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Class Schedule:  
 
1st period:  6th ELA  
2nd period: 6th ELA PRE-AP
3rd period:  6th ELA
4th period:  6th ELA
5th period: 6th ELA PRE-AP
6th period: 6th ELA
7th period: confernce
 
TUTORIALS:  Thursdays if needed
 
Conference period time: 2:00-2:50  Please call or email for an appointment
 
Mrs. Akin has taught English Language Arts for 22 years in the Willis school district.  She has a finance degree with a minor in history.  She also went to Sam Houston State for another 66 hours to receive her teaching certification. Mrs. Akin still loves what she does for a living and is excited about the new year!
 
Education:  Texas Tech University, Bachelor of Business Administration Finance
                   Sam Houston State University, Teacher Certification
 
Certifications: General Education K-8 History
                       English Language Arts 4-8
                       English as a Second Language 4-8
 
Email Address: jakin@willisisd.org
Office Phone: 936-890-2312    
 

Classes

Recent Posts

Nov. 13-17, 2017

Dear Parents,
 
FICTIONAL STORIES DUE TOMORROW, NOV. 13!!!!!  Students will able to type the paper, but it was not required.  We worked on this for 3 days in school.  They final copy is probably all they needed to finish.  

                           NO VOCABULARY this week.  We need a break!!  
 
Some of you might have noticed a few low grades on Jack and the Beanstalk.  Your child might need to come to tutorials this week.  I will have tutorials Tuesday and Thursday after school this week.  I really want your child to understand the material, so please encourage them to come!!
 
If you see a M or INC in the gradebook, your child was probably absent or not finished with an assignment.  Please have them get with me to complete their assignment.
 
Monday:  comprehension lesson
 
Tuesday:  Unit two test over fiction.  It will be one passage with STAAR type questions about fiction.  Not really anything they can study for.  Hopefully they will READ the passage and try as hard as they can!!
 
Wednesday:  Finish test and start Storyboardthat.com  Students will create 6 cartoon frames using their fictional story.
 
Thursday:  finish story boards
 
Friday:  shortened schedule; Thanksgiving analogies
 
Please check your child's grades.  And keep them coming to school!!  I know we are all looking forward to our Thanksgiving break!!
 
Judy Akin
 
 
 

Nov. 6-10, 2017

 
Dear Parents,
 
Monday:  comprehension lesson over questioning as you read.
 
Tuesday:  writing assignment. Go over rubrics.  Each student will be given a copy of the rubric.  I will have a copy of the rubric on my website my Tuesday.
 
Wednesday:  Rough draft
 
Thursday:  finish rough draft.  revising and editing
 
Friday:  vocab test lesson 9.  Work on final copies
 
FICTIONAL STORIES CAN BE TYPED BUT ON THE STUDENT'S TIME.  FINAL DUE DATE IS MONDAY THE 13TH.  
 
 

Exquisite:  beautifully made

Clamor:  outcry

Sublime:  lofty

Tremulous: quivering

Allude: indirectly referring to

Aqua: water

Audi: hear

Scrib: write

Cede: go

Cise: cut

Placid: calm

Singular: unique

Amiable: friendly

Incredulous: skeptical (doubting)

Perplex: confused

Cred: believe   (incredulous, credible)

Miss: send  (emission,mission)

Cide: kill     (homicide, regicide)

Dict: say     (dictation, edict)

Bell: war     (rebellion)

frayer-model

Students are to have the word in the middle.  Other components are the following:  
*formal definition
*7 or more word sentence using the word correctly
*synonym (2)
*antonyms (2)
 

Oct. 30-Nov.3, 2017

Dear Parents,

Monday:  Comprehension lesson over forming questions before and while we read. Students will be given vocab words.  3 Frayer models will be due on Friday.  Students pick any of the 5 new words to create 3 Frayer models.  Students have done this in my class and other classes as well.  Email if you have questions.  
 
