Mrs. Ness' Language Arts Page

Week of 9/25

In the upcoming week, students will be finishing up their Introductory Letter to me (our first writing assignment). We will also spend some time reviewing the RACE strategy and have some independent writing time. 

Week of 9/18

We are off to a super start! I am so impressed with student's knowledge of parts of speech. The RACE strategy is taking a little work to get used to, so you may have noticed the quiz was postponed in order to provide more practice. Please note that our Classroom Calendar is not set in stone, but more of a guideline. We will be using the RACE strategy all year and I wanted to make sure students are getting a good start with it. Next week students will be practicing the RACE strategy on an article as homework. It is due on Friday.

Next week our classroom focus will be an initial writing project- an Introductory Letter. We will be working through the writing process and finishing up by typing our letters. This first writing project will give me an idea of student current writing skills. 

I hope your student is settling in and if they need help it is always available. Please ask.

Week of 9/11

This week we will focus on building a strong reading response foundation using the RACE Strategy. RACE is an acronym for R=restate, A= answer, C= cite, and E= explain, examples, elaborate. Students will really be working on providing evidence from the text or examples from life to prove their answer/thinking. Also this week, we will be reviewing parts of speech and planting some "seed ideas" for future writing. 

I hope everyone had a great first week. I know I did. I feel like I have an amazing group of 6th graders that I am really looking forward to getting to know better. Please never hesitate to contact me with your concerns. The quickest way is email. 

 Welcome to 6th Language Arts and your first year at Castle Rock Middle School! I am looking forward to a fantastic year together! Although you may feel a little nervous coming into new territory, you’ll begin to feel comfortable in no time. Our focus this school year will be learning and developing our skills as critical thinkers, readers, writers, speakers, listeners, and viewers.  On a regular basis, we will think critically about what we have read, heard, or viewed and work on effectively articulating our thoughts and ideas through speaking and writing. 
    Top Five Things to Remember About        Our Class: 
5. Respect every thing, person, and idea in this room. 
4. Take responsibility for your choices and actions. 
3. Follow instructions: written and verbal. 
2. Come to class ready to think and participate. 
1. Ask questions, be curious, and seek answers. He who asks will know. Come talk to me before school, after school, or during 4th period. 

Contact Information:
Phone: 360-501-2920 ext 2217

Upcoming Events:

Wed.,Sept.13- Early Release @1:50 
                        PTO Mtg @ 6:00
  Thur., Sept. 14- Picture Day 
Wed., Sept. 20-Early Release @1:50 
Wed., Sept. 27-Early Release @1:50 

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