JARVIS MCGRAW
Home Learning Due 12/3/07 and 12/4/07
Interdisciplinary
Environmental
Science Project
for Language Arts

Write a one page poem, speech or short, short story.  The final draft must be typed and illustration may be included.
Click  your mouse on to the dinosaur made out of junk to go to a fun site called: The Imagination Factory.
Activities
Interim Test FCAT Benchmark Review: Vocabulary/Context Clues (LA.A.1.3.2)
1.  Students will read "Egyptian Cinderella," by Sherry Climo (http://www.unc.edu/~rwilkers/resource-egypt.htm)

2.  Students will rely on context clues to answer questions based on the FCAT Q Card: Vocabulary/Context Clues(LA.A.1.3.2) in a teacher made handout

3.  IBOMYP Questions:
*  Explain an Area of Interaction that could be applied to this story.
*  Choose a Learner Profile Characteristic that describes Rhodopis.

4.  Students will complete reading comprehension questions on
Egyptian Cinderella

5. 
Students will complete The Egyptian Cinderella Vocabulary Test.
Lesson Plans for the Week of December 3rd
Instructional Focus (11/26 - 12/14/07)
Reference and Research:  The student will locate information and put it into his or her own words.
*  Students will use dictionaries as a reference to research meanings of words.

Interim Test Benchmark: Words and Phrases
FCAT Timeline Benchmark (11/26 - 12/14/07):  Organization, Interpretation &
Synthesis of Information (LA.A.2.3.5)
Activities (12/4/07)
1.  Journal Writing: Students will write in their journals about the following prompts:
What will it be like if:
  *  most boys and girls did not go to school?
  *  you had to live with someone who was cruel?
  *  you had to learn your own living now?
2.  Students will read up to page 16 in the novel, The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw.  As students read they will write down unfamiliar words and what they think the meaning of the word is by using textual context clues.
3.  Students will use dictionaries to define the list of words found:
1.  jostled
2.  crucible
3.  ingot
4.  amulet
5.  idle
6.  illustrious
7.  fathom
8.  ingratiate
9.  sibilant
10. maimed
Activities 12/6/07
Lesson plan for December 10th
Activities:
1.  Students will complete a CLOZE activity on the ancient Egyptian Pharoah Tutankhamun.
2.  Students will read a passage about the Pharoah Tutankhamun, by Vickie Chao and answer reading comprehension questions.
3.  Students will read "Egyptian History 101, by Vickie Chao, and complete reading comprehension questions on this article.
4.  Students will write sentences using given vocabulary words from these two reading passages.
Home Learning:
Complete creative writing assignment for Interdisciplinary Science Project (12/12 -- Last Day)
Lesson Plan for December 12th and 14th
1.  How to write a good persuasive essay
     a. Students will read pages R60 and R61
     b.  Students will read R47 and R481. 
2.  How to organize your essay by choosing good supporting ideas for your topic, subject or thesis
3.  How to write a good introduction so your reader enjoys your essay
     a.  Students will read R34 and R35
     b.  Students will write an introduction
4.  How to use transitions to make your essay interesting
     a.  Students will learn to use other transitions than first, second, etc.
     b.  Students will read R36 and R37
     c.  Students will write their first body paragraph using good transitions.
5.  How to elaborate
     a.  Students will read R37 and R38
     b.  Students will write their second and third body paragraphs
6.  Using Language Effectively
     a.  Students will read R38
     b.  Students will revise their writng
      *  to replace pronouns with nouns
      *  to use specific verbs to create a more vivid picture
      *  to use specific modifiers (adjectives and adverbs)
7.  How to write a good conclusion
     a.  Students will read R37
     b.  Students will write their conclusion
8.  Peer Grading Essays Using the FCAT Rubric
9.  Those who made 6's will read their essays aloud

NOTE:  MS. CANNON WILL CONDUCT A LESSON ON FABLES ON DECEMBER 12TH.
How to Write a Persuasive Essay
Materials:
Objectives
LA.B.1.3.1 THE STUDENT ORGANIZES INFORMATION BEFORE WRITING ACCORDING TO THE TYPE AND PURPOSE OF WRITING
LA.B.1.3.2 THE STUDENT DEMONSTRATES A COMMITMENT TO AND AN INVOLVEMENT WITH THE SUBJECT
LA.B.1.3.2 THE STUDENT DRAFTS AND REVISES WRITING
1.  McDougal Littell's The Language of Literature, 6th Grade Edition
2.  Overhead projector
3.  Student essays
Home Learning
Due 12/18
Finished Essay