Tuesday:  Library day and power point over drama  Begin reading The Prince and the Pauper play.
 
Wednesday:  finish play and discuss the similarities and differences between a play and a regular story.
 
Thursday:  Compare and contrast the Mark Twain play to a modern "movie".  Student will watch a 15 minute clip of the movie to compare the setting and characters from the play.  Students will complete a chart for a major grade.  
 
Friday:  vocab quiz (words below)  Frayer models due.  Students will begin creating a plot diagram for their own fictional story. 
 

Circum: around

Mal: bad/evil

Post: after

Ante: before

Equi: equal

Exquisite:  beautifully made

Clamor:  outcry

Sublime:  lofty

Tremulous: quivering

Allude: indirectly referring to

Aqua: water

Audi: hear

scrib: write

Cede: go

Cise: cut

Placid: calm

Singular: unique

Amiable: friendly

Incredulous: skeptical (doubting)

Perplex: confused

 

Oct. 23-27, 2017

jakin@willisisd.org via amazonses.com 

5:33 PM (2 minutes ago)
 
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Dear Parents,

This week we will continue with plot development concentration on rule of 3 and magic helper.

Monday:  comprehension lesson over how to form questions while reading.

Tuesday:  notes over magic helper, rule of three, internal and external conflicts, protagonist/antagonist.  I will model with a classical literature book.  

Wednesday:  work on posters from last week adding new features.'

Thursday:  finish posters and present

Friday:  vocab test lesson 7 and test over plot structure and new features of the week (see above)

New words/stems:

Aqua: water

Audi: hear

Scrib: write

Cede: go

Cise: cut

Serene: calm

Odious: hateful

Condescend: to patronize (talk down to)

Acute: sharp

Grotesque: distorted

Circum: around

Mal: bad/evil

Post: after

Ante: before

Equi: equal

Exquisite:  beautifully made

Clamor:  outcry

Sublime:  lofty

Tremulous: quivering

Allude: indirectly referring to

 

Email with questions or comments!  Have a great week!

Mrs. Akin

 

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Oct. 16-20, 2017

 
Dear Parents,
We started a new unit last Friday with fiction.  Vocabulary starts up again this week.
It is hard to believe 1/4 of the year is already gone!!
Monday:  Comprehension lesson over schema. (background knowledge)
 
Tuesday:  Library day and teacher modeled lesson over traditional and classical literature.
 
Wednesday:  Students will work with a group to create a pyramid with elements of fiction using different stories.
 
Thursday:  Students will present their group projects.
 
Friday:  vocab test lesson 6 and individual assessment of elements of fiction with a story.
 
vocab words

Un: not

Sym: together

Dis: away

Semi: half

Inter: between

Serene: calm

Odious: hateful

Condescend: to patronize (talk down to)

Acute: sharp

Grotesque: distorted

Circum: around

Mal: bad/evil

Post: after

Ante: before

Equi: equal

Exquisite:  beautifully made

Clamor:  outcry

Sublime:  lofty

Tremulous: quivering

Allude: indirectly referring to

 

Oct. 9-13, 2017

Dear Parents,
I hope they kids have a nice break from school on Monday.  Please remind them that their major grade personal narratives are due on Wednesday.  Most students should be working on their final copy.  Students are not allowed to types these papers.  I will have papers in the future that they will be able to type.
Rough draft
Peer editing sheet
Final copy
All 3 are due on Wednesday.  
 
Monday:  Teacher in-service
 
Tuesday:  reading comprehension lesson focusing on using their inner voice while writing down and recognizing new information as they read. Student will have an in class paper to turn in for a daily grade.
 
Wednesday and Thursday:  Students will be completing a Unit One Test.  Students cannot study for this.  Please just have them well rested.  It is over Literary Non-fiction.  We will review a few key points on Tuesday.
 
Friday:  Beginning a new Unit on Friday over Fiction.  Students will be reviewing and making a foldable for notes.
 
