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Mrs. Simko, MS Literature

Mrs. Simko
6th, 7th, 8th Literature
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Christ King Parish School nurtures our children's growth in the Catholic faith by teaching them to accept and respect Jesus in everyone they meet within an environment that cultivates academic excellence, encourages service to others, fosters leadership,, and allows each student to develop their God-given talents.

 

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6th Grade Schedule and Unit Overview

 Second Quarter

  • Week One (August): Introduction to class, middle school and syllabus/expectations.
  1.  A written reflection (one paragraph).
  2. Week Two: 6th Grade Reader’s Workshop
  • Week Three: Students choose their novel. The focus will be on nonfiction.
  1. Reading time provided in class.  Homework will be to read independently.
  2. Relevant terms presented and small groups will apply these terms to their individual novels. (formative assessment)
  3. Students will answer basic, reflective questions for each chapter or section in a spiral notebook as homework.
  • Week Four:
  1. Reading time provided in class.  Homework will be to read independently.
  2. Relevant terms presented and small groups will apply these terms to their individual novels. (formative assessment)
  3. Students will answer basic, reflective questions for each chapter or section in a spiral notebook.
  4. A formative assessment from this week will be a quiz on the terms presented.
  5. Response and reflection questions should continue for each chapter in students’ notebooks as homework.
  • Week Five:
  1. Reading time provided in class. 
  2. A quiz on plot development and introduction of the summative assessment for the unit—an expository speech by each student on his or her book.
  • Week Six: Summative Assessment Work on speech.
  • Week Seven and Eight: Presentation of speeches
  • Week Eight and Nine: Finish speeches, student conferencing, and wrap-up enrichment activities.

Basic Grading for the quarter grade in PowerSchool:

  • 80% of the total grade will be based on all formative assessments:
  1. Homework questions
  2. Class activities/assignments
  • 20% of the grade will be summative assessments:
  1. A quizzes on terms
  2. Expository speech

*Extra Credit Option for each quarter: Students may choose a second book to read independently. This book would need to be read actively, with entries and answers to all the same reflective questions for the sections/chapters. Students would turn this in during week eight.  The genre is nonfiction for the second quarter.

7th Grade Schedule and Unit Overview

First Quarter

  • Week One (August): Introduction to class, middle school and syllabus/expectations.
  1. Reading time provided in class.  Homework will be to read independently.
  2. Relevant terms presented and small groups will apply these terms to their individual novels. (formative assessment)
  3. Students will answer basic, reflective questions for each chapter or section in a spiral notebook as homework.
  • Week Four: Instruction will focus on plot development / Freytag’s Pyramid.
  1. Reading time provided in class. 
  2. A formative assessment from this week will be a quiz on the parts of the plot in terms of applying the pyramid.
  3. Response and reflection questions should continue as homework for each chapter in students’ notebooks.
  • Week Five:
  1. A quiz on plot development.
  2. Introduction of the summative assessment for the unit—an expository speech by each student on his or her book.
  • Week Six: Summative Assessment Work on speech/sign up for a day to deliver speech next week.
  • Week Seven and Eight: Presentation of speeches
  • Week Eight and Nine: Finish speeches, student conferencing, and wrap-up enrichment activities.

70% of the total grade will be based on all formative assessments:

  1. all reading reflection responses
  2. group/partner work on characters or plot development
  3. note taking skills checks
  4. quizzes on terms
  • 30% of the grade will be summative assessments:
  1. Expository speech

*Extra Credit Option for each quarter: Students may choose a second book to read independently. This book would need to be read actively, with entries and answers to all the same reflective questions for the sections/chapters. Students would turn this in during week eight. The genre is nonfiction for the second quarter.

8th Grade Schedule and Unit Overview

First Quarter: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Second Quarter: A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Third Quarter: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Fourth Quarter: Speak by Laurie Halse

First Quarter

  • Week One: Introduction to expectations and building a bridge between thematic and historical information/application to the previous novel.
  •  ​​​​​​​Week Two: Intro to Literary Terms and the week’s classes will be spent in preparation of a formative and summative assessment/presentation.
  • Week Three: Presentation of the literary terms by the partners.
  • Week Four: Introduction to the first quarter novel: Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees.

 1.  Students should begin reading immediately for homework throughout the week.

 2. Students will be given the schedule for reading check quizzes that will be formative assessments. These assessments will be given on a specific day in week 5,6,7,8

 3.  The following will be covered in week four during the five class periods:

Historical Context: The novel takes place in the 1950s and deals with racial barriers and racism, as well as women’s roles in society. Opportunities for cross-curricular study with both theology and social studies.

Introduction of summative assessment for the novel. Students will work on speeches independently throughout the time the novel is studied.  

  • Week Five: Whole class study of the novel. Lessons will emphasize the character development and the major themes/ideas.
  1. Focus will also include any literary terms and examples that students from the intro lit term unit.
  2. Group/Class discussion and note checks
  3. Short formative assessments (quiz) on the different examples of lit terms within the novel.
  • Week Six: Summative Assessment Work on speech/sign up for a day to deliver speech next week.
  • Week Seven and Eight: Presentation of speeches
  • Week Eight and Nine: Finish speeches, student conferencing, and wrap-up enrichment activities.

Basic Grading for the quarter grade in PowerSchool:

  • 60% of the total grade will be based on all formative assessments:
  1. all reading reflection responses
  2. notebook checks
  3. Quizzes on terms
  • 40% of the grade will be summative assessments:
  1. Speech

*Extra Credit Option for each quarter: Students may choose a second book to read independently. This book would need to be read actively, with entries and answers to all the same reflective questions for the sections/chapters. Students would turn this in during week eight.

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