Kelly, Tammy (English: Reading 6)

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Welcome to Sixth Grade Reading! When I was in sixth grade, I received the award for reading the most books! So I am very pleased to be the reading teacher at NPA. I’ve enjoyed teaching in Northern Arizona since 1983. My experience includes teaching elementary-high school, community college and university students. I am also involved in the art community of Flagstaff and enjoy integrating the arts into my lessons. I appreciate establishing a personal relationship with my students and their families. My husband and I enjoy hiking, kayaking, traveling and cooking. We love having our daughter, son-in-law, and grandcat in Flagstaff as well.

B.S. Elementary Education/Special Education, Eastern Michigan University, 1983.

M. Ed. Curriculum and Instruction: Reading, Grand Canyon University, 2013.

Endorsements: Gifted, Library Science, Early Childhood, SEI, Reading Specialist

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moreSixth Grade Language Arts: Reading (All periods 1-6)




Sixth Grade Reading (Periods 1-5) 



Students are provided with periodic informal reading assessments to determine individual reading fluency and comprehension levels. Instruction will cover the components of a balanced reading program. Informational text, novels, biographies, reader’s theatre, and poetry will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on fluency, vocabulary, comprehension and analytical reading. Literature studies, written expression, oral speaking and arts appreciation are integrated to broaden reading experiences. Some of the selected reading correlates with the 6th grade social studies program. The teaching of Common Core Standards is required in all lessons. A variety of approaches and multiple efforts are made to engage all learners.

Month of January

Students are reading from Coretta Scott King Award books or any other book by an African American author. Reading logs are due Jan. 24th and 31st. CorettaXScottXKingXAwardXBooksReadingXLog-CorettaXScottXKing

The students are reading Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Audio CDs and are available. We study characterization, CharacterXChart-LoganXFamily figurative language FigurativeXLanguageXXHandout-RollXofXThunder in addition to tough subjects such as discrimination and racism. Chapter 1-3 Vocab definitions are due Jan. 24th. RollXofXThunderXCHX1-3

During this unit, students are exposed to discrimination toward various groups over many time periods. Classroom discussion is encouraged as awareness is heightened.

Week of December 9th and 16th

Students will prepare for the written portion of the exam by writing a letter to a character from the book, Homeless Bird. 1stXSemesterXFinalXExam-WrittenXPractice

Students should prepare for the vocabulary portion of the semester exam. VocabXFlashcardsXSemesterX1  Cut and fold flashcards to study with a friend.

The figurative language handout will be due. FigurativeXLanguageXHandout-HomelessXBird

The vocabulary study sheet is due Monday, Dec. 16th. FinalXExamXPrep-1stXSemesterXLiteraryXTerms

Week of December 2nd

LINK-to Evaluate Teacher 

STUDENTS—Use this link to evaluate Mrs. Kelly and the reading class 

Newbery Reading Log Due Friday, December 6th ReadingXLog-NewberyXAward

There are many Newbery Award winning books available in the classroom.

We are listening to the audio recording of Homeless Bird and studying the culture of India. The unit on India correlates with lessons currently offered in 6th grade social studies.

Students may begin studying for the vocabulary exam which will be Dec. 18-20.. The forty terms are in this vocab match handout. VocabXFlashcardsXSemesterX1


Week of November 18th

Newbery Reading Log Due Nov. 22nd ReadingXLog-NewberyXAward

There are many Newbery Award winning books available in the classroom.

We are listening to the audio recording of Homeless Bird and studying the culture of India. The unit on India correlates with lessons currently offered in 6th grade social studies.

Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!




Week of November 11th

Newbery Reading Log Due Nov. 15th

There are many Newbery Award winning books available in the classroom. ReadingXLog-NewberyXAward

This week we are reading informational text on the topic of Columbus Day and covering argumentative writing, debate, analyzing claims, opposition and controversy. After reading unbiased info. text, they will establish their own claims to support or not support the celebration of the holiday.

We will start our India unit on Friday.  Next week, we will begin Homeless Bird and all students will listen to it on audio.

Week of November 4th

The Vocab Match Sheet is due on Monday. EgyptianXVocabXStudyXPgX2X2018 We will play a vocab game to get ready for the test on Tuesday/Wednesday. Students will need to finish the historical fiction book in their groups by Friday.  The Story Elements handout will be due on Friday or Tuesday, Nov. 12th. CleopatraXVIIXStoryXElementsXPageX1 MaiaXXXCleopatraXStoryXElementsXPgX2

Sixers are learning to be responsible and organized. On any given Friday, I have at least 20% of students who are missing assignments. I ask them to come in during lunch time to finish that work while they are eating.  If assignments are still out, they will miss Fun Friday. Students should get in the habit of checking Family Link each week to ensure that all assignments are turned in.

Week of October 28th

The students are enjoying working in literature circles. This is a great way for leadership skills and active learning to take place. They had two reading logs on the topic of Egypt to help build background for the historical fiction literature, Maia of Thebes and Cleopatra VII. We are getting ready for a vocabulary test next week (Nov. 5th/6th).  On Thursday, the Egypt Vocab Handout is due. EgyptXVocabXHandoutX2 On Monday, the Vocab Matching Sheet is due. EgyptianXVocabXStudyXPgX2X2018

Week of October 7th

Parents, please make sure you have signed up for conferences.  You will have one conference with your child’s study hall teacher. Teachers will be at NPA until 6:30 p.m. on Monday and 6 p.m. on Tuesday/Wednesday. Students will be making their unit presentations this week.  Have a wonderful break! Happy Autumn!


