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Grade 6 English Course Outline

Grade 6 English Course Outline

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This course follows the Common Core Standards for 6th grade English.

The course has goals for the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language in an effort to make students able to read and write confidently in all subject areas. In the area of reading students will learn to see how text supports their analysis and how a story’s plot can proceed in small steps carried by the response of characters.

They will learn how the meaning of words can change based off of how they are used and to analyze how specific sentences add to the development of the theme or plot. The students will be able to describe how the experience of reading a text differs from that of listening to the text or watching a live performance based on the text. Throughout the course students will develop proficiency in writing argumentative, informative, and narrative texts. They will learn to clearly show and develop their topic or theme with proper language and grammar. Students will also learn more about the editing and revising process for their essays. The students will learn how to conduct research in order to answer a question, gathering information from various but accurate sources. They will be able to support their writing using evidence found in other texts. To develop their speaking and listening skills students will practice presenting their own claims by giving their ideas in a logical order. They will also learn to use various multimedia components in their presentations and to give their presentations using strong speaking skills such as appropriate eye contact and clear pronunciation. The students will learn how to collaborate with others on grade level appropriate content by coming to discussions prepared and following rules for friendly discussions.

In all aspects of their writing and speaking students will show an appropriate command of the English language, particularly in terms of pronoun usage. Students will focus on using appropriate punctuation and spelling throughout their writing.


1- Introduction

  • Introduction
  • Course Description
  • Assessments
  • Focus and Materials
  • Vocabulary
  • Handout: Vocabulary 18 Lesson Overview
  • Resources
  • Handout: Book Report (Biography)
  • Handout: Book Report (Nonfiction)
  • Handout: Book Report (Fiction)
  • Handout: Pre-writing Tool: Word Web
  • Handout: Pre-writing Tool: Graphic Organizer
  • Handout: Pre-writing Tool: Storyboard
  • Handout: Story Map (Turtle)
  • Handout: What Good Readers Do Overview
  • Handout: The Writing Process
  • Plagiarism Discussion
  • Pretest
  • Assignment: Pretest
  • MLA Formatting
  • MLA Citation
  • MLA Incorporating Sources
  • MLA Citation Updates

2- Grammar, Note Taking, Elements of Fiction

  • Vocabulary: Lesson 1
  • Handout: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 1
  • Assignment: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 1
  • Grammar Introduction
  • Note Taking
  • Handout: Amelia Earhart Notes
  • Handout: Amelia Earhart Text
  • Assignment: Amelia Earhart Notes
  • KWL Chart
  • Handout: KWL Chart
  • Handout: Bats Text
  • Assignment: KWL Bats
  • Plot Elements
  • Handout: The Fun They Had
  • Handout: Plot Elements
  • Assignment: “The Fun They Had” Plot Elements
  • Characters
  • Handout: The Traveling Companion
  • Handout: Character Chart
  • Assignment: Character Chart – Major, Minor and Traits
  • Theme
  • Handout: The Last Dream of the Old Oak
  • Worksheet: Discovering Setting
  • Assignment: Old Oak Questions
  • Fiction Review
  • Assignment: Little Red Riding Hood Elements

3- New Words and Verbs

  • Vocabulary: Lesson 2
  • Handout: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 2
  • Assignment: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 2
  • Context Clues
  • Handout: Context Clues Power Point
  • Quiz: Context Clues
  • Affixes
  • Types of Verbs
  • Handout: Verb Practice Sheet
  • Assignment: Alien Word Mine
  • Assignment: Verb Practice Sheet
  • Object Complements, Direct & Indirect Objects
  • Handout: Verbs Complement Practice
  • Assignment: Verbs Complement Practice
  • Subject Complements
  • Worksheet: Linking Verbs Practice Sheet
  • Verb Tenses
  • Quiz: Principal Parts of Verbs
  • Irregular Verbs
  • Quiz: Irregular Verbs
  • Past, Present, and Future
  • Worksheet: Verb Tenses
  • Assignment: Future Tenses
  • Perfect Tenses
  • Assignment: Past Tense Paragraph
  • Common Problematic Verbs

