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Welcome to Ms. Mazac's 6th Grade ELA

Email: emily.mazac@austinisd.org

Phone: (512) 841-8681
Room Number: 603
Conference Period: 3rd

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Week of February 3-7

Remember - next Friday, February 14th and Monday, February 17th are student holidays. 
This week we will have a Phoenix House presentation on the effects of smoking.  We will finish drafting our short story and submit in BLEND by Friday, February 7th. 
We will then start our poetry unit. 
It's going to be a great week!

Week of January 27 - 31

This week we will start writing ideas for our short story.  Students will be writing ideas Thursday, drafting on Friday and Tuesday.  We will then move into poetry!
I am out of notebook paper and kleenex in my classroom.  Donations of either would be appreciated!!

Week of January 13 - 17

We have our trip to the Houston Museum of Natural Science this Friday.  This is for students who have Ms. DeCaire for Science.  I will be on that trip, so students who are not attending will have a substitute teacher. 
We are continuing our work with PLOT, and will take notes on characterization this week as well. 

Phoenix House Information,Schedule, and opt out form

We are thrilled to welcome Phoenix House back for the 4th year for their Life Skills Training Program. See the attached forms for the curriculum and opt out form. 
Starting Monday, January 13, 2020, all 6th graders will have presentations through their ELA classes, once a week, for 8 weeks.  If you do NOT want your child to participate in the program, send the opt-out form back by Monday, January 13th. 

Here is the OUTLINE - sorry about the link that didn't work!

Headline - this should tell the reader what your blog is about

Introduction - Start with an anecdote (a short story that tells about your topic).  Then tell the reader what you have learned about.  You can use some of your research facts here to explain to the reader. Clearly state the problem or issue about your topic. (underline the problem)

Next 1-2 paragraphs are about the problem or issue  and some more researched facts about your topic/issue/problem (highlight your researched facts)

Last paragraph - offer a solution or the effect of the issue/problem and call for your readers to do something about it!  It is always nice to tie it back to the beginning, if you can - like mention the anecdote again with a solution.  (bold your solution/effect and you call to action)

Picture - make sure to include a picture that illustrates something about your blog - and include the source of the picture in your source listing.

Sources:  you can just paste your links to the websites you used. 

Week of September 9-13

Next week we will be working on our personal narratives.  Because I couldn't get the chrome cart, we will be finishing up Thursday's  Fish in a Tree  essay on Monday.  The rest of the week will be spent writing and revising (and a bit of reading).  

Week of September 3-6

This week we will finish up our Fish in a Tree  activities. Students will write an essay about characters from the novel in Blend.  We will read a few personal narratives and start our pre-writing for our personal narratives.  

Scholastic Book Orders

I will be placing a Scholastic Book order next Thursday, September 5th. 
You can order online with the class code GMR94, or do it the old fashioned way and fill out the order form and send it with a check.  
I put out flyers for students, but you can also access the list online. 
I get free books for the classroom with student orders.

Fish in a Tree TEST!!! This FRIDAY!

Students will take an online test over the novel they read for their required summer reading.  We will review on Thursday in class.