6th Grade Course Overview
By the time students enter sixth grade, they have had solid experiences in literature and have mastered basic reading and writing. At the start of the year, students consider the question: “How can we learn from characters and the authors who wrote about them?” During the year, they will reflect on their own life experiences and apply them to new stories; consider aspects of responsibility, courage, and perseverance in both fiction and nonfiction texts; study folklore and traditional stories; learn about the elements of different genres; and annotate articles and poems. Throughout the units, they study plot events, point of view, theme, author’s perspective, figurative language, and argument.
Students write in a variety of genres, including responses to literature with supportive evidence, reflective (text dependent) essays, letters, and journal entries. We use the Sadlier Vocabulary program to expose the students to more specific words they then use to communicate more effectively. Grammar is taught through a daily DGP (Daily Grammar Practice) that highilights parts of speech, sentence structure and parts, sentence types, capitalization and punctuation skills, and diagramming sentences. They participate in class discussions and enrichment activities, practice reading literature expressively, and deliver presentations. By the end of sixth grade, they put these skills together and create tiny house presentations for historical fiction characters.