• 6th Grade Language Arts Common Core at a Glance


    1st Quarter- Teaching through Tragedies

    • Enduring Understanding: How can the effects of a historical tragedy impact our world today?
    • Standard-based Questions:
      • RI.6.3: Analyze how a historical tragedy is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated.
      • RI.6.5: How is an informational text structured to develop the central idea?
      • RI.6.9: What unique insights can a reader gain from reading two texts that address the same tragedy?
    • Extended Texts: Cornerstones of Freedom: Pearl Harbor 
    • Strategy Focus: Nonfiction text structure & features, analyzing & conducting research, etc.

    2nd Quarter- Learning Lessons through Literature

    • Enduring Understanding: Learning a lesson changes a character
    • Standard-based Questions:
      • RL 6.2 Can you identify the theme of a short story? Can you write an objective summary?
      • RL 6.3 How do the characters in this text respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution? What episodes in the plot cause him/her to change? How does a story’s plot unfold from beginning to end?
      • RL 6.5 How do specific excerpts of literature fit into the development of the plot?
      • RL 6.6 How does the point of view impact the meaning of the text?
    • Extended Text: “Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe, “The Landlady” by Roald Dahl
    • Strategy Focus: Differentiate between subgenres, figurative language, elements of fiction, plot diagram, etc.

    3rd Quarter- Legendary Leaders

    • Enduring Understanding: How can one person’s influence or motive impact society?
    • Standard-based Questions:
      • RI.6.3 How does an author introduce, illustrate, and elaborate an event/individual/topic?
      • RI 6.4 How does the author use words or phrases to enhance the comprehension of the topic?
      • RI 6.6 How does the author convey his point of view on various leaders?
      • RI 6.8 Evaluate an argument and specific claims in an informational text.
    • Extended Text: Chasing King's Killer by James L. Swanson
    • Strategy Focus: Central idea strategies, inferring character traits, cause and effect, trace and evaluate an argument, etc.

    4th Quarter- Classic Conflict

    • Enduring Understanding: How does conflict impact character development, plot, or theme in a text?
    • Standard-based Questions:
      • RL 6.3: How do the characters in the text respond or change as the plot moves towards a resolution?
      • RL 6.5: How does a specific stanza, chapter, scene fit into the overall development of the plot, setting, or theme?
      • RL 6.9 Compare and contrast how the same theme is developed in two different stories.
    • Extended Texts: Literature circles: Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick, Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix, Watson’s Go To Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis, Red Kayak by Priscilla Cummings, OR Crash by Jerry Spinelli
    • Strategy Focus: Exploring text for different types of conflict, analyzing theme & character development, etc.