4- Poetry Introduction

  • Vocabulary: Lesson 3
  • Handout: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 3
  • Assignment: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 3
  • Poetry and Voice
  • Assignment: Poetry Quote
  • Assignment: Apology Poem
  • Poetic Elements
  • Stanza
  • Assignment: Rhyming Couplet Poem
  • Rhyme
  • Repetition
  • Assignment: Lord Randall
  • Ballad
  • Assignment: Ballad
  • Rhythm
  • Assignment: Limerick
  • How to Analyze Poetry
  • TPCAST Practice
  • Assignment: Poetry Journal
  • Assignment: Shel Silverstein Poetry Blog

5- Types of Poetry & Adjectives

  • Vocabulary: Lesson 4
  • Handout: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 4
  • Assignment: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 4
  • The Haiku
  • Assignment: Haiku Analysis
  • Composing a Haiku
  • Assignment: Haiku Book
  • Visual Poetry
  • Visual Poetry Continued
  • Assignment: Visual Poetry
  • Narrative Poetry
  • Assignment: Narrative Poem Brainstorm Questions
  • Narrative Poetry Continued
  • Assignment: Narrative Poem – Final
  • Adjectives, Part 1
  • Adjectives, Part 2
  • Assignment: Poetry Adjectives
  • Essay: Experience

6- Inferences, Sentences, A Wrinkle in Time

  • Vocabulary: Lesson 5
  • Handout: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 5
  • Assignment: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 5
  • Inferences & Purpose
  • Quiz: Author’s Purpose
  • What is a Sentence?
  • Handout: Complete Subjects and Predicates
  • Assignment: Complete Subjects and Predicates
  • Types of Sentences
  • Quiz: Types of Sentences
  • Simple Subjects
  • Simple Predicates
  • Compound Sentence Parts
  • Worksheet: Compound Subjects and Verbs
  • A Wrinkle In Time
  • Handout: A Wrinkle In Time Questions Part 1
  • Handout: A Wrinkle In Time Questions Part 2
  • Handout: A Wrinkle In Time Vocabulary Part 1
  • Handout: A Wrinkle In Time Vocabulary Part 2
  • Assignment: A Wrinkle In Time Vocabulary Part 1
  • Assignment: A Wrinkle In Time Vocabulary Part 2
  • Assignment: A Wrinkle In Time Questions Part 1
  • Assignment: A Wrinkle in Time Questions Part 2
  • A Wrinkle In Time Project
  • Assignment: A Wrinkle In Time Final Project

7- Spelling, Grammar, Point of View

  • Vocabulary: Lesson 6
  • Handout: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 6
  • Assignment: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 6
  • Spelling Correctly
  • Subject Complements
  • Direct and Indirect Objects
  • Handout: Objects Assessment
  • Assignment: Objects Assessment
  • Point of View Part 1
  • Handout: Original Cinderella
  • Essay: Cinderella Point of View
  • Point of View Part 2
  • Handout: Aladdin
  • Assignment: Aladdin Point of View
  • Point of View Part 3
  • Essay: A Tell-Tale Heart

8- Literary Devices, The Secret Garden, Figurative Language

  • Vocabulary: Lesson 7
  • Handout: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 7
  • Assignment: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 7
  • Literary Devices
  • Handout: If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Now
  • Assignment: Setting
  • Essay: If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Now
  • Worksheet: Literary Devices
  • The Secret Garden
  • Handout: The Secret Garden Questions Part 1
  • Handout: The Secret Garden Questions Part 2
  • England & India
  • Assignment: England & India
  • Predictions
  • Essay: Diary of the Key
  • Comparing Characters
  • Assignment: Comparing Mary & Dickon
  • Figurative Language
  • Worksheet: Descriptive Language
  • Imagery
  • Handout: Imagery Chart
  • Assignment: Imagery Activity

9- Story Elements and the Secret Garden Cont.

