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6th Grade Reading Lesson Plans






May 7-11, 2018

Monday:  Creative writing

Tuesday:  Final draft of creative writing

Wednesday: Musical (A.M.) Activities (P.M.)

Thursday:  SPUD Day

Friday: Teacher check-out


April 30-May 4, 2018

Monday:  Field Trip to Science Museum

Tuesday:  Review for reading benchmark test



Friday:  No school


April 23-27, 2018  (Students will be taking ACT summative tests this week, so lessons will be repeated in order to insure that students who miss class for testing will have the opportunity to complete work in class.)

Monday:  Students will read and complete author’s note pgs. 215-224

AR tests continue

Tuesday:  Read pgs. 724-729

Collection 8 skills review

AR tests continue

Wednesday:  Wartime MIstakes and Peacetime Apologies pg. 159-164

AR tests continue

Thursday:  Read “The Bracelet” pg.149 (quiz)

Friday:  idiom illustrations/(make-up work for any students who did not finish this week’s assignments due to testing)



April 16-20, 2018

Monday:  read pgs. 146-158 (reading guide)

Tuesday:  read pgs. 159-182

Wednesday:  read pgs. 183-204

Thursday:  read pgs. 205-214 (AR tests begin)

(afternoon classes will be affected with the ACT Aspire science test)  AR tests will continue on Monday

Friday:  No School


April 9-13, 2018

Monday:  voc. list #12

New roots:  cord/card = heart              corp = body                 derm = skin

(cordial, discreetly, taxidermy, epidermis, sparse, mesmerized, cardiologist, barren, corporation, corpse)

read pgs. 68-75 / reading guide

Tuesday:  Read pgs. 76-97 (Main events page)

Wednesday:  Read pgs. 98-119 (illustration blocks)

Thursday:  Read pgs. 120-134 (3 Q&A)

Friday:  voc. test #12

Read pgs. 135-145 (quiz)


April 2-6, 2018

Monday:  No School

Tuesday:  Read ch. 9 of Code Talker pgs. 50-56, write a one page reading log in composition notebooks over the novel thus far.

Wednesday:  Read ch. 10 (pgs. 57-67) complete reading guide

Thursday:  State reading test

Friday:  State math test

March 26-30, 2018

 Monday:  Begin the novel Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac.  Read pgs. 1-22 (quiz)

Tuesday:  Read pgs. 23-37 (5 Q&A)

Wednesday:  Read pgs. 38-49 (reading guide)

Thursday:  Computer lab (practice for state reading test)  Parent-teacher conferences 3:30-9:00

Friday:  No School



Mar. 12-16, 2018

Monday:  Complete Collection 1 Skills Review pg. 114-119

Tuesday:  Read “What Do Fish Have to do with Anything?” pg. 557/ quiz

Wednesday:  Read “Ta-Na-E-Ka” pg. 135/quiz

Thursday:  Read “The Wind People” pg. 144-148  (complete test practice)

Friday:  Read “In the Fog” pg. 76-85



Mar. 5-9, 2018

Monday:  voc. #11 root:  cise= to cut

incisor, genocide, internal conflict, external conflict, incision, plot, novel, omniscient point of view, homicide, pesticide

Read Arachne pg. 642/ quiz

Tuesday:  Notes over the traits of fairy tales/folk tales

Read “The Emperor’s New Clothes” pg. 245/ quiz

Wednesday:  Read Rapunzel p. 271 & Aesop’s Fables p. 371

Thursday:  Read “The Hitchhiker “p. 87

Friday:  Complete “The Hitchhiker”

voc. test #11

Collection 3 skills review pg. 114-119


Feb. 26-March 2, 2018

Monday:  voc. #10  root:  chrom= color

allusion, myth, mood, monochrome, irony chronological, diction, chromosome, tone

Read “from Black Ships Before Troy: – the story of the Iliad” pg. 615 (Pearson text)

Tuesday:  Read Medusa’s Head pg. 364

Wednesday:  Read Perseus and the Gorgon’s Head pg. 360 (Do reading check and response/analysis pg. 364)



divide class into 4 groups (Midas and the Golden Touch, Persephone and Hades, The Trojan Horse, Perseus and Medusa)

Each group will read their assigned selection/ practice script

Friday:  voc. test #10

Each group will do one final read through/rehearsal...the groups will perform their scripts for the class.


