English Language Arts
Hello everyone! On this week's Instagram Live, we talked about Study Island, and I got some feedback that the material and/or directions were sometimes difficult to understand and complete. The teachers CAN SEE THE QUESTIONS, so if you have any difficulty with a question/concept, please let me know and I can walk you through it.
I will be adding Extra Credit test points to my gradebook each week under assignments labelled "Online Learning Week #," and students will be earning up to 6 points for Study Island and 4 points for my supplementary work.
Study Island Blue Ribbons (2)
Summary of "Sometimes a Dream Needs a Push"
Tongue Twister (Alliteration): I will be asking students to share their Tongue Twisters on Instagram on Friday! Stay Tuned!
Hello everyone! Here we are at WEEK 2! A couple of reminders:
WE DID IT! End of the first week of online learning. I am VERY impressed by the amount of students I am seeing engaging with the online content, and it makes my day so much brighter to be able to talk with all of you :)
I have noticed that not everyone has logged into and begin Study Island yet, and I want to you to make that a priority going into next week. Try to earn TWO BLUE RIBBONS, complete and do well on assignments, each week. All of the Study Island information and the necessary links are on WILKINSON MIDDLE SCHOOL'S HOME PAGE. I have placed a button/link at the bottom of this post. Also, ANSWER THE DAILY QUESTIONS IN THE COMMENTS! I noticed a lot of people are liking the picture but not answering the question. I want to know what your answers are! Like I said, chatting with you guys brightens my day tremendously.
Remember ELA, DDQ for the Ballerina Article is DUE TONIGHT by 9:00 PM.
Have a wonderful weekend!!
Hello everyone!!! This is an overview of the Instagram Live I did from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.
Basic Class Updates:
For completing my work: Joey B, Shepherd, Olivia, Jonathan, Katie, Evan B, Colton, Tristan, Amber, Antonio, Sean S. and Izzy!
For work on Study Island: Joey D., Jorden, Nate, and Ender.
STUDENT OF THE WEEK:
Joey Browne :) Joey completed all of the work early and payed attention to the sentence requirements, made sure every answer was complete, and did NOT use conjunctions at the beginning of sentences! Way to go Joey!!!
Ballerina Basic Comprehension Questions are DUE TODAY by 9:00PM. See ELA Assignments page for the turn-in instructions.
My daily hours in which I will be answering questions are 9:00am-6:00pm. If you message me outside of that time frame, I WILL NOT ANSWER. If the message is an EMERGENCY, start the message with the word EMERGENCY and I will view and answer right away.
The Instagram Live for English Language Arts will be at 1:00 PM today (3/18) and run for an hour! If you have a question, put. comment under the Live Comments picture for ELA (look for the orange background!) I will also be trying to answer questions during the Live that you ask me in the moment, but I may miss some questions if the comment feed goes too fast. If you NEED your question to be answered during the Live, comment it under the picture.
Hello everyone! Hope you are successfully navigating the new online learning sites. This week in English Language Arts, students are expected to do the following.
Basic Comprehension Questions Due 3/18
Deep Dive Questions Due 3/20
Instagram Lives for ELA will begin on 3/18, and run from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. I will be posting a picture asking for any questions the NEED to be answered during that Live, and students can comment their questions below to picture.
Hello everyone. As you have heard, per Michigan's Governor, we are currently in a shutdown due to Coronavirus. The staff has been preparing for this potentiality for the past week, and we have solidified plans for the coming month for all of our classes. I will be posting frequently on this blog to keep parents and students updated on my classes. I will also have a web page on this website dedicated to the assignments during the shut down, the link-button for which is at the bottom of this post and on the website's homepage. This link will be active starting TOMORROW MORNING 3/14.
FOR MISSING ASSIGNMENTS PRIOR TO SHUTDOWN: All missing assignments from the beginning of the quarter will be EXEMPTED. No students will have missing assignments for the entirety of 3rd quarter, anything that was not turned in will disappear. Our justification for this is that a student could have turned in all missing assignments before the end of the quarter, so it would be entirely unfair to hold them accountable for work they could not physically turn in.
ASSIGNMENTS DURING THE BREAK: All assignments can be done EITHER on a separate sheet of paper or on printed copies. We will be continuing our unit about Facing and Overcoming Adversity. I have material planned for four full weeks (excluding the two weeks for Spring Break). All assignments can be found on the ELA Assignments page (link/button below and on the website's homepage). Each week, I will have either a short story/article to read and two question sets (Basic Comprehension Questions and Deep Dive Questions) OR review assignments based on past units. I will have a button on the HOME PAGE of my website to that week’s assignment. All assignments can be either handwritten or done on printed copies of the assignment. To “turn in” assignments, students can do any of the following:
I will also be hosting weekly Instagram Lives at 2:00 pm every Wednesday until we reconvene as a district. There you can ask questions and discuss material with me and your fellow students. I will have updates and instructions on these Lives on the ELA Assignments page, the link-button for which is located at the bottom of this post.
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE RELIABLE ACCESS TO THE INTERNET, packets with the work will be available. Email me if you will be picking up a packet. It will be returned when school resumes. Please contact the administration for more information.
I greatly appreciate your patience during this time. Please email me with any questions or concerns, or leave a comment on this post.
Thank you for your time,
This Thursday we will be having conferences from 1-3:30 PM and 4:30-7 PM. Please stop by to talk about your student's progress in the class, and update me on any changes for your student.
This week we began a new unit in english class, all about facing and overcoming adversity. We began by talking about Malala Yousafzai, a young activist who had a terrifying brush with death and continued her work regardless. This led to her winning a Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, making her the youngest ever recipient of the award at just 16. there were two question sets based on an article we read on Malala, one Basic Comprehension Question set and one Deep Dive Question set.
Next, we began talking about black history and the Civil Rights Movement, beginning with Maya Angelou's poem Still I Rise, which is one of my personal favorites. We then began watching the film Hidden Figures, about the three black women who were integral to the getting the US to the stars during the Space Race with the Soviet Union in the 1950s and 60s. As we watch the movie, the students are answering Basic Comprehension Questions, and once the movie is finished, we will be doing and discussing some Deep Dive Questions.
Please email me with any questions or concerns, and have a great Mid-Winter Break!
Welcome everyone to the first blog post for Ms. Pittel's 6th Grade English Language Arts Class! On this page, I will be posting on what is happening in our classroom, updating parents/guardians on assignment deadlines and quizzes/tests, and posting pictures I take of the class during fun activities. If there is something specific you need to know that is not mentioned in the blog, feel free to contact me an any time! :)