Grade 6 English

Sixth grade English is an integrated language arts and literature curriculum that aims to enrich students’ appreciation for and facility with all forms of the languages through reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar study. The literature program fosters the development of reading skills and strategies as well as a love of reading through a rich exposure to multiple genres, authors, and voices. Reading selections often overlap in content with the social studies curriculum. As writers, students experiment with a variety of genres, techniques, and roles as they increase their fluency, improve their mechanics, deepen their vocabulary, and increase in the complexity of their writing style and voice.

Sixth grade students will:

  • develop note taking skills
  • learn strategies for building vocabulary through in-text words and etymology study
  • use the text to analyze, develop, and support ideas and arguments
  • develop comprehension strategies to deepen understanding and support abstract thinking
  • analyze literary elements such as point of view, author intent, and figurative language
  • participate actively in class discussions
  • experiment with various written genres from drama to poetry to non-fiction research
  • understand and apply multiple writing strategies and techniques
  • review and increase the complexity of sentence structure
  • learn strategies for effective editing independently and with a peer or teacher

Our students will read:

  • Beyond the Bright Sea, by Lauren Wolk
  • The Giver, by Lois Lowry
  • Flying Lessons and Other Stories, edited by Ellen Oh of We Need Diverse Books
  • King and the Dragonflies, by Kacen Callender
  • Everything Sad is Untrue, by Daniel Nayeri 

Other texts include:

  • Assorted coming of age novels chosen by students 
  • Graphic novels and novels in verse 
  • Collected short stories and poetry