6th Grade English Language Arts
1st Marking Period:
The first marking period for sixth graders is often a time of adjustment and "settling in" to a new school environment and the quick pace of a middle school structure. We will be focusing on study habits and establishing routines to help students be successful. Students will be learning about the elements of fiction and the various genre characteristics during the first marking period. They will review author's purpose, point of view, characterization, theme, and conflict. Students will be reading short stories from the Storytown text book as well as additional short stories from a variety of authors. Also, they will explore plot structure, literary devices (tone and mood), and figurative language. During the first marking period students will be reviewing the writing process, submitting writing samples and learning how to develop strong introductions. Students will spend time developing their writing by understanding the parts of a paragraph and the rold of supporting evidence in essays. Transition words and higher vocabulary will be introduced as well.
2nd Marking Period:
Students will fnish their fiction unit during the second marking period and transition into our non-fiction unit toward the middle of this marking period. We will look at the different forms of text structure and the unique qualities of each form. Students will also be learning how to make inferences, draw conclusions, and identify the author's purpose by reading non-fiction articles both from the Storytown series and a variety of other sources. In conjunction with the student reading, persuasive writing will be the focus for this marking period. Students will expand their writing skills by creating their own persuasive essays and examing the techniques of counter-argument. Transitions words specific to persuasive writing and sentence variety will be emphasized.3rd Marking Period:Students should be familiar with the elements of fiction and non-fiction as well as many literary devices at this point in the school year. We will be reading several short stories in a range of genres and non-fiction articles to reinforce these skills. Toward the end of the marking period, student will begin their poetry unit. Students will be reading and analyzing poems. Identifying the uses of figurative language and poetic elements will be emphasized during this unit. Responding to literature will be the writing emphasis during third marking period as students will complete their novel study. Responding through a variety of activities and class discussions will also build their speaking and listening skills.
4th Marking Period:In the final marking period, students will read the novel The Westing Game. This is a fast paced "who dunnit?" novel that focuses on characterization. Students will be taking on the role of a character and using clues from the novel to solve the mystery. Students will also read a narrative non-fiction essay to notice the similarities between this type of writing and fictional writing. Writing a research essay will be a large project during this final marking period also. Students will be expected to learn researching skills, citation methods, and pull together the many writing skills we have been working on throughout the year to produce a research essay and final presentation to the class using various forms of technology.