The students in my Sixth-grade Humanities classes represent a variety of learning needs, styles, and strengths. Our school is a large suburban school ten miles north of Indianapolis. It is comprised of fifth through eighth grades.
Sixth-grade Humanities is a three-period block of time, in which students explore reading, writing, and social studies.
We approach the study of Humanities in a interconnected thematic exploration using project-based learning, student direction, and collaboration.
My language arts instruction is structured around a year-long plan of shared reading experiences, literature circles based on thematic or historical study, and independently chosen novels during which students apply what they have learned to books they have chosen. My students are active participants in the choices of materials we use, from the novels they read to the TED Talks we watch to the projects they research. Students have learned how to research, present, and recommend the materials and methods we use throughout the Humanities block.
Each year, new fiction is published that reflects the every-increasing diversity of our communities. My students are constantly searching out new characters, new stories,and new settings that represent the changes they see in their own world. We are requesting a fresh set of books for our classroom library to kick of our new year of reading, writing, and thinking! Our titles include Ghost Boys, The Elite, New Kid, Front Desk and many more.
By refreshing my classroom library with these new additions, I will be giving my students more relevant and up-to-date opportunities to travel the world and meet new people without ever having to leave my classroom.
This project includes titles that my students have asked me to purchase, as well as titles of new fiction that have been reviewed and suggested by avid middle-grade and "well-seasoned" readers. The titles represent a wide variety of characters, settings, and genres, guaranteed to keep my students reading and thinking throughout this new year!
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