Reading Language Arts

6th Grade Flex Sessions

 

Required Flex 6th Grade Language Arts:  

  • 1.75 Required Flex:  Critical Issues in 6th Grade Language Arts
  • 5.25 hours in flex offerings specifically for 6th Grade Language Arts Teachers including the options listed below.  

Required Flex:  Critical Issues in 6th Grade Language Art 1.75

A time to share ideas, give feedback, and collaborate about topics that matter to your team.  This session will take place at your middle school.  If the date at your school does not work, please contact Lori Vossler (lvossler@lps.org) to get information about registering at another school.

  • August 22, Irving, 3:15 – 5:00, Room 035
  • August 24, Park, 3:15 – 5:00, Room 104
  • August 28, Lux, 3:15 – 5:00, Room 419
  • August 31, Pound, 3:15 – 5:00, Room 120
  • September 5, Moore, 3:15 – 5:00, Room TBD
  • September 7, Scott, 3:15 – 5:00, Room 315
  • September 13, Mickle, 3:15 – 5:00, Room 203
  • September 14, Lefler, 3:15 – 5:00, Room 124
  • September 19, Goodrich, 3:15-5:00, Room 130
  • September 20, Culler, 3:15 – 5:00, Room 205
  • September 21, Schoo, 3:15 – 5:00, Room 141
  • October 9, Dawes, 3:15 – 5:00, Room 224
Options to Fulfill Additional 5.25 Flex Hours from Offering for 6th Grade Language Arts:

1.75 Flex:  TDA Rangefinding in 6th Grade Language Arts

This session will include three parts:

  1. An overview of changes in the initial lessons for teaching text dependent analysis
  2. Time to calibrate scoring expectations for text dependent analysis writing
  3. Group scoring to determine exemplars for unit assessments.
    1. June 28 session will calibrate the Unit 1 TDA prompt
    2. July 19 session will calibrate the Unit 2 TDA prompt
    3. Fall session will calibrate Unit 3 TDA prompt
    4. January session will calibrate Unit 4 TDA
    5. February session will calibrate Unit 5-6 TDA
  • June 28, 10:15 – 12:00, LPSDO Conference Rm C
  • July 19, 2:00 – 3:45, LPSDO Conference Room C
  • November 2, 4:00 – 5:45, Lefler Media Center
  • January 22, 4:00 – 5:45, Irving Media Center

1.75 Flex:  Guided Reading in Grade 6 Language Arts

Guided reading is part of the guaranteed and viable curriculum in Sixth Grade Language Arts.  This session looks at the various structures and planning involved with setting up, planning for, and conducting guided reading groups within the Grade 6 Language Arts block.

  • June 28, 8:00 – 9:45, LPSDO Conference Room C
  • June 29, 8:00 – 9:45, LPSDO Board Room
  • July 19, 12:00 – 1:45, LPSDO Conference Room C

1.75 Flex:  Engaging Students in Whole Group Language Arts Instruction (3-6)

Research shows engagement is a vital component of classroom instruction that leads to reading achievement. This session explores ideas and activities for engagement that incorporate authenticity, collaboration, and challenge for students in literacy classes.

  • June 14, 9:00 – 10:45, LPSDO Board Room
  • July 17, 1:00 – 2:45, Scott Middle School
  • November 16, 4:15 – 6:00, LPSDO Conference Room C
  • January 18, 4:15 – 6:00, Maxey Media Center (201)

1.75 Flex:  Question-Answer Response (QAR) to Support Reading Comprehension

Question-Answer Response (QAR) is a research based strategy to improve reading comprehension.  Explore ways to combine selections from the McGraw Hill Reading Wonders Student Anthology with QAR to improve students’ ability to answer questions about text.

  • June 13, 8:00 – 9:45, Kooser Media Center 131
  • June 29, 10:00 – 11:45, LPSDO Board Room
  • October 23, 4:15 – 6:00, Maxey Media Center (201)
  • February 19, 4:15 – 6:00, Maxey Media Center (201)

1.75 Flex:  Formative Assessment in Language Arts (2-6)

Formative assessment gives insight to teachers during the learning process in order to modify instruction and improve student progress.  This session will emphasize thoughtful reflection on the effective use of assessments as a window into a student’s learning. We will look at different ways to structure Day 5 and share alternative assessment ideas for Weeks 1, 3, and 5.

  • June 13, 10:00-11:45, Kooser Media Center 131
  • July 25, Wysong Media Center
  • September 25,  4:15 – 6:00, Calvert
  • October 5, 4:15 – 6:00, LPSDO Conference Room C

1.75 Flex:  Engaging Students in Whole Group Language Arts Instruction (Grades 3-6)

Research shows engagement is a vital component of classroom instruction that leads to reading achievement. This session explores ideas and activities for engagement that incorporate authenticity, collaboration, and challenge for students in literacy classes.

  • June 14, 9:00 – 10:45, LPSDO Board Room
  • July 17, 1:00 – 2:45, Scott Middle School
  • November 16, 4:15 – 6:00, LPSDO Conference Room C
  • January 18, 4:15 – 6:00, Maxey Media Center (201)

1.75 Flex:  Individual or Team Flexible Flex Sessions by Special Arrangement

Is there a topic connected with Grade 6 Language Arts that matches your team’s PLC, data team, or appraisal goals for teaching Grade 6 Language Arts? Work with the instructor to design a session to meet your needs.  Session requirement will include planning, learning, application, and evaluation.

These sessions will be arranged as requested.  Contact Lori Vossler if interested in arranging this option.

1.75 Flex:  Zoom Book Studies for 6th Grade Language Arts

Choose your favorite easy chair, find a quiet uninterrupted space, and grab your computer to “Zoom in” while collaborating with other sixth-grade teachers about a text.  Times will be non-traditional (evenings and Saturday mornings).  Texts will vary.  Participants will need to pre-read the text before discussions occur.

These sessions will be arranged as requested.  Contact Lori Vossler if interested in arranging this option.

***Teachers who teach a differentiated section of 6th Grade Language Arts can chose to do one of the 1.75 sessions offered by the Gifted Department listed below as part of their 5.25 flex hours. The options include:

  • 1.75 Flex:  Structured Class-building and Opportunities For Increasing Student Responses
      • Review best practices for pairing and grouping gifted/HAL students. Cooperative learning structures will be modeled for class-building and increasing student engagement during differentiated literature discussions.

June 1st, 10:00-12:00, LPSDO, 2nd floor, Room TBD

  • 1.75 Flex:  Enhancing the 6th Grade Diff. Literature Experience (Projects and Book Trailers)
      • This session will provide an opportunity for 6th grade diff. LA teachers to connect and collaborate with each other. Teachers are encouraged to bring and share digital or physical copies of their students’ exemplary diff. lit. projects. Teachers may also share their project directions/assessment tools with each other. Facilitator will share examples of book trailers for diff. novels.

July 31, 10:00-12:00, LPSDO, 2nd floor, Room TBD

 

 

 

Contact

Lisa Oltman
K-6 English Language Arts Curriculum Specialist
402-436-1804 | loltman@lps.org

Beth Eberspacher
Administrative Assistant
402-436-1824 | bebersp@lps.org