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6th Grade Introduction

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Introduction to 6th Grade


In grade 6 students proficiently read grade-appropriate complex literature and informational text while further developing the ability to cite textual evidence to support analyses. Students focus on examining how authors use reasons to make their points and support arguments with evidence by separating unsupported assertions from those backed by evidence. Students analyze both the structure and content of complex, grade-appropriate texts, determining how sentences and paragraphs within texts influence and contribute to the unfolding of a plot and the development and elaboration of events or ideas. As students practice speaking and listening also share their findings in class discussions, they learn how to logically sequence ideas and highlight the themes and key details they find most persuasive. Students’ vocabularies expand as they become more attuned to using context, knowledge of Greek and Latin roots and affixes, and word analysis to determine the meaning of academic words. They also take a critical stance toward sources and apply criteria for identifying reliable information as opposed to mere conjecture.

 2021 Resources

Objective Analysis The 8 overarching standards are broken down into specific objectives. Each objective is analyzed with student actions, teacher actions, recommendations, and key terms and related objectives.
Literacy Progressions 24 major literacy skills from PK-12 are vertically aligned with commentary on the development and implications for classroom teaching.
Proficiency Levels Student skill levels for each objective from the standards are shown at the developing, approaching, understanding, and extending stages.
  UDL Lesson
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a research-based framework for improving student learning experiences and outcomes through careful instructional planning focused on the varied needs of all students, including students with visible and non-visible disabilities, advanced and gifted learners, and English learners.

Some general ideas for implementing the UDL lens in an ELA lesson, PK-12, are provided in this chart.
  Writing Resources
This suite of writing resources includes:
  • student-friendly checklists for the narrative, informative, argumentative, and research modes
  • editing checklists for the beginning and middle of the school year
  • examples of teacher feedback on student writing
  • a peer feedback lesson plan with a slideshow and handout
Other Resources

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