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This course provides a literature-centric language arts program in accordance with the California Common Core Standards.  Students will explore thematic connections in reading, writing, word analysis, as well as develop listening and speaking skills using significant works of literature.  They will read various genres of literature including novels, short stories, nonfiction essays, articles, biographies, folk stories, and poetry while making personal connections to their own world. Critical thinking skills, listening and speaking opportunities, and comprehension proficiency will develop as students respond to literature.  Students will study the author’s craft and the writing process model using rubrics for assessment and self-reflection.  Additionally, students will participate in thematic, project-based learning through individual, partner, and group activities.  Sixth graders will focus on three primary writing genres (information, argument, and narrative) in order to begin the path towards high school readiness.

Course Goals: 

The goal for students is to foster their passion for reading, develop critical thinking skills, communicate effectively in oral and written expression, and promote successful, independent learning.

Student Texts: 

Sixth graders will explore a collection of literature in the textbook anthology, as well as a variety of nonfiction selections and core literature, including many of the following:

Freak the Mighty, Rodman Philbrick
The Giver, Lois Lowry
The Breadwinner, Deborah Ellis
Seedfolks, Paul Fleischman
A Long Walk to Water, Linda Sue Park
D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths, D’Aulaire


State Adopted Anthology Textbook:
Holt Literature and Language Arts Introductory Course, Holt Rinehart, and Winston, 2010.

Grammar Textbook:
Holt Warriner’s Handbook, Holt Rinehart, and Winston, 2010.

Course Syllabus:
6th English Language Arts Syllabus