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SCHOOL:  Oakcrest Intermediate School, Room # 303

SUBJECTS:  6th Grade Language Arts

SCHOOL PHONE: 281-357-3033 ext. 5672

SCHOOL EMAIL: tiffanyvincent@tomballisd.net

 Education

I have been in Tomball since I was a kindergartner! I went to Lakewood Elementary, Beckendorf Intermediate, and graduated from Tomball High School.  I graduated college from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education with a specialization in Reading and began teaching at Tomball ISD in 2002.  I am certified to teach K through eighth grade and English as a second language.  

Personal Info

I was born in the Houston area, but have lived in the Tomball area since I was a year old.  I have been married for many years to my wonderful husband Desmond and we have three beautiful children.  I also have three dogs!  One of my dogs is a Great Dane named Princess, the other is a miniature Chihuahua named Thor, and an American Bully named Dozer.  I enjoy spending time with my family, watching football (GO TEXANS!), watching my children play sports, and reading great books. 

 

Recent Posts

Homework

If you came to Parent Orientation I stated that there wouldn't be Language Arts homework this year. In the past, homework has not been helpful to many students because there wasn't immediate feedback.  
 
Now, there is a website that is easy to access, use, and assess your child's learning. Through Google Classroom, your child needs to access their reading homework assignment each night. The assignment will open from the website www.readworks.org. They will read the passage, answer the questions, and immediately see what questions they got wrong. You have the chance to see what they need help with and I can also see the results to help a struggling student the very next day at school.
 
I would like for your child to complete the reading and questions every night.  As I told the students today, I know that completing homework is not always possible every night.  
 
Today, I gave an example from my own child.  
Every Tuesday, as soon as my daughter gets home, she changes and leaves to go to Softball practice in Sugarland.  Her practice is from 6-9, so she doesn't get home until sometime after that.  As a parent, I do not want my child to have to stay up late to finish homework.    With that being said, she usually finds another time during the day or car to complete the assignment, but that is not always possible either. 
 
If your child does have a legitimate reason for not doing homework, do not worry, just have them talk to me the next day.  
 
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
 
Thank you,
 
Tiffany Vincent
OIS
6th grade ELA

Personal Narrative

Good evening parents,

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

 

We spent time last week and this week taking a closer look at personal narratives/memoirs and at the elements essential to this type of writing: a seed idea, sequential order, vivid details, strong emotions, dialogue, and a reflective ending.  

 

We started by reading examples of good writing.  Next, students used 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 steps and videos to improve their narrative. All revisions are in their INB and when they are ready to write their final it should be on notebook paper.  We will continue working on them in class tomorrow, but if your child does not finish, then it is homework. The final narratives are due Friday, September 21, 2018 for a major grade.

 

If you have any questions, please let me know.  Have a great evening.



Classroom Notice and Note

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.

First Week In 6th Grade

Welcome Students!!! Below is an overview of the first week, so you will know what to expect. I'm looking forward to this year and can't wait to meet you.
 
 
Monday: Student Holiday
 
Tuesday:
Pre-AP Language Arts - Bring your summer reading novel. You will turn it in to Mrs. Vincent on the first day of school. 
Regular Language Arts - Bring a favorite book or magazine.
 
Wednesday:
All Language Arts classes - Bring a marble composition book.  You will set up your Interactive Notebook which will be used daily in class.
 
Thursday: 
Pre-AP Language Arts - Mrs. Vincent will return your novel and you will complete a summer reading short answer response assignment. This will count as the first major grade of the 1st nine weeks. 
Regular Language Arts - Bring a favorite book to begin genre study and inquiry circles.
 
Friday:
Pre-AP Language Arts- Students will participate in summer reading inquiry circles. This day you will discuss your novel in depth in a group setting. 
Regular Language Arts - Bring a favorite book to begin genre study and inquiry circles.

Notice and Note Bookmarks

For the second grading period, students will be required to read two novels and complete a Notice and Note bookmark for each. Upon completion of each novel, students will conference with me to discuss each sign post. The students are expected to recognize two examples of each of the six signposts, write the page number on the bookmark, and answer the guiding question on a sticky note. Each bookmark conference will be 50% of a major grade. 
 
We are almost half way through the second grading period, so your child should be finished or almost finished with their first novel. Students are given over 100 minutes a week in class to silently read their independent novel. During this time, I am available to conference, answer questions, or reteach concepts as needed. 
 
Please check with your child on their progress. Completion of the first novel is due on November 17th. 
 
Please see attachment for an example of a completed product. 

Notice and Note Parent Orientation

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