Classroom News

October 15, 2021
1) Students finished presenting his/her brochure to the class.  
2) Students finished filling in the audience participation sheet.
3) We played blooket to review Unit 1 vocabulary words.  Test is on Monday.


October 14, 2021
1) Students had time to study Unit 1 words.  Test will be moved to Monday.
2) Students started to present his/her travel brochure.  We will continue to present tomorrow.


October 13,2021
1) Students completed Unit 1 "Choosing the Right Word".
2) Students completed travel brochure.
3)  IReady Reading - 30 minutes and 2 lessons this week.
4) Test on Unit 1 vocabulary words on Friday.


October 12, 2021
1) We discussed the expectations for students' behaviors.
2) Do Now:  If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go?  Why would you go there?
3) Students learned how to set up a three-column brochure.
4) Students used the information from his/her research from Thursday and Friday to create the brochure. They will continue to work on the brochure tomorrow.
5) IReady Reading - 30 minutes and 2 lessons this week.


October 6-October 8, 2021
I have been absent.

1) Students had to join ReadWorks.org assignment on Cesar Chavez.
2) Students should have completed his/her personal narrative.
3) Students started to research a Spanish speaking country of his/her choice to create a travel brochure.  They will create the travel brochure next week.
4) Friday, students will complete another ReadWorks.org assignment.
5) I Ready Reading weekly assignment is due on Friday. (45 minutes and at least to lessons)


October 5, 2021
1)  All 6th grade students took the Start Strong Assessment today.  Students will complete the assessment tomorrow.
2) Students worked on his/her narrative essay.
3) Students answered "Complete the Sentence" for Unit 1.
4) Students worked on iReady Reading weekly assignment.


October 4, 2021
I was absent.
1) Students answered "Complete the Sentence" for Unit 1.
2) Students started to plan and write a rough draft of a personal narrative.

3) Students can start working on this week's iReady assignment.

October 1, 2021
1) Do Now: Students answered the following question in his/her notebook; What is the difference between first-person and third-person point of view?
2) We read and discussed the article: "The Life and Work of Cesar Chavez".  Students annotated the article.
3) Students answered the questions in a short response.
4) Time remaining, students worked on IReady Reading or studied Unit 1 Vocabulary Words.

Start Strong Testing will be next week.  Make sure you charge your chromebooks and bring your headphones/earbuds.

September 30, 2021
1) Students answered "Synonyms" and "Antonyms" for Unit 1 p. 18-19 from Vocabulary Workshop book.
2) Students finished LinkIt Benchmark.
3) Students completed Critical Thinking Questions for "The Drive-In Movies". 
4) If time remains, students completed this week's iReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons.

September 29, 2021
1) Students completed LinkIt Benchmark A. 
2) If students finished today, they could work on weekly IReady Reading -45 minutes and 2 lessons.
3) Students may also study Unit 1 vocabulary words.   https://www.sadlierconnect.com/vw/vocabularyworkshop.com.

September 28, 2021

1) Do Now: a) Students took out Unit 1 words. B) Students had time to work on IReady Reading.
2) We reviewed Unit 1 words using  https://www.sadlierconnect.com/vw/vocabularyworkshop.com.  Select Level A Vocabulary Workshop.  Then Unit 1.
3) We finished reading and discussing "The Drive-In Movies".
4) Students answered Critical Thinking Questions for "The Drive-In Movies".

September 27, 2021
1) Do Now: Students named some places or things that were in the past and may not be around now.
2) We discussed Narrator Point of View: First-person and third-person.
3) Students copied vocabulary for "The Drive-In Movies".
4) We read about Gary Soto.
5) We started to read "The Drive-In Movies".
6) Students had time to make sure his/her Summer Reading, Latino American Essay, or start this week's iReady Reading.

September 24, 2021
1) Students had time to copy Unit 1 vocabulary words.
2) Students typed their short essay on Latino Americans.
3) iReady Reading is due today.  Students worked on the assignment when they were finished.
4) Summer Reading is due on Monday.

