Writing: In writing, students finished reading and taking notes about various articles involving teen activists. Next, they read their notes critically and wrote about the big themes that unite all teen activists in general. These themes were used to create a “boxes and bullets” outline for an essay. Each main idea was put in a “box” and the “bullets” were the supporting details. As a class, we wrote sample body paragraphs for students to use as a model when writing their own essays.
Reading: This week, students began by learning new vocabulary words connected to an article on Achieve3000 called “I Am Malala”. This article was helpful to not only grow nonfiction reading skills but learn more information that can be applied to the teen activism essays. Next, sixth graders started to work with nonfiction book clubs. We practiced reading and discussing nonfiction texts as a class to prepare. Finally, students began to look at ways to identify main ideas.
Science/Social Studies: Sixth graders enjoyed presenting information about the history of Central America this week. Students learned a great deal from each other. In science, the class reviewed the components of the water cycle. They used this information to create a poster or comic strip with a water droplet as the main character to teach their audience what they learned.