Week of September 30th

Students are taking the written expression portion of the unit test. They may use their book, notes, and the dictionary. The story map is due Tues or Wed. Rough draft independent projects are due on Thurs. Sign up for your project presentation next week!

Week of September 23rd

The students completed the vocabulary portion of their unit test.  Overall, they did very well.  Students had an opportunity to reflect on the their study habits and evaluate what they need to do next time to improve.


Week of September 16th

Each student was provided with a menu of projects to choose from for a culmination project. Parent signatures are due on Thurs., Sept. 19th so parents are informed of the requirements for this home project. Rough drafts are due Oct. 3rd. Students can begin submitting rough drafts anytime so they have feedback prior to completing the project.  Presentations will be Oct. 7th, 8th and 9th. WonderXProject WonderXProjectXRubricWonder-CharacterXPennant

Students area reading an excellent article on Kyle Maynard, an individual who crawled to Mt. Kilimanjaro. The worked well with reading buddies.  The video of Kyle, entitled, “Man with No Limbs Climbs the Tallest Mountain in Africa” is excellent and inspiring.

Students are preparing for their vocab test next week.  Printed flashcards are available for studying. The vocab match sheet is due Friday, Sept. 20th. WonderXVocabXStudyXGuide WonderXVocabXGameXCardsLiteraryXTermsXMatchingXGame


Week of September 9th 

Students should complete the Justin Chapter-Part 5 by Friday. Reading logs are due Friday, September 13th with a parent signature. There is extra credit if the book is on the topic of empathy. We are discussing theme and how to summarize the beginning and middle of the literature with written expression. WonderXStoryXElementsXPgX2 ReadingXLogXwithXmoreXcomments

Take advantage of afterschool help to get caught up, work directly with a teacher or organize yourself.  Mon, Tues, and Thursday in the 6th grade hall until 4:15 p.m.


Week of September 3rd

This week we will read an article entitled, “Understanding Learning Disabilities” and also participate in a Multiple Intelligences survey.  It is always interesting to see what students gain from this as they explore their personal strengths and areas of need.

Homework: Due Wed.  Write a paragraph describing how to help someone with a learning disability.

By Friday:  Complete reading Part 4-Jack

Week of August 26th

We are still reading  Wonder.  As students finish the book, there are various handouts to complete. We do several examples in class and then they need to complete them on their own. Also, students are allowed to read at their own pace, so as they finish, we have Auggie and Me and other titles on the topic of empathy. This week, we cover figurative language, imagery, idioms and similes. FigurativeXLanguageXHandout-Wonder FigurativeXLanguageXHandoutX2-Wonder

Due Thursday-Character Analysis of Auggie

Due Thursday-Auggie’s relationship with his Family

Due Friday-Reading Log (Extra Credit for a book on empathy!)

Week of August 19th

We are reading the book, Wonder.  Students have the option of reading with a partner, with audio or independently.  Some students have opted to read Auggie and Me as an alternative. Students should finish Part 1 by Thursday. For informational text, students will read about the cyclist, Emmanuel Ofos Yeboah.  BigXDreamsXAXdisabledXcyclistWe are learning to analyze characters by using F.A.S.T. in a graphic organizer.  For homework, students should continue working on their graphic organizers.

Reading Logs will be sent home and are due Friday, August 30th.  Reading Logs can be from any book (except Wonder) and some students will choose books on the topic of empathy.


Week of August 12th

Students are reading the book, Wonder by R.J. Palacio.  They write notes in their literary response journals as we discuss new vocab and comprehend the story. We have 35 copies so a few students can check out a book for home use.  Other students are providing their own copy, which is super helpful!  Thank you! Our topic this week is empathy and compassion.  We read the informational text article, “Cool to be Kind.” and discussed it at length in the class. CoolXtoXbeXKindXarticle

Students are learning to use their agendas to record their homework for each class.

It will be a wonderful school year!  I look forward to getting to know each student and helping them develop a love for reading! On Thursday, the students will take home the syllabus to be signed by parents. NPAX6thXGradeXReadingXSyllabus  On Friday, students will choose an adjective to describe themselves and use lettering to decorate it.  Due Monday.  Next week, we will start our first reading unit on the book, Wonder.

Please see the attached list of materials for each student to provide during the first week of school. 6thXgradeXsuppliesXXnewXXXKaylaXArendtX

The following list of titles are books we will read in class.  We typically have 35 copies to share in class.  If students need additional time to complete the reading, it  is very helpful for them to have their own copies to read at home. BookXListXforXHome

Fall Reading-

Wonder by R.J. Palacio (hardcover)

Cleopatra VII Daughter of the Nile by Kristina Gregory or Maia of Thebes by Ann Turner

Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan

Spring Reading-

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (orange cover) by Mildred Taylor

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine Engle (black cover)

Self-selected biography/autobiography

Crispin: the Cross of Lead by Avi or Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman









Click here to download the Sixth Grade Language Arts: Reading (All periods 1-6) syllabus (PDF)