• Welcome to Mrs. Higgins' 6th Grade Language Arts Page!

    Room 104

    Contact info: ehiggins@bloomsd.k12.pa.us

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    “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.”


    AREAS of FOCUS - all based on PA Common Core Standards

    • Literature/Reading
    1. Read and discuss short stories, nonfiction selections, poetry, and essays
    2. Explore and discuss several novels
    3. Learn and identify literary terminology
    4. Study elements of short fiction
    5. Select novel reading for independent reading/logs and assignments
    • Writing
    1. Complete various writing assignments such as different types of paragraphs, five paragraph essays, a biography, an autobiographical piece, creative poetry, book analysis, book summaries, short stories, essay contests, etc.
    2. Reader's Response–Your reader’s response journal will be kept in your classroom binder. Each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday you will be expected to read 15 minutes upon entering the classroom. After reading, you will be expected to respond to your reading using one of six strategies. Occasionally you will be able to share your journal entries with the class. You are responsible for the content within your journal.
    3. Journal Writing- You will write in your journals each Tuesday and Thursday.  Prompts will be given, or may be student choice.
    4. Writing skills will be strengthened through the study of 10-Minute grammar,  punctuation, sentence/paragraph development, and essay formats.
    • Vocabulary Development
      1. Through the use of online vocabulary, Membean. Please see your agenda for your username/password
      2. Periods 1/2 and 3/4 - 45 minutes through 15 minutes 3x a week, every OTHER week
      3. Periods 5/6 Honors - 45 minutes through 15 minutes 3x a week, EVERY week
    • Spelling
    1. Spelling words will be given every other week
    2. You will be given a copy of your words on Friday
    3. Spelling Pretest - Wednesdays. If you get 100%, you do not have to take the test.
    4. Spelling Test - Fridays.
    5. We will be doing spelling practice throughout the week
    • Communication Skills
    1. Oral reports on various topics or research reports
    2. Participate in class discussions
    3. Develop cooperative learning skills
    4. Individual and group presentations relating to literature
    • Class Participation
    1. Contribute to class discussions
    2. Complete class and homework assignments
    3. Participate in group activities
    4. Use of appropriate listening skills when part of an audience
    5. Showing respect in our classroom community