Mrs. Ford’s 6th grade Reading Syllabus

    This year students will determine the meaning of grade level academic English words derived from Latin and Greek. They will determine the meaning of affixes. They will use context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words. They will complete analogies. They will use a dictionary, glossary, or thesaurus to determine the meaning of words. They will infer the theme of fiction and analyze the function of stylistic elements. They will determine settings, characters, and plot. They will determine the elements of different genres of literature. They will compare and contrast stated and implied purpose. They will compare and contrast elements of persuasive text and procedural text. You will be expected to come very familiar with using a dictionary and understating the parts of the dictionary, as you will be using a dictionary in this class on a regular basis.


    Reading Expectations

    Students must read a total of 8 Bluebonnets to be eligible to attend a party. I expect all students to read at least 8 Bluebonnet books. Each six weeks you will be REQUIRED to read a book on your Lexile level and test over that book. You may only test over a chapter book. You will be aware of the deadline. You will be expected to bring your library book with you to reading class each day.


    Classroom Expectations

    1. Have needed supplies.
    2. Turn in your homework as soon as you enter the room.
    3. If you don't have your homework, fill out a swim camp referral.
    4. Enter the classroom quietly, sit and start bell work.
    5. Follow all instructions.
    6. Respect others and their property.


    Daily grades will be counted as 70% of your grade. Test grades will be counted as 30% of your grade. Any paper that does not have your name on it will have 5 points deducted. Late work will have a total of 10 points deducted. If a student has to attend swim camp to complete their work, a total of 20 points will be deducted from the assignment. If a student fails to go to swim camp and is placed in ISS, there will be a 30 point deduction from the grade. Students may correct any paper with a grade below a 70%. This correction must be completed and turned in no more than 5 school days after being returned to student. The maximum grade given on a corrected paper or test is a 70%.


    Discipline Procedures

    An immediate office referral will be given for overt defiance and disrespect, fighting, vandalism, or profanity. Other discipline problems will result in calls to parents, lunch detention, sentences, or after school detention.



    Swim Camp – Successful work is MANDATORY!

    This program is NOT a discipline program. It is intended to encourage students to complete Successful work on TIME. Swim camp is help on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 3:30 and ending when the student completes the work successfully. If the assignment is turned in by 8:00 am on the day of swim camp, the student does not have to attend swim camp that day. If the paper is not turned in by 8:00 am on the day of swim camp, students will be required to attend swim camp.  Failure to show up to swim camp will result in ISS (in school suspension). Students will be notified the day before they have swim camp.

    Tutorials – My tutorial times are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 7:30am – 7:55am and Wednesday from 3:30-4:00 pm. Tutoring is available for students who need help with homework, who are struggling, who may need to re-do a test or make corrections on work, and etc... This is also a good time to come in and take Bluebonnet tests.

    Contact Information

    Feel free to contact me. My number is 665-0961 ext. 368 or email me at sford@cisdtx.net

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