Last Quarter of the Year!

Last Quarter of the Year!


4th Quarter Prep!

We’re almost there! 6th grade ELA is doing great! Staying focused and working hard will ensure successful results at the end of the year.

We still have ISF Presentations (March 27-31),  Family Fun Night (March 29),  Spirit Week (April 3-7), Spring Break (April 10-14), MAP Testing (May 8-12) and EOC Tests (May 17-22)!

This quarter may be challenging with changes to the class routine, but both classes will continue have complete access to resources on this website, in class, and through Google Classroom.

Below is a breakdown of the remaining units of study for 6th grade ELA>>>

6th ELA 4th Quarter

March 20 – 24 Unit: 5 Expressing Yourself

Poetry Unit

Introduction to Poetry

  • Poetry vs Prose
  • Figurative Language
  • Similes and Metaphors
  • Hyperboles & Personification
March 27 – 31 Unit: 5 Expressing Yourself

Poetry Unit

Writing Poetry

  • Rhymes & Rhyme Schemes
  • Annotate Sound & Rhyme
  • Structure in Poetry
  • Rhythm & Types of Rhythm

ISF Presentations

April 3 – 7 Unit: 6 Encountering Nature

Poetry Unit

Types of Poetry

  • Limericks
  • Odes
  • Haikus
  • Free Verse
April 17 – 21 Unit: 6 Encountering Nature

Poetry Unit

Types of Poetry

  • Sonnets
  • Ballads
  • Elegy
  • Narrative Poetry
  • Lyric

Poetry Review

April 24 – May 28 Unit: 7 Discovering Other Worlds

Drama Unit

Introduction to Drama

  • Dramatic Forms & Elements of Drama
  • In the Fog (A Screenplay)
  • The Fairies’ Lullaby (Play Excerpt)
May 1 – May 5 Unit: 7 Acting Out!

  • Do You Think I’m Crabby? (A Play)
  • The Phantom Tollbooth, Act I
  • The Phantom Tollbooth, Act II
May 8 – May 12 EOC Review EOC Review
May 15 – May 19 EOC Week EOC Review and Test
May 22 – May 26 Unit 8: Folk Literature Introduction to Folk Literature

  • Myths & Legends
  • Folk Tales & Fairy Tales
  • Fables & Proverbs
May 29 – Jun 2 Early Release Activities EARLY RELEASE DAYS


Spring is Here! Almost…..

Spring is Here! Almost…..


It’s Almost Spring! and it’s almost ISF Presentation Time!  We have completed 3/4 of the year and it’s been great! Before you know it it’ll be Summer!


  • ISF presentations will be held March 27th – March 30th.

calvin-hobbes springThe Research Writing Essay Unit was long and challenging but I am proud of all the students that did their best and worked hard.

  • Quarter 4 will be dedicated to POETRY, DRAMA, and LANGUAGE.
  • Weekly Work will be located on the “This Week – Qtr 4 Tab
  • SPRING BREAK will be April 10 – 14
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Welcome 2017!

Welcome 2017!

We did it! We made it through 2016 with much to be thankful for and much more to ponder about! What do you plan to do to make 2017 a better year!?


We have much to look forward to at school! Math fairs, Spelling Bees, Integrated Subject Fairs, oh my!

Time to dig deep and push forward. Unlike Calvin, we all have lots to improve in ourselves. We can do this!


The Art of Taking a Test

The Art of Taking a Test

It’s the end of our 1st Quarter and it amazes me how time passes by so quickly! This quarter began a bit broken up with all the holiday breaks and diagnostic testing, but we’re smoothing out and getting into a rhythm.

We have begun art projects available for 6th graders every other week during Study Hall! I’m so excited and thankful for Sis. Asna’s willingness to make the arts & crafts class available for the students!

test-pic2 This week we’ll be taking our End of Unit 1 test on Thursday, October 20th. The study guide has been passed out and is also available for download on the “This Week’s” page. As the title of this post states there’s a certain way to approach a reading test

  • When you have a passage to read followed by questions, read the questions first. This will give you a good idea of what to look for as you read the passage.
  • Quickly scan the test section. This will give you an idea of what is coming in the time allowed for the section.
  • Always look back at the passage to answer questions rather than relying on memory.
  • Look for key words such as first, then, next, finally, and after when sequencing events.
  • Always read all ttest-piche choices before answering a question.
  • Try all the answer choices to see which one is best and to eliminate answers you know are wrong.
  • The main idea of a passage is most often at the very beginning and it may be stated again at the very end.
  • If
    you are asked about cause and effect, look for key words such as since, because, as a result of, and therefore.
  • Do not be discouraged by very long passages.
  • Don’t spend too much time on any one item. Skip an item if necessary, leave it blank, and come back to it later. Focus on the questions that come quicker and easier for you.

