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Ms. Dock

My name is Brittany Dock, and I am a Georgia native who attended school in the Atlanta Public School system. I am a recent graduate of Clayton State University, where I earned my bachelor degree in Middle Grades Education. I am certified teacher in the contents of Language Arts and Science for the grades 4th through 8th. Here at Adamson, I am beginning my second year of teaching, I serve as the Assistant Dance Coach as well as member of the PBIS committee. I am looking forward to touching the lives of students in a positive manner and a flourishing career in the field of education!

 Course Description: Instruction in grade six addresses students’ increasing maturity and the growing sophistication of their abilities, culminating in the development by the end of grade 8 of students who are ready to succeed in high school. Students should be able to comprehend more challenging books and articles, basing all of their analyses, inferences, and claims on elicit and relevant evidence from the texts. Students will expand on their ability to identify central ideas by identifying how those themes are shaped and conveyed by particular details. Their analysis of basic literary elements will extend to identifying connections and complexities within narratives and how individual elements weave together to advance plot and reveal character. The evaluation of the impact of language on tone and meaning will begin to include more sophistication concepts such as analogy and allusion, subtleties in point of view such as dramatic irony, and a more sophisticated appreciation for connotative diction. These skills will be incorporated into the students’ own narrative, informational, and argumentative writing. Students will become increasingly adept at understanding an author’s biases, the use of complex rhetorical devices including logical fallacies, and tailoring his or her own prose for maximum influence. In addition, the sixth grade curriculum embraces the three major shifts of the Georgia Standards of Excellence:

  1. Engaging in close, analytic reading of complex texts.

  2. Citing textual evidence from multiple sources and explaining its significance

  3. Writing every day to build knowledge; language standards are integrated into writing instruction.

While continuing with a variety of literary non-fiction, students in grade six will begin to tackle more technical informational texts as well. Literary selections will include foundational materials from mythology, cultural histories, and religious traditions. Text complexity levels are assessed based upon a variety of indicators.

Be who you are and say how you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind! -Dr. Seuss 

Discipline:

1st offense: Verbal Warning
2nd offense: Loss of Privilege. You will be required to fill out a Self-Reflection form.
This may include seat change, time-out, call home, note home, silent lunch, etc.
3rd offense: Call Home to Parent/Guardian
4th offense: Parent/Teacher Conference
5th offense: Office Referral
**Each offense will be documented on each students discipline framework**
**Parents will be called or emailed for each offense**

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