Reading is Writing

    Hello, welcome to our ILA class! I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with your children this year. This year, students will learn about specific reading and writing skills to make you the best possible sixth-grade reader and writer that they can be! I know it will not be an easy journey, but through hard work and perseverance, you can accomplish anything. 


    Integrated Language Arts consists of reading, writing, and word study units. Reading and writing units complement each other throughout the year and are explored through a workshop model. This setting allows all students the opportunity to receive regular, individualized instruction in addition to whole-class instruction. Therefore, my expectations for growth and success are very high. Students are expected to think, not just memorize. In addition to regular reading and writing workshops, students also will complete daily word study activities which will be integrated into the workshops. 


    • BE RESPECTFUL – respect yourself, your classmates, the faculty, and the building. Treat others the way you wish to be treated.
    • BE PREPARED – have all of your ILA materials with you each day. Be in your seat when the late bell rings and make sure your homework is copied and you are quietly working on the Do Now activity.
    • TRY YOUR BEST - No one is perfect, but I do ask that you try your best and show effort. Pay attention, participate, and ask questions when needed. 


    • Reading 40%
    • Writing 40%
    • Word Study 10%
    • Homework 10%

    Supply List:

    • 3 marble composition notebooks
    • 1 pocket folder
    • Independent reading book
    • Standard sized Post-its
    • Highlighters
    • Blue or black ink pens
    • Pencils
    • Glue sticks or tape
    • Scissors
    • Crayons/colored pencils


    If you are absent, you have as many days as you are out to complete and turn in assignments. Just because you are absent, it does not mean that you do not have to complete the work that you have missed. Make sure you check the absent folder for your missing items.

    Classroom procedures:

    • Walking In
      • When you get to class, please find your seat and copy the homework into your agenda. Additionally, please take out all materials that are needed.
      • Afterward, you will complete the “Do Now” that will be displayed on the front board. There will always be a “Do Now” to complete.
      • If you happen to finish the “Do Now” early, you may read your independent reading book.
    • Do NOT be late for class! You are expected to be in class when the bell rings.
    • Everyone is expected to follow the classroom expectations in order to maintain a safe and comfortable learning environment for all students. While I do not anticipate any inappropriate behaviors, there are consequences should it occur:

      • First Time: Verbal warning
      • Second Time: Teacher detention and a call/note home
      • Third Time: an office referral

      **NOTE: I sometimes use the agenda to communicate with parents and guardians. It is the student’s responsibility to show all notes to a parent/guardian and obtain a signature. Parents and/or guardians should be sure to check the agenda frequently.

    • I Forgot Book can be signed to retrieve something you forgot in your locker. Points will be taken away from your final grade if this happens regularly. 
    • Bathroom
      • During mini-lessons and partner work, it is important that you are in the classroom and learning the lesson for the day. I ask that you wait until independent time to leave the room unless there is an emergency. Please raise your hand and sit quietly before asking to use the restroom.
    • Nurse
      • Please inform me if you are not feeling well before class starts. If you start to feel sick, let me know and we will check if we need to send you to the nurse.
    • Responding to Drills
      • Make sure you’re quietly and calmly waiting for the next steps.
    • Book Sign In/Out (the classroom library)
      • Before you take a book from class, make sure that you are properly filling out the correct page in the book sign-out binder. When you are finished reading, make sure to put the book in the return basket and fill out the classroom library sign-out blinder. 
    • When class is over
      • Listen for any important information given to you.
      • Make sure you understand your homework assignments. Do NOT leave class unsure. Make sure to ask the teacher or another student.
      • Remain seated until the teacher dismisses you.
      • Pack up all of your belongings and wait for the precept of the day.
    • Homework
      • You are expected to have all assignments/reading done when it is due.
    • Be Polite and raise your hand.

    Other Important Information:

    • Class is split up into three sections
      • Reading
      • Writing
      • Word Study  

    Contact Mrs. Tirso:

    • Email -
    • Before or after class.

    What if I need extra help?

    • During lunch
    • After school