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Mrs Amy Schiller 6th Grade ELA

Mrs. Schiller: 

Good morning, SJF! My name is Amy Schiller and I’m thrilled to be starting my 21st year at St. John Fisher. What an exciting place to be! We truly are a "Catholic Community Like No Other". I'll be working with 6th graders in Language Arts this year. 

A little about my family and me...I grew up in St. Gerald’s Parish in Oak Lawn, graduated from Lake Forest College, and have two children (DJ and Nathan). Nathan is an 8th grader at SJF, and DJ is a sophomore at Mount Carmel High School. I'm proud to say that my husband, Brian, is a United States Marine Corps Master Sgt. (Ret.) and an active local resident as well. My family and I feel blessed to live in such a wonderful community! 

I look forward to working with your child this year! I'm here to help, so don't ever hesitate to reach out. 



e-Learning Week 10: May 25-29

Posted on May 25, 2020

Your 6th grade year is nearly over...finish strong

  • Complete assignments with your best effort
  • Contact me for help and ask questions when needed
  • Email me to let me know that you completed late/past assignments, so I can get the grade in PowerSchool asap

Tuesday, May 26 

*Zoom at 11:00 a.m. (our last mandatory Zoom)

*Complete the 6 ELA Feedback Assignment (a Google Form found in Classroom) 

*Submit any late/missed assignments. Email Mrs. Schiller to let her know they are completed.

Thursday, May 28

**Optional Zoom at 11:00 a.m. I will use this time to answer any last minute questions from students or parents.

e-Learning Week Nine: May 18-22

Posted on May 17, 2020


Three...Two...One! You’re almost done! Three ELA classes remaining! Please do what you can to finish strong:

1. Complete assignments with your best effort

2. Contact me for help and ask questions when needed

3. Email me to let me know that you completed late/past assignments, so I can get the grade in PowerSchool asap


Tuesday, May 19th

*Zoom at 11:00 a.m. 

*Read and annotate Ch. 22-25

*Extra Credit Opportunity: Send me your annotations for Ch. 19-25


Thursday, May 21st

*Zoom at 11:00 

?*Complete the Kahoot (Final Test) in Google Classroom. Use the novel and/or your annotations to complete. 

*Submit any late/missed assignments. Email Mrs. Schiller to let her know they are completed.

e-Learning Week 8: May 11-15

Posted on May 11, 2020

Five classes remaining. A novel to complete. Missing assignments to finish. How can we get it done?


It’s more important than ever, to contact me if you have questions about missed assignments. The COVID-19 grade scale enacted by the Archdiocese of Chicago will be in place for the end of the trimester. We will discuss this during Tuesday’s Zoom. If you have an “I”, your last day will not be on May 26th like the rest of the class. Make sure assignments are submitted as soon as possible.

Tuesday, May 12th 

*Zoom at 11:00 a.m.

*Read and annotate Ch. 16-18 

*Send pictures/share doc of annotations Ch. 9-18 only


Thursday, May 14th 

*Zoom at 11:00 a.m.

*Practice Link: Quizizz Ch. 12-18 Freak the Mighty Review (try to earn 100%)

*Read and annotate Ch. 19-21

*Watch Screencastify video about Theme for Freak the Mighty 


Submit any late/missed assignments. Email Mrs. Schiller to let her know they are completed.

e-Learning Week Seven: May 4-8

Posted on May 04, 2020

It’s hard to believe we only have between 6 and 8 ELA classes left for the year! We will know for sure when we find out our last day of e-Learning. 

Two main goals for this week: catch up and read! Some of you have fallen behind in assignments. I understand; the nice weather last week made it tough to focus! But it’s a cooler week, and perfect for studying and reading. Let’s push these last few weeks and make it happen!

You can look at last week’s responsibilities or PowerSchool to see what’s needed. As always, please reach out if you have questions:

Tuesday, May 5th

*Zoom at 11:00 a.m. Have a copy/pdf of Freak the Mighty, a spiral and pen ready

*Read and annotate Ch. 12-13

*Check PowerSchool to see missing assignments. Ask questions if you don’t understand the assignment, know where to find the assignment or how to complete it. 