Feb. 19-23, 2018

Monday:  NO SCHOOL (Staff development day)

Tuesday:  Read “Baucis & Philemon” pg. 257/ quiz

Wednesday:  Read Medusa’s Head” pg. 350

Thursday:  Read Perseus and the Gorgon’s Head pg. 360 (Compare contrast yesterday’s selection to today’s graphic story selection) Quiz

Friday:  Read the myth of Icarus and Daedlus  / Creative writing:  obituary for Icarus

                                                                                                         Job application for Daedlus

                                                                                                        Newspaper article covering the death of Icarus


Feb. 12-16, 2018

Monday:  Share student sequels from Friday. (Discuss conflicts/resolutions of conflicts, etc.)

Tuesday:  Read “A Glory Over Everything” pg. 468 (Quiz)

Wednesday: Read “All Aboard with Thomas Garrett” pg. 483 and from The Harriet Tubman Series pg. 489

(test practice pg. 493)

Thursday:  Read “Mysterious Mr. Lincoln

 pg. 545 and Lincoln’s Humor pg. 553 (test practice pg. 554)

Friday:  Collection 5 skills review pg. 524-533



Feb. 5-9, 2018

Monday:  voc. #9    Roots: cide = to kill

grimace, gruffly, immobilized, muffle, persnickety, premature, resighned self-consciously, vulnerability, homicide

Read pgs. 184-194 (reading guide)

Tuesday: Read pgs. 194-204 (sequencing page) partners

Wednesday:  Read pgs. 205-217 (quiz)

Thursday: Read pgs. 218-234 (review for voc. test)

Friday:  AR test over novel

              voc. test #9



Jan. 29-Feb. 2, 2018

Monday:  voc. #8 roots: bio = life    chron = time

caress, compassion, condescending, crescendo, biography, chronological, despicable, despondently, synchronize, furrowed

Begin ch. 7 read pgs. 119-130 (4 Q & A)

Tuesday:  read pgs. 130-144  (ch. 7 quiz)

Wednesday:  Begin ch. 8 pgs. 145-164 (illus. blocks)

Thursday:  pages 165-174 (reading guide)

Friday:  voc. test #8 

read pgs. 175-183 (symbolism)


Jan. 22-26, 2018

Monday:  ACT Aspire Interim III reading test (computer lab)

Tuesday:  voc. #7:  root: auto = self

autonomy, insolently, intermingle, nattily, patronize, reprimand, sulk vanity vex, wizened

read ch. 5 pgs. 87-98 (quiz)

Wednesday:  Begin ch. 6 pgs. 99-110 (reading guide)

Thursday:  Complete ch. 6 pgs. 110-118 (team read...character quotes/insights)

Friday:  voc. test #7

ch. 1-6 art mural



Jan.15-19, 2018

Monday:  No school: Staff Development Day

Tuesday:  Complete ch. 3 pgs. 51-58 (ch. 3 quiz)

Wednesday:  Begin ch. 4 pgs. 59-67) reading guide

Thursday:  Continue ch. 4 pgs. 67-81 (5 Q & A)

Friday:  Complete ch. 4 pgs. 81-86 (ch. 4 quiz)

              Reading log over ch. 1-4

Jan. 8-12, 2018

Monday:  voc. list #6/ background on author

Begin ch. 1 of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry pgs. 3-13

Tuesday:  Complete ch. 1 pgs. 13-27 (quiz ch. 1)

Wednesday:  Read ch. 2 pgs. 28-35 (reading guide)

Thursday:  Begin ch. 3 pgs. 36-50

Friday:  voc. test #6

            Complete ch. 3 pg. 50-58 (reading log)

Jan. 2-6, 2018

Monday:  Happy New Year!

