Welcome to Mrs. Martin's Magical Land of Motivational Learning!
    Beginning April 6th:
    Hi Families,
    I hope you are all well and safe!
    Here is the assignment that all of your children will be working on in 6th grade ELA.
      I will be commenting and adding guidance to your flash drafts, which will help you along with your informational essay. This essay will require a bibliography. Feel free to use easybib.com. You will have plenty of time to produce a well researched teen activist. Please use any resources you desire. Examples would be articles, books, (online) documentaries, and videos. Here are some helpful hints below:

    -Choose a teen activist who is passionate about a topic that you are interested in.
    -Research a handful of resources( You have all week to research)
    -Decide what would be most important to have in your essay
         -Who is your activist?
         -What were they fighting for?
         -How did they fight for what they believed or believe in?
         -What was the impact they had on others, and maybe even you?
    -Take notes from each resource
    -Then Chunk your notes so you have 3 main ideas
    -Add meaningful supporting details
    -Add quotes
    -Don't plagiarize (If it's not your own words, put it in quotes!)
    -After you complete the above....NO RUSH, begin your first draft
    -Put a bibliography at the end of your essay.
    -Use your flash draft or my slides, as a guide as to how to begin with your introduction, and ask me if you have any questions.
    I do not expect you to begin writing this week!
    Come to our meetings with any questions you might have.
    Enjoy researching your teen activist.  
    Here is a schedule of future meetings:
    Period 1/2
    Mondays-12 noon
    Period 5/6
    Tuesdays-12 noon
    Period 9/10
    An invite will be provided with a separate link to join, for each meeting.
    Thank you!
    Here is a link to our library page to access other links free reads for your kids!
    I have emailed them, all as well.
    I am attaching a link to scholastic news as they are posting wonderful free learn at home activities for your children and families to access.
    If you have any questions about Scholastic activities, they encourage families to call direct at 800-632-1586. 
    That being said, I am also attaching a link from an article that I want all students to read. This falls right into place with the unit we are currently working on. The girl is a teen activist on disabilities.
    I will also ask your children to begin a separate journal at home (In any format they wish) on this time in their lives. When this Pandemic hits part of history, they will have been here to experience it. I will be asking them to share their thoughts and feelings during this time. All will be posted in Google Classroom as of the April 1st. Daily assignments, links, slides, will also be posted as well. 
    Stay Safe!
      • Attention Students and Families:  To access your e-learning activities for each e learning day in April, please go to Google Classroom, to view assignments from me.  If you have any questions as you work through the activities, you can email me at dmartin@emsd63.org from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  

    Parents: Once your student has completed the designated activities, make sure to record his/her E-Learning Day Attendance through Powerschool. Thank You!                    

     In our classroom, we embrace and celebrate DIVERSITY!  I want everyone to be able to share where you are from, interesting facts about your culture, and ways you celebrate special events with your family. 
    I believe that all students are able to succeed, and it may be using different techniques from their peers, which is perfectly fine. We take our strengths and build upon them, and then create, showing what we have learned. That means someone may show mastery of content areas using drawings, creative writing, using graphic organizers, acting out in role-play, or even creating a song.  Students then feel successful using techniques they are comfortable with, which is allowing each individual to feel confident and shine!
    Your children will be challenged this year in our exciting and safe environment. They will be asked to think deeply and use extension skills during class discussion. They will work together in large group, small group, and pair/share settings. Please take the time to ask them what they have been learning about, and how they show what they know. Taking an interest in their academics is a wonderful bonding experience for students and  their parents, and parents and teachers. 
    Feel free to contact me at dmartin@emsd63.org or by phone at 847-827-8398.
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    Thank You
    Mrs. Martin