Feel free to contact me at dmcginn@hamilton.k12.nj.us .  


    Stack of books   


    Mrs. McGinn has read  4 books so far in 2020.

    I am currently reading:   The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

    6th Grade ELA Curriculum Overview 


     Literature Textbook (stays in classroom)

     Novel Studies: The Breadwinner, Percy Jackson The Lightning Thief, Book Clubs

    Independent Reading program utilizing student-chosen novels.


    Reading: We will be using Reading Workshop in which students will choose their own independent reading books. They will be given independent reading time daily after a mini-lessons that include Literary Elements such as plot, conflict, setting, point of view, theme, and imagery. We will also be identifying and intlerpreting Figurative Language used in literature. Students will be required to read their independent reading book for homework every night.


    Language: We will be using Writer's Workshop in which student's will be writing in real-world genres. They will be choosing their own topics for every assignment. Examples include Introductory Letters, Character Sketch, Free Verse Poem, Process Essay, etc.


     Attention Parents/Guardians:

    Please visit your child's PowerSchool Portal to view all upcoming due dates for assessments, projects, and homework. Your children should be writing these assignments and due dates in their planners as they are written on the front board in my classroom daily.  

    I recommend that you log into PowerSchool at least once a week to check your child's progress in ELA. You can see if they are doing their homework regularly and turning in graded writings and projects.  

     Your child has to have a silent reading book in class with them every day. You can order Scholastic Books for your child any time by registering on our class page. Just visit https://orders.scholastic.com/NCZWJ