Class 1 Syllabus
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Mr. Case, Mr. Poland & Ms. Shrum
2011 – 2012
Welcome to your sixth grade Literacy class. Together we will be working hard on both our reading and writing skills. We have three really fascinating novels that we will read and use as our focus on writing. The first novel is Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan. The second novel is Far North written by Will Hobbs, and the third book is The Cay by Theodore Taylor. All three novels tie in with what you will be studying in Social Studies.
We love reading and we hope that you do, too. If reading has not been one of the top three things you enjoy, we hope to turn that around this year. In reading we will focus on three areas: fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. We are going to help you set some goals in reading; then we will work very hard with you to reach your goals. One of the first things you will do is take the Scholastic Reading Inventory. This will give us your “lexile”. The lexile is a three or four digit number that indicates what your reading level is. We will always expect you to be reading books within your lexile range. We will explain this more in depth, when class starts, but we wanted to give the parents a “heads up” regarding the lexile.
For writing you will need a 70+ page spiral. We use them for writing notes, rough drafts, vocabulary and graphing our scores. We use them almost every day, and they will remain in the classroom. Please, if you can, have your spiral on the first day. Throughout the year you will need more than one spiral, so we suggest you purchase them now, while they are a bargain.
Speaking of scores – you are probably interested in knowing that Olympic Middle School is a Standards Based School. All of your classes will be scored according to the Standards Based Scoring Scale. When you receive a paper back, it will have a number score, not a letter. 3.0 is the standard. It is possible to score above 3.0 and it is possible to score below 3.0. You will receive more information on this in your handbook.
What should you expect from us? You should expect us to be helpful, fair, punctual, polite and prepared. That will be easy because we are glad to be here with you. We are glad to have this opportunity to help you and get to know you. We believe this will be a very good year for all of us!
Here is a list of the supplies we would like you to have for this class.
Colored pencils Blue ink pen
Box of Kleenex 4 Writing spirals
Highlighters Loose leaf notebook paper
Binder Glue/glue stick
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