Mr. Rebling's Sixth English Language Arts
The sixth graders have been hard at work so far this semester. We started off this year by going into nine different parts of speech. They learned these parts from a Grammar Jeopardy game as well as through 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 parts of speech, we also began learning about figurative language in writing. The sixth graders then wrote a story about a memory they had in their lives and had to use the forms of figurative language into their writing.
The next unit focused on a novel by Gary Paulsen titled Hatchet. The story revolved around a boy who survives an airplane crash, but must survive in the wilderness until help comes. Through the novel, students focused on comprehension skills as well as conflict types. This helped to help broaden their views on the different types of problems characters encounter in movies, books, and other forms of stories. The sixth grade then made posters displaying four different types of conflict that were used in the story. They also made 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 how a story’s plot is made as well as learning about theme. We are also focusing on vocabulary used in the stories we read. The sixth grade is just finishing up the story The Monkey’s Paw and will be discussing the story’s theme to prepare for writing their own stories.