Mrs. Spriggs' Literacy Blog - ARCHIVE

Content on this page pertains to school years PRIOR to the 2016-17 school year. It is available to teachers for historical reference but does not provide guidance to parents/students for the current school year.

Week of September 5

posted Sep 6, 2016, 12:24 PM by Holly Spriggs   [ updated Sep 6, 2016, 12:24 PM by Lisa Griffin ]

Students will begin the Personal Narrative unit this week
Monday: No School-Labor Day
Tuesday: Recognizing the pattern of a personal narrative
Block: 6 steps for writing a personal narrative and begin a quick sketch of their persona narrative
Friday: Write the rough draft of their personal narrative. The final copy is to be submitted to Google Classroom by 8am on Monday, September 19.

Week of August 29

posted Sep 2, 2016, 7:06 AM by Holly Spriggs   [ updated Sep 2, 2016, 7:06 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

Welcome to our first full week of classes!  

Monday: Class Agreement
Tuesday: Class Procedures
Block: Life Under a Lense. Students draw pictures for 3 unforgettable stories from their life.  Due Friday.
Friday: Explore class blog and Google Classroom

Week of May 23

posted May 23, 2016, 8:03 AM by Holly Spriggs   [ updated May 23, 2016, 8:03 AM by Lisa Griffin ]


Monday: Write our own version of Shel Silverstein's "Sick".
Tuesday: Poetry Cafe.  Students will share their poetry with the class.  Students may bring in snacks to share with the class.
Wednesday: End of year party.  Students will be given choices of fun activities to attend in the morning.  After lunch will be MS team building.
Thursday: Last day of school. Students will attend each class for a short time.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to teach your children this year.  They have been a blessing to me and I have enjoyed what we have accomplished and done together this year.
May you all have a refreshing, fun, and restful summer!  See you next year in the new building!!

Week of May 16

posted May 17, 2016, 8:05 AM by Holly Spriggs   [ updated May 17, 2016, 8:05 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

We will continue our poetry unit this week.
Monday: Work on poetry book.
Tuesday: Work on poetry book.
Wednesday: Work on poetry book.
Thursday: Work on poetry book
Friday: Work on poetry book. This is due at the end of class, no exceptions, except for sickness.

I will put all homework assignments on my calendar at the bottom of the page. Please check it daily. All missing assignments for the poetry unit are due this Friday, May 20.

Week of May 9

posted May 9, 2016, 8:18 AM by Holly Spriggs   [ updated May 10, 2016, 10:36 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

We will continue our poetry unit this week.
Monday: Write free verse and repetition and rhyme
Tuesday: Write small poems and simile and metaphor
Wednesday: Assign poetry book.  This is due May 20 at the end of class.
Thursday: Work on poetry book
Friday: I will be gone today and Monday due to my son's high school graduation.  Please remind your child to be respectful to the sub. 
           Work on poetry book.

Students need to continue writing in their home writer's notebook.  As a reminder, this is a place to record thoughts, ideas, pondering, wondering, observations, etc. They need to write in it 2 times a week for 20 minutes each time, which should consist of a page. They may also type their entries, but the typed pages must be 12 point font, and cut neatly and glued or taped into the notebook.  The due date is this Friday, May 13.  They should have 15 more entries for a total of 60 entries.
  
I will put all homework assignments on my calendar at the bottom of the page. Please check it daily. All missing assignments for the poetry unit are due May 20.

Week of May 2

posted May 2, 2016, 7:51 PM by Holly Spriggs   [ updated May 2, 2016, 7:51 PM by Lisa Griffin ]

Today we began our last unit of the year, poetry.
Monday: Quick write on what is poetry, what are the characteristics of poetry, what do you like and dislike about poetry.  Choose a poetry book from the class library to read.
Tuesday: How to read and study poetry.
Wednesday: Figures of Speech: simile, metaphor, idiom, hyperbole. No 5th period due to bowling.
Thursday: Figures of Speech: simile, metaphor, idiom,hyperbole. No 6th period due to The Talk. Please see Mr. Cochran's email concerning this activity.
Friday: No School due to staff development.

Students need to continue writing in their home writer's notebook.  As a reminder, this is a place to record thoughts, ideas, pondering, wondering, observations, etc. They need to write in it 2 times a week for 20 minutes each time, which should consist of a page. They may also type their entries, but the typed pages must be 12 point font, and cut neatly and glued or taped into the notebook.  The next due date is next Friday, May 13.  They should have 15 more entries for a total of 60 entries.
  
