Welcome to Grade 6 English and Literature! I hope you all had a safe and relaxing summer. I look forward to meeting the incoming class. 

During the year, we will be learning and practicing many reading and writing strategies.  In English, students will apply conventions of grammar and mechanics through a wide variety of writing forms, while focusing on the eight parts of speech. Students will write narratives, demonstration speeches, persuasive articles, and informative essays. Students will have the opportunity to use technology to produce and publish their writing, and will have many opportunities to present information, opinions, and ideas. 

In Literature, students will be given the tools to become active and thoughtful readers in order to connect literature to their own life experiences. Through reading, students will be able to compare selections, authors, and cultures. My hope is to challenge students and instill a love for reading, writing, and thinking.

In the sixth grade we encourage our students to become more independent as they make a big step in their educational journey. The middle school is a team effort among all teachers and students.  We expect all students to care and respect one another as you continue to learn academically and spiritually in a collaborative setting.

I look forward to working with our new students and parents this year. Thank you in advance for your support in making the 2017-2018 school year a success here at St. Pius X Regional Academy.

Mr. Burns

6th Grade Teacher

Middle School Blog

  • Social Studies Welcome +

    In Social Studies, we focus on the Five Themes of Geography which are Geography and History, Location, Place, Interaction, and Region. Grade 6 studies a world view and learns about ancient civilizations and how they developed. Grade 7 studies American history and the founding of our great nation. While grade 8 looks at the early 1900s and the growth of America after the Civil War.

    The upcoming school year is bound to be one filled with new and exciting accomplishments and achievements. I look forward to working with you this upcoming year.

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  • Middle School Summer Reading +

    • Students will be required to read 1 book from the list provided. After completing the required reading, students are encouraged to read additional books of their choice.
    • Students will conduct a "book talk" on their book when they return to school.
    • In addition to the book talk, choose one of the topics below and be prepared to explain during your presentation.
    • Guidelines are provided below for students to follow as they prepare their presentation.

    Giving a book talk:

    • Plan to speak for about 3-5 minutes
    • Briefly summarize the plot of the book and identify the genre, but do not give away the ending.
    • Prepare what you are going to say about the book (Index cards work best!). You do not need to memorize, but be sure to know the points you are going to make. Practice until you are comfortable! Hand in outline or index cards when presentation is complete. 

    Topics to focus on:

    • The theme of the book
    • The major conflict
    • A brief description of the main characters and their relationships
    • Setting and how it relates to the plot and characters
    • Identify what you think the author would have wanted readers to take from the experience of reading the book
    • If you come across a significant or powerful message, share it! Briefly explain the meaning behind the message.

    Happy Reading! Mr. Burns


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  • Rhode Island Middle School Book Award 2018 Nominees +

    All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor 
    Perry T. Cook has lived happily with his mom, an inmate at the Blue River Correctional Facility, for the last 11 years. After they are separated, Perry works to uncover the truth about her crime and show everyone the value of home and family. Realistic Fiction

    Beneath by Roland Smith
    Pat has always looked up to his big brother, Coop. When Coop leaves home and completely disappears, Pat decides his hero might need some saving. He tracks down Coop's last known whereabouts and finds a secret society beneath the streets of New York. Adventure

    Blind Guide to Stinkville by Beth Vrabel
    It's hard enough being the new kid in town but try adding blindness and albinism to the mix! Alice must learn to navigate Stinkville with her "guide dog," Tooter, by her side. Realistic Fiction

    Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
    Emily's best friends have always been books and the online game "Book Scavenger," until she meets James, a fellow puzzle enthusiast. Together they find a hidden book, full of clues and ciphers that lead them deep into a dangerous game. Mystery

    Dust of Eden
    Free verse tells the story of thirteen-year-old Mina Tagawa and her Japanese American family as they are forced to evacuate their Seattle home and relocate to an internment camp in Idaho, where they live for three years. Historical Fiction

    Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
    From Pre-WWII Germany, to 1935 Philadelphia, to a Southern California town reeling in the wake of Pearl Harbor, this epic novel tells the stories of three individuals whose lives are brought together by a magical harmonica. Historical Fiction

    Firefly Code by Megan Frazer
    Blakemore Mori and her friends live in a utopian community where every kid knows he or she is genetically engineered to be better and smarter. When a strangely-perfect new girl named Ilana moves in, the friends begin to question their world. Science Fiction

    I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka & Martin Ganda
    A riveting, true story about friendship, race, and class, told through letters exchanged between Caitlin, a girl from Pennsylvania  and Martin, a boy from Zimbabwe. Biography/Memoir

    It Ain't So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
    Zomorod wants to be a normal, Californian girl. She tries to blend in by changing her name and joining the Girl Scouts. When the Iranian Revolution erupts, everything becomes more difficult for "Cindy" but she navigates her shifting world with a heavy dose of humor. Historical Fiction

    The Nest by Kenneth Oppel
    Steve's baby brother is sick. When Steve is stung by a wasp in his backyard, he starts having strange dreams. In one of his visions, the Queen offers to "fix" the baby. All he has to do is say "yes." Horror

    The Scourge by Jennifer A. Nielsen
    As a lethal plague sweeps through the land, Ani is captured, tested, and quarantined on Attic Island where victims can only expect to live out short, painful lives. With her best friend Weevil beside her, she discovers the truth of what is happening. Fantasy, Adventure

    The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall
    Why are these seven "pieces of trash" so important to The Junkman? To pay for throwing a brick at the Junkman's head, Arthur is sentenced to help him collect trash. Is it possible to find something beautiful and sparkling in piles of broken garbage? Historical Fiction

    Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom by Lynda Blackmon Lowery
    Lynda Blackmon Lowery was 15 years old when she participated in the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery. Her strength shows how one voice is able to make a difference. Non-Fiction

    When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin
    Ben keeps people at a distance; as a former foster kid, he knows how quickly they can disappear. When he and his adoptive mom rescue Flip, a stray dog, Flip selects Halley to be Ben's new friend. Will her struggle with cancer make it too hard for Ben to open his heart? Realistic Fiction

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  • Middle School Supply List +

    All supplies are to be replenished throughout the year as needed. Teachers may require additional supplies as the year progresses.

    ·       Loose leaf paper

    ·       3 Composition notebooks – Religion 2, Math 1

    ·       1 Spiral notebook - English

    ·       Small pencil case to carry the following supplies to class: (no ziplock bags)

    ·       Flash drive

    ·       6 inch ruler – standard and metric measurements

    ·       2 No. 2 pencils

    ·       2 pens – black or blue only

    ·       Highlighter

    ·       Black sharpie – fine point

    ·       One dozen thin dry erase markers – black only

    ·       Eraser

    ·       Small art box to hold the following supplies (to be kept in locker until needed)

    ·       Colored pencils – 8 count

    ·       Markers – 8 count

    ·       Scissors

    ·       Eraser

    ·       Roll of tape

    ·       Glue sticks- 2

    ·       The following supplies are needed for the classroom:

    ·       2 rolls of paper towels

    ·       2 boxes of tissues

    ·       Disinfecting wipes

    ·       One box each of plastic spoons and forks

    PLEASE NOTE – In order to promote organizational skills all students will be issued binders and folders along with a student assignment planner which must be purchased from the school, in September, at the cost of $13 per student.

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