  • Vocabulary: Lesson 8
  • Handout: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 8
  • Assignment: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 8
  • Plot
  • Assignment: The Secret Garden Questions Part 1
  • Worksheet: Chapters 1-10
  • Figurative Language Review
  • Symbolism
  • Assignment: The Secret Garden Symbols
  • More Figurative Language
  • Handout: Onomatopoeia, Hyperbole, and Repetition
  • Handout: Personification, Alliteration, Simile, and Metaphor
  • Worksheet: More Figuratie Language Activity
  • Theme
  • Assignment: Magic and Theme
  • Secrets
  • Assignment: Secret Acrostic Poem
  • Finishing The Secret Garden
  • Assignment: The Secret Garden Questions Part 2
  • The Secret Garden Film
  • Assignment: The Secret Garden Film

10- Compare and Contrast

  • Vocabulary: Lesson 9
  • Handout: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 9
  • Assignment: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 9
  • Compare and Contrast
  • Handout: Compare Contrast Organizer
  • Assignment: Compare Contrast Organizer
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Handout: Venn Diagram
  • Assignment: Venn Diagram
  • Writing a Compare and Contrast Essay
  • Essay: Compare and Contrast Essay Draft
  • Revising and Editing
  • Peer Evaluation
  • Assignment: Peer Editing
  • Assignment: Comparison Essay Final
  • Midtest
  • Assignment: Midtest

11- Independent Novel – Responding to Literature

  • Vocabulary: Lesson 10
  • Handout: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 10
  • Assignment: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 10
  • Fragments and Run-ons
  • Worksheet: Fragments and Run-Ons
  • Choosing an Independent Reading
  • Essay: Novel Choice
  • Individualized Reading Schedule
  • Handout: Individualized Reading Schedule
  • Genres
  • Assignment: Genre
  • Plot Revisited
  • Making Meaning Can Be A Challenge
  • Making Inferences about Mood
  • Making Inferences about Character
  • Essay: Infereces about Character
  • Making Inferences about Tone
  • Essay: Making Inferences about Your Novel
  • Responding to Literature
  • Assignment: Novel Summaries
  • Quotations
  • Worksheet: Quotations

12- Nouns and Drama

  • Vocabulary: Lesson 11
  • Handout: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 11
  • Assignment: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 11
  • Defining a Noun
  • Singular and Plural Nouns
  • Quiz: Nouns
  • Possessive Nouns
  • Drama
  • Read a Scene
  • Essay: Plays vs. Novels
  • Character Motivations
  • Handout: Play Template and Rubric
  • Dialogue in Drama
  • Examining your Conflict and Final Draft
  • Assignment: One-Act Play

13- Pronouns, Short Story, Biography

  • Vocabulary: Lesson 12
  • Handout: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 12
  • Assignment: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 12
  • Defining a Pronoun
  • Subject and Predicate Pronouns
  • Handout: Subject, Predicate, and Object Pronouns
  • Assignment: Subject, Predicate, and Object Pronouns
  • Essay: Pronouns in Writing
  • Possessive, Reflexive, and Intensive Pronouns
  • Worksheet: Possessive, Reflexive, and Intensive Pronouns
  • Interrogative and Demonstrative Pronouns
  • Quiz: Interrogative and Deomonstrative Pronouns
  • Pronoun Agreement
  • Indefinite Pronoun Agreement
  • Handout: Indefinite Pronoun Agreement
  • Assignment: Indefinite Pronoun Agreement
  • The Detective Who Wouldn’t Die: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Quiz: The Detective Who Wouldn’t Die
  • Short Stories
  • Handout: How to Read A Short Story
  • Assignment: Sherlock Holmes Blog
  • Writing a Biography
  • Essay: Writing a Biography
  • Making Mental Images While Reading