I will put all homework assignments on my calendar at the bottom of the page. Please check it daily. All missing assignments for the poetry unit are due May 20.

Week of April 25

posted Apr 25, 2016, 10:03 AM by Holly Spriggs   [ updated Apr 25, 2016, 10:03 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

Monday: Continue informative paper unit.  Rough draft is due today.  Peer edit on rough draft. 
Tuesday: We will discuss elaboration and transitions.   Begin working on final copy. 
Wednesday: Work on final copy. No 6th Period due to Diabetes Walk. Students need to have a parent or older sibling edit their final draft tonight and sign the back, indicating they have done so. Please see the attached document for MLA requirements.
Thursday: Final copy due at the beginning of class. Share papers with each other.
Friday: No class due to choice field trip.

Students need to continue writing in their home writer's notebook.  As a reminder, this is a place to record thoughts, ideas, pondering, wondering, observations, etc. They need to write in it 2 times a week for 20 minutes each time, which should consist of a page. They may also type their entries, but the typed pages must be 12 point font, and cut neatly and glued or taped into the notebook.  The next due date is Friday, May 13.  They should have 15 more entries for a total of 60 entries.
  
I will put all homework assignments on my calendar at the bottom of the page. Please check it daily.

You have the power to be a superhero! Join us as we WALK to raise our goal or $10,000 in the Stargate School: Walk to Stop Diabetes on April 27th to support our three students and two teachers living with type 1 diabetes!

Your donations towards our Stargate School: Walk to Stop Diabetes stays right here in Colorado to support the American Diabetes Association’s Camp Sweet Pea for kids ages 5-10 years old and Camp Colorado for kids ages 9-17 years old living with type 1 diabetes. Campers can enjoy traditional camp activities, while being surrounded by health professionals who provide continuous medical supervision. Campers learn how to manage their own diabetes-care, while interacting with counselors who may have diabetes and serve as positive role models. They meet friends who understand what it's like to be a person living with diabetes and have fun at summer camp - just like any other kid! Every dollar you donate helps to send a Colorado kid to diabetes camp!


Donate directly on our webpage:

http://main.diabetes.org/goto/Stargate2016


Here’s how it works: By MONDAY, APRIL 25TH turn in your envelope to your Homeroom teacher or Advisory, totaling online contributions as well as any enclosed cash/checks (payable to American Diabetes Association). The homeroom, advisory group, or staff group with the highest fundraising will receive a LUNCH PARTY, provided by our friends at the ADA.


Then, on April 27th, be sure to join us (along with your fellow students, parents and friends) for a Pep Assembly at 12:30pm, followed by the Stargate School: Walk to Stop Diabetes. Also – the first 300 students or staff members to donate $25 or more get a T-shirt to wear on the Walk! 


For questions, please reach out to Mrs. Pecosky, Teacher Sponsor (deborah.pecosky@stargateschool.org) or Adrian Miller, Parent Champion (amillers@comcast.net). Thank you for making an impact here in our community and for supporting Camp Colorado and Camp Sweet Pea!

 

Week of April 18

posted Apr 18, 2016, 7:48 AM by Holly Spriggs   [ updated Apr 18, 2016, 7:53 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

Monday: Continue informative paper unit.  All research information is due by the end of class.
Tuesday: 3 Key elements/supporting details due today. Students will use their research to plan an outline for their 5 paragraph essay. 
Wednesday:  Grammar
Thursday: Students will complete the rough draft of their introduction and conclusion.
Friday: Students will work on the main body of their essay, using the 3 key elements and supporting details.  We will work on elaboration and transitions.

Students need to continue writing in their home writer's notebook.  As a reminder, this is a place to record thoughts, ideas, pondering, wondering, observations, etc. They need to write in it 2 times a week for 20 minutes each time, which should consist of a page. They may also type their entries, but the typed pages must be 12 point font, and cut neatly and glued or taped into the notebook.  The next due date is Friday, May 13.  They should have 15 more entries for a total of 60 entries.
  
I will put all homework assignments on my calendar at the bottom of the page. Please check it daily.

You have the power to be a superhero! Join us as we WALK to raise our goal or $10,000 in the Stargate School: Walk to Stop Diabetes on April 27th to support our three students and two teachers living with type 1 diabetes!