September 23, 2021
1) Students had 10 minutes to continue copying Unit 1 vocabulary words.
2) We discussed the three choices students can select from to write a short essay.
3) We discussed MLA format.
4) Students started to write the essay in MLA format.
5) Students were reminded to complete iReady Reading and the Summer Reading assignment.

Back to School Night is tonight.  Log in virtually to meet your child's teachers.  Please follow the schedule sent by Dr. McCabe.

September 22, 2021
1) Do Now:  Students started to copy Unit 1 vocabulary words, part of speech, definition, synonyms, and antonyms.
2) We finished viewing: Judy Reyes and Jose Hernandez.
3) Students had time to continue to work on iReady Reading assignment.

September 21, 2021
1) We read and discussed about Latino Americans: Lin-Manual Miranda and Judy Reyes.
2) Students answered questions on Lin-Manual Miranda.  If they did not finish, they must complete tonight.

September 20, 2021
1) Do Now: Students will answer previewing questions.
2) We discussed the organizer for "Who are Latino Americans?"
3)Students answered question before, during, and after viewing the video. This will lead into our discussion over the next two days.
4) Students work on iReady Reading Assignment.  (45 minutes and at least two lessons each week)

September 17, 2021
1) Students will finish iReady Diagnostic.
2) Students will complete a worksheet on common and proper nouns.
3) Students may play blooket.com game to review key concepts for "Stray.
Blooket to Review "Stray"


September 16, 2021
1) Do Now: Take out plot diagram for "Stray".  Take out chromebooks.
2) Students started iReady Reading Diagnostic Test.  They will finish the test on Friday.

September 15, 2021
1) Do Now:  Fill in three events for the rising action on the plot diagram.
2) We discussed the plot of "Stray".
3) Students copied the 8 parts of speech.
4) We discussed nouns, common nouns, and proper nouns.
5) Students filled out a plot diagram for "Stray".

Tomorrow the students will start the iReady Reading Diagnostic.  Students may bring in headphones and a mouse to assist with the assessment.

September 14, 2021
1) Do Now: Give two differences between fiction and nonfiction.
2) Students copied story vocabulary for "Stray" p. 22.
3) We reviewed plot diagram.
4) We read and discussed "Meet the Author" p. 23.
5) We read and discussed "Stray".
6) Students took notes on the plot of "Stray".

September 13, 2021
1) Students had time to complete ReadWorks.org assignment, "Canine Courage".
2) We discussed fiction and nonfiction.
3) We reviewed Reading Skill: Making a Prediction and Literary Analysis: Plot.
4) Students took notes about plot diagram.

September 10, 2021
1) Chromebook distribution was today.  If you the student did not bring in the signed paper, they did not get a chromebook.  Please make sure to print and then sign the form Dr. McCabe sent via email on Wednesday, September 8.  The students were also given a hard copy of the form on Thursday.  Please charge the chromebooks each day.
2) Students finished his/her drawing for 9-11.
3) ReadWorks.org article on "Canine Courage".  Students will have time to complete the questions on Monday.

September 9, 2021
1) Students had to turn in the ReadWorks.org assignment for September 11.
2) We discussed an image from The New Yorker magazine from October 29, 2001.
3) We discussed local heroes.
4) Students had a choice to write a letter or draw an image to thank a local hero.  (Students will finish the assignment tomorrow.)
5) Signed forms for a chromebook is due tomorrow.

September 8, 2021
1) Icebreaker to get to know the students.
2) Discussion about September 11, 2001.
3) ReadWorks.org article about September 11. If it was not  finished in class, must be done for homework.

September 7, 2021
1) We reviewed "Welcome Letter", "Classroom Guidelines", "Grading Policy", and "Course Syllabus".
2) Students filled out a worksheet, "Getting to Know a Middle Schooler".
3) Discussed Summer Reading Assignment.

September 6, 2021


I hope everyone had a wonderful summer. I look forward to meeting all of the students on September 7. If you need to contact me, please email me at dsmocovich@sapublicschools.com.