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1
Welcome Parents/Guardiansto Back to School
Night!
  • Nicole Himmelman- Room JM 104
  • 6th Grade Language A Humanities
  • Email nhimmelman_at_esusd.k12.ca.us
  • Cell 323-770-2254
  • Website www.mshimmelman.weebly.com

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A little about me
  • This is my 1st year in El Segundo Unified School
    District I previously taught middle school in
    LAUSD and, more recently, at Larchmont Charter
    School.
  • I have taught 6th 7th Grade English and 6th,
    7th, and 8th Grade History.
  • I am originally from NJ where I studied
    Journalism Theater Arts at Rutgers University.
  • I received my masters from UCLAs Teacher
    Education Program, a program that embodies a
    social justice agenda.
  • I love to integrate the arts (visual
    performing) into classroom lessons and projects.

3
Advisory in Room JM104
  • Advisory takes place every Monday with each
    students Period 2 teacher class
  • 6th grade will focus on what the International
    Baccalaureate program means for the school and
    for them as students.
  • Middle Years Programme
  • IB Learner Profile
  • Community Service

4
Language A Goals for Students
  • to be engaged, lifelong readers and writers
  • to stretch students thinking and polish their
    critical thinking skills
  • to ask thoughtful questions around fiction and
    nonfiction texts
  • to look at multiple perspectives of real or
    imagined people
  • to analyze text, make a claim, use supporting
    evidence, and explain how their evidence supports
    their claim
  • to write narratives, expository research papers,
    and persuasive letters
  • 85 (proficient) or higher on all tests,
    projects, and essays
  • Improve reading by 1.5-2 reading levels

5
Language A The Year Ahead
  • to students will be identifying, analyzing,
    explaining, evaluating, comparing, contrasting,
    and citing supportive evidence in both literature
    and informational text
  • This will broken down into 4 main units of study
  • Narrative
  • students will write personal or creative
    narratives, taking one story to the publishing
    phase
  • Response to Literature
  • students will write various response to
    literature short-essays, focusing on the
    structure of the paragraph (claim, evidence,
    explanation and analysis)
  • Expository
  • students will write 1 expository research paper
    on a topic of their interest and choice
  • Persuasive
  • students will write various persuasive letters
    for different purposes
  • students will participate in a class debate

6
Language A Supplies
  • Before anything else, preparation is the key to
    success.
  • -Alexander Graham Bell
  • Reading book- every day!
  • 2 marble composition notebooks
  • 1 writing notebook that stays in the classroom, 1
    for notes that goes home
  • Writing folder- stays in the classroom
  • Binder Reminder
  • tape and/or glue sticks
  • post-it notes
  • 3 pens 2 pencils (2) with pouch or case
  • white-out erasers
  • colored pencils
  • sharpener
  • 2 highlighters

7
Humanities Goals for Students
  • to be engaged, lifelong learners
  • to give students the knowledge, skills, and
    enthusiasm to participate in civic life
  • to have a basic understanding of geography of the
    world
  • to stretch students thinking
  • to ask thoughtful questions about the past
  • to make connections between the past and present
  • to look at multiple perspectives (powerful vs.
    oppressed)
  • to assess credibility of sources
  • to understand and examine subjectivity within
    history
  • to analyze documents, use deep reading for
    understanding, and create powerful,
    evidence-based writing
  • 85 or higher on all tests, projects, and essays

8
Humanities The Year Ahead
  • 6th Grade Humanities (History-Social Science)
    focuses on ancient times, from early man tool
    making to the rise of the Roman Empire.
  • Unit 1 Early Humans
  • Unit 2 Mesopotamia (currently)
  • Unit 3 Egypt
  • Unit 4 Ancient Hebrews
  • Unit 5 India
  • Unit 6 China
  • Unit 7 Greece
  • Unit 8 Rome
  • Four Worlds as an analysis tool

9
Humanities Supplies
  • Before anything else, preparation is the key to
    success.
  • -Alexander Graham Bell
  • 3-Subject College-Ruled Notebook
  • Binder Reminder
  • tape and/or glue sticks
  • post-it notes
  • 3 pens 2 pencils (2) with pouch or case
  • white-out erasers
  • colored pencils
  • sharpener
  • 2 highlighters

10
Grading Policy
  • 100 Assessment-based grades
  • Students are consistently reassessed in order to
    determine their current level of mastery this
    way, they are able to improve replace their
    grade throughout the unit.
  • Standards are broken down into student-friendly
    Learning Targets (LT). You will see them on the
    first page of a unit in your childs notebooks.
  • Each student is graded out of a scale of 5 based
    on their mastery of the learning target.
  • Mark to Grade Conversion5.0     100      
       A4.5     90            A-4.0     85      
         B3.5     80            B-3.0     75    
           C2.5     70            C-2.0     60  
             D1.5     55            F1.0     50  
             F
  • Projects essays will be scored based on
    standards-based rubrics.

11
Homework Policy
  • Students will have homework every night, but it
    is usually limited to reading their independent
    reading book.
  • Homework will be written down daily in their
    binder reminder.
  • Homework may also include finishing class
    assignments, reading passages to preview or
    review material, practicing skills learned in
    class, or working on class projects.
  • Due to the extensive amount of learning students
    are responsible for this year, students should
    review their notes every night to fully
    understand and retain important concepts.
  • Homework should take no longer than 30 minutes
    per night.
  • Consequences
  • Detention for 3 missed homework assignments
  • citizenship grade

12
Nicoles Class Website
  • www.mshimmelman.weebly.com
  • Please bookmark it and refer to it for homework,
    learning targets, resources, study guides, my
    contact info, etc.
  • Please encourage your child to use the website,
    especially if they are absent ?

13
Suggestions for how to support your child in
Language A Humanities
  • ask students about what they have been learning
    in class
  • inspect students notebook(s) for organization
  • look at/review Learning Target Logs
  • ask about homework do not help with homework
  • ask students when their unit tests are and remind
    them to study dates will be posted on the
    website at least two weeks ahead for unit tests.
  • have them talk about the plot of the book they
    are reading
  • model good reading and writing encourage them to
    read and write at home
  • when they give an opinion, ask them to explain
    their evidence
  • talk about current events, especially the
    upcoming election!
  • watch historical documentaries
  • reinforce high expectations at home
  • have students teach you a lesson!higher level
    thinking ?

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Questions?
  • Feel free to email me!
  • nhimmelman_at_esusd.k12.ca.us
  • 323-770-2254
  • Thank you!
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