Quarter 2 Week 1 November 2 – 6, 2020

TeacherDanielle Suhr
Subject AreaELA/Reading
Grade Level6
Week #10
Unit of InstructionArgumentative thinking, planning, and reading
Standard(s) Taught

LAFS.6.RI.1.3 Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).

LLAFS.6.RI.2.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.

LAFS.6.RI.2.5 Analyze in detail how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the idea.

LAFS.6.RI.2.6 Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.

LAFS.6.RI.3.7 Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

LAFS.6.RI.3.8 Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

My students will work on Edgenuity Reading, working to make individual progress.

My students will read and discuss passages in their Ready Florida workbook. 

My students will look at pros, cons, and logic in argumentative writing.

My students will learn and discuss counterclaims in argumentative writing.

My students will finish their chapter books for their oral book report due November 9.

Classroom Activities

Monday – Edgenuity

Tuesday – Teacher work day

Wednesday – Independent reading/morning   Argumentative writing/afternoon

Thursday – Ready Florida, counterclaims

Friday – Argumentative writing, finish activities for the week, Kahoot, Edgenuity Scores.


Assignments Due
  1. Watch all videos on your own time.
  2. Read and complete pp. 16-18 in your Ready Florida workbook.
  3. Work on Edgenuity Reading.
  4. Finish your chapter book. Your 2 minute book report is due on Monday, November 9, which is next Monday.
  5. Learn pro and con in argumentative writing.
  6. Learn what logic is in argumentative writing.
  7. Learn counterclaims in argumentative writing.
  8. Read and complete pp. 179-181 in your Ready Florida workbook.
Additional Resources

Pro or Con?

Talk to Me!
by Coralee Davis ©2001

Have you seen families in restaurants lately? Often, instead of talking to each other, everyone
is tuned in to his own cell phone or mini tablet. I get it. Facebook, email, apps, games, and music are all entertaining. People love to be entertained. But getting together for a family meal is an important social time for kids, siblings, and parents. Mealtimes are a chance for learning what’s going on in each other’s lives. Sitting down together and really giving each other attention and eye contact leads to sharing, celebrating, and deeper discussions. The only time cell phones should be used during mealtime is perhaps to take a picture of the group.
Turn off your cell phones. Tune in to each other.

Cell Phones = Safer Kids
by Marsha Glover ©2010

Imagine: Kara and Su Yi are at the soccer field. Lots of soccer games are going on, and there are
moms, dads, coaches, and kids everywhere. Kara wants to put her jacket in the car, so she and Su Yi go to her family’s car. In the parking lot, the girls see a stranger hanging around. He follows them and keeps talking to them even when they ignore him. The girls are frightened. At the car, they lock themselves in. In order to go back to the soccer games, they would have to face the same man again. Kara uses her cell phone to call her dad, who is watching the game. The dad and a security officer immediately come to the car and safely escort the girls back.

Too Much of a Good Thing
by Carly Webb ©2015

Cell phones might be great little inventions, but sometimes they can be too much of a good thing. Some children use their phones all during the night, talking to friends, watching movies, or playing games. They are so sleepy the next day they can hardly pay attention in school. Their concentration is not good. They can’t make sense of what the teacher is saying.
Also at school, kids sneak to use cell phones to text their friends when they are supposed to be paying attention to the lesson. If parents don’t enforce rules, kids have been known to spend more than eight hours a day on their phones. When this happens, kids tune out conversations, instructions, and even scoldings or warnings from their parents. They are off in Cell Phone Land. Too much is too much.

Information, Please
by Jim Laidig ©2019

Bryan is at the mall with Damarius and Toby. He wants to buy a new pair of Kobe Bryant sneakers, but he knows he’ll need his mother’s permission. Bryan takes a picture of the shoes with his cell phone camera and sends it to his mother. She calls him back to give her approval, after she asks a few questions about price and fit.
Joslyn is going shopping with Maria to find a blouse for her new skirt. The skirt is an unusual shade of purple. Joslyn takes a picture of the skirt, so she can try to match it. At the mall, she uses the photo on her cell phone to find a blouse that has flowers just the same shade of purple. The blouse is a perfect match.
Dominic is at the after-hours clinic with an asthma attack. The doctor asks Dominic’s mother what medicines he usually uses for an inhaler. When Dominic’s mother has trouble remembering the name of the medicine, Dominic pulls out his cell phone and shows her a picture of the front of his inhaler. She is happy to have the exact information.
Juno and Mara watch a great movie about dinosaurs. Mara is particularly interested in the prehistoric sea creature called “mosasaurus” and wants to read more about it. She uses her cell phone to go to the Internet and finds several good websites with information about “mosasaurus.” She spends a long time learning cool new facts she can share with Juno.

Change of Plans
by Norma McCraw ©2017

Malala’s mother always picks her up from school at the exact same time and spot. Today, however, Malala’s mom is stuck in traffic. She doesn’t want her daughter to worry, so she sends her a text message. Malala goes to the gym with the other kids to have fun while she waits for her mother to arrive at school.
Jonathan receives a text message from his orthodontist’s office telling him his appointment has been cancelled. He is at school, and his dad was planning to pick him up early for the appointment. He sends a text message to his dad telling him this news. His dad texts back that he has already taken off work and is on his way, so now he’ll take Jonathan out for lunch, and they’ll go to a baseball game instead. Jonathan smiles a secret smile. He and his dad will be skipping school together.

No Bullying!
by Robbie Barnard ©2016

There is no doubt that cell phones and smart phones can be extremely helpful. They can also be harmful if used to criticize, expose, or hurt other people. For instance, some kids use the text message portion of their phone to sound off and put people in their place as soon as they hear rumors that might or might not be true. Because it is so easy to do, they can send cruel or rude remarks that can have long-lasting effects. Some kids use their cell phone cameras to take secret or humiliating pictures of their classmates and share these pictures with friends. Worse, they sometimes post these pictures on social media, and the pictures go out on the Internet to be seen by hundreds or even thousands of other people. This is the kind of embarrassment that has led children and teens to take their own lives. Be careful what you do with your cell phone. Don’t use it to hurt someone else!