Monthly Archives: November 2013

Israel ~ Destruction and Reconstruction


Sixth-Grade Scholars,

This week, we begin our Unit of Study on Israel ~ Destruction and Reconstruction.  This four-week unit will integrate our sixth-grade ELA common core standards and our sixth-grade History/Social Studies content standards.  Here are our priority standards for this unit.

Reading Informational Text:hispanic-student

  • Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; summarize the text.
  • Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.


  • Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
  • Support claim(s) with clear reasons and relevant evidence, demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.
  • Use words, phrases, and clauses to clarify relationships among claims and reasons.
  • With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

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  • Delineate a speaker’s argument and specific claims, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.

History/Social Studies:

  • Analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the Ancient 1059-721421Hebrews.

Here are some files we will use in our study.  Check back often, as I will continue to upload files as we proceed.


Online Interactive Study Materials:

Dig deep and enjoy the quest, scholars!

Ms. Rankin


Ms. Rankin’s Book-Club Hub



We love books!  We love reading!  But, we don’t get enough time to sit around with friends and talk about the books we read and love, right?  Well, book clubs aren’t just for Oprah anymore!  We are thrilled to announce that book clubs are returning to Ms. Rankin’s reading period…starting this week!!

Here are just a few documents to help you get ready for our upcoming BOOK CLUBS!

Book Club Documents:

Book Club Projects:i_love_reading_mug

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”― Anna QuindlenHow Reading Changed My Life


“Eleven” by Sandra Cisneros


Sixth-grade Scholars,

Watch Sandra Cisneros read and discuss her short story “Eleven” here.

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Questions to consider for your Literary Analysis and Response:
Who is speaking?
To whom is she speaking?
What event is she describing?
What emotions does she feel about this event?
How do you think she would handle the situation differently if she could have a do-over?
Who is she criticizing and why?
What is her main message?
What is the central theme if this piece?

Preparing to Read “Eleven