6th Grade English Language Arts Curriculum Map
Students will work throughout the year to demonstrate their knowledge and skill through reading assessments, writing assignments, and research papers, as well as, demonstrating understanding of grammar, vocabulary and spelling. Students will use Close Reading strategies and the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing.
Every quarter, students will also be responsible for learning vocabulary words from what we read in class, their own books, and supplemental activities. They will be responsible for reading from a personal choice fiction book every each week for a minimum of 60 minutes and fill out a reading log activity. Students will also be required to have a book in his/her back pack daily. All English Language Arts classes will go to the library on Wednesdays to check out books.
1st Quarter: Begin Theme of Making Choices:
- Literature study: Bud, Not Buddy
- Various short stories and informational texts from the Holt Elements of Literature text will also be studied. These include: "Dragon, Dragon," "Just Once," "The Stone," "All Summer in a Day," "What Will Our Towns Look Like," and "Ta-Na-E-Ka."
- Narrative: My Hero or What is a Leader
- Students will study and apply literary elements to what they read
- They will also learn to write a color coded paragraph and to use quality transition words.
3rd Quarter: Finish Theme 2 and Begin Theme 3: Self Discovery
- Literature study: The Girl Who Owned a City
- Various short stories and informational texts from the Holt Elements of Literature text will also be studied. These include: "The Emperor's New Clothes," "Baucis and Philemon," "I Was Not Alone," "Medusa's Head." "How the Snake Got Poisoned," "How the Possum Lost the Hair on Its Tail," "Why the Gator is Black," and possibly "American Slurp," or "Gold Cadillac."
- Research based paper: Compare how myths, fables and fairytales teach us lessons about life.
- Narrative: Original Greek Myth
4th Quarter: Finish Theme 3: Self Discovery
- Literature study: TBD
- Various short stories and informational texts from the Holt Elements of Literature text will also be studied. These include: "Storm," " Brother, What do Fish Have to Do with Anything?," The Sneetches," "The Bubble Bursts," and "Eleven."
- Research Paper: Write a biography or autobiography
- Business Letter
- Finish Theme 3: Self Discovery
- AIMS and test review
- End of the year assessments
- Final Project: Students will read a novel of their choice and create a recorded newscast describing the theme, plot and characters of that book.