Writing: In writing, students immersed themselves in our new unit on informational writing. They worked to improve note taking skills by finishing video clips about Malala Yousafzai and other teen activists. Sixth graders thought critically to develop themes and main ideas that link all teen activists together. From there, the class practiced note taking skills independently by choosing several articles on the topic to read and respond to.
Reading: This week, students began by reviewing new vocabulary words connected to an article on Achieve3000 called “Lincoln in the News Again”. The technical glitch was resolved and they were able to read the article critically and answer comprehension questions. From there, students continued to work with their new unit on nonfiction reading. They looked closely at nonfiction texts to formulate questions and grow initial ideas. Sixth graders used the mentor text Lincoln: A Photobiography to think critically about reading for information.
Science/Social Studies: Sixth graders completed their presentations on the history of Central America. They enjoyed presenting to the class and learning from each other. In addition, students spent time reading an article on immigration. This information will be useful as we continue to study Central America/The Caribbean.