5th – 8th Grade English Language Arts (ELA)

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Meet The Teacher

I am the 5th-8th grade Language Arts teacher. I have a BA English Degree from Southern Adventist University. In short, I have a passion for God and a thirst to travel, form relationships with the people around me, and continually learn about everything.

I am more than excited to get to know you and your child as this year progresses. My hope is that we can grow holistically as a class to prepare, not only to be successful stewards of this world, but also readied members for the kingdom of Heaven.

In my classroom, I appreciate creativity, encourage autonomy, demand responsibility, and desire that all students grow at a pace that allows them to succeed.  

As an English Language Arts teacher, I hope that my students leave my class more enlightened than before, more curious than their contemporaries, and more desperate for knowledge than when they entered.

Goals and Standards

Through a Biblical lens and foundation, students come to:

  • Build strong content knowledge by establishing a base of knowledge across a wide range of subject matters.
  • Respond to the varying demands of audience, task, purpose, and discipline by adapting their communication in relation to audience, task, purpose, and discipline.
  • Comprehend as well as critique by engaging and becoming open-minded and discerning readers and listeners.
  • Value evidence by citing relevant evidence to defend arguments and analyze evidence they read.
  • Use technology and digital media strategically and capably to enhance their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language use.
  • Demonstrate independence by becoming self-directed learners and comprehend /evaluate texts across a range of types and disciplines.
  • Understand other perspectives and cultures through reading and listening in order to effectively communicate and work with people of varied cultures and grow to appreciate different ways of life and cultures.   

Strategies

Students will grow through…

  • Running Records: At the beginning, middle, and end of the year, I will test each student in reading to monitor their growth and success in class, as well as to better accommodate their educational needs.
  • Individualized goals and assessment: Each student will have a portfolio where they create their own goals for learning and keep their published writing pieces to nurture growth and help students aspire to a higher standard.
  • Reading groups: Based on the needs of each student according to the running records. Students will practice reading strategies, reading fluency, and analysis of texts with those in their reading groups along with a book of their choosing.
  • Small groups: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and sometimes on Fridays, I will conference with students in their groups to help target struggling areas in reading and writing, and to check in with each student and their goal progress.
  • Open Discussion: In order to expand perspectives and enhance the ability to express thoughts adequately and in response to their peers, students will engage in many open discussions and debates.
  • Mini-Lessons and Notes: Mondays and Wednesdays, students will have lessons on core
  • Other methods of assessment and practice include: journal responses, questions, response cards, retellings, reader’s theater, graphic organizers, checklists, rubrics, speeches, and multimedia presentations.

Textbooks

Instead of being tied down to one textbook, at the middle school level we grab from multiple sources to build on our reading, writing, and communication skills. We will be using a myriad of sources like newspaper articles, blogs, video media, classic and modern literature, and informational texts.

The textbooks we DO draw from will be the following:

  • Mirrors and Windows: Connecting with Literature: This is the same book series used at the secondary level in Atlanta Adventist Academy. The varied
  • Sadlier’s Vocabulary Workshop series: Students are placed in vocab and reading groups based on their reading level, this will allow students to develop goals and grow at their own individual pace.

180 Daily Teaching Lessons: This grammar book allows students to learn and build on foundational grammar knowledge to improve their writing.

Resources

IXL.com

Daily Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:00-8:20 Worship Worship Worship Worship 8:00-8:25 Worship
8:25-9:55 Block A Block B Block C Block A 8:30-9:30 Chapel
10:00-11:30 Block B Block C Block A Block B 9:35-10:30 Block B
11:35-12:10 5th-6th lunch

7th-8th PE

5th-6th lunch
7th-8th Study hall
5th-6th lunch

7th-8th PE

5th-6th lunch

7th-8th Study hall

10:35-11:30 Block C
12:15-12:50 7th-8th lunch

5th-6th PE

7th-8th lunch

5th-6th Study hall

7th-8th lunch

5th-6th PE

7th-8th lunch

5th-6th Study hall

11:35-12:40 All Lunch
12:55-2:25 Block C Block A Block B Block C 12:45-1:40 Block A
2:30-3:25 Electives Electives Electives Electives 1:45-2:25 Study Hall and Gymnastics
3:30 Dismissal Dismissal Dismissal Dismissal 2:30 Dismissal
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
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Fernandez: 6th/7th

Schiff: 8th

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Block B Grant: 6th/7th

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Block C Grant: 8th

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Praise & Worship

In my homeroom, I hope to encourage each student to have an individual and personal relationship with God. We will spend time with the Bible, reflecting, retelling, and enjoying the Message. My desire is that students will grow to become interpreters and lovers of God and His Word.

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5-8th ELA Pacing Guide and Standards

5th Grade

Reading Language Writing
August 10-20 Days of reading (Setting up expectations, building stamina) Review Parts of Speech, Types of Sentences etc. Set up Writing Workshop Expectations, Start Writer’s Notebook and Begin Lists and Seed Planting.
September
  • Review Basic Story Elements
  • Compare/Contrast Story Elements (RL 5.3)
  • Inferences from Fiction Text (RL 5.1)
  • Theme (RL 5.2)
  • Verb Tenses/Shifts in Verb Tense (L 5.1 c-d)
  • Perfect Verb Tense (L5.1b)
  • Titles (L5.2d)
  • Commas (L5.2a-c)
Narrative: Short Stories
October
  • Summarizing (RL 5.2)
  • Basic Point of View (RL 5.6)
  • Influence of Point of View (RL5.6)
  • Compare/Contrast Fiction Texts (RL 5.9)
  • Commas (L5.2a-c)
  • Context Clues (L5.4a)
  • Figurative Lang (L5.5a) 2 weeks
Narrative: Short Stories
November
  • Reasons and Evidence (RI 5.8) 2 weeks
  • Inferences from Informational Text (RI 5.1) 2 weeks
  • Language Review
  • Idioms, Adages, and Proverbs (L5.5b)
  • Synonyms, Antonyms, Homographs (L5.5c)
  • Conjunctions, Prepositions, and Interjections
Thesis Writing: Narrative/Poetry  analysis in essay

Persuasive Writing

December
  • Main Idea (RI 5.2) 2 Weeks
  • Summarizing (RI 5.2)
  • Correlative Conjunction (L5.1e)
  • Affixes (L5.4b)
  • Roots (L 5.4b)
Poetry Writing
January
  • Text Structure (RI 5.5) 2 weeks
  • Relationships and Interactions (RI 5.3)
  • Roots (L 5.4b) 2 weeks
  • Language Review
Informational Writing
February
  • Multiple Accounts of the same topic (RI 5.6) 2 weeks
  • Print and Digital Sources (RI 5.7)
  • Integrating Information (RI 5.9)
  • Academic and Domain specific words (L 5.6)
  • Expanding, combining, and reducing sentences (L5.3a) 2 weeks
  • Reference Materials (L 5.4c)
Informational Writing
March
  • Integrating Information (RI 5.9)
  • Stories, Drama, Poetry (RL5.5)
  • Visual and Multimedia (Focus on Poetry and Drama) (RL 5.7)
  • Reference Materials (L 5.4c)
  • Varieties of English (Dialects and Registers) (L5.3a)
Thesis/essay from analyzing Informational Writing
April
  • Meaning of words/Phrases and figurative language review (focus on poetry and drama) (RL 5.4)
  • Drama Comprehension
  • Language Review and Reteach
Drama Writing
May
  • Poetry and Drama Comprehension (RL 5.2)
  • Language Review and Reteach
Drama Writing

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