• January Update

    Posted by John Johansen on 1/21/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Students and Parents,


    What a month it's been! I hope everyone's snow hiatus was wonderful! As we've finally returned to somewhat normal scheduling, please find our updated blog below!


    This week we are pushing forward with explanatory writing and speaking, examining several different sources as students synthesize original examples of the skill of explanation. Explanation precedes the skill of Argument in our district curriculum, and we will also engage in original research during this time.


    Important news: The semester officially ends Friday, and we have no school Monday the 27th for teachers to finish semester grades. Please speak with your 6th grader about any significant missing work. All late work must be turned in by Friday the 24th for calculation on this semester's report card. All grades "reset" at that time, giving everyone a fresh start! This can be both good and bad, depending on how your student approaches responsibility in the first few weeks of a clean slate. Please speak with them and help them get a strong, positive start! =)

    As always, my door is open. Please let me know if there is any way I can help you.




    This Week's Quizlet, Quiz 1/24

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  • December is Here!

    Posted by John Johansen on 12/1/2019 9:00:00 PM

    Greetings Students And Parents,


    It was 27 degrees this weekend on Lake Howard this weekend! I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving holiday! With the cold winter air comes the anticipation only the December school weeks can bring. Class is in session until December 20th, weather permitting, and in ELA we will be moving full speed ahead through our class novel to hopefully complete it, and our second Embedded Assessment, prior to leaving for break. 

    This month will require your student to dig deep in their public speaking skills to participate in a classroom discussion on several higher level questions relating to our class novel, as well as continue their exploration of Characterization, using text-based Evidence, and responding to questions using the R.A.C.E. method. 







    This week's quizlet for Vocabulary can be found here!

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  • New Vocab Words and the push to Turkey

    Posted by John Johansen on 11/18/2019 9:00:00 AM

    Students and Parents,

    This week marks the final full week before the Thanksgiving Holiday Break. During this week, we will be pushing forward in our class novel to examine the concepts of Plot and Subplot. Book Talks are now complete, so please check your student's grades to ensure missing work is accounted for. Thank you to all the students who worked hard and turned in their late Embedded Assessments - I am in the process of working through those and will add them to the gradebook as I finish each one! Well done!




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  • A New Novel, GLR #7

    Posted by John Johansen on 11/10/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Students and Parents,


    This week marks our deep dive into our class novel: Walk Two Moons. Students are continuing to build upon their unit 1 skills of working with plot elements, characterization, etc - but now we are adding leveled questioning techniques and public speaking to the mix. Eventually, we will be working towards our next EA: The Walk Two Moons Socratic Seminar. 

    Thanks to everyone who made the time to come to conferences! It was great to meet all of you!


    This Week's Quizlet Located Here!

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  • Ending Unit 1 and GLR #6

    Posted by John Johansen on 10/27/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Dear Parents and Students,

    Thank you for all of your patience as I missed work on Thursday and Friday to complete my family's move to Stanwood. We are in our new house, and while our lives are still somewhat at the mercy of cardboard boxes, life is getting back to normal. The well-wishes and congratulations from so many of you have been truly wonderful - thank you all sincerely!

    This week marks the end of unit 1, and your student should have been completing their Embedded Assessment assignment (Short story or personal narrative) for final review on Monday of this week. The work is due in google classroom no later than 5pm on Tuesday. Please talk to your student about this assignment and make sure they have a plan to turn it in on time, or have spoken with me about arrangements for special circumstances. As these assignments are essentially end of unit tests of skill, they weigh as 70% of the student's total calculated grade. 

    Also this week, we continue our Greek and Latin Roots assignments. Please find the latest unit Quizlet below. We will have a quiz on these words on Friday.



    A reminder - Conferences are coming the week of November 4th. The schedule is as follows: 

    Monday 1:15 – 3:00 pm 
    Tuesday 1:15 – 4:00 pm & 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm 
    Wednesday 1:15 – 4:00 pm & 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    These conferences are first come first served and I would LOVE to see you all!




    Mr. J


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  • GLR #5

    Posted by John Johansen on 10/14/2019 7:00:00 AM

    Please find our NEW VOCAB #5 HERE

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  • GLR #4 Quizlet

    Posted by John Johansen on 10/6/2019 4:00:00 AM

    Greetings Students, Please find This Week's Vocabulary Word Quizlet --=== HERE!!! ===--

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  • GLR #3 Quizlet

    Posted by John Johansen on 9/30/2019 7:00:00 AM

    Greetings Students,


    Please find the GLR Unit #3 Flashcards and Games HERE!!!! =)

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  • GLR #2 Quizlet

    Posted by John Johansen on 9/23/2019 9:00:00 AM

    Parents and Students,


    Please find the online study set for this week's Greek and Latin Root's HERE!!!! =) =) =)



    This week our focus will be on reviewing Imagery, Characterization, and Conflict. We will also add the new concept of Paragraph Leads, as we work together on techniques to start excellent paragraphs.





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  • GLR #1 Quizlet

    Posted by John Johansen on 9/17/2019 12:55:00 PM

    Welcome Students!!! 


    Please find this week's GLR Vocab Quizlet HERE! =)

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