LANGUAGE ARTS IN SIXTH GRADE
· Reading Comprehension: Students read novels, short stories, poetry, and non-fiction, and are introduced to inference making and identifying theme, purpose, narrative, and plot structure.
· Writing: Students write using a range of formats and styles for different purposes and styles. They are introduced to the Point, Evidence, Analysis (P.E.A) structure in writing and focus on developing strong paragraphs.
· Vocabulary: Through Membean, an online learning tool that provides guided, multimodal vocabulary instruction, students increase their reading and writing skills. Vocabulary expertise is increased through familiarization of prefixes, suffixes, root words, and homonyms and by identifying new words in text and speech.
· Grammar: Students develop grammar skills through Daily Grammar Practice, among other resources. Areas of focus include parts of speech, sentence structure and analysis, punctuation, capitalization, and diagramming.
· Speaking and Listening: Presentations, discussions, story sharing, and debates increase student capacity to hear and respond critically.
Unit 1: Realistic Fiction/Character Analysis
· What are the advantages and disadvantages of being an “outsider”?
· What is the importance of revisiting a novel in order to write effectively about a character?
· Reading comprehension – The Outsiders
· Writing: Character analysis
Unit 2: Science Fiction/Book Review
· What does it mean to be “alive”?
· How can I effectively communicate my opinions and ideas about a piece of writing?
· Reading comprehension – Transall Saga
· Writing: Book review – introductions, conclusions, body paragraphs, transitions
Unit 3: Empathy
· How do we react to those who are different from ourselves?
· Reading comprehension – To Be Determined
· Writing: Point of view
Unit 4: Poetry
· What is poetry?
· How can poetry change me and/or the world?
· Reading and writing of poetry
· Figurative language – alliteration, similes, metaphors, personification, onomatopoeia, rhyme
Unit 5: Short Stories
· How can I make people and places “come alive” in a fictional piece of writing?
· Reading comprehension skills - short stories
· Short story characterization, plot, setting, theme
Unit 6: Historical Fiction/Character Analysis
· What can the time period of slavery teach us about how we treat people today?
· Reading comprehension skills – Novel TBD
· Character analysis (in depth)
Additional novels are chosen for study in accordance with the students’ progress and interest.
A Friendly Reminder from Admissions
Lower School and Middle School Application Deadline for new enrollment is January 31, 2021.
Re-Enrollment Contracts and Financial Aid Application Deadline is February 1, 2021.