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Core 6 Language Arts

How to Pick a Book

1. Look at the cover and the title. Does it look and sound intriguing?

2. Ask friends for recommendations.

3. Look for books written by a favorite author, or in a series you enjoy.

4. Choose books with themes or subjects you have liked in the past.

5. Read the flap or back cover, and look at chapter titles or illustrations.

6. Read the first sentence, a paragraph, and then a random page.


A Book Is Too EASY If:

You can pronounce and understand all the words and can retell everything you have read. An EASY book is a book for fun reading. If you answer “yes” to these questions, the book is probably EASY for you.

Can you read it all very smoothly?

Can you read and understand almost every word?

Have you read it several times before?


A Book Is Too HARD If:

You can’t pronounce or don’t know the meaning of five words on the page and you can’t retell what you’ve just read. A HARD book is one that is too challenging for you right now. If you answer “yes” to these questions, the book is probably HARD for you.

1. Do you have trouble understanding the book?

2. Are many of the words difficult?

3. Do you need a lot of help from the teacher or a friend?

4. Is your reading choppy because you slow down often?



You can pronounce and understand all but one or two of the words and can retell most of what you have read. A JUST RIGHT book is one that is comfortable to read, but a little challenging. If you answer “yes” to these questions, the book is probably JUST RIGHT for you.

1. Do you understand the book?

2. Are there a few places where you need to slow down and figure out something, like a few words, what a character is doing, or how the plot changed?

3. Do you need just a little help from your teacher or a friend?


Select books thoughtfully and always keep in mind the purpose of the book you have chosen. Ask yourself, " What is this book intended for? Is it a match for how I plan to use it?"



Sources: Robb, Grant, Fountas

Written Work Requirements


 1. All final written work must be done in dark blue or black ink, or on a computer.

 2. Neatness always counts.

 3. A heading must be used on all papers. Papers without a heading (name) are considered late.

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Home Reading Requirement

The 40 Book Challenge

Kids love to read when they have some free choice and can read as much as they want, unhindered. The goal is to read forty books this school year. Students will share their reading through many venues and communicate with other students and the teacher in many ways about their reading. They will have written conversations in their RWT Journals, discussions person-to-person, form groups to share about books, and even a have chance to do a bit of blogging about favorite books in different categories.

Our librarian is going to help students find books too! In the library, there will be book floods on various genres that students may not have previously explored. Students will be reading in school and students are expected to keep reading at least 20 minutes every night. To keep track of all this reading, students will list fiction and nonfiction books they have read and then chart their books by genre/category. In addition, each student will be receiving a bookmark each week that serves as a daily reading tracking log.

Students will be receiving reading instruction throughout the week, but it will be delivered in palpable mini-lessons that will give students varied tools to promote deeper understanding and an opportunity to write with more authority about what they are reading.

Forty books is a big goal, but just a goal. The real goal is to read and then read some more. For those ambitious students who love to read long and challenging books, we agreed as a class that books up to 350 pages will be counted as 1 book, books with 351-700 pages will be counted as 2 books, and books over 701 pages will be counted as 3 books! So, no one should be held back from reading a book in which they are excited to dive.


Good Luck! Have fun. Read.

What is Grammar?

Grammar is the system of a language. People sometimes describe grammar as the "rules" of a language; but in fact no language has rules. If we use the word "rules", we suggest that somebody created the rules first and then spoke the language, like a new game. But languages did not start like that. Languages started by people making sounds which evolved into words, phrases and sentences. No commonly-spoken language is fixed. All languages change over time. What we call "grammar" is simply a reflection of a language at a particular time.

Do we need to study grammar to learn a language? The short answer is "no". Very many people in the world speak their own, native language without having studied its grammar. Children start to speak before they even know the word "grammar". But if you are serious about learning a foreign language, the long answer is "yes, grammar can help you to learn a language more quickly and more efficiently." It's important to think of grammar as something that can help you, like a friend. When you understand the grammar (or system) of a language, you can understand many things yourself, without having to ask a teacher or look in a book.

So think of grammar as something good, something positive, something that you can use to find your way - like a signpost or a map.


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Nobody puts Grammar in the Corner!