These tips were modified from Scholastic’s Test Taking Strategies article.

AND for those of you who get a little nervous before a test, take a look at the these test anxiety tipstest-anxietytips

Say Cheese!

Say Cheese!

After Mathew…

I hope everyone is safe and enjoyed their day off from school.  I know Mathew came through town and took out the electricity for many of the Triangle’s residents. I’m making dua’a that the electricity for all is restored soon.

Say Cheese!

Fall Picture Day is scheduled for Tuesday, October 11th. Come to school in uniform, nice and neat, and smile for the camera! picday

Field Trip Friday!

On Friday October 14th all of 6th grade will be going to the International Festival!


For those of you that need some fun on this No School Monday here’s a few suggestions:

10 Fun Things to Do When You’re Bored

Middle School Activities

Time For Kids – Election Reading

Chew With Your Mouth Closed!

Chew With Your Mouth Closed!


On Tuesday  we have EARLY RELEASE!! Dismissal is at 11:45!

ELA This Week…

We’ve all been told by others how to sit, eat, talk, and behave according to our customs and culture. What if you moved to another country and everything you thought was ok, was now considered BAD MANNERS!  Our reading this week explores the differences in culture, a family that comes to America from China, and how etiquette mistakes can be made by anyone.

Lets take a look at Manners (hehe)!

Most importantly Islamic Manners when EATING



Read Like a Pirate…

Read Like a Pirate…

…And SAIL through some books!! I have a question…

Question: How much did the pirate pay for a bushel of corn?

Answer: A Bookaneer!


This week is BOOK FAIR WEEK, with a special

FAMILY NIGHT Thursday, September 29th from 4-6:30!

I have another great story…

A pirate and a sailor were exchanging stories. The sailor pointed to the pirate’s peg leg and asked, “How did you get that?”

The pirate said, “Aye, I wrestled a shark and lost me leg.”

The sailor pointed to the pirate’s hook and asked, “How did you get that?”

The pirate said: “Aye, I fought Red Beard’s crew and lost me hand.”

The sailor pointed to the pirate’s eye patch and asked, “How did you get that?”

The pirate said, “Aye, a bird came by and left droppings in me eye.”

The sailor said, “That’s not as impressive as the other two. …”

“Aye,” the pirate answered. “It was me first day with the hook!”


And a few more…..

Ahmed: What’s the difference between a pirate and a cranberry farmer?
Muhsin: I don’t know. What?
Ahmed: A pirate buries his treasure, but a cranberry farmer treasures his berries!

Hajar: Why couldn’t the pirate crew play cards?
Jamila: Beats me.
Hajar: Because the captain was standing on the deck!

A book never written: “Pirate’s Gold” by Barry D. Treasure.

How I Became a Pirate Read Aloud

And So We Begin…

And So We Begin…


I hope everyone had w wonderful Eid! I also hope everyone is ready to get into routine and learn lots! This week we have interims going out (yes already), and Al-Iman’s Open House is scheduled for Saturday September 24th! Middle School OH will be helopenhouse-balloonsd in the morning, so please stay tuned for details.

Up until this point, in 6th ELA we’ve been doing a lot of “getting ready to learn” work.  We’ve learned how to work in our Interactive Notebooks, we’ve reviewed Hard and Fast Rules for Writing, and we’ve also completed preliminary assessments like MAP and the Reading Survey. This week we’ll start in on the first full routine week. You can see what we’re doing on the page “This Week…” Use the resources to practice vocabulary and to reread the selection.  Everything we’re doing for the week is outlined there.

Time is flying and we’re having fun! I hope to see lots of parents at Open House!

Welcome to 6th Grade ELA!

Welcome to 6th Grade ELA!

As-Salaamu Alaikum!

Welcome to another great school year! I would like to take this opportunity to express my excitement for this year’s 6th Grade students. InshaAllah, this year will be packed with lots of reading, writing, grammar, projects, and student publishing. We will also have lots of extracurricular challenges for students that want to go above and beyond daily class work.
If you need to reach me, you can in several ways:
By email (the best way) – You can email me at
Remind- I will be using the Remind App which will allow me to send important reminders to parents via text. You may reach me via this method as well.
By note- just send a note in with your child to school
Insha’Allah as we all work together, parent, student and teacher, we will have a successful year!