Thursday, May 7th

*Zoom at 11:00 a.m. Have a copy/pdf of Freak the Mighty, a spiral and pen ready

*Rising Action Assignment in Google Classroom completed by next Monday

*Read and annotate Ch. 14-15 

*Check PowerSchool to see missing assignments. Ask questions if you don’t understand the assignment, know where to find the assignment or how to complete it.

e-Learning Week Six: April 27-May 1

Posted on Apr 27, 2020

How are you liking the novel? We continue reading Chapters 6-11 this week. It’s okay to read ahead; but please, no spoilers when the class meets on Zoom. When you’re reading, try to focus on the different conflicts for both characters. Some are internal; however, many are external. 

Just a me if you are having trouble understanding something (i.e. the novel, No Red Ink, past narrative assignments, etc.)


Tuesday, April 28th

1. Zoom at 11:00 a.m.

2. Complete Ch. 1-5 Conflict Assignment (found in GC) using the Kami extension

3. Read Chapters 6-8 (continue to annotate in whatever mode works for you: Kami, your spiral, Google Docs)

4. Look at PowerSchool. If there are missed/late assignments, begin to complete them and submit to Mrs. Schiller. 


Thursday, April 30th

1.Zoom at 11:00 a.m.

2.Share your annotations with me (Ch. 1-8) 

3.Take the Quizizz on Chapters 1-8 (you have until 9 p.m. today to finish)

4. Complete the Book Conference form (April). Found under classwork in GC. 

Read Chapters 9-11 by next Tuesday

5. Look at PowerSchool. If there are missed/late assignments, begin to complete them and submit to Mrs. Schiller. 

e-Learning Week Five: April 20-24

Posted on Apr 20, 2020

Welcome back! Alleluia! So good to say that word again! I hope you had a blessed Easter. 

This week we begin our new novel, Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick. For those who don’t have their own copy, you will be able to read and annotate the pdf using the Kami extension. This is the first time I will be teaching a novel online; but, we have some great activities to tackle and insightful conversations to have, so I’m excited for you to start reading!

Tuesday, April 21

1. Zoom at 11:00 a.m.    Have your spiral and a pen ready for notes 

2. Wait until after Zoom Conference  Complete Practice: Rules of Capitalization on No Red Ink

3. Read Chapters 1-3 of Freak the Mighty

*Think about Max and Kevin (“Freak”). What are some initial character traits that come to mind?

**Think about conflict...Internal (self) or External (character, society, or nature)

4. Look at PowerSchool. If there are missed/late assignments, begin to complete them and submit to Mrs. Schiller. 


Thursday, April 23

1.Complete Bellringer for Chapters 1-3 in spiral (discussed during Zoom at 11)

2. Zoom at 11:00 a.m.     *Come with questions about Ch. 1-3 

3. Complete the 8 question Quizizz for Chapters 1-3 (Link in Google Classroom)

4. Read Chapters 4-5 of Freak the Mighty by next Tuesday, 4/28

5. Look at PowerSchool. If there are missed/late assignments, begin to complete them and submit to Mrs. Schiller. 

e-Learning Week Four: April 6-10

Posted on Apr 06, 2020



If you’re not sure how to check or respond to email, message me in Google Classroom. 

Thank you! 


6 ELA Week Four: April 6-10


Hi everyone! It’s Holy Week, the holiest week of the year. A perfect time to reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice and how it impacts our faith. 


We will only conference on Tuesday, April 7th. No conference is scheduled on Thursday. Just a reminder that Zoom conferences are mandatory. April 9-19 is our Easter Break. NO assignments will be posted during that time. However, if you ever need to ask questions, I will be checking emails. You can always reach out if needed. 


When we return, we will begin our novel Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick. I will have a pdf version you can read online. Or, you are welcome to purchase your own copy (optional) for annotations.


Tuesday, 4/7: 

1.Correct and “resolve” comments from Narrative #2. 

