"Reading Is Thinking"                                                        "The Reader Writes the Story" 6th Grade Language Arts- Mr. Baggitt

 

UPDATE- WEDNESDAY, MAY 13TH

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:
We continue with week five of our optional Weekly Virtual Learning schedule:

  • This week, students will be reviewing a video slideshow presentation. "Nonfiction Organizational Patterns Part One"can be found both in Teams under the "Assignments" tab and in the "Virtual Learning Week 5" folder on my Teacher page on the Marsteller website. Specific instructions about completing the assignment will be available in both locations.
    • To log into Teams, go to the Marsteller Web Links page and log on to Office365 using the username and password given to students at the beginning of year. Click on the "waffle" on the upper left hand side and select Teams.
    • If a student has forgotten their password, they may use this link to reset it: https://toolbox.pwcs.edu/portal/claim/step1?policyid=136d3fc6-777b-4cd7-b589-58f1e15d01ef
    • Teams doesn't work well with the Safari web browser. Chrome works best.
  • Virtual "office hours" for 6th Grade Language Arts teachers continue to be on Thursdays between 12:00-1:30 PM. I will be hosting Zoom meetings this week again and will send out the link to classes on Wednesday.
  • A reminder that students should be aware that anything they write on the Posts page on Teams or say in virtual meetings can be seen by teachers, principals, and PWCS  administrators. The same code of conduct that we have in the classroom should be upheld in virtual learning settings.




UPDATE- WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:
We continue with the third week of our optional Weekly Virtual Learning schedule. This week's review lesson focuses on the Plot Elements/ Plot Diagram.
  • This week, students will be reviewing based on two videos rather than a PowerPoint. These can be found both in Teams under the "Assignments" tab and in the "Virtual Learning Week 3" folder on my Teacher page on the Marsteller website. Specific instructions about completing the assignment will be available in both locations.
    • To log into Teams, go to the Marsteller Web Links page and log on to Office365 using the username and password given to students at the beginning of year. Click on the "waffle" on the upper left hand side and select Teams.
    • If a student has forgotten their password, they may use this link to reset it: Password Reset
    • Teams doesn't work well with the Safari web browser. Chrome works best.
  • Virtual "office hours" for 6th Grade Language Arts teachers continue to be on Thursdays between 12:00-1:30 PM. This week, I will be using Zoom instead of Teams to hold conference as that application has now been approved for use with students.
  • A reminder that students should be aware that anything they write on the Posts page on Teams or say in virtual meetings can be seen by teachers, principals, and PWCS  administrators. The same code of conduct that we have in the classroom should be upheld in virtual learning settings.
  • I will be sending out Zoom links and passwords to each of my classes. This week we will be checking in, discussing plot elements, and hopefully playing a review game together.



UPDATE- WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:
We continue this week with our optional Weekly Virtual Learning schedule. The time for Language Arts is Wednesday from 8:30-10:00. This week's review lesson focuses on Figurative Language.
  • This week's video, PowerPoint, and materials on Figurative Language are available both on Teams under the "Assignments" tab and in the "Virtual Learning Week 2" folder on my Teacher page on the Marsteller website.
    • To view the PowerPoint with audio and narration, students will need to log in to Teams and click on the "Assignments" tab.
    • To log into Teams, go to the Marsteller Web Links page and log on to Office365 using the username and password given to students at the beginning of year. Click on the "waffle" on the upper left hand side and select Teams.
    • If a student has forgotten their password, they may use this link to reset it: Password Reset
    • Teams doesn't work well with the Safari web browser. Chrome works best.
  • Virtual "office hours" for 6th Grade Language Arts teachers continue to be on Thursdays between 12:00-1:30 PM. During this time, I will be holding video conferences through Teams with each of my classes to answer questions, check in, and quickly review this week's topic, if time allows.
  • Microsoft Teams is being used rather than Zoom because of security and privacy issues. Students should be aware that anything they write on the Posts page on Teams can be seen by teachers, principals, and PWCS  administrators. The same code of conduct that we have in the classroom should be upheld in virtual learning settings.
  • This week's Teams video conference schedule is as follows:
  • First Period: Be on the "Posts" page on Teams at 12:00 PM this Thursday, April 23rd.
  • Second Period: Be on the "Posts" page on Teams at 12:15 PM this Thursday, April 23rd.
  • Third Period: Be on the "Posts" page on Teams at 12:30 PM this Thursday, April 23rd.
  • Fifth Period: Be on the "Posts" page on Teams at 12:45 this Thursday, April 23rd.
  • Finally, the end of the third marking period is this Friday, April 24th. I am able to accept late or missing work from the third marking period (work assigned prior to March 13th) until 3:00 PM on the 24th.
I hope you are all staying safe and well!

