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NCLB - Highly Qualified Teacher: Special Education
Bachelors Degree - Major in Spanish Literature, minor in Dance
Special Education - University of Phoenix
Credentials: Preliminary Level I Education Specialist

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"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself."-- John Dewey

Middle School Language Arts is the forum for students to explore and understand the past, present, and future through literature and writing. By reading various genres of literature; such as narrative, exposition, and persuasive; students will broaden, relate to, and share each other's perspectives. Their voices will not only be heard through discussions about literature, but through their writing as well. Trough encouragement, support, and fun, Language Arts will successfully educate and hopefully inspire our young writers and readers to become authors. 

6Th grade English Agenda

Vocabulary and Spelling 
a) Roots (Latin, Greek) 
b) Prefixes 
c) Suffixes 
d) Figures of Speech 

Grammar Usage, and Mechanics 
a) Parts of Speech 
b) Plural and Possessive Nouns 
c) Punctuation 
d) Simple and Compound Sentences 

a) Writing Process 
b) Main Idea and Supportive Evidence 
c) Paragraph Development 
d) Elements of a Story (Theme, plot, character, setting, tone, and mood) 

Classroom readings 
a) Short Stories 
b) Hatchet by Gary Paulsen 
c) Holes by Louis Sachar 
e) Touching Spirit Bear by Ben MIkaelsen 
Students are encouraged to read at home on their own for at least 20 minutes a day. Students will get extra credit for each completed book report. 

Assessment Components 
Warm-ups/Agenda----------5 points/week 
Quizzes _____________15 - 25 points 
Homework ___________10 - 25 points 
Writing Projects ______50 - 100 points 
Classwork --------------------50 - 100 points 

Academic Grade: 
A = 100% - 90% (Outstanding) 
B = 89% - 80% (Very Good) 
C = 79% - 70% (Satisfactory) 
D = 69% - 60% (Passing) 
F = 59% - 0% (Fail - Demonstrates little or no learning) 

How Can Parents Help? 
Check student's planner every night. Review and discuss homework assignments. 
Provide a quiet place to study. Look for school progress reports every 4 weeks. Visit a local library. Encourage you child to read at least 20 minutes a day.



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