2.Complete the “Rules of Capitalization II” in No Red Ink

3. Meet for Zoom Conference at 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, 4/9: 

  1. Complete the Holy Thursday assignment posted in your Homeroom Classroom.  Take a picture of your final product. Send the picture to your homeroom teacher for credit. 

e-Learning Week Three: March 30-April 3

Posted on Mar 30, 2020

Hi everyone! If you have any questions (even on M/W/F), feel free to send me an email or a message on Google Classroom. Also, you can expect a phone call from your homeroom teacher this week, checking in on you. I hope everyone is staying healthy! See you on Zoom :) Take care! 


Tuesday, 3/31:

1. Finish writing Narrative #2 


2. Using the notes from the Zoom Conference Form last week, make the necessary changes to Narrative #2

**Note: No need to share your narrative with me again. I already have access to your document (since you shared last week), and I will be reading through them to give feedback. 


3. Click on link: no red ink Next, click blue “Sign Up”. Then, click on student. Enter your class code: 

Period One: lively planet 97

Period Two: neat park 72

Period Three: royal candle 80


4.Attend Zoom Conference at 11:00 (ID: 854-813-230)

Thursday, April 2

1. Log into No red ink and complete the listed assignment:  Diagnostic 

**Note: Assignment is available today only from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. 


2. Zoom Conference at 11:00 (ID: 436-715-769)

e-Learning Week Two: March 23-27

Posted on Mar 22, 2020

6 ELA Week Two: March 23-27

Student responsibilities (Daily): 

  • Students will check Google Classroom and 5th/6th blog for assignments and updates
  • Students will read an independent reading novel a minimum of 25 minutes daily 
  • Log into science Google Classroom for attendance.

Hi everyone! I must say that I miss you. So let’s talk! We have two meetings this week using the Zoom website ( Let’s meet on Tuesday at 11:00. However, if you ever have questions, Mrs. Maxwell has given you the capability to email your teachers, and you can message me (or any of your teachers) on Google Classroom. We are here to help! Take care! 

Monday, 3/23:     Use today as a catch-up day:

  • If you didn’t submit your narrative last week, you can still turn in the assignment by Tuesday.
  • Many of you still need to make revisions (corrections) to your graded narratives from last week
  • If you didn’t read 25 minutes each day, use today as a good reading day
  • If you didn’t complete the “Punctuating Dialogue” worksheet, take the time to do that today
  • If you’re looking for something extra, try one of the practice links on Google Classroom (i.e. Punctuating Dialogue, Figurative Language, etc.)

Tuesday, 3/24:     Log into Zoom for a video conference beginning at 11:00. Click on “Join a Meeting” and enter the meeting ID: 658 676 494 or click on this link:

The meeting will be approximately 25 minutes long

Wednesday, 3/25:     You will be given three prompts to choose from (See Google Classroom posted Tuesday afternoon)

  • Pick ONE of the prompts for your next narrative
  • Make a plan and then start a timer for 25 minutes (use phone or chromebook) 
  • Think about all the different components in a reflective narrative.
  • When you’re ready to begin your plan, hit start (I don’t expect you to finish completely). Good luck!


Thursday, 3/26:     1. Share what you were able to complete in 25 minutes with me. **Just make sure your heading is MLA formatted  and send to


2. Complete the Zoom Meeting Form posted in Google Classroom before tomorrow’s meeting. 

Friday, 3/27: Fill in the Zoom Meeting Form (Google Classroom)


Update! Due to the teacher parade, the ELA Zoom Meeting #2 will now begin at 1:00 p.m. 

  • Click on this link: or click “Join a Meeting” and enter the meeting ID: 985-991-750
  • We will discuss narrative #2, talk about next steps, and answer any questions you may have. 

Other Words for Home

Posted on Mar 17, 2020


For those who weren't at school last Friday, I wanted to let you know: 

If you have a copy of Other Words for Home and you finish reading it, you may give your copy to another student. That student does NOT have to be in your same period. You may give it to anyone who would like to read it. 

