Reading and Writing Expectations


JPMS students are readers and writers! While each unit includes whole-class texts and writing projects, it is essential that students continue to develop their own reading and writing preferences, skills, and habits as they move through middle school into high school. 6th grade students are expected to read and write both in and out of school each week.

5 Things to Know About INDEPENDENT READING

  1. Students are expected to read at least 100 minutes a week outside of class, in addition to in-class reading time.
  2. You may choose your own books and are encouraged to read multiple genres.
  3. You must bring your choice book to class with you every day -- you never know when we'll have extra time to read. We will have Reading Workshop 4 days a week.
  4. Throughout the year you will write response entries (blog posts) about your book. You will read and comment on your classmates' posts, and they will read and comment on yours.
  5. Our goal is for every student to read 40 books this year! I know you can do it :)

5 Things to Know About INDEPENDENT WRITING

  1. We will write a variety of genres and explore our abilities as thinkers and writers.
  2. You will be given specific guidelines and topics to write about and sometimes you may choose what to write about, based on our class prompts or your own ideas. 
  3. You must bring your Writer's Notebook to class with you every day -- you never know when you'll have a new idea or time to write. We will have Writing Workshop once a week.
  4. Writing is a process and you be expected to take all of your completed writing through all the steps: pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. 
  5. All students will share their writing with the class throughout the year, to learn and grow together and to create a community of writers.