Language Arts Grade 6Class Overview and Objectives
Our sixth grade Language Arts Curriculum is based on the New Jersey Common Core Curriculum State Standards for English Language Literacy. Our 6 units of study thematically follow the mythical steps of the Journey of the Hero: Overcoming Obstacles, A Call to Action, Growth and Change, Crossing the Threshold, The Road of Trials, and Returning Home.
The literature selected for this grade level incorporates our class theme as well as co-curricular topics covered in other sixth grade subjects, such as Social Studies. Lessons are structured using the components of the Reading Workshop:
- Class Novels – reading is done with the whole class while reading strategies are modeled by the teacher (questions, predictions, connections, inference, synthesizing information, etc.).
- Literature Circles – small group “book clubs” based on a specific genre, using a selection of novels from the sixth grade reading list.
- Reading Response Journals – used as an assessment of the student's comprehension of their reading and to foster literary analysis.
In addition to the assigned reading, each student keeps a reading log, which indicates all self-selected books he/she are reading independently throughout the school year (SSR).
Writing Workshop: The Writer's Notebook is utilized as a tool to generate and strengthen their writing. It propels students toward demonstrating fluency in all phases of the writing process: pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, post-writing, publishing, presenting and evaluating. Writing Workshop lessons encourage students to note the different styles and approaches used by various authors. These published works are used to model examples of interesting writing. Students also maintain a writing portfolio containing samples of their work from sixth grade Language Arts.
Grammar and Conventions: Proper spelling, parts of speech, and grammar conventions are reviewed weekly and are expected on all written assignments.
Finally, through a variety of activities and instruction, the students continue to develop skills in public speaking, active listening, and their use of multiple audio-visual resources and reference materials.