Here’s what’s happening in ELA  Grade 6


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Literary Reading – 1st & 2nd Quarter

Author Study:

 Literature Circle Novels – Gary Paulsen, self-selected according to interest

 Class Novel – Gary Paulsen, Hatchet

Narrative Unit:

 Various excerpts and short stories -sharing the theme of survival

Self-Selected Reading:

 Novels chosen by students to support interest in reading a variety of literary genres

 Book chats – presented by teacher and students to inspire reading

Genre Study:

 Sci-Fi & Fantasy

 Anthology Short Stories

 Self-selected novels

Informational Reading – 3rd & 4th Quarter

Nonfiction Text:

 Articles – Current events, engaging and relevant topics, informative

 Nonfiction written short text

 Biographies – short excerpts

 Opinion-based research articles

 Argument style essays

 Interviews

We are excited to share our reading, writing and speaking experiences with you!

Common Terms to Know for Writing

Six-Traits of Writing – A process that helps students with all writing pieces.

Content – Ideas and information

Organization – placing information in sequential and appropriate order

Fluency – the "flow" of information throughout a piece of writing

Voice – the strength of the author’s (student’s) personality in the writing piece

Word Choice – vocabulary

Conventions – Spelling, grammar, punctuation within a writing piece

Brainstorming & Rough Draft – Ideas and first draft of a written format

Final Draft – The step in the writing process that requires students to submit a piece of writing with the following expectations:

1. Black or blue ink or typed 2.Full heading 3.Double-spaced

4. Criteria followed 5. Graded piece

Published Copy – A writing piece that is error free and ready for informal/formal publication.

Writing Genres

Creative Writing – responding to various prompts and ideas

Personal Narrative – "snapshots" and extended writing on one’s life

Narrative Writing – Story format (survival theme)

Summary Writing (nonfiction) – Identifying main ideas and supporting details in a written response

Argument Writing – Identifying a position and using supporting evidence (Thesis, Claims and Warrant)

Isearch Paper – Research paper self-directed by student’s interest

Here’s what’s happening in ELA in Grade 6

Things to Expect During the Year:

Word Study Activities and Quizzes – Weekly: Wk #1 spelling, Wk #2 vocabulary

 Reading Logs – A variety of reading responses used to assess understanding. Reading strategies will be used to support responses to various texts. Available on the ELA webpage as they are assigned.

 Grammar Packets, Activities and Quizzes – throughout the year, classwork and homework

 Writer’s Notebook – a personal designed notebook that holds a variety of writing pieces done throughout each quarter, connected to the unit of study being addressed.

 Choice Boards – Self-selected activities connected to assigned novels.

 Home Learning - Reading and/or writing assigned on a weekly basis to emphasize practice, may be connected to the unit of study or self-selected

 Station Rotation Format – A few times a month – Students are given classwork assignments to complete in the areas of reading, writing and conventions in the form of stations.

Categories for Grading in ELA

Practice and Participation: classwork assignments and activities, homework, home learning, reading workshop, writing workshop and station-rotation activities

 Response to Literature: Reading Logs, anthology readings and lessons, reflections on text readings, constructive responses, Choice Board Activities, novel assignments

 Writing Pieces: All stages of the writing process as demonstrated through a variety of writing genres

Speaking & Listening: Participation in individual conferences, small and whole group discussions and presentations, both informal and formal

 Conventions: Grammar, Word Study, Vocabulary

Contact info: - Amy Gerrior - Nancy Mendonca SIXTH GRADE – Unit of Studies



Areas of Focus

Writer’s Notebook

6 weeks

 Reading workshop

 Writing workshop

 Responses to literature

Speaking & Listening – one-to-one and small grouping


 Sentence structure and details

 Personal narrative

 Poetic prose, craft and ideas

 Constructive responses

Author Study (Gary Paulsen) & Narrative

10- 11 weeks

 Literary craft & devices

 Author craft & work

 Vocabulary

Word Choice - verbs

Elements of a narrative


 Dialogue

Story Writing (Survival Theme) – author influenced

 Literature Circles

Speaking & Listening - small grouping

 Response to Literature

Nonfiction Unit

10- 11 weeks

 Strategies for research

 Types & elements of nonfiction

Sources – types & reliable

 Summary/main idea/supporting details

 Evidence (Fact vs. Opinion)

 Content vocabulary

Mini research – interest topics


Argument writing

Run-ons/fragments & punctuation

Isearch paper – argument format

 Oral presentations

 Real world connections

 Data

 Interviews

Genre Study: Science Fiction & Fantasy

3 weeks

Elements of Sci-Fi/Fantasy

 Figurative language

Novel reading & response (self-selected literature circle format)


 Technology

Story writing – genre influenced

Word Study

All year Long

 Embedded in Units

 Spelling Feature Week #1

 Vocabulary Week #2

Conferencing and Reading Logs

All Year Long

 Embedded in Units

Combination of reader’s choice and teacher assigned text


 Variety of written and oral


All Year Long

 Embedded in Units


 Writing Coach Prentice Hall Series (Pilot Year 2013-14)

Speaking and Listening

All Year Long

 Initial speaking and listening is done one-to-one

 Next Step includes small group discussions


 Culminates with whole group presentation and feedback