Mr. Baggitt

 


UPDATE- April 14, 2020:

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students:
I hope you all are healthy and well. By now, you will have received the message from our Principal, Ms. Warner, about the new optional Continuity of Learning plan and the optional Weekly Virtual Learning schedule. This new plan was only finalized immediately prior to Spring Break (Friday, April 3rd), and it represents a change in direction from the virtual learning opportunities that I was providing for students after school was closed on March 13th.
Continuity of Learning Plan for Language Arts:
  1. Each Wednesday between 8:30-10:00 will be the optional virtual learning time for Language Arts.
  2. Virtual "office hours" for 6th Grade Language Arts teachers will be on Thursdays between 12:00-1:30 PM. However, I will be available by email outside of this time and will try to respond to any communication from parents or students as soon as possible.
  3. The virtual "office hour" time can be used to help provide support or clarification to students through email or through video conferencing (via Teams) if desired. I have also set up a Google Voice number so that students and parents can contact me directly through phone. That number was sent out in an email to all parents and students.
  4. All Continuity of Learning/Weekly Virtual Review Lessons will be provided both on my Teacher Page on the Marsteller Website and on Teams. However, Microsoft Teams provides students the ability to interact directly to my posts and with each other in relation to the content.
  5. No new Standards of Learning will be taught. Instead, the 6th grade Language Arts teachers are going to be offering lessons that review and reinforce the learning of key concepts that will keep them prepared for next year.
  6. The first Weekly Virtual Learning Lesson is on Context Clues. It has been updated on Teams under the Assignments tab. It has also been added to the "Virtual Learning Week 1" folder below.
  7. Students who are still in the process of working on the Narrative Fiction or Project or the dialogue lesson that was posted on Microsoft Teams prior to April 4th may still submit them to me for feedback.

Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions!

 

'Best,

 

Mr. Baggitt



UPDATE- March 30, 2020:


Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:

I just sent a detailed email explaining some updates to review activities that students can work on, including writing a fictional story. I also created a video message for my students, which can be accessed by signing into Microsoft 365 and going to Teams. Directions are in the email. Please feel free to contact me at baggitbb@pwcs.edu if you did not receive the email.

Stay healthy and safe!

-Mr. Baggitt

UPDATE- March 23rd 2020:


Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:

I first want to say that I hope all my students and their families are doing well. I am thinking of all of my students and miss seeing them in the classrooms and hallways. However, I recognize that the most important thing right now is their safety. In light of recent developments with the Virginia Department of Education and Prince William County Schools, I have updated this page with some resources to help students reinforce learning. I sent a detailed email explaining each of these resources to all parents and guardians on March 23rd. Please feel free to contact me at baggitbb@pwcs.edu if you did not receive the email.

Per school policy, no new standards are going to be taught right now. The good news is that we have covered most of the reading standards for nonfiction and fiction this year so far. You can find details about what has been taught so far this year in the unit plans that are posted in the corresponding folder below. These unit plans provide the specific SOL standards that were taught. 

As I said in my email, I want to assure you all that I am committed to continuing to support my students' learning of reading and writing this year. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. I will be regularly updating this page and will be notifying parents and students about new resources by email.

Wishing you all the best,

Mr. Baggitt


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