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Title: Welcome to English Language Arts

Welcome to English Language Arts
Carole Pinkwasser 6C
A Little about me
  • Grew up in New York and went to Brooklyn College
    where I received my B.A. in Education
  • Received my Masters in Education from NAU in 1994
  • My husband and I moved to Arizona in 1979
  • Have two grown children, my son is married and we
    have a 5 year old granddaughter
  • This is my 3rd year at Altadena
  • Previously, taught ELA at Akimel A-al for 13
  • Before that, taught Kindergarten in Mesa for 9
  • Also taught 6 years in a preschool in Tempe
  • Highly qualified to teach English Language Arts
    and World History

English Language Arts
  • Please have a 3 section spiral notebook just for
  • Grammar, test prep questions, journals
  • Spelling/vocabulary practice- weekly Wednesday to
    Wednesday, test each week
  • Reading Skills- read it, understand it,
    think it through
  • Writing Skills- sentence structure, paragraphing
  • Students are expected to hand write drafts AND
    edit/revise their own work. Adult help will come
    after the student process.

Preparing for the future
  • Common Core State Standards/ ELA
  • Clear and consistent standards for teachers,
    students, and parents
  • Relevant, real world skills to prepare for
    college and careers
  • Be prepared to compete in the global economy
  • I Can statements, learning goals, check
  • AZ MERIT in the spring

Reading Skills
  • Lexile
  • Difficulty of the text is considered
  • www.lexile.com (6th gr. 850-1050 and 7th gr.
  • Informational Text
  • Major basis of reading material across the core
  • Literary Text
  • Genres, structure of stories, real-life
    connections, and perceptions

Common core reading
  • Key Ideas and Details
  • Read closelycite specific textual evidence make
    logical inferences
  • Determine theme and analyze development
  • Analyze how and why individuals, events, and
    ideas develop and interact
  • Craft and Structure
  • Technical, connotative and figurative meaning
  • Analyze structure
  • Point of view and purpose
  • Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
  • Integrate and evaluate content
  • Delineate and evaluate claims
  • Analyze two or more texts

  • Reading will be more connected with written
  • Defending answers by citing the author/authors
  • Using Shared Inquiry Method, an active and
    collaborative search for answers to questions of
    meaning about a text. It is a research-supported
    method of learning that promotes deeper thinking
    through reading, discussion, and writing. It
    always involves interpretive questions (questions
    that have more than one answer that can be
    supported by the text), close reading,
    collaboration, and reflective and critical
  • Making arguments based on informational reading
  • Close Reading Strategies a careful and
    purposeful re-reading of the text to search for
    purpose, structure, words, ideas, and flow of the
  • Using annotation (highlighting, underlining,
    circling, writing in the margins, etc.) to help
    make connections

  • Text Types and Purposes
  • Support claims using valid reasoning and relevant
    and sufficient evidence.
  • Informative/explanatory texts to examine and
    convey complex ideas and information clearly and
  • Narratives to develop real or imagined
  • Production and Distribution of Writing
  • Produce clear and coherent writing appropriate to
  • Develop and strengthen writing
  • Use technology to produce/publish
  • Research to Build and Present Knowledge
  • Conduct short and long research projects
  • Gather relevant information from multiple
    sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of
    each and avoid plagiarism
  • Draw evidence from texts to support analysis,
    reflection, and research

Writing Skills
  • Written Responses to reading text
  • Journals, notes, short responses
  • Writing Applications
  • Argumentative/Opinion
  • Narrative
  • Expository/Informational
  • Literary Responses
  • 6 1 Trait of Writing will be used along with
    scales and rubrics to score teach and score

Organization of text
  • Students will use the stoplight method to
    highlight information in a text.
  • They will use the same method to structure their
  • Green- topic/concluding sentence
  • Yellow- main ideas/points
  • Red- examples, evidence

Typical Homework- YES, expect it.
  • Read each night (20-30 minutes)answer questions
    on Reading Log
  • Re-read classroom stories,
  • Spelling/vocabulary practice (10 mins.)
  • -Due each Wednesday
  • Grammar practice (10 mins.)
  • Unfinished class work (???)
  • Occasional time for research/writing if doing a

  • Please use the Parent Vue Portal on Kyrene web
    site to check grade and work completion status.
    Usually updated weekly.
  • Student receive daily grades for class work and
    homework. This includes walk-ins.
  • Larger assignments such as projects, readers
    response, research, creative writing work will
    receive more points than daily work.
  • Grading 80 quizzes, projects, assessments
  • 20 classwork and homework

Other fun stuff
  • Skits, plays, performances
  • School Spelling Bee
  • Word games/Brainteasers
  • Friendly competitions in class

Class website- resources and handouts Team
website- homework The best way to contact me is
through email cpinkw_at_kyrene.org 480-541-6102
Thanks for coming!
advanced language Arts
  • Placed if scored at or above the 97th percentile
    on national norms in one or more of three
    areas-verbal(language), quantitative(math), and
    nonverbal(spatial) reasoning.
  • Students should maintain a B or better average
    to stay in class. Will set up a parent meeting
    to discuss if an issue or problem occurs.

Ala-how is it Different?
  • Vocabulary program-Classical Latin Greek roots
  • Introduction to Shakespeare
  • Above grade level stories (Literature book,
  • Higher levels of comparing/contrasting
  • Challenge the views of the author and discrepancy
    between texts(literary analysis)
  • Higher level speaking skills(multi-media)
  • Kyrene website (Programs Services-Gifted
    Programs)-organizations, resources, activities,
    and gifted web links
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