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    6th Grade English & Honors English Syllabus

    Miss DeNeal Svatek Payne


                Welcome to 6th grade English!  The 6th grade English and Honors English courses at Industrial Jr. High are rigorous and cover many areas of learning.  It is important that we stay in contact with one another so your child may have a successful school year.


    I can be reached at the school during my conference from 8:00-8:45am by calling the school at 284-3326 EX 1303, or my email address is dpayne@iisd1.org.


    Class Rules:


    1. Follow all school rules.
    2. Be prepared for class; this includes having a pen or pencil, homework, materials, novels, and library books.
    3. Respect others and always raise your hand before speaking.
    4. Stay on task at all times.
    5. No gum, candy, or drinks (water is allowed).
    6. Be in your seat at the bell.



    Areas of learning to be addressed this year:

    1. Literature: We will use the 6th and 8th grade Literature (Holt McDougal) textbooks periodically. Students will be responsible for reading several different stories in class/at home. Novels will also be part of the curriculum. Within each story, several literary elements will be reviewed or introduced: style, foreshadowing, flashback, symbolism, theme, plot, diagramming, personification, characterization, irony, conflict, metaphore, allusion, etc...  The novels I plan to use this year are: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff, The Outdisers by SE Hinton, and Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick.


    2.  A.R. Reading (40% daily grade):  For the 6th grade English and Honors English classes, each student must earn 10 points by the given due dates: 


    October 5th                   November 16th          January 25th                    March 8th        April 26th  


    No late work is accepted on long range work.  Therefore, the due date is the cut-off day and whatever the point total is at that time is the grade earned.  In-class books do NOT count towards the 10 AR points.


    The AR grading scale: 

    10 points= 100, 9 points= 90, 8 points= 80, 7 points= 70, 6 points= 60,

    5 points= 50, 4 points= 40, 3 points= 30, 2 points = 20, 1 point = 10, 0 points =0. 


    3.  Lone Star Reading Requirements:  The 6th grade Honors are required to read and pass at least three Lone Star Award Books.  The student must AR test and pass with a 70%+.  The due date to complete the three books is March 31, 2017.  The books also count as a major test grade and the reward is a passing grade with a Lone Star Party.  Plan ahead, and check the public library for copies since the books are in high demand.


    4.  DOL (Daily Oral Language):   Students will record sentences from Monday – Thursday in their DOL spirals.  Expect a DOL Check every so often for a daily grade.  Students will have DOL Quizzes throughout the year.  The quiz will consist of old and new sentences.  The quiz will count as a test grade (60%). 


    5.  Spelling:  A quiz will be given every other Friday during the first semester only.  Words will be given to students at the start of school.  Not much class time will be spent on these words, so please study at home .  The quiz is a test grade (60%).  The list of words can be found on my on-line lesson plans.  

    6.Vocabulary: Vocabulary TESTS will be administered throughout the year and will count as a major grade (60%).  We will spend some class time on these terms as well as create a study device for them to use. The list of words can be found on my on-line lesson plans.


    7.  Journal Writing and Poetry:  Assignments will happen on a varied basis. 


    8.  Grammar:  Sentence types, fragments, run-ons, subject-verb agreement, parts of a speech, etc... will be introduced through textbook lessons and writing assignments. Grammar will be addressed through Daily Oral Language, Daily Oral Grammar, the Texas Write Source and Writing and Grammar textbooks.


    9. Writing: The main focus will be working with students to write creative narrative stories and expository essays. They will learn to incorporate clever writing elements as well as learn to edit and self-correct their papers using ratiocination, elaboration, imagery, literary elements, and descriptive words. Students will also learn to write engaging introductions and conclusions to their stories.


    10.  Reminder app:  To receive messages about homework, tests, etc… text @1979ds to 81010. Instructions will be sent home with your child the first day of school.


    District Grading Policy:


    Daily Work= 40%

    (AR points, daily lessons, DOL, grammar, reading, etc...)


    Major Work= 60%

    (Vocabulary, spelling tests, end of book exams, grammar, projects, research, etc…)


    Late Work:

    See Student Handbook



    See Student Handbook