Welcome to Camille’s 6th Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies
Camille Hollingshead began at NCSA in 2018 as the 6th English Language Arts and Social Studies teacher for the Middle School. She has a strong background in the visual arts and runs a professional art studio practice in addition to being an educator. She studied the arts during her undergrad at San Francisco State University and received her credentials from Cal State Long Beach. Her experiences have led her to value and celebrate collaborative learning environments that encourage fearless leadership. In her class students hone their writing voice and discover ancient Civilizations. She excited to welcome this year’s 6th graders to build a family where they work together to reach educational goals. 6th grade is a fresh start as a middle schooler and all are welcome here to learn and grow!
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This year we will be focusing on becoming the best communicators possible! This means lots of presentations, writing, and speaking practice. Non-verbals are also a big part of communication and we consider these part of our language. (Are you rolling your eyes now?) These three areas serve as pillars of a solid Language Arts foundation. At the end of this year, students will have had ample practice with them and will hopefully have mastered (a score of 4/4) at least one or two of these areas.
Incoming sixth graders are expected to know how to write a solid paragraph with a topic sentence, supporting details, and a concluding sentence. Most also have experience writing multiple paragraphs but may lack the ability to write cohesively or clearly. Some may also harbor a great deal of anxiety around the idea of writing a paper. We will meet this fear head-on and hone the skill of writing a cohesive, functional essay. By the end of this year, students will be able to summarize, inform, and persuade through writing, and they'll be able to do so without panic. With the element of anxiety tackled, student writing will begin to reflect their true author’s voice. This is when students start to become Master Communicators!
Speaking of communicating, we will also take a look at language and how it has played out over the course of our history as human beings. In our Social Studies course this year, we use archeology and paleontology as the bases for our inquiry as we delve into the world of ancient civilizations. We will practice our mapping skills and learn all about the mysterious world of the ancient humans. Students will study daily life, survival skills, elements of civilization, architecture, irrigation, medicine, and religion during ancient times. Some of the ancient civilizations we will study include Egypt, China, Mesopotamia, India and more!
Field Studies/Events for this class:
Yosemite $ 95
Local Plays $ 10
Crocker $ 7
NU Play $ 5
SF Trip $188