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CONCEPTS YOU SHOULD ALREADY KNOW:

You have spent six years in elementary school, and it is obvious that you should have learned a few things!  In this section of our language arts page, we are going to detail the things you should already know.  It would definitely be a good idea to study up on these concepts during the summer.  You can google any of these concepts and come up with numerous resources to review.

- understanding the definition of genres - nonfiction, fiction, drama, poetry - and how to tell them apart by identifying their individual characteristics

- know the different parts of a textbook - index, glossary, table of contents - and how to access information from those parts

- know the definition of the following words: plot, setting, character, conflict, resolution, rising action, and falling action

- know the definition of a plot diagram and how to complete one

- know the definitions and characteristics of autobiography and biography

- know how to complete a Venn Diagram - comparing two works to each other

- know the writing process - pre-writing/brainstorming, rough draft, editing, final copy, publish

- know the definition of expository essay and its basic format

- the eight parts of speech - noun, pronoun, adjective, verb, adverb, preposition, interjection, and conjunction

- use the following grammar conventions in writing and proof editing - capitalization and punctuation (periods, commas, question marks)

- use of context clues to understand the meaning of words

- know how to use a dictionary and thesaurus

Sixth Grade Language Arts Team: Christine Samuels, Pamela Nolan, Laura Burke, and Samantha Smith.




CONCEPTS YOU WILL LEARN DURING SIXTH GRADE

Here is a preview of what you will learn during the sixth grade.

- the elements of nonfiction

- active reading strategies and annotation

- reading strategies for nonfiction texts

- elements of fiction

- previewing and reading strategies for fiction

- summarizing and predicting from information in texts

- elements of poetry

- previewing and reading strategies for poetry

- elements of the oral tradition

- previewing and reading strategies for reading oral tradition

- connecting texts to personal experiences

- analyzing the foundation of argument

- review of the writing process

- how to write an expository essay - its basic format, introduction (with a lead and thesis statements), main idea paragraphs, supporting details, and conclusion

- graphic organizers to help brainstorm and pre-write expository essays

- persuasive techniques and how to use them in persuasive essays

- how to peer-edit essays constructively

- review of the parts of speech

- correcting run-on sentences

- using correct subject-verb agreement

 


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CLASS SUPPLIES

- One five-subject notebook specifically for ELA
- One set of page protectors
- Glue stick, tape, or small stapler
- Notebook paper
- Highlighters, pencils, pens
- Post-It notes for active reading
- Ear buds or headphones

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North Carolina Standard Course of Study
 
 

In 2010, NC adopted the Common Core Standards.  You can view these standards here:

http://www.corestandards.org/assets/CCSSI_ELA%20Standards.pdf

Click on the link below to view the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for Language Arts Grade Six. This is the version adopted in 2004 and was replaced by the Common Core Standards in 2010.  This version is here in the event that you would like to compare the two areas of study.

http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/curriculum/languagearts/scos/2004/23grade6

 

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