Horace W. Porter

Mrs. Jan Denley

Welcome to Mrs. Denley's Grade Six Language Arts Class


Mrs. Denley
860.228.9493 Ext. 604  


                                                   Welcome to Sixth Grade Language Arts!

     I am anxious to get to know the incoming 2017-2018 sixth grade students. We will be learning many things during the coming year. However, learning does not wait to begin until September. During the summer months students are encouraged to read daily. It is important to practice reading in the same way that one would practice any other skill, like dribbling a ball or shooting a basketball.

     To help students remember to keep reading even when school is out, students will be expected to read two books over the summer. One book should be from the 2018 list of Intermediate Nutmeg Nominees. (Or, students can choose from the 2017 list if they prefer.) The other book may be a book of their choice but should reflect an appropriate reading level for sixth grade. 

      Students will be required to complete a project shortly after the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. THIS IS NOT A PROJECT THEY DO OVER THE SUMMER! The only work for the summer is to read the books. Details will be given to students after the new school year begins. I would discourage waiting until the assignment is given, as students will need to have already finished the book to complete the project.

     Please find the attached lists of books to choose from to complete the Nutmeg book requirement. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. 


                       2017   Nutmeg Nominees : Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein, Space Case by Stuart Gibbs, Masterminds by Gordon Korman, Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky by Sandra Dallas, A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd, Gaby, Lost and Found  by Angela Cervantes, Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile by Marica Wells, The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel, and The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy      

                      2018 Nutmeg Nominees: Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman, The Tapper Twins go to War (with Each Other) by Jeff Rodkey, Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Took: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn, Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle by George Hagen, Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald, Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth, The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Ratscalibur by Josh Lieb, and A Whole New Ballgame by Phil Bildner.                            

       As to parent communication, I will say the best way to reach me is through email. I understand that actual conversations are often best for some situations. If that is the case, please send me an email and let me know what time would be best for me to call. I will try to accommodate the times you specify (if I am not with students at that time.)  I cannot stress enough that we all, (student, parent, and teacher), have the same goal--success for the student!