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Amanda Gimber

"All kids need is a little help, a little hope and somebody who believes in them."
-Magic Johnson

Welcome to 6th Grade!
6th Grade ELA
Element Team
484.977.7210 ext. 3713

Hi!  My name is Miss Gimber. I'm the 6th grade Element Team ELA teacher at West. J

How to be Successful in ELA
  • Come to school with a positive attitude.
  • Bring all suggested supplies to class every day.
    • Agenda, binder, notebook, pencil, highlighter, earbuds and fully-charged Chromebook
  • Write down all assignments in your agenda every class period.
  • Keep your binder neat and organized with all homework assignments, classwork and notes.
  • Check Google Classroom every day and make sure you have completed all assignments.
  • Check Synergy multiple times a week. Your grade is your responsibility!
  • Read and write! The only way to get better at anything is to practice! The more you read and write, the better reader and writer you will become. 
  • Don't be afraid to ask me for help - that's why I'm here! J
ELA Resource - Collections
Each collection reflects a topic that connects texts for discussion and analysis as we explore different genres. We will be reading short stories, speeches, poems, myths, dramas, folk tales, informational texts, online articles, magazine articles and editorials this year. We will use a Close Reader that provides selections related to the collection topic for application of close reading skills and annotation strategies. We also will focus on writing, especially TDAs, argument pieces and grammar.

Facing Fear - This collection focuses on what fear is and how people react to and overcome fears.
Animal Intelligence - This collection explores animals' mental abilities and other unique qualities that make them an important part of our world.
Making Your Voice Heard - This collection focuses on your speaking voice and writing voice, as well as the different ways you can express your thoughts, feelings, opinions and ideas.
What Tales Tell - This collection focuses on familiar stories told throughout different cultures and the things we can learn about the people of that culture based on these stories.

Grade Weighting Breakdown
Grades are weighted in three scoring categories: Assessments - 60% / Practice Work - 30% / Homework - 10%
Assessments include Collections tests, TDAs, quizzes and formal writing products.
Practice Work includes work completed during class time - Close Reader reproducible, skill/strategy practice, informal writing products, etc.
Homework includes any work done outside of the classroom such as reading logs and Commonlit assignments.