Well look at that….

The timing couldn’t have been better for this article to come out!


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Chris Rylander Visit on December 11, 2018

Popular author, Chris Rylander, will visit our 6th Grade students on Tuesday, December 11. Chris loves to motivate and entertain students by sharing how he became a writer and the funny, real life stories that inspired parts of his books.

Some of Chris’s books include the Fourth Stall series, the Codename Conspiracy series, and his newest book, The Legend of Greg. Chris’s presentation will end with a Q&A session and book signing.

The first book in both the Fourth Stall and Codename Conspiracy as well as The Legend of Greg are available to order prior to his visit. Please fill out the order form (found here) by Friday, November 30th. Please send payment in exact change or a check made out to “The Book Bin” to the Maple LMC by Friday! The Book Bin is partnering with us to provide the books in time for Chris’s visit.

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So, we’ve made it to November!  This is a fabulous month for so many reasons.  Hopefully, you’ve found a lot of reasons to smile this month-besides ELA class.  🙂  We have been working on understanding different types of sentences and why authors use each type of sentence while writing. I know that I always appreciate a book more when I can understand the author’s word choices and the plot.

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Book Fair!

There are some great new titles to check out at the book fair!  The fair will be held from November 27-29.   Get ready to read!



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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!

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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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