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.


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)