Look at you!

This week was filled with TONS of editing!  Since that is the truth, I will post pictures of you editing!


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Watching you write and edit your short stories has been a great learning opportunity for me.  It’s been educational to read the variety of stories that are being crafted in class.  I’ve enjoyed working on “showing not telling” readers details throughout the story with you.  Reading the short story, “The School Play”, has also given you the chance to use internal and external traits when developing your characters.  I look forward to editing the stories more next week!

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What you did…

I am running out of creative titles, so…

This week, we read “Little Brother” to get our minds ready for writing our own narratives.  I loved hearing all of the unique endings which you created-especially because many of them followed the format of the original ending!  I’m looking forward to reading your original short stories.  The plot structure graphic organizers that I have seen are creative, so I know that the stories will be amazing!

During our time in the LMC, you were exposed to a variety of tools to help you find enjoyable books to read.  From Novelist to the Online Card Catalogue, there are a variety of helpful resources for you to peruse.  🙂

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Fun Story Starter!

Click on this link:


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Moving “fourth”ward… (Get it?)

Forward….”fourth”ward….it’s your fourth week… 🙂

This week we continued to study plot and basic story elements.  After completing your “Ghost of the Lagoon” posters (which look great!) we starting the writing piece associated with the story.  I know that it’s a difficult piece of writing to do, so I truly appreciate the way that you all approached the writing in a scholarly manner!  This will be your first meeting with standards-based grading, as you write to show that you can “identify evidence from texts to support conclusions”.  <—words directly from Common Core!  We will continue to work with plot next week; you will start to create your own independent pieces of writing that follow a plot structure- a narrative piece!



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Your THIRD week!

Hey Kiddos!  This week we learned about simple plot structure and how to apply the elements/terms to stories we read.  After reading “The Stray” and “Ghost of the Lagoon”, you had the opportunity to apply your knowledge of plot structure to these stories.  By doing this, you worked on one of our ELA standards: Identify evidence from text to support conclusions.  The ability to use this standard will prove helpful next week when we start our “Ghost of the Lagoon” plot project.

We also discussed the idea of a theme in a story and discovered that themes are applicable to many parts of life.  I hope you had fun setting up your private portfolio on Seesaw.  I look forward to giving you opportunities to add more to it this year!  Keep reading!

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Your second week!

Hopefully, you felt that this week was successful!  We were busy creating summer reading tweets, writing letters to our future selves, and learning basic story vocabulary.  I enjoyed reading the creative tweets about the books you read and hope that they inspire others to read new books.  I’m looking forward to learning about each you through reading your ELA Interest Survey; I’ve found out interesting information about former students from those surveys!

I hope that you enjoy the long weekend!

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Week One! :)

Congratulations!  You have successfully made it through your first week at Maple!

In addition to learning about Maple, you were very busy learning about ELA!  We went to the LMC to find books to read, received the ELA syllabus, created “Two Nonfiction, One Fiction” pages, received a “Get Caught Reading” assignment, and had MAP/NWEA testing.  Phew.  I’m tired just thinking about it!

Next week will be full of learning and fun.  Enjoy the weekend; you deserve it!



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Welcome to Sixth Grade!

I’m so excited to welcome you to Maple School!  I know that by working together we will be successful in ELA.  Please take a few minutes to look through my site to become familiar with some of its features.  Feel free to ask questions!

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