If you're not sure who to give it to, post on Google Classroom that you have a copy available and see who gets in touch with you. 

Keep reading at home! I've already read two books, and I have a few more on my list! You can too!

e-Learning Week One: March 17-20

Posted on Mar 16, 2020

6 ELA Week 1

Students should bring home:   

2-3 independent reading books, handout packet (5 attachments), chromebook and ELA spirals


Student responsibilities:

Daily: Students should check Google Classroom (GC) and Mrs. Schiller’s blog for assignments and updates

**Students will read from their independent reading novel a minimum of 25 minutes daily (this will count as part of your classwork responsibilities)


Students, I will be available on Google Classroom and email between 9:00 and 12:00 each day, but I will also check emails and ELA classroom during other hours, as well. Ask questions if you’re not sure! We are all new to this, so it’s okay to ask! Take care of yourselves. :) 

                            -Mrs. Schiller 


Monday, 3/16:     No school--no formal assignments


Tuesday, 3/17:     Last day to submit narrative--double check review sheet before submission Share with by 4:00 p.m.Book Conference Form (use 3/17 as the date) should be filled out completely.Before you set your goal, remember you will be reading for 25 minutes each day, and your goal should reflect that. Push yourself to read a little more this trimester.             

Wednesday, 3/18: Follow directions and complete the “Punctuating Dialogue” worksheet in the packet. *you may use the “cheat sheet” in your spiral to check your work 

Go to GC for the “Punctuating Dialogue” Quizlet


Thursday, 3/19: Begin checking Google Docs for returned narratives with comments. You can make edits to narratives once they have been checked. All narratives will have notes/edits by Friday at 4:00 p.m. 

Make sure you are reading for 25 minutes (minimum) each day. All students will take at least one AR when they return to classes. 


Friday, 3/20:  Check Google Docs for returned narratives with comments. You will make edits to narratives once they’ve been checked. You will receive credit if you “resolve” your issues on your narrative. I do receive an alert when you make changes/corrections to your document, and many of you have already done this.


Friday Update: ** Because some students didn’t receive the “Eliminating Passive Voice” assignment in the packet, I am making this an optional Friday assignment. It’s great practice, but it is optional. 

(Optional) Complete the “Eliminating Passive Voice” assignment in the packet. You may use the “Helping Verbs Song” slide in GC to help. 



Have a good weekend! 


Posted on Aug 19, 2019

Dear Parents, 

Welcome back! I’m thrilled to be working with your child who will have new opportunities to have fun and find success in the classroom. 

I am eager to begin my 21st year at SJF getting students interested in one of my favorite pastimes, READING! Some of my goals this year are to get students making connections and finding relevance in text and developing a love of reading--not just reading to take tests! 

Your child will be challenged to analyze a variety of fiction and non-fiction sources, which will hopefully expand their appreciation for different genres and make them WANT to read independently.

In addition, students will have opportunities to write narrative (storyteller), persuasive (debater) and expository (reporter) essays based on their reading. Our greatest objectives are to write with purpose and clarity and to format papers and cite sources in the MLA (Modern Language Association) format. 


  • Homework: 10%

  • Independent Reading (AR): 10%

  • Classwork (including Bellringers and Literacy Centers): 30%

  • Projects and Essays: 30%

  • Assessments: 20%


Accelerated Reader

This year, students will be responsible for earning a set number of AR points per trimester. Points are assigned based on a book’s word count and complexity. The goal is to facilitate strong independent reading and a nightly reading habit. Although there are no restrictions on the books students may select to read independently,  students should plan accordingly and be reading throughout the trimester (not panicking a week before the end of the trimester!). I will be conferencing with students every two weeks to determine their reading progress. 

First Trimester:

12 points


Students are welcome to come in any morning after 7:20 a.m. if they have a question or concern.  I can also be reached at:


Even if your child has felt reading wasn’t his or her strong-suit in the past, it’s never too late to begin a life-long love of reading. I’m here to help!


I look forward to a successful and fun year in class. Welcome back, Falcons!



Mrs. Amy Schiller