Writing: In writing, students continued to work on editing and revising literary essays. To start, they examined their writing and thought critically about how to include higher level transitional language. Next, sixth graders worked on specific strategies to edit for spelling and grammar. They listened to their piece read out loud and made sure sentences had appropriate punctuation. Finally, the class continued on to final drafts by finding more sophisticated vocabulary words to bring their ideas to life.
Reading: SIxth graders began their week by analyzing the four Patricia Polacco books we have read so far. Students looked for patterns and commonalities in themes, settings, characters and other aspects of her stories. From there, the class read a new text called My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother. They thought critically about how Polacco developed the point of view of the narrator.
Science/Social Studies: Sixth graders continued their study of Europe this week. They began by identifying major countries on a map. Students also analyzed the physical features of various countries. The class thought critically about how the shape of a country influences it.