Lesson Plans for 
6th Grade Advanced Students - Week of 10/31-11/4/11
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LA. - The student will use context clues to determine meanings of unknown words. (10/31, 11/1 and 11/2)

LA. - The student will use background knowledge of subject and related content areas, prereading strategies, graphic representations, and knowledge of text structure to make and confirm complex predictions of content, purpose, and organization of a reading selection.   (10/31, 11/1 and 11/2)

LA. - The student will analyze the author’s purpose (e.g., to persuade, inform, entertain) and perspective in a variety of texts and understand how they affect meaning.   (10/31, 11/1 and 11/2)

LA. - The student will locate and analyze the elements of plot structure including exposition, setting, character development, rising/falling action, conflict/resolution, and theme in a variety of fiction.   (10/31, 11/1 and 11/2)

LA. - The student will prewrite by making a plan for writing that prioritizes ideas, addresses purpose, audience, main idea, and logical sequence  (11/3 and 11/4)

LA. The student will draft writing by: organizing information into a logical sequence and combining or deleting sentences to enhance clarity.   (11/3 and 11/4)

LA. student will write a variety of informal communications (e.g., friendly letters, thank-you notes, messages) and formal communications (e.g., conventional business letters, invitations) that follow a format and that have a clearly stated purpose and that include the date, proper salutation, body, closing, and signature (11/3 and 11/4)
       Instructional Focus: Author's Purpose
                         and Main Idea

Monday and Tuesday:
Huckleberry Finn, Retold
Essential Question:  

Note:  Fall Interim Testing is this Week for Math and Science, therefore some periods are cut short in the mornings.

1.  Do Now! Open Book Quiz on Chapters 8-11
2.  REVIEW:  Quickly review Chapters 12 - 14 and read portions Chapters 15 & 16.

The students will:
     • connect a story to one’s own experience - Journal Writing: Have you ever pretended to be someone else?  If not, how would you imagine to be another person?  Have you ever been responsible for someone else's well being?
     • set a purpose for reading - Students will explore the preconceptions and the shared prejudices of the American public during Huckleberry's time. (A Runaway slave and a runaway boy)  Why does Jim go along with Huck childish pranks and impulses?
     • analyze  how a character changes from the beginning of a selection to the end - How has Huck changed in his attitudes and beliefs about Jim?
     • analyze the contributions of secondary characters to the development of primary characters - How do we understant Huck as others see him and talk about him?
     • understand characters’ motives and actions - Look at each chapter, what are the motives of Huck and Jim? What do they want to achieve?
     • analyze visuals - Students will analyze the illustrations in these chapters of
Huck Finn, Retold.

End Lesson - The student will  identify the author’s purpose.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, By Mark Twain