• Language Arts for 6th Grade


    Reading overview: Students will become more aware of a writer's craft. Students will begin to adjust their purpose, pace and strategies according to the difficulty and/or type of reading text. Students will continue to develop and refine skills in comprehension and vocabulary. Students will discuss reading, reflect on, and respond to literature. Students will read a variety of literary genre and informational text. Students will read for pleasure and choose books based upon personal preference, topics, genre, theme, and author choices.

    Writing overview: Students will practice approaching writing with a purpose and will become better at maintaining focus in their writing. Students will use different forms of writing to match the assignments they are given and will use techniques and conventions that support the purpose of the assignments. Students will work towards precision in spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.

    Reading Specifics:




    Develop the ability to locate main ideas and supporting details.


    Create and/or use graphic organizers to enhance comprehension.


    Make, confirm, and revise predictions based upon prior knowledge and evidence from reading texts


    Create a summary that includes the main idea and the most important text-based facts, details, and/or ideas from any form of text.


    Begin to identify themes, morals(fables) and supporting details.


    Identify cause and effect to organize information, improve comprehension, and interpret text.




    Understand and apply content/academic vocabulary that is used in informational text.


    Use different strategies to understand and expand word meaning and ideas presented in complex texts.


    Locate information using text features.


    Interpret, make inferences, and draw conclusion from text features such as maps, charts, graphs, etc.


    Use organizational features and electronic resources to locate information.

    Literary Elements



    Learn to describe how characters change over time or how a character’s actions contribute to the conflicts in a book.


    Identify the major actions that make up the plot of a story.


    Begin to understand the vocabulary of a plot: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.


    Begin to understand how setting can influence a character and plot.


    Begin to be able to discuss the author’s point of view and how it influences the book or other text.


    Begin to become aware of literary devices and their purposes (simile, metaphor, personification, humor, idioms, imagery, exaggeration, dialog, etc.).


    Begin to compare and contrast how literary elements are used in different texts.


    Writing Specifics:

    Writing Process/Traits



    Students will use the writing process and the traits of good writing as expected in their writing assignments. Students may be asked to use all or just some of the steps in the writing process depending on the goals of the assignment.

    The writing process includes:

    The traits of good writing include:
    word choice

    Forms of writing



    Research process and reports

    Lab reports

    Expository essay

    Persuasive essay


    Book reviews


    Classroom notes

    Technical writing



    Business letters

    Friendly letters

    Multimedia presentations


    Venn diagrams






    Students will become more familiar with verbs, verb tense, nouns, adverbs, adjectives, conjunctions, pronouns, prepositions, and noun-pronoun agreement within sentences and paragraphs. Students will continue to develop their vocabulary skills. This will include improving spelling skills and using more sophisticated words in their writing and speech.


    Students will correctly use periods, question marks, and exclamation marks.


    Students will develop skills in use of quotation marks, hyphens, apostrophes, and commas


    Students will develop skills in locating, writing, and using bibliographic information.