Writing: In writing, students continued to work on literary essays. To start, they carefully crafted a claim and created an outline containing specific details. From there, sixth graders used mentor texts as inspiration to begin drafting their own essays. They worked hard to write an introduction and two body paragraphs. Particular attention was paid to including relevant quotes from the text and sophisticated transitional language.
Reading: Sixth grade readers continued to read like a fan this week. They used a new mentor text by Patricia Polacco called Fiona’s Lace. The class compared/contrasted the narrative elements and theme to Chicken Sunday. In addition, students thought critically about how an author develops a character over the course of a text.
Science/Social Studies: Sixth grade scientists concluded their work with analyzing climate maps this week. In social studies, students reflected on the Caribbean/Central America presentations and used information learned to think critically about how their country could be compared/contrasted with another country. From there, they wrote reflections to share findings.