• Daily Routines for our 6th Grade Reading/English (ELAR) classroom-
    (We will be reading, writing, making connections, listening, and speaking EVERYDAY in our class)

    Start of Class- Quote/Thought of Day + Quickwrite                                                     5 Minutes

    Book Talk (Short 3 minute sales pitch: Hook, short summary, paragraph)                  3-5 Minutes

    Self-Selected Reading + conferences                                                                         20 Minutes

    Note-booking/Response writing                                                                                 10 Minutes

    Study/Mini-Lesson/Creating (with conferences)                                                           40 Minutes

    End of class-Sharing (pick 2-3 people to share a sentence/paragraph)                            5 Minutes

    Pack up/Clean up                                                                                                        2 Minutes

    **REQUIRED TO BRING TO CLASS EACH DAY-

        Self-Selected Book for Independent Reading time
        Pencil/Pens (blue/black ink only)
        Notebook paper

    Expectations 2019

    *Students will be prepared for class.
    *Students will participate in all class discussions.
    *Quality work is expected at ALL times.
    *ALL work is to be completed according to directions and turned-in on time.
    *Students are expected to keep a binder with all their work for the duration of the nine weeks/year

    GRADING INFORMATION:                                                                     

    PERCENTAGES:                                                        
    Daily Assignments                         40%                                       
    Quizzes                                        25%                           
    Tests, Projects, Essays                  35%                                     

    LATE WORK POLICY: All work submitted beyond the due date will receive a 20% deduction. Late work will be accepted for up to three weeks or until the information is assessed, whichever happens first. This is a district policy.  WRITING: 100% of all graded writing assignments can be revised and regraded within the nine weeks. There is no cap on this grade, so students can revise and earn up to a 100.

    MATERIALS NEEDED:                                    

    Pens (blue or black only, no gel pens or colors)
    Pencils - wooden or mechanical
    Wide ruled notebook paper
    Binder or notebook - can be section in larger notebook used for other classes, section designated for English/Reading 
    1 Composition notebook (with 100 pages, if possible) - cardboard covers (NO vinyl, NO spiral)
    BOOK - one you are reading for enjoyment, comes to class EVERY DAY
    Good attitude EVERY DAY 
    Tissues are GREATLY appreciated!

    The rest of these supplies are optional. I provide classroom supplies when we need them, but students are certainly allowed to use their own if they prefer.  Scissors and glue/glue sticks Markers and/or colored pencils Highlighter - your choice of color(s)

    Literacy2goisms                     

    (Literacy2goisms = things to know about life in Ms. Rodriguez’ classroom)

    * Please use wide-ruled loose-leaf notebook paper only – NO college-ruled or spiral paper.
    * I only accept work completed in blue or black ink or pencil. Do not use red, turquoise, purple, green or gel pens please.
    * I have a lending library in the classroom. Students sign-out EACH book they borrow and cross-out their name when the book is returned. If a book is severely damaged or lost, I expect reimbursement to purchase a replacement. The picture books at the front of the classroom are NOT for student use (unless I have given permission).
    *I also have a “borrow box” of pens and pencils in my classroom labeled “Student Supplies”. You may borrow something to write with for class.  I expect them returned to the box by the end of class.
    *Please sharpen pencils before class begins.
    * Please get a drink of water and use the restroom between classes, if possible.
    *As a general rule, if it is on my desk – DO NOT TOUCH IT!!!!   ​
    *As a general rule, do not enter a closed classroom if a teacher is not present. 
    *STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE READING IN CLASS AND AT HOME. STUDENTS WILL COMPLETE READING FIVE (self-selected) NOVELS EVERY GRADING PERIOD. A BOOK LOG WILL BE DUE, ALONG WITH A BOOK PROJECT (Pre-AP) AT THE END OF EACH GRADING PERIOD.
    * If you miss class, YOU are responsible for the work YOU miss. If you are not sure or do not have a syllabus, you are expected to ask me for work missed (or check the "Our Work Copies" stand on the blue shelf and the giant calendar on the whiteboard.
    All tests and quizzes missed must be completed the day you return to school unless your absence was an extended one. If your parents request work for you to complete at home, please turn-in the work when you return.
    *It is smart to check with a classmate when you miss class.
    *All work is due on its assigned date. Any missing or incomplete work will be marked with an “M” (missing) and must be completed. Once an “M” has been given, missing work usually will no longer earn its full value. I retain the prerogative to assign any student with incomplete or missing assignments to before/after school detention and/or contact your parents.
    *Parents should contact me via email at mrodri2@neisd.net I usually respond very quickly. Do NOT leave a voicemail message for me.  

    Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar. -E. B. White