14- Writing a Research Paper

  • Vocabulary: Lesson 13
  • Handout: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 13
  • Assignment: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 13
  • Reading Informative Texts: Newspapers
  • Reading Informative Texts: Books
  • Assignment: Informational Books
  • Using Informational Texts
  • The Research Process: SQ3R
  • Handout: Developing Your Research Topic
  • The Research Process Continued
  • Note Taking for Research
  • The Research Process: Making an Outline
  • The Research Process: Organizing Information
  • Handout: Organizing Your Research Topic
  • The Research Process: Writing the Rough Draft
  • Essay: Research Paper First Draft
  • The Research Process: Crediting Sources
  • The Research Process: The Bibliography
    13- The Research Process: Revise and Edit
  • Assignment: Research Paper Second Draft
    14- The Research Process: Creating the Final Copy
  • Assignment: Research Paper Final

15- The Wonderful World of Oz, Adjectives and Adverbs

  • Vocabulary: Lesson 14
  • Handout: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 14
  • Assignment: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 14
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Adjectives
  • Handout: The Wonderful Oz Study Questions
  • Adjectives Continued
  • Predicate Adjective
  • Worksheet: Predicative Adjective
  • Adjectives as Pronouns
  • Essay: Memorable Journey
  • Nouns as Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Comparative and Superlative
  • Worksheet: Comparative and Superlative
  • Adverb Special Cases
  • Assignment: The Emerald City
  • Worksheet: The Wonderful World of Oz Chapters 1-10
  • Adjective or Adverb?
  • Double Negatives
  • Adverbs in Writing
  • Assignment: New Friends
  • Quiz: Adverb Assessment

16- The Wonderful World of Oz Cont. and Punctuation

  • Vocabulary: Lesson 15
  • Handout: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 15
  • Assignment: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 15
  • Punctuation
  • Question Mark and Explanation Point
  • Studying the Comma
  • Studying the Comma Part 2
  • Handout: Comma Assessment
  • Assignment: Comma Assessment
  • Quotation Marks
  • Semicolons
  • Essay: Proverbs
  • Colons
  • Handout: Colon and Semicolon
  • Assignment: Colon and Semicolon
  • The Hyphen and the Dash
  • Parentheses
  • Assignment: Rainbow Acrostic Poem
  • Worksheet: Punctuation Assessment
  • Comparing the Film to the Text
  • Assignment: Comic Strip
  • Assignment: The Wonderful World of Oz Study Questions

17- The Narrative Essay and Speaking and Listening

  • Vocabulary: Lesson 16
  • Handout: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 16
  • Assignment: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 16
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Writing Assignment
  • Essay: Wizard of Oz Compare and Contrast
  • The Narrative Essay
  • The Narrative Essay Part 2
  • The Narrative
  • Essay: Revise and Edit
  • Essay: Narrative Essay
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Assignment: Listening Skills on Television
  • Speaking and Listening Continued
  • Quiz: Effective Listener
  • Speaking and Listening: Interviewing
  • Oral Presentation
  • Assignment: Getting to Know __________

18- Giving a Speech

  • Vocabulary: Lesson 17
  • Handout: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 17
  • Assignment: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 17
  • Informative Speech
  • The Demonstrative and Persuasive Speech
  • The Introduction
  • The Body
  • The Conclusion
  • Revision, Editing, and Practice
  • The Visual Aid
  • Assignment: Visual Aid
  • Assignment: Final Oral Presentation

19- Roots, Similarities and Differences, Persuasion

  • Vocabulary: Lesson 18
  • Handout: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 18
  • Assignment: Vocabulary Builder Lesson 18
  • Latin Roots
  • Similarities and Differences Between Articles
  • Introduction to Persuasion
  • Persuasion
  • Essay: Evaluating Persuasion
  • Argument Analysis
  • Essay: Persuasive Writing
  • Ideas and Evaluation in Spoken Messages
  • Assignment: Persuasive Speaking
  • Generating Criteria
  • Post-test
  • Assignment: Post-test

20- Course Evaluation

  • Handout: Course Evalulation
  • Assignment: Course Evaluation
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