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Readers Are Leaders


J Ambrosier






available 7:40-4:00             plan time  1:10-1:45


6th L.A. supplies needed:  3 ring binder which will stay in my room all year, at least 3 dividers for the binder, pencils and pens,zipper pouch to keep in the binder which will hold pencils and pens, 25-30 sheets of loose-leaf paper to place in binder


Expectations and Rules:  Courtesy, Common Sense, and Self-Control



Teaching Background:

I have been teaching 6th grade Language Arts in Elkhart since 1998.



Supplementals  (present and past)

EMS cheerleading sponsor

Communications Chair for EMS

EMS STUCO sponsor


Explanation of 6th L.A.

There is no textbook for my class. That is why the binder that the students bring is SO IMPORTANT! I teach grammar and writing through the Shurley Method, and the binder actually becomes the students' textbook as I give them reference pages to insert each time I teach a new concept.

Every Friday, I give a vocabulary quiz, (multiple choice,) over words pulled out of the theme books we read together. The list of 10 words is presented and discussed on Monday, and when we come across the words while we are reading, we discuss again.

Our theme books rotate on a 2-year basis, so that by the time a student goes on to the 7th grade, every theme has been covered. The themes are based on the 5th and 6th grade social studies state standards. We cover the following themes while the students are in the 5th and 6th grades:




Medieval Times



Native Americans

Revolutionary War

Black History

The books chosen for each theme are award-winning stories which prompt memorable discussions among the students. The books make us laugh often, and sometimes tears are shed. Many times the books are the first in a series, and students decide on their own to complete the series because they become so attached to the characters.


Explanation of 5/6 Literature Circles

Students are grouped by common reading levels and join me for 30 minutes each day in a small literature circle group. The books that we read in literature circles go along with the L.A. theme for the nine weeks. The AR points earned from theme books and literature circle books go toward the students' AR goals.


AR Goals

The student and the parents join with me in setting the AR goal for each nine weeks. I begin by informing the student of how many points they will be able to earn through the theme books and the literature circle books. The student then decides how many points they think they can earn on their own, and that is how we come up with the goal. The first nine weeks, I will call parents and inform them of the goal to make sure they approve of it. The following nine weeks, the student and I consider how they performed the previous grading period and adjust the goals accordingly.

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