There will be NO VOCABULARY this week.  The shortened week and wrap up for the 9 weeks made it too much for the kids and teachers!!
I am very proud of the scores from last week.  They are really coming up!!
 
Please email or call if you have any questions. 
Thanks for sharing your child/children with me! 
Judy Akin

Oct. 2-6, 2017

Dear Parents,
This week we will have 5 more stems added to our Caesar's English, but we will drop the first lesson we learned.  We want the tests to have no more than 25 questions.  The first 5 stems will be on the test as bonus. From here on out, we will drop the oldest lesson and use those those words/stems as bonus questions.  
 
Monday:  Pep rally schedule and shortened classes.  I am out at a seminar.  Students will learn about the importance of text features.  (titles, subtitles, maps, graphs, bold letters, etc...)  Students will read "Super Croc" from the literature book and answer questions about how the text features help you comprehend more.
 
Tuesday:  Library and Read Theory practice.  readtheory.org is a reading program that be done at home.  It moves the reading level up or down as a student completes a test.  It is an awesome way to assess reading levels and comprehension growth.  I would like to have the kids take a few more tests before I send a progress report home.  
 
Wednesday-Friday:  Students will be writing a personal narrative.  The paper should be completed in class and may NOT be typed.  Students will be graded on their rough draft and final copy.  Students will need to show word changes and add figurative language.  It is officially due Monday unless I email otherwise.  
 
Friday: vocab test and final copy of personal narrative
 
New vocab:
circum- around
mal- bad/evil
post- after
equi- equal
ante- before
 
Old vocab for bonus only:
bi
sub
super
de 
pre
 
Other vocab on test:
Countenance: facial expression
profound: deep
prodigious: huge
languor: weak/tired
serene: calm
acute: sharp 
grotesque: distorted
condescend: to patronize
odious: hateful
un- not
inter- between
semi- half
dis- away
sym- together
 
Have a wonderful week!!
Judy Akin
 
 
 
 

Sept. 25-29, 2017

Dear Parents,
I have had several of you ask how to see your child's grades.  If you go to the Willis webpage (willisisid.org) then
look under parents.  After that, you use the self-serve feature.  This replaces the old parent portal from years past.  Hopefully this will keep you connected more with your child's grades.  You can also set alerts to email you when your child gets below a certain grade.  This makes it easier to keep on top of things as they happen.
Overall, the vocabulary tests were MUCH better this past week.  Please keep studying!!
Monday:  Think, write, and talk about what you read.  Students will be given an article that they will write comments, feelings, questions, or any connection they have with the piece.  After reading and writing, students will discuss the topic.  This develops deeper meaning when reading.  Lesson 4 vocab
Tuesday:  Students will review figurative language and examine why an author adds these to poetry and other pieces of literature.  Students will examine epitaphs.  Some will be serious, and some will be funny.
Figurative language of focus:  similes, metaphors, personification, hyperboles.
Wednesday:  Students will create an epitaph using at least 2 figurative language.  They will then decorate their tombstones.  Due by Friday.
Thursday: Harry Houdini biography.  Students will learn about the life and times of this famous magician.  They will watch a 5 minute video of his acts.  They will then relate to his life and compare it to that of magicians today.  
Friday:  Vocab test lessons 1-4
Finish Harry Houdini questions.
 
