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See clips from our 8th grade field trip on local news here; there are at least two Terrebonne students in the montage.  Can you find them?

http://www.ktvz.com/news/students-explore-civil-war/33076776

 

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HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!

Information about Parent and StudentVue here:  ParentVUE directions

Grammar joke:  What’s the difference between a cat and a complex sentence?    One has claws at the end of its paws, and one has a clause at the end of its pause.   😆

 

Make Learning Fun PSA          Our Playground Matters PSA          Read ‘Em Not Eat ‘Em PSA

terrebonne ice bucket challenge                                  

 

I believe in what middle school students can achieve when they set their minds and hearts to it. 

  Links

2014-2015 Supply List About Language Arts-History 14-15
 EXAMPLE: book recommendation- Down the rabbit hole. CCSS RSD ELA Priority Standards
 EXAMPLE: Book Recommendation for “I Am Number 4” Daily schedule
 EXAMPLE: Book Recommendation rating a book using plot elements   About Homework 
 Notes: Devices of Style  
   Reading log 2014
 Universal Themes in Literature    Master Spelling List 6th Grade 2014
 
   6th Grade Spelling Practice
 

 Individualized Daily Reading Research

Anderson, Wilson, and Fielding (1988) led one of the most extensive studies of independent reading in which they investigated the relationship of reading time to reading achievement. The study found that the amount of time students spent reading independently was the best predictor of vocabulary development and reading achievement gains.

The research indicates that independent reading is probably the major source of vocabulary acquisition beyond the beginning stages of learning to read. Students who read more can learn the meanings of thousands of new words each year.

The chart below shows the high impact of independent reading time to word exposure and the percentile of reading achievement.  In light of the new high school graduation requirements connected to reading test scores, your reading homework and log has been designed to use this research for your benefit.

Percentile

Independent Reading
Minutes per Day

Words Read
per Year

98

65

4,358,000

90

21.1

1,823,000

80

14.2

1,146,000

70

9.6

622,000

60

6.5

423,000

50

4.6

282,000

40

3.2

200,000

30

1.3

106,000

20

0.7

21,000

10

0.1

8,000

2

0

0