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Syllabus - 6th Grade

Mrs. Couvillion’s Classroom Syllabus – 6th Grade

2018-2019

The Golden Rule: Treat others the way you want to be treated!

A positive attitude, respectful manner, and high expectations make a learning environment enjoyable!  Here's to a GREAT year in 6th Grade Language Arts!

 INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION:

     ROOM: 601                                                             PHONE: 218-4610

       PLAN TIME: 7:50-8:30 and 3:00-3:30                       EMAIL: couvillt@usd385.org

COURSE STANDARDS:

       1. Reading: The students will read and comprehend text across the curriculum.

      2. Literature: The students will respond to a variety of texts.

      3. Writing: The students will write effectively for a variety of audiences, purposes, and contexts.

      4. Research: The students will apply reading and writing skills to demonstrate learning.

      5. Listening: Learners will participate effectively as listeners within formal and informal groups.

      6. Speaking: Learners will speak effectively for a variety of audiences, purposes, occasions, and contexts.

WHAT WE EXPECT OF STUDENTS:  

  • Students will be respectful of one another, any adults in our classroom, and all materials.

  • Students will follow all school rules as posted and noted in the student’s agenda book.

  • Students will come to class with a positive attitude and a readiness to learn.

  • Students will show responsibility by bringing necessary materials and being prepared for class.

WHAT STUDENTS CAN EXPECT FROM THE TEACHER:

  • A respectful setting.

  • An expectation that all students will have a successful year.

  • An environment for learning.

  • A meaningful lesson/activity each day.

MATERIALS REQUIRED FOR EACH DAY OF CLASS:  

        1. Pencil and Pen                 2. Assignment/Homework                  3. Library Book                     4. Novel

                            4. Dry-Erase Markers                        5. Agenda book WITH conduct card

WHAT WILL THE CLASS BE LIKE EACH DAY?

The class consists of a 90-minute Language Arts block. During this time, your student will spend the first 60 minutes with their assigned LA teacher focusing on English Language Arts Common Core Standards. The remaining 30 minutes students will be either in a small group or large group multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) focusing on comprehensive skills through independent reading. 

HOW MUCH “HOMEWORK” CAN WE EXPECT?

  • Generally, homework will be given once or twice a week unless we are working on a project or writing assignment; then, expect more.  

  • Beyond regular paper and pencil homework, students should read with the goal of completing one book independently every two weeks.

  • Students may also view assignments on the classroom board and the lesson plans tab on the website.

HOW ARE WE GRADED?

  • Grades will be weighted in the following manner:

    • 50%  Tests & Projects

    • 35%  Daily work and homework

    • 15%  Independent Reading and AR

WHAT ABOUT LATE WORK, RE-DOS, AND TEST RETAKES?

  • An assignment is late if a student was in class when it was given and comes the following day without it. He/she may turn in late work one day late with a late pass and receive no grade penalty. This work should be placed in the late/absent basket.

  • All other work that is late will result in a 20% deduction.

  • Projects are subject to a different deduction. Students will receive a deduction of 2% for each day it is late up to but not exceeding a 10% deduction.

  • All late work must be turned in prior to the end of the nine weeks for credit.

  • Also, have your student check the “no-name” clip if missing an assignment. They may have simply forgotten to write their name on their paper. 

  • Redos and test retakes are determined on an individual basis and must be advocated by the student.

  • If such permission is granted by the teacher, the student can correct the test/ quiz for up to 75% C. 

EXAMPLES OF HOW WE WILL BE LEARNING

  • Grammar Guru

    • At the beginning of each class, students will be taught various grammar skills to reinforce or enhance their writing. 

  • Vocabulary Index Cards

    • Each student is required to have 150 lined index cards (3x5) and an index card case. These will be turned into “academic vocabulary” cards. Students will receive between ten and fifteen words every two weeks. At the end of the two-week period, a test will be given. As a new set of words is introduced, they will be added to the old ones for the following test. The academic vocabulary will focus on the following: affixes and roots, vocabulary from novels, and domain-specific words. Students may also practice their words on my vocabulary game page. 

  • 1:1 Devices

    • Two years ago I was accepted into the Andover Instruction Framework (AIF) Program, which awarded me with 30 Chromebooks for my classroom. Through this program I am trying to go as paperless as possible with my class; therefore, most of your student’s assignments will be done through Google Classroom. Google Classroom is a learning platform, which allows me to keep track of all digital work that your student does throughout the year along with issuing him/her their grades. In addition, you, too, will be able to see your child’s work. I will send home more information regarding this once we have our Google Classroom established. 

  • Library/Independent Reading (AR)

    • Students will visit the library every other week in their language arts class. During this time, students will be expected to check out books within their reading range, take AR tests, and read. 

    • Independent reading/AR will be part of students’ grades. In fact, it will be weighted as 15% of their overall LA grade and will consist of three different types of grades:

      • Deadline Grade (10 points)- Students will be expected to read a book every two weeks and earn a “deadline” grade of ten points for completing the book on time. They will earn a 10 if they take an AR test on or before the due date or receive a 0 if they don’t.

      • Comprehension Grade (50 points) - The second grade associated with independent reading is based on how students perform on their AR test, a computerized comprehension test that consists of ten to twenty questions about the book they read. The grade given will be the score earned on the AR test which will then be converted into a grade worth 50 points. For example, if a student earns on 80% on Where the Red Fern Grows, the grade goes in the grade book as 40/50, which is still an 80%. If students take the test past the deadline, it is his or her responsibility to get the test results to their teacher in order to receive credit for the test. Otherwise, the comprehension score will be NTI (Not Turned In), which is a zero in the grade book. 

      • AR Goal (25 points) – At the beginning of each quarter, students will receive their AR point goal based on the STAR assessment. Students will have all quarter to reach their goal.  If they reach their goal, they will receive all 25 points. If not, they will receive a percentage of what they earned. For example, if a student was expected to achieve 30 points but only achieved 20 points, they reached 67% out of 100% of their goal. So, they would receive 67% of the 25 points, which comes out to 16.75 out of 25 points. 

      • Bonus Points  Students may receive up to a 100 points extra credit for reading ABOVE their AR book goal (typically 4 per quarter). The points earned are based on the AR points assigned to each book. For example, Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods is worth 17 points. If the student gets a 100%, he/she would earn 17 bonus points. 

  • MTSS

    • Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) is a program designed to meet the needs of each student in order to focus on skills specific to him or her. Based on the STAR Reading Assessment, students will be placed into groups according to their skill level. If necessary, students will meet with an interventionist in a small group and concentrate on phonics skills, reading comprehension, or fluency.