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Welcome to 6th Grade English Language Arts !

I am Ms.Bell. This is my fifth year teaching and my second year teaching at WJ Christian. I received my Bachelors in Elementary Education from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. I received my Masters in Elementary Education from the University of West Alabama. I am elated to be your Reading/ English Language Arts teacher this year! My goal is to instill a love of reading and writing in every student that will continue throughout his/her life.

This is a rigorous program with an advanced workload. English Language Arts encompasses reading, writing, grammar, speaking and listening skills. Students will build on those skills acquired in fifth grade as well as master new skills. Students will be immersed in literature and informational text across all content areas. Students will cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly, determine the central idea (theme) of the text as well as draw inferences from the text. Students will also determine the meaning of phrases, figurative language, word relationships, connotative meanings, and tone.  Students will analyze motives for characters thoughts and actions and explain the development of the author’s point of view. In addition, students will compare and contrast reading a text and listening to and viewing a version of the text.

Students will read four novels this year as well as short stories and informational text. After reading the selected texts, students will be required to reflect, question, analyze, and make connections in their annotated reading log.

Books to Purchase

1st Nine Weeks-  Love that Dog  (Sharon Creech) 

 

I have high expectations for my students. I sincerely believe with hard-work and perseverance, academic success will be achieved. Lastly, as with every school year, I am thrilled to teach this group of sixth graders. I look forward to an engaging and exciting year with every student.