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Mrs. Simko, MS Literature

Mrs. Simko
6th, 7th, 8th Literature
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We believe the mission of Christ King School is to be a witness of Christ, as we educate our children to recognize, accept, and respect Jesus in ourselves and others.

 

"Your life becomes a masterpiece when you learn to master peace

[by placing trust in God]."

 

Please check the student pages below for daily work, homework help and clarification, and any updates.  Please feel free to work ahead on annotation, work packets, dialectical journal, or anything that you feel you can to get ahead or minimize homework time.

6th Grade Schedule and Unit Overview

First Quarter

  • Week One (August): Introduction to class, middle school and syllabus/expectations.
  1.  A written reflection (one paragraph).
  2. Week Two: Intro to 6th Grade Reader’s Workshop
  • Week Three: Students choose their first novel. Focus will be: characters (protagonist/antagonist/primary and secondary characters and their importance).
  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: Presentation of speeches
  • Week Eight and Nine: Finish speeches and student conferencing

Basic Grading for the quarter grade in PowerSchool:

  • 80% of the total grade will be based on all formative assessments:
  1. all reading reflection responses
  2. the introductory paragraph assignment – outline and paragraph
  3. group/partner work on characters or plot development
  4. drafts of the speech
  • 20% of the grade will be summative assessments:
  1. A quiz on terms
  2. Expository speech

*Extra Credit Option for each quarter: Student 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.

7th Grade Schedule and Unit Overview

First Quarter

  • Week One (August): Introduction to class, middle school and syllabus/expectations.
  1.  A written reflection (one paragraph).
  • Week Two: Intro to Reader’s Workshop
  • Week Three: Students choose their first novel - fiction. The focus will be on characters (protagonist/antagonist/primary and secondary characters and their development cognitively, spiritually, morally, or emotionally) and over-arching ideas/themes (how to spot them, what to look for and how they affect character development).
  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 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: Presentation of speeches
  • Week Eight and Nine: Finish speeches and student conferencing

Basic Grading for the quarter grade in PowerSchool:

  • 70% of the total grade will be based on all formative assessments:
  1. all reading reflection responses
  2. the introductory paragraph assignment – outline and paragraph
  3. group/partner work on characters or plot development
  4. drafts of the speech
  • 30% of the grade will be summative assessments:
  1. A quiz on terms
  2. Expository speech

*Extra Credit Option for each quarter: Student 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.

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 (August): Introduction to class, middle school and syllabus/expectations.
  1.  A written reflection (one paragraph).
  • 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 1960s 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.

Overarching ideas and themes and discussion of genre (bildungsroman)

Characters: major and minor

Introduction of summative assessment for the novel. Students will work on this project independently throughout the time the novel is studied.  Because the schedule is tight, the project may be turned in either the final week of the quarter or the first week of second quarter.

  • Week Five, Six, Seven, and Eight: 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
  3. Short formative assessments (quiz) on the different examples of lit terms within the novel.
  • Week Nine— Project due.

Basic Grading for the quarter grade in PowerSchool:

  • 60% of the total grade will be based on all formative assessments:
  1. Introductory paragraph assignment – outline and paragraph
  2. all reading reflection responses
  3. Quizzes on terms
  • 40% of the grade will be summative assessments:
  1. Project

*Extra Credit Option for each quarter: Student 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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