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Welcome to 6th Grade Language Arts!
About me... My name is Wendy Falcone. This is my 7th year teaching 6th grade Language Arts in Tomball ISD and I love it here! I graduated from the University of Texas with a BA in Elementary Education and I feel blessed that I have found my calling in life. When I'm not at school, I enjoy cooking, shopping, reading, traveling, and just hanging out with friends and family.
I have been married to my amazing husband for 26 years and we have three wonderful children. Nick just graduated from Baylor University, Christian is a senior at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor, and Julianna is a soophomore at Oklahoma State University. The years have flown by as we've watched our kids grow up in the wonderful community of Tomball.
I absolutely adore teaching 6th grade! My classroom is full of reading, writing, technology, small group activities, discussion, fun, and lots of laughing!  I strive to build a strong, positive relationship with every one of my students. I have high expectations for my students. I want students to be respectful, come to class prepared, take ownership of their learning, and do their BEST! I am looking forward to working with your child to help them reach their highest potential.
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I am here to help!
 
 

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Reminders of Upcoming Important Dates

Hello Parents!

 

I just wanted to remind you of some important dates we have coming up here in Language Arts. The second Notice and Note Bookmark is due next Tuesday, Dec. 11. I checked in on each student today and many have not yet finished their books and some were FAR from finishing! We calculated how many pages they would need to read each day in order to finish the book by the due date. Please check with your child on their progress and encourage them to read the necessary number of pages to meet this goal.

 

Second, the Poetry Unit test is Friday, Dec. 14th. We have been working on using the WWAM strategy to analyze the poems and then using these annotations to answer the comprehension and analytical questions that follow. Ask your child to explain the WWAM strategy to you!

 

Lastly, the Poetry Project is due on Thursday, Dec. 20. On that day, the students will be able to share one of their original poems with the class at our Poetry Slam! The students have already composed 3 of the 6 poems in class.  I am amazed at some of the poems my students have composed and I think you will be too!

 

As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Poetry Project

Hello Parents!
 
Today, I introduced the Poetry Project to your child. They created their own poetry book and even wrote their first poem ("I Don't Understand") using the format I provided. The Poetry Project will consist of 6 poems written with a structured format yet with the students' original ideas. The students will be given class time to complete the poem however, it will be homework if they do not use their class time appropriately and don't finish. The project will be graded on format, creativity, and effort. The Poetry Project will be due on Thursday, Dec. 20th and will be a major grade. Following the completion of the project, the students will present one original poem to the class during our annual Poetry Slam. This is always such a fun day which the students always enjoy! 

ELA News

Dear Parents,
 
I hope you are all enjoying this FANTASTIC weather!
 
Last week, the students were given the opportunity to make test corrections on their Non-fiction Assessment. They were required to cite evidence from the text to prove their answers and explain their understanding using complete sentences. The students were given half credit back for each correct answer. The grade in the grade book reflects their new grade followed by a decimal and their initial grade.
 
The student's first Notice and Note bookmark for this 9 weeks was due last Tuesday. Last week, I had the opportunity to sit down and conference with each student, discussing their strengths and weaknesses and what they could do to improve. I really enjoyed seeing the students excited about their books! Last Tuesday the students went to the library to check out a new book for their 2nd Notice and Note bookmark which will be due on December 11. Remember, both bookmarks, along with the AR tests, will be averaged together to make one major grade for this 9 weeks. Please encourage your child to bring their books home and READ over the break so they can get ahead of the game! 
 
This week we started a new unit on Poetry. The Poetry Unit will cover skills such as figurative language, tone/mood, inference, imagery, poetic terms (rhyme, rhythm, repetition, line, stanza, etc.), reading and analyzing poetry, and writing poetry. The Poetry Assessment is scheduled for December 14th.
 
I hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving break. I am thankful for the opportunity to teach your child!
 
 

Personal Narratives

Personal Narrative

 

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.  

 

This week, we are 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.  

 

Yesterday we read several examples of good writing then discussed why they scored high. We talked about the revising and editing process.  Today, I passed back their draft and 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 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.  We will continue working on these in class for the remainder of this week and they will be due on Tuesday, September 25 for a major grade.

 

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

Week 5 Update

Hello Parents! It's hard to believe that we are already into our 5th week of school! I have so enjoyed getting to know each and every one of your children. It was also great to meet many of you at the Parent Orientation last week.
 
Students have been busy reading and looking for signposts everyday in their independent novel which was self-selected. I have been working hard to conference with each student on their bookmark to ensure their understanding and check on their progress. I hope to be finished conferencing this Friday. 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,
Wendy Falcone
6th ELA

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.