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.