Tuesday:  Students will bring AR books to class for independent, silent sustained reading 

Wednesday: Read “I Was Not Alone” an interview with Rosa Parks pg. 311 (Holt)

Thursday: Read “The Gold Cadillac” pg. 318-328 (complete prediction questions throughout text)

Friday:  AR test over “The Gold Cadillac”

Read “Separate but Never Equal” pg. 332-334 (with elbow partner, complete test practice and constructed responses pg. 334)



Dec. 11-15, 2017

Monday:  Review for Benchmark

Tuesday:  Review for Benchmark


Thursday: Hours 1, 5, 7 complete Benchmark*

Friday:  Hours 2, 4, 6 complete Benchmark*



Dec. 4-8, 2017

Monday:  Assign class poem...classroom practice for festival

Tuesday:  Students will practice class poem and individual poems

Wednesday:  Festival practice in library

Thursday:  Festival practice in library



Nov. 27-Dec. 1, 2017


voc. #5 roots:  ali, aud, anni-enni-annu, aster/astr., alt

(speaker, stanza, cinquain, imagery, quatrain, haiku, centennial, asterisk, audible, alien, 

AR test over Esperanza Rising

Tuesday:  phone number/address poems

Wednesday: origami exercise with Ms. Segawa (creating decorations for festival)

Thursday: final drafts of phone number/address poems (paper houses)

Friday:  Assign poems for each hour’s recitation

             Read/discuss the poem each class will perform

             Students will select 3 of the poems from their collections for possible recitation, sign up for refreshments, take pictures for festival decorations

Nov. 20-21, 2017

Monday:  Read pgs. 234-247 (reading guide)

Tuesday: Read pgs. 247-262 (complete reading guide & About the Author)

Have a fabulous Thanksgiving!


Nov. 13-17, 2017

Monday:  Read pgs. 139-157 (reading guide)

Tuesday:  Read pgs. 158-178 (quiz)

Wednesday:  Read pgs. 179-198 (key quotes)

Thursday:  Read pgs. 199-213  (reading guide)

Friday:  Read pgs. 214-233 (5 Q&A)


Nov. 6-10, 2017

Monday:  Read pgs. 58-80 (quiz)

Tuesday:  Read pgs. 81-99 (illus. blocks)

Wed.:  Read pgs. 100-120 (quiz)

Thurs:  Read pgs. 121-138 (5 Q&A)

Fri:  Morning classes:  veteran’s day assembly

        Afternoon classes:  ESPERANZA ACTIVITY


Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 2017

Monday:  Final Draft Day 

Tuesday:  Final Draft Day  (mail-in deadline) 

Wednesday:  Begin Esperanza Rising  

Read pgs. 1-22 (quiz)

Thursday:  read pags. 23-38 (partner read)  In teams, nominate the best two sentences in the chapter.  Be prepared to defend your team’s choice against other nominees.  (vote) 

Friday:  read pgs. 39-57 (reading guide)


Oct. 23-27, 2017

After school work sessions are scheduled Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week.  If your child has been absent or needs extra time to complete pages in their packets, please arrange for them to stay any or all of these days.  Work sessions will be in my classroom (#103) until 4:30.  Our mail-in deadline is next Wednesday, Nov. 1, so if your child’s manuscript is unfinished, it will have to be mailed in incomplete.  (This will affect both their grade as well as the quality of the finished product.)

Monday:  Send parent book letters home

Write personification poems

Tuesday:  Write odes

Wednesday: Write If You Really Knew Me poems

Thursday:  Final draft day  (PARENT LETTERS DUE BACK!)

