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Title: 6th Grade Language Arts Meredy Smith


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6th Grade Language ArtsMeredy Smith
  • mesmith_at_kyrene.org
  • 4805415901

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A little about me
  • Grew up in Nebraska and went to the University of
    Nebraska.
  • Started teaching in the Midwest and moved to
    Phoenix in 1994 and have been at Akimel since.
  • I am the Gifted Mentor at Akimel
  • Kyrene family- Husband works at Altadena, girls
    have attended Kyrene schools.
  • I coach the high jump at Desert Vista and my
    family is involved in the community.

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Curriculum
  • Language, Reading, Writing, Speaking and
    Listening
  • Informational and Literary reading writing
  • defending responses with evidence from the text
  • Annotation, analyzing text
  • Making notes as they read and making connections
  • Spelling/vocabulary using Greek and Latin roots,
    context clues, academic vocabulary (infer,
    context, defend, etc.)
  • Google docs, student email accounts for
    collaboration

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Expectations for Advanced Language Arts Class
  • Higher level Lexile reading (novels)
  • Vocabulary book (Classic Roots) SAT prep
  • Reading Responses with in-depth evidence
  • Expected to maintain a B average or above
  • Quicker pacing
  • Higher quality work, discussions, thinking
  • Making inferences, Interpretations
  • Shakespeare study- continued through 8th grade
  • Independent learning projects

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

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Grading
  • Students may receive grades for classwork and
    homework. This includes daily walk-in work.
    (30 of grade)
  • Larger assignments such as assessments, projects,
    readers response, research, creative writing
    work will receive more points than daily work.
    These are considered formal and informal
    assessments. (70 of grade)
  • Use the Parent Vue Portal on Kyrene website to
    check grade and work completion status. Students
    can check grades via Student Vue with their
    student number. Contact school office 541-5800 if
    you need an account.

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Learning Goal Scale
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Homework
  • Read 20 (for enjoyment and book reflections,
    literary elements)
  • Spelling/vocabulary/grammar practice
  • Unfinished classwork
  • Pre-reading of upcoming text
  • Additional research/writing time for projects
  • Absent/make-up or missing work

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Supplies
  • 2 Composition books
  • Two pocket folder with three prongs
  • Highlighters- green, yellow, pink, blue
  • Sticky notes (little ones)
  • Toolkit/pencil pouch- with general needs (see
    handout from team)

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Things to ask your kid
Can I see your agenda? Did you reflect on your
nightly reading? Do you need to replenish your
supplies? Are you working on any long term
projects? Have you cleaned out your backpack
recently? Do you have a reading book in your
backpack?
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Best way to reach me
  • mesmith_at_kyrene.org
  • 480-541-5901
  • Class website- resource, rubrics, and handouts
  • Team website- homework
  • Thanks for coming!
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