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6th English Language Arts

The 6th graders have been hard at work so far this semester. We started off this year by going into different nine different parts of speech (nouns, pronouns, etc.). They learned these different parts from a Grammar Jeopardy game as well as through different Kahoot games. By using their chromebooks they presented individually assigned words to the class to practice skills giving and listening to a speech.

As the students continued to work on the different parts of speech, we also began learning about the different forms of figurative language in literature, such as personification, similes, and metaphors. The 6th graders then wrote a memoir over a memory they had in their lives and had to use these different forms of figurative language into their writing.

The next unit focused on a novel by Gary Paulsen titled Hatchet. The story revolves around a boy who survives an airplane crash, but must survive in the wilderness until help comes. Through the novel, students focus on comprehension skills as well as conflict types to help broaden their views on the different types of problems characters encounter in movies, books, and other forms of stories. The 6th grade made posters displaying four different types of conflict that were used in the story as well as 3D shelters to show what the shelter looked like from the story.

Currently, we are in the middle of our Short Story Unit, focusing on plot and characterization as well as theme. We are also focusing on vocabulary acquisition by researching vocabulary words, their different forms, and practicing the definitions using Quizlet Live. The 6th grade is just finishing up the story The Monkey’s Paw and will be discussing the story’s theme this week.

It has been a successful year so far as we head into the Christmas Break and they are all working very hard as the semester wraps up. When they return, we will begin to focus on The Freedom Walkers and Martin Luther King, Jr.

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It is the policy of the Pekin Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact the district’s Equity Coordinator: Kim Ledger, PK-5 principal/Curriculum Director,1062 Birch Ave.,Packwood, Iowa 52580,Telephone: 319-695-3707, Email:Kim Ledger