March 24, 2020: Where we are now...

My dearest Spartan parents and students, what disconcerting times these are! But rest assured, we will get through them together. I have emailed you all with some specifics to keep us connected, and cerebrally active, during our separation. You can find a copy of that letter under "Files and Documents" on this page, titled "Update/Resources". But as promised, below is a list of the learning targets we have covered thus far, and two tried-and-true strategies for not only supporting those skillsets, but also managing and recording this moment in history.

And be sure to check out some photos of our awesome class by clicking on the "PICTURES!" link under "Files and Documents". 


  • Read, every day, for at least 30 minutes a day. This is the best thing you can do for your academic, social, and mental health. 
  • Write. This is an unprecedented time you are experiencing. Keep a journal of how your life is changing, facts about the news, your thoughts, your activities, and anything else that you find important enough to write on the page. Writing is one of the best ways to help manage a new situation.

6.5.a I can identify the elements of narrative structure, including setting, character, plot, conflict, and theme
6.5.e I can use prior and background knowledge as context for new learning
6.5.f I can use information in the text to make inferences and draw conclusions
6.5.c I can explain plot and character development to drive conflict and resolution
6.6.b.c I can identify the main idea and supporting details of a story
6.4.b.c.f I can read and learn the meanings of unfamiliar words and phrases within authentic texts
6.6.f I can differentiate between fact and opinion
6.7.f I can write multi-paragraph compositions with elaboration and unity
6.6.k I can identify cause and effect relationships
6.6.j I can identify compare and contrast relationships
6.5.k I can identify the author's organizational pattern and the transitional words and phrases that signal the pattern
6.5.l & 6.6.g.h I can identify and summarize main and supporting ideas
6.5.d I can differentiate between first and third person point of view