GRADE SIX ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS AND LITERACY - COMMON CORE STANDARDS
In Grade Six, students will read a range of challenging books, articles, and texts, and will be expected to demonstrate their understanding of the material by answering questions and contributing to class discussions. In writing, students will continue to work on their use of language, sentence structure, and organization of ideas. They will also be expected to integrate information from different sources and respond to challenging content through written interpretation and analysis. Activities in these areas will include:
- Providing detailed summaries of texts
- Determining the theme of a text and how it is conveyed
- Describing how a particular story or play unfolds and how characters respond to plot developments
- Using a range of reading strategies to determine the meaning of unknown words as they are used in a text
- Comparing and contrasting various texts, including poems and stories
- Understanding the figurative and connotative (implied) meaning of words and phrases
- Identifying and evaluating specific claims or arguments in a text
- Supporting written claims or arguments with clear reasons and relevant evidence
- Producing clear and coherent writing appropriate to the task, purpose, and audience
- Participating in class discussions about various texts and topics
- Conducting short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources
In Grade Six, students will read across all content areas a wide range of literature, including stories and poems. Additionally, they will read to learn information about history, the world, science, and other areas.
Writing tasks in Grade Six may include stories, essays, reports, and argumentative papers. Please review the chart below to see a few examples of how your child will develop important writing skills across grade levels.
This overview for English Language Arts, provided by the Council of the Great City Schools, reflects how the Common Core State Standards have guided our development of a rich and comprehensive curriculum for our students.