Friday:  NO SCHOOL (Professional development)


Oct. 16-20, 2017

Monday:  Return benchmarks

Final Draft Day

Tuesday:  Write Author Acrostics

Wednesday:  Final Draft Day

Thursday & Friday:  Have an amazing Fall Break!

Oct. 9-13, 2017

Monday:  Provide benchmark review

Complaint letter to your least favorite season

Students will draft a poem where they address their subject (2nd person pt. of view)

Tuesday:  5 senses season cinquain (sight, sound, touch taste smell)

Students will focus on sensory images

Wednesday:  Contrasting haiku 

Students will select two opposites in nature (sun/moon, valley/mountain, etc.)



             Final draft day

Oct. 2-6, 2017

Monday:  voc. #4 (simile/metaphor)

Write descriptive sentences using similes and metaphors.  Shape these into a poem

Tuesday:  Write place poems (focus on vivid imagery)

Wednesday:  Write prep. phrase poems (minimum of 5 prep phrases included)

Thursday:  Write memory poems based on the model, “What I Remember About That Day”

Friday:  voc. test #4

Issue poetry packets and table of contents.    Students will draft final draft pages in ink.


Sept. 25-29, 2017

Monday:  ACT Aspire Reading Test

Tuesday:  pyramid activity/AR test over Freak the Mighty (voc. #3...exposition, rising action, clima, falling action, resolution)

Wednesday:  View film version of novel (note 5 similarities in section #3 of spiral)

Thursday:  View film version of novel (note 5 differences in section #3 of spiral)

Friday:  Complete film...discuss… voc. test #3 draw & label the parts of a plot diagram 


Sept. 18-22, 2017


Tuesday:  pgs. 100-107 (team read) notes over plot diagram (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution)

Wednesday:  pgs. 108-121 (3 examples of rising

Thursday:  pgs. 122-146 (reading guide)

Friday:  pgs. 147-160 quiz

Sept. 11-15, 2017

Monday:  Voc. #2:  connotation, denotation, inference ASATOD (methods of characterization) appearance, speech, actions, thoughts, other’s opinions, direct characerization  Read pgs. 28-40 (quiz)

Tuesday:  Read ch. 8-10 pgs. 41-62, (5 Q&A)

Wednesday:  ch. 11 (reading guide)

Thursday:  read pgs. 72-87 (illus blocks)

Friday:  voc. test #12

read pgs. 88-99 (quiz)

Sept. 4-8, 2017

Monday:  No School (Labor Day)

Tuesday:  Complete poster projects/begin presentations

Wednesday:  Complete presentations

Anticipation guides for Freak the Mighty /  timed writing in comp. notebooks over the statement you feel most strongly about/ pair-share

Thursday:  Read ch. 1-3 (pgs. 1-14) quiz

Friday:  Read pags. 15-27 (reading guide)



August 28-Sept. 1, 2017

Monday:  Research teams in library

Tuesday:  Research teams in library

Wednesday:  Work on poster projects in classroom

Thursday:  Work on poster projects in classroom

Friday:  Final poster project work day/ practice presentations


August 21-25, 2017

Monday:  voc. list #1 (Life principle words)

Introduce research projects (disabilities and people who have overcome these challenges to achieve great things)

Tuesday:  read “Eleven” pg. 574 (Holt text) quiz

Wednesday:  assign research groups/draw for topics

write clothing narratives in composition notebooks

Thursday:  LIBRARY (Intro. to research/ source card practice)

Friday:  voc. test #1

Begin research over assigned topics

August 14-18, 2017

Monday:  Professional Development

Tuesday:  Professional Development


Class policy /trait train

Thursday:  Goal letters:  (Go over the 5 parts of a friendly letter)  Students will compose a letter to themselves outlining what they hope to achieve this school year. 

Friday: Getting to know you activity:

List 10 unique things about yourself  –   students will rotate papers and initial traits that are also true for them.