“Weekly” Homework over Break

Over the break, you are expected to keep up with the ongoing  assignments. Theses are not new assignments assigned to you over the break.

Grade 6:
1. YL/Stems:  Quiz YL 5 (Jan. 7) and Exam (YL 1-5 on Jan. 11)
2. Grammar: Review Levels 1 and 2 – Check out Chomp Chomp
3. IW: #6
4. IR: Q2
5. Literature/Reading:  Acquire A Wrinkle in Time
6. Writing: IWs — begin typing to get a head start; apply knowledge of Levels 1 and 2 and effective, powerful nouns/verbs, sprinkle with vivid adjectives/adverbs

Grade 7:
1. YL/Stems: YL15 Quiz; Cumulative YL exam (Jan. 14)
2. Grammar: Incorporate Levels 2-4 into IWs
3. IW: #6; begin typing final product
4. IR: Q2
5. Literature/Reading: Acquire Tangerine
6. Writing: IWs

Let’s End This Semester…Organized!

Homework Folder:
Front Pocket: “To Do”, “To Complete” — Contains all weekly and nightly homework.
Back Pocket: “Done”, “Completed” — Contains all weekly and nightly assignments that are completed and ready to be graded or to be turned in to Mrs. Caskey.  **Graded papers are kept in their “permanent” home (OWL, Stems/Grammar NB, IRN).

Prongs: Contains “6 Weeks Bundles” of the following information:
1. Agenda/Calendar for the “marking period/6 weeks”
2. Learning Targets (formerly kept in your OWL binder)
3. Homework Tracking Sheet

You should have three “bundles” so far as we finish the 3rd marking period/6 weeks.

Stems/Grammar NB:
1st half is for your Stems — YL followed by the quiz for the YL. Starting 2nd semester, the order will be YL, YL Quiz, Vocabulary Log
2nd half is for your Grammar — Handouts, Cornell Notes, Examples

English Paper Typing Guidelines

Grade 6: For your short story, you should have between 2-3 typed pages. Create your final draft accordingly.  Use the following guidelines for your “publishable” final draft.

NOTE: Line-spacing — set it for 1.5 line spacing for your short story instead of the double-spaced.

English Paper Typing Guidelines

*** For even more detailed information about formatting and style guidelines, click on this link: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/, our trusty Purdue OWL  resource.

A Wrinkle (Back) in Time

Imagine that this is the first week of school.

Welcome, 6th graders! I’m Mrs. Caskey, and THIS is your GT ILA classroom! Take a look around. What kind of thinking do you feel that you’ll be doing this year?

Remember the information that I shared with you at the Parents and Students Meeting? Remember the information that my older GT students shared with you? I hope so because it will help you navigate your way to SUCCESS. And, we all want to be successful! Can I hear a “YES”?

In this classroom:

  •  We organize our work.
  • We prepare to learn every day.
  • We participate.
  • We study.
  • We think.
  • We listen.
  • We try.
  • We accept the challenges that new learning brings.


  Learning Materials:

  • Composition notebook for Stems and Grammar. The first half will be where you keep your Yellow Lists and Quizzes.
  • Spiral notebook for Literature work and notes. We call it the Interactive Reader’s Notebook (IRN) or Ernie.
  • Binder with dividers for your units 6A-6E, Stems and Grammar, and SAT warm-ups.
  • SpringBoard. I’ll give you your copy.
  • Homework Folder. You will keep your weekly and any nightly homework in this folder so that you do not have to carry your Binder and everything back and forth to your locker, class, and home. This makes keeping up with your work SUPER EASY and EFFICIENT!

You will have to keep this organized, so that you can find your work quickly and efficiently.

On average, you will have between 30-60 minutes of homework each week. Well, sometimes it might be 65 minutes. 🙂  However, this depends on how much you accomplish in class.

Let’s get started!

Understanding Primary/Secondary Sources

When conducting research for your writing, a “primary source” is the preferred source and the best place to get first-hand information.  For example, a person who can provide or write about a first-hand experience of an event is a primary source of information. Other kinds of primary sources are maps, photographs, drawings, videotapes, diaries, letters, manuscripts and other similar items.

See Yale University’s web site for a good understanding of the differences between primary and secondary sources: http://www.library.yale.edu/instruction/primsource.html

This is also a permanent link under the English Resources page.