Welcome Back Letter

We want to take a moment to provide you with a warm welcome to 6thgrade English Language Arts! Mrs. Jackson and I are so excited to be working with your students this school year. The 2019-2020 school year is packed with intriguing texts, engaging activities, and thought-provoking discussion.

This year, we will read three novels (Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, and The Cay by Theodore Taylor), and one screenplay (“The Monsters are Due on Maple Street” by Rod Serling). We will read the texts aloud in class in order to promote comprehension, but I do ask that students re-read or listen to the chapter(s) at home. Hearing the information more than once will help with understanding and retention.

Homework will be assigned periodically, but if you do not see an assignment from me each night, don’t worry—your child is telling the truth. The majority of the content will be addressed in class in order to provide students with as much support as possible. We do ask that your child read at home each night as time permits. Even 15 minutes of reading has been shown to improve students’ fluency and comprehension.

At the beginning of each week, you and your child will receive an email detailing the week’s agenda. The email will include dates of upcoming tests, quizzes, homework (if any), classwork, projects, etc. In order for your child to be successful in class, it is imperative that you are aware of each week’s academic expectations.

We are so excited to partner with you on this journey! We’re going to have a great time this year, and we cannot wait to see how much your student grows as a reader and writer this year! Please let us know if you have any questions!!

Best,

Alexis Stephany-Green                                           Beth Jackson

6thGrade ELA Teacher                                           Special Education Parapro