Whitehouse Independent School District

6th Grade English/Language Arts

Welcome to my web page!  I hope you will find the information here helpful.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions and/or concerns: ludolphp@whitehouseisd.org 
My conference period is from 9:00 - 9:45 daily.
 
Tutorials are offered every Tuesday from 3:15 - 4:00 p.m.  (Alternate times can be arranged.)  Any student may attend but should arrive knowing with what he/she needs assistance. 
 
RESEARCH
Benefits of Teen Activism and Community Service
(Applies to All Issues):
• “Why Is Community Service Important?” By Caridad Sanchez, VP of Academic
Affairs, Florida National University. Fnu.edu
http://www.fnu.edu/community-service-important/
A text on Florida’s National University’s web page that lays out the physical and
emotional benefits of helping others for teens.
• “How to Become an Activist.” WikiHow.com
https://www.wikihow.com/Become-an-Activist
A text that lays out the process of activism. (Longer text, but can be broken easily into
parts.)  
 
Environmental Issues
• Alex Lin, Environment, Teen Activist, text
“Alex Lin, Teenage Activist.” By Salvatore Cordoni. Takepart.com
http://dev.takepart.com/article/2010/04/05/alex-lin-teenage-activist/index.html
This article spotlights a teen who is finding ways to reuse and recycle e-waste
(computers and other electronics) as well as lobbying the legislature to pass bills
requiring this type of recycling.
• The Clock is Ticking: Youth and Environmental Activism, Environment, text
“The Clock is Ticking: Youth and Environmental Activism.” By Joi Officer, Laura
Cockman, and Rebekah Taft. What Kids Can Do.Org.
http://www.whatkidscando.org/featurestories/2009/06_clock_is_ticking/index.html
This text from takepart.com, explores actions and initiates being taken by young
people to address the growing environmental issues.
 
Equality In Girls’ Education
Malala Yousafazi, Girls Education, Teen Activist, text
“A Heroic Return.” By TIME for Kids. Time for Kids.com. March 20, 2013.
http://misslewis6thgradeela.weebly.com/uploads/8/7/1/1/87117454/malala_yousafzai_time_for_kids_article.pdf
This article from Time Magazine for Kids, is about Malala’s heroic journey of healing
after being shot by the Taliban for advocating for gender quality in education.
May be reproduced for classroom use. © 2014 by Lucy Calkins and Colleagues from the TCRWP from Units of Study in Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing, Grades 6–8 (firsthand: Portsmouth, NH).
• Supporting Education and Activism on Malala Day, Girls Education, text 2
Supporting Education and Activism on Malala Day.”By Sarah Jackson and Jessie
Kirk. Womankind.org.
https://www.womankind.org.uk/blog/detail/our-blog/2013/07/09/supporting-education-and-activism-on-malala-day
A web page that describes women and girls from across the world inspired by Malala
Yousafazi to carry on the fight for equal educational rights.
 
Child Labor
• Iqbal Masih and Craig Kielburger, Child Labor, Teen Activist, text and video
“Our Story.”Free the Children.com.
http://www.freethechildren.com/about-us/our-story/
This article is about kid activists inspiring each other to take action around child labor
exploitation.
• Child Labor Around the World, Child labor, text
“Child Labor Around the World: How to Help.”By Karen Fanning. Teacher.
Scholastic.com.
http://teacher.scholastic.com/scholasticnews/indepth/child_labor/child_labor/index.asp?article=help
This text is about a middle school class in Massachusetts that heard firsthand about
Iqbal’s plight for child labor laws and took action.
 
Animal Abandonment
• Faye Carey, Animal Activist
“Teenage Girl Is Dogs’ Best Friend.” By Briar Marbeck. 3 News.co.nz.
http://www.newshub.co.nz/nznews/teenage-girl-is-dogs-best-friend-2013080912
This article is about a young girl that gives abandoned animals a second chance at life
at her local animal shelter.
• Animal Abandonment and Animal Population Control, text
“Animal Population Control.” American Humane Society.org.
https://www.americanhumane.org/position-statement/animal-population-control/
This web page lays out the reasons behind animal abandonment.
 
Bullying 
• Alex Libby, Bullying, Teen Activist
“Life after Bully: Teenage Star of Hit Documentary Finally Escapes His Tormentors
. . . and Finds Happiness in New School.”By Hannah Rand. Dailymail.co.uk. May
21, 2012.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2147592/Alex-star-hit-documentary-moves-tragic-reality-Americas-13million-bullied-schoolchildren.html
An article on how the courage to speak out about being the victim of vicious bullying
resulted in unlikely fame and activism.
• Anti-bullying activist spreads message of kindness through organization,
bullying, text
“Anti-Bullying Activist Spreads Message of Kindness.”By Nia McMillan. Reading
Eagle.com. March 26, 2013
http://www2.readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=463359
A text about the young founder of WeStopHate, an anti-bullying advocacy group that
helps kids strengthen their self-esteem.
 
ORAL AND WRITTEN CONVENTIONS
Sentence Structure (6.19C)
Proficient writing includes sentence variety, so it is very important to be adept at using different sentence structures when composing.  Watch the following video for clarification: 
 
Try these activities and games to help you master sentence structure:
 
 
 
Parts of Speech (6.19A)
In order to construct great sentences using the different stuctures, it helps to know and understand how to use the different parts of speech in the English language.  The following websites have information and games that will help you practice using the different parts of speech being studied this year:
 
Indefinite pronouns
 
Conjunctive Adverbs
 
Capitalization and Punctuation (6.20A,B,&C)
A firm grasp of the rules for using punctuation correctly are also necessary to effectively communicate your ideas.  The following websites have information and games that will help you practice using correct punctuation:
 
Punctuating Dialogue
 
Spelling (6.21)
It is very important that students learn to differentiate between commonly confused terms when communicating through writing.  Although these words may sound the same when speaking, they mean very different things when written.  (Ex. there/their/they're, its/it's, to/too, than/then, principle/principal) Applying spelling patterns and rules should start occurring spontaneously, without conscious thought or intention.  For these reasons, we will spend time reviewing previously taught patterns and rules as well as commonly confused terms, and students will be held accountable in written expression.  Students are allowed to use a dictionary to help with correct spelling on most assignments.
 
Become a super speller.  Review or polish your skills here:
 
WRITING (6.14-18)
Students will write narrative and expository pieces throughout the school year.  
 
 
 
 
 
HELPFUL RESOURCES
6th Grade Language Arts TEKS:
TEKS Resource System curriculum: 
Whitehouse ISD Grading Procedures: