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Hello! Welcome to 6th grade English! I am excited to be your teacher for this year. This will be a very exciting year full of writing, reading, and grammar learning. Access this website to find homework, announcements, schedules, and other resources.  
 
 
To contact me:
E-mail: nbrannenburt@lgusd.org
Phone Number: 408-335-2303
 
To get text message updates about our class from Remind, text @msbrannenb to: 81010. 
 

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Agenda for 2nd and 6th periods - 11/29/16

Hi students! Please follow the directions below and complete these activities before you leave class today:

*****If you were absent Monday and have not, please fill out the Civil Rights Pioneer Survey using the list of pioneers on Google Classroom before you do anything else. Check the pioneer assignments list first to see which pioneers are already taken. *******

1. Read chapter 11 in The Watsons go to Birmingham: 1963 quietly to yourself.
2. Go to this presentation and complete the activities: presentation link
3. Complete M.2 on IXL Language Arts (6th grade) to study the difference between run-ons and complete sentences. Please also remember to study your run-ons notes sheet because the three ways to change a run-on sentence to a complete sentence will be on the quiz.
4. Check the Civil Rights Pioneer Handouts assignment on Google Classroom. Click on Pioneer Assignments. You will see your name and the person who is your pioneer. See the substitute to get a copy of the graphic organizer you will use to take notes. Start researching! Make sure you cite reliable sources.

HW: Study for the quiz and complete the Watsons vocabulary for chapter 12-epi (on the Watsons Unit Vocabulary document) by Thursday.


Thank you!

Agenda for 1st, 3rd, and 5th periods

Hi students! Please follow the directions below and complete these activities before you leave class today:
 
*****If you were absent yesterday and have not, please fill out the Civil Rights Pioneer Survey using the list of pioneers on Google Classroom before you do anything else. Check the pioneer assignments list first to see which pioneers are already taken. *******
 
1. Read chapter 11 in The Watsons go to Birmingham: 1963 quietly to yourself. 
2. Go to this presentation and complete the activities: presentation link
3. Complete M.2 on IXL Language Arts (6th grade) to study the difference between run-ons and complete sentences. Please also remember to study your run-ons notes sheet because the three ways to change a run-on sentence to a complete sentence will be on the quiz. 
4. Check the Civil Rights Pioneer Handouts assignment on Google Classroom. Click on Pioneer Assignments. You will see your name and the person who is your pioneer. See the substitute to get a copy of the graphic organizer you will use to take notes. Start researching! Make sure you cite reliable sources. 
 
HW: Study for the quiz and complete the Watsons vocabulary for chapter 12-epi (on the Watsons Unit Vocabulary document)  by Thursday. 
 
 
Thank you!

Signing up for Grammarly

It is useful to sign up for Grammarly so that you can copy and paste any writing for any of your classes into Grammarly and have the app help make suggestions to improve your writing. 
 
The instructions for how to sign up for Grammarly can be found on Google Classroom, under "Grammarly Sign-Up Instructions". 
 
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions through e-mail or before or after school. 

Agenda for 9/30 (Periods 2,6)

Directions: You will complete the following activities in order at your own pace, independently. I will grade one of these activities for classwork points.
 
1. Log-in to Google Classroom and complete the "Intro to Antecedents" activity. Make sure that when you log-in to IXL, you are on the "language arts" page. 
2. Complete the parts of speech presentation and notes on Google Classroom. 
3. Complete the parts of speech scavenger hunt on Google Classroom. 
4. Complete the pronouns practice on NoRedInk to mastery. To log-in to NoRedInk, click "log-in with Google". The practice will be on your homepage. 
5. If you complete all these activities, then go on the parts of speech practice on NoRedInk. 
6. If you complete that, you may read your genre study book, do your genre study assignment, or do more grammar practice on IXL or NoRedInk. 
 

No Excuse Test and Pronoun Quiz

There will be a test on the Fisher "No Excuse" words this Thursday for periods 1, 3, and 5 and this Friday for periods 2 and 6. 
 
There will be a quiz on pronouns Monday, 9/26 for all periods. 
 

2016 Youth Poetry Contest: Deadline 9/26/16

Details:
The 2016 Youth Poetry Contest judging panel of three judges, will be headed up by former Los Gatos Poet Laureate, Erica Goss. The winner will receive a $400 cash prize. 
Extended Deadline: September 26, 2016
  • applicants must be under 18 by 12/31/16
  • only one poem per writer allowed
  • all submissions must be in English
  • author's name cannot appear on manuscripts (ms with author name included will be disqualified). 
  • international submissions allowed
  • previously unpublished work only
  • $8 reading fee per poem
  • http://losgatoslistowelwritersweek.submittable.com/submit/56045

Instructions for Chromebook Links Set-Up

Please follow the link below to access the Google Slides presentation that we looked over today in class. Follow the instructions slide by slide to accomplish the following three things:
1. Join your period's English class on classroom. Enter your period number's code when you join. 
2. Create a folder in your Google Drive for English class and share it with me. 
3. Bookmark the Keep All Year folder.