Parents/guardians and students please see below my introduction, my instructional calendar.  This calendar will hopefully allow you to see where we have been during this instructional year.  

As we navigate our way through this season in your academic career, please know we are working diligently to provide you with what you need to continue your educational endeavors.

On my page, please notice on the left-hand side I have created a files and documents folder and useful links folder.  *Once in my files and documents folder, use will see under each class period folder, I have added the hyperlinks for IXL, NoRedInk, and Readtheory.  If you click on them, you will be taken directly to the websites.  Under useful links, these links are suggested links to aid you.  I have emailed you (students and parents) to inform you of any websites that you may use to aid you in practicing your skills.  We have been directed not to include "new work" so everything is for review purposes only.  Please check back often and be aware of any updates and new information and resources.


Thank you for being the best students ever!  Stay healthy and be safe!

Red Butterfly

Hello!  My name is Ms. Smith.  I teach 6th grade Language Arts, ESOL, and Social Studies.  I have been at Beville for 15 years.  I love teaching!  This year is my ninth year teaching 6th grade.  Previously I taught 8th grade for 10 years and 7th grade for two years.  I have recently become certified in ESOL.  This is my 3rd year teaching ESOL students.  I love reading and writing, but writing is my passion.   Writing can be fascinating - it allows you to explore a variety of topics. We will read a lot of great stories and explore a plethora of characters.

In my class you will become avid writers and enthusiastic readers.  Reading opens up a whole new world for you. This year I want every student to read at least 20 books by June.  You can find reading in small increments is just as important as reading for hours at a time.  My hope is that you love to read and write by the time you move onto 7th grade.  Writing is something that once started, is hard to stop.  So begin by writing a little each week at home.  We will keep a journal in class that will contain all of our writings, grammar notes, and various reading notes and assignments.

My belief is that every student can learn as long as they are willing to learn.  As your teacher I can take you only as far as you are willing to go.  I want you to enjoy Language Arts and have fun!  I'd be happy to talk to you about any issues or concerns you may have about my class.  You can reach me at  I'm hopeful that you will have a successful year.

Ms. Smith

~Instructional Calendar for September 2019 to March 2020~

6th grade LANGUAGE ARTS Standards

(The standards below have been worked on from September 2019 to March 2020)

SOL 6.1: The student will use effective oral communication skills in a variety of settings.

a) Listen actively and speak using appropriate discussion rules with awareness of verbal and nonverbal cues.

b) Participate as a facilitator and a contributor in a group.

c) Participate in collaborative discussions with partners building on others' ideas.

d) Ask questions to clarify the speaker's purpose and perspective.

e) Summarize the main points a speaker makes.

f) Summarize and evaluate group activities.

g) Analyze the effectiveness of participant interactions.

h) Evaluate own contributions to discussions.

i) Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with diverse teams.

j) Work respectfully with others and show value for individual contributions.

SOL 6.2: The student will create multimodal presentations that effectively communicate ideas.

b) Use language and vocabulary appropriate to audience, topic and purpose.

c) Give collaborative and individual formal and informal interactive presentations.

d) Paraphrase and summarize key ideas of a presentation.

SOL 6.4: The student will read and learn the meanings of unfamiliar words and phrases within authentic texts.

a) Identify word origins and derivations.

b) Use roots, cognates, affixes, synonyms, and antonyms to expand vocabulary.

c) Use context and sentence structure to determine meanings and differentiate among multiple meanings of words.

d) Identify and analyze figurative language.

e) Use word-reference materials.

f) Extend general and specialized vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

SOL 6.5: The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of fictional texts, narrative nonfiction, and poetry.

a) Identify the elements of narrative structure, including setting, character, plot, conflict, and theme.

b) Describe cause and effect relationships and their impact on plot.

c) Explain how an author uses character development to drive conflict and resolution.

e) Describe how word choice and imagery contribute to the meaning of a text.

f) Draw conclusions and make inferences using the text for support.

h) Identify and analyze the author's use of figurative language.

i) Compare/contrast details in literary and informational nonfiction texts.

j) Identify transitional words and phrases that signal and author's organizational pattern.

k) Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process.

SOL 6.6: The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of nonfiction texts.

a) Skim materials using text features such as type, heading, and graphics to predict and categorize information.

b) Identify main idea.

c) Summarize supporting details.

d) Create an objective summary including main idea and supporting details. 

e) Draw conclusions and make inferences based on explicit and implied information

f) Identify the author’s organizational pattern(s).

g) Identify transitional words and phrases that signal and author's organizational pattern.

i) Identify cause-and-effect relationships.

j) Analyze ideas within and between selections, providing textual evidence.

k) Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process.

SOL 6.7: The student will write in a variety of forms to include narrative, expository, persuasive, and reflective with an emphasis on narrative and reflective writing.

a) Engage in writing as a recursive process.

c) Use a variety of prewriting strategies to generate and organize ideas.

d) Organize writing to fit mode or topic.

e) Write narratives to include characters, plot, setting, and point of view.

h) Write multiparagraph compositions with elaboration and unity.

i) Use transition words and phrases.

j) Select vocabulary and information to enhance the central idea, tone, and voice.

k) Expand and embed ideas by using modifiers, standard coordination, and subordination in complete sentences.

l) Revise writing for clarity of content including specific vocabulary and information.

SOL 6.8: The student will self- and peer-edit writing for capitalization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, paragraphing, and Standard English.

g) Use correct spelling for frequently used words.