Markow, Claire


Please see Google Classroom links below for daily updates

Ms. Claire Markow
Tolland Middle School 
Language Arts 
Room 213 


Welcome to Tolland Middle School   Grade 6

Use all your learning strategies to reach your goals!
Language Arts   Room 213    Grade 6 Team Blue
 Need extra help or conference?  Ask and sign up for the late bus, if needed. 

Please refer to Tolland Middle School Grading Policy
for PowerSchool grades.

Readers and Writers -- welcome to 213!

Please bring in your November reading log on Friday, 11/30.  Pause and reflect at least 6 times as you read your novel.   

Thank you for reading and knowing how important it is to keep track of your time!  Great readers use strategies to read! 

Think about your writing and reading goals and our common core state standards to achieve positive growth
in Language Arts this year!  

Practice the "I can ..." statements that are in your notebook.  
Thank you for being your very best self!

SOAR behaviors, your goals, and positive attitudes make our learning successful. 

Everyone has the power to make a difference in the world. 
Social action means taking steps to change the things that are wrong in our society and introducing new ideas and processes for doing things better in the future. 

Please use these links to our Google Classroom Assignments and Announcements for 2018/2019 Periods 1- 5 
Markow English/Reading 

December 17, 2018 

Spelling Lesson 2 Short Vowels sounds
due 12/13  Test 12/14
Re-test, if needed, 12/17

Daily Oral Language/Quiz scores on PS
Paragraphs Edited and revised 
Week of 12/17 

Pre-ODA Research-based Informative Essay
completed.  Students will have a conference with the teacher to set goals for process piece based on pre-ODA essay traits. 

Power Learning and Note Taking for Informative Process Piece
Students will be reading articles and taking notes in Social Studies classes.  Students will use these notes to write a research-based informative process piece.  

RBIW Process piece will be on the Social Studies topic of what makes a civilization.  
Students will receive articles from SS to use as text evidence.  Students will take detailed notes and organize central ideas. 
Students will write the process piece draft in notebooks.  

Students will: 
state a strong claim
use an essay structure (5 - 7 paragraphs)
include evidence and give credit to sources
use checklist/rubric for specific traits 
type final process piece
revise, edit, strengthen
celebrate learning

Reading Unit 2:  C.L.O.S.E. Reading 
Non-fiction reading 
Core text:  Once a Wolf 

Newsela. com articles/quizzes

NWEA test in January/Winter  

English Personal Narratives  
Writing with Independence

The final processed personal narrative piece should be typed on Google Docs. 
Revised, edit, add, delete and fix as you type.
Process Piece due 10/17/18. 
POST Personal Narrative On-demand assessment on 10/25/18.  

Pre-Research Based Information Writing Assessment on 11/8/2018.  
Process Pieces will be done in conjunction with social studies reading and notes. 

Read over your process piece with a parent or guardian at home.  Ask for suggestions to make your story a bit more interesting to the reader.  Use your checklist and notebooks for suggestions.  
Taking charge of the writing process
Portfolio review
Use of Rubric Traits
Story elements
Set plan and goals
Slow down and stretch out the problem
Sentence variety
Re-see piece with deeper emotions and styles
Symbolism and Craft

Literary devices  

Personal Narratives Pre-ODA 
September  5, 2018
Process Piece (October 17, 2018)
Post Narrative ODA (10/23/18)

 Students will use Google Docs to write their final process piece.  

Students should be writing in journals every night.  

Write in the writer's notebook for at least 15+ minutes daily.  Try to write/revise stories that really matter.  Review class notes to apply the lessons to your writing.  
Writers write!

Writers write.  Please write every night for at least 15 minutes (1- 2 pages) in Writer's Notebook.  Read your writing to someone at home.  

Share your ideas and listen to your story.  Try a variety of genres when you write. 

Reading Unit 1:  What Makes a Good Story
The Language of Literature Anthology
Crash by Jerry Spinelli

10/5 - 19         Chapters 1 - 30
Quiz for chapters 1-8  10/15
Quiz for chapters 9 - 18  10/23
Quiz for chapters 19 - 30  11/1
Quiz for chapters 31 - 49 11/13
Finish reading Crash and think about the theme that the characters have learned.  Did you realize that lesson, too?

Keep reading for your best learning.  
NEWSELA non-fiction on-line articles
JOIN classroom 
CMarkow Newsela 2019

Read 6 plus articles and try the quiz
for November and December Book Logs
Please read every night/every day for at least 20 minutes (or more).  Use your reading strategies to think about what you are reading and why the author wants you to know this information.  Enjoy the time to read -- thanks!

Please have a reading book in school for you to read in all classes.   Ask if you need help finding a great reading novel!  

Sixth-grade students develop writing skills, word study, and writing mechanics in language arts classes.  Many genres of writing will be explored such as expository, argumentative, poetry, and narrative writing.  Spelling, grammar, punctuation, editing, and revising skills are practiced throughout the year and in all content areas. 

Please refer to  Grading Policy and Procedures for Tolland Middle School on the TMS website. Thank you. 

TMS Grading Categories for Writing: 
*Writing Texts and Traits

A few Resources:

Lucy Calkins Units of Study for Narrative, Argument, and Information Writing, Grade 6  Reading and Writing Project
Heinemann 2014
Write Source - A book for Writing, Thinking, and Learning 

Everyday Spelling (selected units) Scott Foresman

Word Explorer - Level 
Traits of Writing - the Complete Guide for Middle School 
Using Mentor Texts to Teach Writing With the Traits - Middle School  
Ruth Culham

Ideas:  the piece's content - its central message and details that support the message.

Organization:  the internal structure of the piece - the thread of logic, the pattern of meaning

Voice:  the tone and tenor of the piece - the personal stamp of the writer, which is achieved through a strong understanding of purpose and audience

Word Choice:  the vocabulary the writer used to convey meaning and enlighten the reader

Sentence Fluency:  the way words and phrases flow through the piece.  This is often called the auditory trait because we "read" for it with the ear as much as the eye.   (revision trait for character report)

Conventions:  the mechanical correctness of the piece.  Correct use of conventions (spelling, capitalization, punctuation, paragraphing, and grammar and usage) guides the reader through the text and makes it easy to follow.

Presentation:  the physical appearance of the piece. A visually appealing text provides a welcome mat.  It invites the reader in. 

     Our English Binder will be used for Spelling Units, notes, and drafts of all writing types. Writer's notebook (composition book) should be written in every day to strengthen writing "muscles".  

      Students are encouraged to write every day to record their creative thinking, observations, reflections, stories, words, and more! 

     We will be having academic practice in Spelling every other week.  Spelling Units will be assigned every Monday/due Wednesdays.  Quiz and tests in these areas will be on Thursdays/Fridays, depending on the week.

     Students will be writing in their own journals (composition books) daily and nightly.  Seed ideas and drafts will be constantly nourished!

SOAR and SHOW your learning and growth.

Thank you so much for all your hard work and smiles!


 Extra News/Important Notices/Other news:   Bring in Box Tops for our school.  

 Come to join us for the Chain Reaction Club in 213 on every other Monday.  Make a difference in our world!

Check out the Tolland Public Library Resources and Book Talks!