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Ms. Jureczki's 6th grade ELA

I am Lauren Jureczki, and I am thrilled to be teaching English/Language Arts this year.  I grew up in Austin, Texas. After graduating from Sam Houston State University in 2008, I decided to call Tomball, Texas "home."  I have two amazing children; Grace (age 14) and Preston (age 10), who are the light of my life and do a wonderful job keeping me on my toes! Outside of school, we enjoy spending time with family, cheering on our favorite sports teams, traveling, playing games, and laughing!  
 
This is my ninth year in education, and it is my honor and privilege to help students grow into the best they can be. Language Arts includes reading, writing, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, listening, and speaking. This year, we will engage in a number of reading and writing activities. My goal is to encourage and empower your child to develop a love of both so they become lifelong readers/writers themselves.
 
Character and citizenship is huge in our classroom! This will be the 4th year Oakcrest Intermediate has implemented the Great Expectations program for critical thinking and character education. Each day, students and teachers spend time discussing various elements of character and work toward becoming the best possible version of ourselves in all areas of life.
 
I look forward to a remarkable year!
 

Recent Posts

6th Week Update

 

Hello Parents! It's hard to believe that we are already into our 6th week of school! I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each and every one of your children. It was also great to meet many of you at the Parent Orientation.
 
Students have been busy reading and looking for signposts in their independent novel which was self-selected. I have been working hard to conference with students on their bookmarks to ensure their understanding and check on their progress. The first Notice and Note Bookmark will be due on Oct. 9. The first bookmark will be a daily grade. Beginning the next grading period, students will be required to complete 2 Notice and Note bookmarks which will make up 1 major grade.
 
Remember, students are encouraged to read every night for 20-30 minutes! Please check with your child to ensure they meet the Oct. 9th deadline and ask to see their signpost sticky notes. This makes for great conversation about their book!  For more information about the Notice and Note Bookmarks, please see my posts below for a full explanation and examples. Please contact me with any questions.
 
Thank you for sharing your child with me!
 
Blessings on your day,
Lauren Jureczki

Narrative Essay

 

On the second week of school, students wrote a pre-instruction personal narrative.  This is designed to see what students know about the writing genre prior to instruction.  

Last week, we began taking a closer look at personal narratives/memoirs and at the elements essential to this type of writing: a seed idea, strong introduction/hook, sequential order, vivid details, strong emotions, dialogue, transitions, and a reflective ending.  

We read several examples of good writing, then discussed why they scored high. We talked about the revising and editing process.  After observing numerous leads and "hooks" that published authors use, students began enhancing their own essays by creating a new introduction to grab readers' attention. 

Students were given their rough drafts and began using a Google form from my Google classroom to learn how to revise their paper.  Revising Personal Narrative Form

 

Some students chose to start a completely different story—which is absolutely acceptable.  The Google form takes the student through various steps and videos to improve their narrative. All revisions are done in colored pencil. When they are ready to publish their final paper, it should be on a new sheet of notebook paper.  This assignment will be a major grade.  

Notice and Note Parent Orientation

Your child will be reading 20-30 minutes a day in class.  They will be filling out a Notice and Note bookmark with page numbers and sticky notes to conference with me when completed.  If you would like to help your child in reading, check over their bookmark and talk to them about each one.