Category Archives: Fiction

What’s the Big Idea?

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The big idea is this!  We are learning how to determine central ideas or themes of a text and summarize the key supporting details and ideas.  Over the weekend, you will continue to practice and apply your knowledge of theme.  

To begin, review this Theme PowerPoint to learn about Big Ideas, what theme is and is not, and how to evaluate theme.

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Then, watch this Theme Tutorial to increase and solidify your understanding of theme.

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Now, it is your turn to create a story and determine its theme.  Click on Creating a Theme Practice to try it out.  Fun!!!

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After viewing these tutorials, practice what you’ve learned with this Theme Worksheet.  You may check your answers here to see if you are on the right track.

Finally, you are ready to apply your knowledge of theme and supporting details with your daily reading!

Your mission over the weekend: Write a Response to Literature paragraph about the central theme of your book.

10 Steps:

  1. Choose a fabulous AR chapter book.
  2. Read for a minimum of 35 minutes daily.
  3. As you read, think about the “Big Ideas” or themes in your book.
  4. Make a List of Themes that appear in your book.
  5. Choose one central theme.
  6. Write notes on the details that support this central theme.
  7. Review how to write a Response to Literature paragraph.
  8. Write a Response to Literature paragraph on the book’s central theme.
  9. Evaluate your writing by completing the Central Theme Writing Rubric.
  10. Submit your paragraph on Monday, January 13, 2014. :)

Here are a few more tools to help you:

Sweet themes, sixth-grade scholars!

Ms. Rankin

What’s the Big Idea?

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The big idea is this!  We are learning how to determine central ideas or themes of a text and summarize the key supporting details and ideas.  For the next two weeks, you will practice and apply your knowledge of theme.  (Two weeks?  Why, yes, alert readers, this is your Holiday Homework.  You’re welcome!)

To begin, review this Theme PowerPoint to learn about Big Ideas, what theme is and is not, and how to evaluate theme.

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Then, watch this Theme Tutorial to increase and solidify your understanding of theme.

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Now, it is your turn to create a story and determine its theme.  Click on Creating a Theme Practice to try it out.  Fun!!!

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After viewing these tutorials, practice what you’ve learned with this Theme Worksheet.  You may check your answers here to see if you are on the right track.

Finally, you are ready to apply your knowledge of theme and supporting details with your daily reading!

Your mission over Winter Break: Write a Response to Literature paragraph about the central theme of your book.

10 Steps:

  1. Choose a fabulous AR chapter book.
  2. Read for a minimum of 45 minutes daily.
  3. As you read, think about the “Big Ideas” or themes in your book.
  4. Make a List of Themes that appear in your book.
  5. Choose one central theme.
  6. Write notes on the details that support this central theme.
  7. Review how to write a Response to Literature paragraph.
  8. Write a Response to Literature paragraph on the book’s central theme.
  9. Evaluate your writing by completing the Central Theme Writing Rubric.
  10. Submit your paragraph on Monday, January 6, 2014. 🙂

Here are a few more tools to help you:

Sweet themes, sixth-grade scholars!

Ms. Rankin

“Eleven” by Sandra Cisneros

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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

Book-Club Project ~ Writing a Resume

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resume-sampleThis week in our Book Clubs, you will write a resume for one of the characters in your book.  Be thoughtful about which book you choose this week.  You may certainly select a fiction book and write a resume for your fictional character.  Historical fiction is a great genre for this project.  However, you may also consider a nonfiction book.  A biography is a nice genre to pick for this project, as well.

Learn more about writing resumes for this project here:

To create your resume go to

Career Kids ~ My First Resume

Resources for “Sing to the Stars”

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SING TO THE STARS

This week, we are reading “Sing to the Stars” in our Houghton Mifflin reading anthology.  Here are some resources to increase your comprehension and enjoyment of this reading selection.

GENRE

Realistic Fiction

  • Characters do things that real people and animals might do.
  • Places in the story are real or seem real.
  • The story tells about things that could really happen.

THINK ABOUT THE SELECTION

  1. Why do you think Ephram likes to practice on the roof?
  2. What does Mr. Washington mean when he tells Ephram, “Music speaks best when someone listens”?
  3. Why does Ephram want Mr. Washington to perform with him at the concert?
  4. Why do you think Mr. Washington finally decides to play the piano with Ephram?
  5. Ephram says that music speaks for him when he can’t talk about his feelings. How do you feel when you listen to music?
  6. Explain how music helps Ephram and Maria Isabel solve their problems.

 SKILL-BUILDING ACTIVITIES

Click on “Meet the Author and Illustrator” to learn about the woman who wrote and illustrated the story.

Click on Summary to read a summary of the story.  You may also use this summary to practice your oral fluency skills.

Click on e-word game to increase your vocabulary skills.

Click on Flashcards to test your understanding of Sing to the Stars vocabulary with online flashcards.

Click on Quiz to take a quiz that prepares you for Friday, April 4th’s Comprehension Skills Test.

Click on Comparing Adjectives Quiz to improve your grammar skills.

Click on Spelling List for the week’s spelling words so that you can practice and perfect your spelling skills.  This week’s spelling skill is VCCV words.  You can have fun practicing your VCCV spelling skill with this Hangman game.

EXTENSION ACTIVITIES

Resources for “The Last Dragon”

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This upcoming week, we are reading The Last Dragon in our Houghton Mifflin reading anthology.  Here are some resources to increase your comprehension and enjoyment of this reading selection.

Click on “Meet the Author” and “Meet the Illustrator” to learn about the author and illustrator.

Click on Summary to read a summary of the story.

Click one-Word Game to practice the vocabulary words.

Click on Word Scramble to download,  print, and complete the word scramble (for funny money).

Click on Flashcards to test your understanding of The Last Dragon vocabulary with  online flashcards.

Click on Hangman to play the game with The Last Dragon vocabulary words.

Click on Quiz to take a quiz that prepares you for Friday’s Vocabulary Test.

Click on Test to take our Vocabulary Test.

Click here for our Reading Comprehension / Literary Analysis and Response Test.

Resources for “Marven of the Great North Woods”

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This week, we are reading Marven of the Great North Woods in our Houghton Mifflin reading anthology.  Here are some resources to increase your comprehension and enjoyment of this reading selection.

Click on “Meet the Author” and “Meet the Illustrator” to learn about the author and illustrator.

Click on e-Word Game to practice the vocabulary words.

Click on Crossword Puzzle to download,  print, and complete a puzzle.

Click on PowerPoint to download a Powerpoint to help you prepare for the vocabulary and reading comprehension test.

Click on Reading Test to take a test on Marven of the Great North Woods.

Click here for more activities related to Marven of the Great North Woods.