Welcome to 6th Grade!

Ms. Sullivan’s Homeroom

Weekly Homework

Summer Reading 2017, for students entering 6th grade for the 2017-2018 school year!

Fiction (Choose at least one)

Egypt Game  by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Petey  by Ben Mikaelsen
Holes  by Louis Sachar
City of Ember  by Jeanne Duprau
The View from Saturday  by E.L. Konigsburg
Bat 6  by Virginia Euwer Wolff
Walk Two Moons  by Sharon Creech
Nick of Time  by Ted Bell
Book of Time  by Guillaume Prevost
Murder at Midnight  by Avi
Lawn Boy  by Gary Paulsen

Non-Fiction (Choose at least one)

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind  by William Kamkwamba
No Summit Out of Sight:  The True Story of the Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits  by Jordan Romero
Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World  by Jennifer Armstrong
I am Malala:  The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, Young Reader’s Edition  by Malala Yousafzai
Heroes of the Environment  by Harriet Rohmer
Brown Girl Dreaming  by Jacqueline Woodson
Ancient Inca  by Michael Burgan
Bomb:  The Race to Build – and Steal- the World’s Most Powerful Weapon  by Steve Sheinkin

Current Class Work

Book Talks
Book talks are a way for students to choose a book within a genre and share it with the class.  Students will prepare a 2-4 minute oral presentation on the book, including a short plot summary, character explanation, and recommendation, with evidence from the book!  In addition, 6th graders will create a visual presentation from one of the many book talk menu choices.  This is an opportunity for students to show great effort and creativity, and to practice speaking in front of a group!

3rd trimester book talks will take place on the following days:
Friday, April 28th
Thursday, May 4th
Friday, May 5th
Thursday, May 11th
Friday, May 12th

Lesson 10 Vocabulary
Test:  Monday, May 29th

homeostasis: n. the maintenance of a constant internal state in a changing environment
stimulus: n. anything that causes a reaction or change in an organism
heredity: n. the passing of genetic traits from parent to offspring
metabolism: n. the sum of all chemical processes that occur in an organism
producer: n. an organism that can make its own food by using energy from its surroundings
consumer: n. an organism that eats other organisms or organic matter
decomposer: n. an organism that gets energy by breaking down the remains of dead organisms or animal wastes and absorbing the nutrients
prokaryote: n. an organism that consists of a single cell that does not have a nucleus
endospore: n. a thick-walled protective spore that forms inside a bacterial cell and resists harsh conditions
bioremediation: n. the biological treatment of hazardous waste by living organisms
antibiotic: n. medicine used to kill bacteria and other microorganisms
pathogenic: adj. capable of causing disease

Interview Using Direct Quotations


L.O. I will choose a famous African American figure in American history and create an imaginary interview with that individual about their achievements. I will use correct punctuation for all of my direct quotations.
S.L.E. Articulate ideas clearly, creatively, and effectively

*You should ask at least three questions in your interview.
*You should directly quote your interviewee six times.
*Please use a mixture of introductory, concluding, and interrupting quotes.

Interview should be typed and completed by Thursday, March 9th

Living Wax Museum Project

L.O. I will research a famous Greek, compose an informational paper, and create a characterization of this person to be included in the class’s living wax museum.
S.L.E. Articulate ideas clearly, creatively, and effectively


1) Fact Sheet—This is to be researched and written by YOU. The purpose is so you will understand your person more fully. Then, you will be able to better portray your character. Fact sheet should include 10-15 relevant pieces of information about your individual. This should be typed and should include a full middle school heading.

2) Poster to be displayed beside you in the museum—This is to be neat, colorful, and creative. It is to contain the following things:

  • *name of famous person
  • *picture of the famous person or a symbol that represents them
  • *dates person lived (if applicable)
  • *what the person is famous for

3) Prop – This can be something made from recyclables or items found at your home. It should represent your character and the time period in which they lived.

Optional: A costume you can wear to become this person—This does not mean that you have to look like the person’s twin. You must have a costume that is representative of the person and easily recognizable as something the person might wear.

4) A pose—This will be your position in the wax museum. It should represent your character, should be comfortable to you, and can include your prop.

5) A one minute monologue—This is to be something that is spoken by you as that person. You must attempt to sound as that person would sound—accents, slang/jargon, tone of voice, inflection changes, etc. The monologue can be something the person actually said or something that you create for them to say. It must, however, be relevant and appropriate and represent your person well. You will turn a written copy into me for a grade. This must be memorized.

You will be assigned a spot. You will be required to “strike a pose”/freeze and be that person for the wax museum. Other classes will be invited to come visit our wax museum. Our wax museum will be unique because our wax figures (you) will move and speak. You will perform your monologue and movements when touched on the shoulder. When finished, you will return to your original pose. Preparation is the key to your success.

Fact sheet due: Friday, May 5th  Wax Museum: TBA (after camp)


Ancient Greece Test
Tuesday, April 11th

polis, agora, oligarchy, direct democracy, representative democracy, philosopher, myth, oracle, epic, fable

Main Ideas
*How did the geography of Greece help its citizens?
*How did the geography of Greece hinder its citizens?
*What is the difference between direct & representative democracy?
*How were the governments of Sparta & Athens different?
*What was the main cultural focus of Sparta?
*What was the main cultural focus of Athens?
*How were the militaries of Sparta & Athens different?
*What rights did men, women, and children have in Sparta? What about in Athens?
*What is one significant event of the Persian Wars? (Marathon, Thermopylae, or Salamis)
*What were the religious beliefs of the ancient Greeks?
*What purpose did Greek drama, poetry, and fables serve?
*What were the three styles of Greek architecture?

Compare/Contrast Essay
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry & Remember the Titans

L.O. I will compose a compare/contrast essay based on the characteristics and events of the book, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry and the movie, Remember the Titans.
S.L.E. Articulate ideas clearly, creatively, and effectively

*A thoughtful introduction that presents the overall themes of the book and movie.  (segregation, racism, friendship)
*Several comparisons between both stories
*Several difference between the two stories
*Detail and explanation given for each comparison and difference
*A conclusion that explains why this information is important for people to know, or why it’s significant.

Essay should be 3-4 paragraphs in length.
Essay should follow the “no excuses” list.

Due: Tuesday, April 11th, 2017