New words:
serene: calm
acute: sharp
grotesque: distorted
condescend: to patronize
odious: hateful
 
Old words:
countenance: facial expression
profound: deep
prodigious: vast, enormous
manifest: obvious
languor: weak/tired
 
Old Stems:
de: decrease
un: not
pre: before
sub: below
super: over
bi: two
dis: away
sym: together
inter: between
semi: half
 
ALL 20 WILL BE ON FRIDAY'S TEST
 
                                  

Sept. 18-22,

Dear Parents,
 
I am sorry I did not have very many grades in for the progress report.  I am grading today and tomorrow, so you will be able to see a better picture of your student's progress.  
Please remind your child, that they are required to have a reading book with them everyday in class.  We try to read everyday, but they also need it for other classes if they finish with their work.  We will have library this week on Tuesday.  
Monday:  Working on inner conversations while we read and what to do when you are distracted and not comprehending.  Each week I will read an excerpt from a book to expose them to different genres and hopefully get them interested in more novels.  New vocabulary is introduced.  The students will need to remember last weeks' stems and words and add the following to their list. Test will be Friday. It will have 20 problems.
Tuesday:  Library day and Read Theory.  Read Theory is a reading site helps increase fluency and comprehension.  The students took a pretest last week, and we will go back to it weekly.  They are more than welcome to do it at home as well.  You will be able to see their reading levels.  readtheory.org
Wednesday:  Students will write a personal narrative following a prompt.  This will assessed on a 6 point scale.  This is an assessment tool.  I will be looking for strengths and weaknesses with following a prompt, staying focused, intros and conclusions as well as sentence structure, vocabulary and grammar.  
Thursday: Epitaphs.  Students will be working on figurative language and poetry by writing epitaphs.  We will review figurative language today and show them examples of epitaphs.  They will create them in class tomorrow.  Due date will be Monday.
Friday:  vocab test, create epitaphs
 
New vocab:  
Lesson 3
un:  not
inter: between
semi: half
dis: away
sym: together
 
Lesson one:
bi: two
sub: under
de: down
pre: before
super: over
 
Lesson two
countenance: facial expression
profound: deep
manifest: obvious
prodigious: huge
languor: weakness
 
Please call or email if you have any questions.  Hope you have an awesome week!
Judy Akin

Sept. 11-15, 2017

Dear Parents,
I have about 20 papers without names on them.  Please encourage your child to check with me!
 
This next week we are beginning Literary Non-fiction.  The main focus will be understanding the different features between an autobiography vs. a memoir and a biography vs. an autobiography/memoir.  We will be focusing on the feelings and emotions portrayed by the speaker.  
Monday we will make connections in reading.  Students will make inferences, ask questions, or make comments while I read a section from the novel Out of the Dust.
Students will also be given their first vocabulary list.  TEST IS ON FRIDAY  5 Frayer models are due by Friday
See below the words.
Tuesday and Wednesday students will work with groups/partners to answer questions about literary non-fiction using excerpts from novels
Thursday students will pinpoint key features in more examples of literary nonfiction by using a Venn diagram or answering open ended questions.  
Friday students will take their vocabulary test and finish up work for the week.  If time allows, they may work on Read Theory.
 
Vocab unit one (Caesar's English stems and words)
bi:  two
pre: before
de: down
super: over
sub: under
countenance: facial expression
profound:  deep
manifest: obvious
prodigious: vast, enormous
languor: extremely tired

Gradebook

I apologize for not having grades in yet.  I left all my papers at school when we were out for the hurricane.  All grades will be updated by Sunday.  Also, our new grade book program is awesome!  It is one more way for you to keep up with your child's grades.  I did not know that when I enter an assignment, it will send out an email of a ZERO if I don't immediately put a grade in.  If you received this, please understand that I have NOT entered grades yet, so no one can have a zero.  If you receive an email on Sunday, then I would be concerned.
 
Please encourage your child to read!  Like anything else, they only get better by practice.  Have a great weekend.

Welcome to 6th grade!!

 Parent letter is due on Wednesday the 23rd, and the 2 sided "Selfie" sheet is due on Thursday the 24th.

Pre-Ap Summer reading assignment

 Here is a copy of the incoming 6th grade assignment for PRE-AP ONLY!!  Please pass it on to your friends.  If you are receiving this, and you are in another grade, use the directions below to find your grade level.
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(in purple) Pre-Advanced Placement 6-12