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My name is Candice DeMas, 6th grade RELA teacher here at the great FTCE!  I'm very excited to be entering my 7th year as a member of the Towne community.  I have my Bachelor's Degree from Temple University, majoring in English.  My Master's Degree in Elementary Education was earned while attending Holy Family University. I am also certified in special education. 
Hello All,
     Welcome back! I'm very excited to begin the 2017-18 school year.  We have a lot of fun lessons planned for this coming quarter.  The school has purchased a new reading curriculum, which I'm happy to say is very interesting.  We are also going to be reading 3 novels this year; A Wrinkle in Time or Maniac Magee, A Life Without Fish, and Percy Jackson The Lightening Thief.  I am confident that with the tools we have in place, we can conquer a ton of learning this year!
As we begin our journey there are a few things I wanted to discuss:
Homework Policy
*Every student is responsible for doing homework and handing it in on time.  I will only be giving essential tasks, so it shouldn't be a daunting chore.  Students will be required to copy their  homework each day in class. It is mandatory that they complete each assignment fully. If an assignment is not handed in on the date due than the student will be given a zero.
*Reading at home is going to be important, as we will focus much of our time on Close Reading skills, which require the students to write notes in the margin prior to discussions in class.
Stay Organized!
*Keeping organized notes in a binder is also crucial.
Grading Changes
*You will notice on the first report card that there are now two grades for English; Reading and Writing.  Reading includes vocabulary and Writing includes grammar.  You will no longer see an average for reading.  It is important that when students are given writing assignments they follow all stages of the writing process (completed in class), so that they receive the best grade possible.   I will try to give summative tests biweekly in reading and writing assignments/grammar tests on the alternate weeks.
*Tests or summative assignments are worth 65% of the students' grade point average.  It is essential that students study for exams and complete project to the best of their ability.  Homework,  classwork, and quizzes are now 35% of the students' grades, and a point value is given for each assignment.  Homework and classwork range in point values of 10-30 points each, quizzes 30-50 points, and tests are all at 100 point values.
**GYM is on Thursdays
Our Class Rules!
Remember to always be respectful.
Treat others as you want to be treated.
Listen to each other.
Follow directions.
Pay attention and do your very best.
Week of 9/25
AM Homework:
ELA: Support Coach page 57.  Read figurative language notes and complete the TRY IT box in blue.
Grammar worksheet on nouns as subjects.
Weekly Vocabulary:
consequence, technique, stigma, perspective, quoth, wondrous, nobles
Summary and Main Idea Worksheet. Complete the two readings that are on the back of the page we did in class.
Figurative Language ws. Write your own example below the class examples of each type of figurative language.
Support Coach pg. 61 Vocabulary terms (prediction; actual definition
Support Coach pg. 62 follow directions with poem
Science- Create study cards using guided notes due Friday!
Summary worksheet- use the notes from class
Science note cards due tomorrow. 
Week of 9/25
PM Homework:
ELA: Figurative language-complete your examples for forms of fig. lang. Use the notes we took today in class.
Vocabulary sentences for words; consequence, technique, stigma, perspective, exposure. Circle or highlight vocabulary word.  Then underline the simple subject.
Coach book- Rain in Summer: Use coach poem to annotate literal meaning on the left and figurative meaning on the right.
Read The Planting of the Apple-Tree in coach pages 24-26 and complete multiple choice questions 1-5
Check your answers for The Planting of the Apple-Tree.  Begin an outline or graphic organizer for writing TDA pg. 29 coach
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Candice DeMas
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Franklin Towne Charter Elementary School, 4259 Richmond Street, Philadelphia, PA 19137
Phone: 215-289-3389 | Fax: 215-288-4041