Your donations towards our Stargate School: Walk to Stop Diabetes stays right here in Colorado to support the American Diabetes Association’s Camp Sweet Pea for kids ages 5-10 years old and Camp Colorado for kids ages 9-17 years old living with type 1 diabetes. Campers can enjoy traditional camp activities, while being surrounded by health professionals who provide continuous medical supervision. Campers learn how to manage their own diabetes-care, while interacting with counselors who may have diabetes and serve as positive role models. They meet friends who understand what it's like to be a person living with diabetes and have fun at summer camp - just like any other kid! Every dollar you donate helps to send a Colorado kid to diabetes camp!


Donate directly on our webpage:

http://main.diabetes.org/goto/Stargate2016


Here’s how it works: By MONDAY, APRIL 25TH turn in your envelope to your Homeroom teacher or Advisory, totaling online contributions as well as any enclosed cash/checks (payable to American Diabetes Association). The homeroom, advisory group, or staff group with the highest fundraising will receive a LUNCH PARTY, provided by our friends at the ADA.


Then, on April 27th, be sure to join us (along with your fellow students, parents and friends) for a Pep Assembly at 12:30pm, followed by the Stargate School: Walk to Stop Diabetes. Also – the first 300 students or staff members to donate $25 or more get a T-shirt to wear on the Walk! 


For questions, please reach out to Mrs. Pecosky, Teacher Sponsor (deborah.pecosky@stargateschool.org) or Adrian Miller, Parent Champion (amillers@comcast.net). Thank you for making an impact here in our community and for supporting Camp Colorado and Camp Sweet Pea!

 

Week of April 11

posted Apr 11, 2016, 11:17 AM by Holly Spriggs   [ updated Apr 11, 2016, 11:17 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

Welcome back!  I hope you all had a restful spring break, and enjoyed time together as a family.

Monday:        Begin informative paper unit.  Today we will discuss the elements of an informative paper and begin exploring topics.  Students will need to choose a key element of survival to research.  The thesis will need to state why this element is important to survival and they will need to                         support it with 3 reasons.  Students will need to bring in sources for research.  They will need 3 sources, 1 Internet source and two other sources, such as books, articles, etc.  These are due on Thursday.  Please see the attached document for expectations and due dates.
Tuesday:       Organization game for informative paper
Wednesday:  Grammar
Thursday:      Sources due.  Research day.
Friday:           Research day

Students need to continue writing in their home writer's notebook.  As a reminder, this is a place to record thoughts, ideas, pondering, wondering, observations, etc. They need to write in it 2 times a week for 20 minutes each time, which should consist of a page. They may also type their entries, but the typed pages must be 12 point font, and cut neatly and glued or taped into the notebook.  The next due date is Friday, May 13.  They should have 15 more entries for a total of 60 entries.
  
I will put all homework assignments on my calendar at the bottom of the page. Please check it daily.

Week of March 28

posted Mar 28, 2016, 7:34 AM by Holly Spriggs   [ updated Mar 28, 2016, 9:28 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

PARCC testing schedule:
March 28: 6th grade math 1, 1:45-3:05 (Students will have only Period 6 in the morning.)
March 29: 6th grade math 2, 1:45-3:05(Students will have only Period 3 in the morning.)
March 30: 6th grade math 3, 11:45-1:15 (Students will have only Period 5 in the morning.They will have lunch from 11:00-11:40 this day.)
The schedule will be adjusted these days to a block schedule so that students are not always missing 6th period. Please plan appointments around testing times.  Thank you!
 
Monday:        Period 5: Work on ABC's of Gary Paulsen picture summary. Due on Friday.
                    Period 6: Dogsong chapter 10-end lit circle job due, and students will meet with their group and discuss.  They will begin their ABC's of Gary Paulsen picture summary.  Due on Friday.
Tuesday:       No literacy due to PARCC testing.
Wednesday:  Work on ABC's of Gary Paulsen picture summary.
Thursday:     Work on ABC's of Gary Paulsen picture summary. If finished, read The River or Brian's Winter.
Friday:          Work on ABC's of Gary Paulsen picture summary.  If finished, read The River or Brian's Winter. This is due at the end of class.

All missing Gary Paulsen assignments, which include Hatchet and Dogsong, are due the Monday after spring break, which is April 11.  After this date I will no longer accept these missing assignments.

Students need to continue writing in their home writer's notebook.  As a reminder, this is a place to record thoughts, ideas, pondering, wondering, observations, etc. They need to write in it 2 times a week for 20 minutes each time, which should consist of a page. They may also type their entries, but the typed pages must be 12 point font, and cut neatly and glued or taped into the notebook.  The next due date is Friday, May 13.  They should have 15 more entries for a total of 60 entries.
  
I will put all homework assignments on my calendar at the bottom of the page. Please check it daily.

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