Friday, June 11, 2010

Curriculum - 6 + 1 Writing - at Jay Middle School

June 10, 2010, was the last 6 + 1 Writing Traits in-service day for Jay Middle School teachers this year.  We spent the day finalizing the 6+1 writing curriculum, now in place from grades K-8.

This has been an exciting year for us as a team.  Teachers and students have developed an enthusiasm and focus around writing, supported by a coordinated curriculum embedded in authentic teacher units and integrated across the curriculum.  This has been a time consuming process, but has been well worth it for the students in the Jay school district.

We are hopeful the district will support moving the curriculum and training up through grade 12 next year.

A thank you  goes out to:

  1. The staff development committee, Donna Labbe, chair
  2. The superintendent, Dr. Robert Wall,
  3. The school Committee, Mary Redmond-Luce, chair
 and a special thank you goes to the teachers:
  • Nancy Grimaldi
  • Diane McDonald
  • Lynn Oullette
  • Cherie Parker
  • Judi Richard
  • Colleen Shink
  • Susan Sandler.
Together we make a difference.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Poetry and Novels - Nancy Grimaldi, Grades 7 and 8

Like all language arts teachers, Nancy loves literature.  Luckily she also loves her students and know what makes them tick.  One of their favorite authors is Gary Paulsen.  During our discussions, Nancy shared with us how she reformatted his work in poetry form, in order to help students focus on his word choice and sentence variation.  Following is the format she uses.  Enjoy.

For another good book to use for the same purpose, see Lynne Plourde's: