Writing: In writing, the class continued working on their personal narrative drafts. First, sixth graders focused on slowing down the problem in their stories in order to build the tension in a slow-motion, bit-by-bit way. They read their piece with a critical lens to ensure the lesson was woven throughout the text and not thrown in at the end. From there, students crafted endings that reveal what their journeys as characters were really about.
Reading: This week, students worked with an article about the Ringling Brothers Circus on Achieve3000. They also paused to think about the ending of their novels and set new reading goals. From there, the class began a study of the impact of setting. They moved from thinking about the where and when of a story to the higher level analysis of mood and tone.
Science/Social Studies: Sixth grade scientists examined several sources to develop claims that answer the question, “Why is the lobster population declining in Connecticut?" In social studies we discussed upcoming state quizzes and practiced with various websites. Each week, students will take a quiz on ten states (specific states can be found in the packet) culminating in a test of all fifty in December. Specific dates for each quiz can be found on the packet students were given in class.