As a new member of the St. Hugh’s School community, I am looking forward to meeting all of you and developing a strong working partnership throughout the academic school year.  My goal is to see each student acting and growing as an accomplished reader and writer.  Having clear and concise agreements will help provide an environment where we all can flourish as learners and teachers. 

Below you will find my initial expectations for classroom conduct, academic integrity, preparedness; consequences for failing to meet those expectations, my grading policy and student-parent communications.

+ 2009-10 6th Grade Policies (PDF)

Below are 1st quarter goals for Upper School Language Arts by grade level:

Grade 6:

Reading

  1. Differentiate between fiction and non-fiction in personal narrative
  2. Identify the main elements of a writing (genre, character, plot)
  3. Monitor comprehension through group discussion and written response
  4. Develop active reading skills through recording thoughts, questions, vibrant phrases and new vocabulary on post-it notes
  5. Develop an independent “reading life”
  6. Author Study:  Edgar Allan Poe:  Poetry

Writing

  1. Personal Narratives
    1. Understanding the characteristics of a personal narrative
    2. Creating effective introductions and conclusions
  2. “How To” Articles
    1. Characteristics of “how to” writing
    2. Arranging details in sequence and logical order
    3. Ensuring accuracy and completeness
  3. Science Lab Report
    1. Characteristics of a scientific research report (abstract, hypothesis, body, and results)
    2. Ensuring accuracy and completeness

Grammar

  1. Develop an understanding of the proper use of nouns
  2. Develop an understanding of the proper use of pronouns

Spelling and Vocabulary

  1. Develop use of context clues in reading to improve vocabulary comprehension
  2. Dictionary skills
  3. Learn to use “syllabication” as a spelling strategy

Grade 7:

Reading

  1. Differentiate between fiction and non-fiction in personal narrative
  2. Identify the main elements of a writing (genre, character, plot)
  3. Monitor comprehension through group discussion and written response
  4. Develop active reading skills through recording thoughts, questions, vibrant phrases and new vocabulary on post-it notes
  5. Develop an independent “reading life”
  6. Author Study:  Edgar Allan Poe:  poetry and short story

Writing

  1. Personal Narratives
    1. Understanding the characteristics of a personal narrative
    2. Choosing a topic
    3. Using appropriate tone
    4. Creating an effective introduction, body and conclusion
  2. “How To” Articles
    1. Understanding the characteristics of a “how to” article
    2. Recognizing features of a “how to” article
    3. Develop ability to maintain focus on only relevant material
  3. Science Lab Report
    1. Characteristics of a scientific research report (abstract, hypothesis, body, and results)
    2. Ensuring accuracy and completeness

Grammar

  1. Develop an understanding of the proper use of verbs
  2. Develop an understanding of the proper use of nouns and adjectives

Spelling and Vocabulary

  1. Improve use of context clues in reading to comprehend new vocabulary
  2. Dictionary skills
  3. Develop use of “syllabication” as a spelling strategy

Grade 8:

Reading

  1. Differentiate between fiction and non-fiction in personal narrative
  2. Identify the main elements of a writing (genre, character, plot)
  3. Monitor comprehension through group discussion and written response
  4. Develop active reading skills through recording thoughts, questions, vibrant phrases and new vocabulary on post-it notes
  5. Develop an independent “reading life”
  6. Author Study:  Edgar Allan Poe:  poetry and short story

Writing

  1. Personal Narratives
    1. Understanding the characteristics of a personal narrative
    2. Identifying appropriate topics and titles for personal narratives
    3. Creating effective introductions, bodies and conclusions
  2. “How To” Articles
    1. Understanding the characteristics of a “how to” article
    2. Recognizing features of a “how to” article
    3. Develop ability to maintain focus on only relevant material
    4. Evaluate writing for clear and concise instructions
  3. Science Lab Report
    1. Characteristics of a scientific research report (abstract, hypothesis, body, and results)
    2. Ensuring accuracy and completeness

Grammar

  1. Develop an understanding of the proper use of pronouns
  2. Develop an understanding of the proper use of nouns and adjectives

Spelling and Vocabulary

  1. Improve use of context clues in reading to comprehend new vocabulary
  2. Dictionary skills
  3. Develop use of “syllabication” as a spelling strategy

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