Grade 6

Grade 6 Language Arts

The primary goal this year is for your student to cite textual sources to support analysis, summarize the plot, and understand the text’s theme/ central idea.
Your student will:

  • determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed;
  • describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution;
  • determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative meanings;
  • analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text;
  • explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text;
  • compare and contrast the experience of reading a story, drama, or poem to listening to or viewing an audio, video, or live version of the text;
  • compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) especially their approaches to similar themes and topics;
  • by the end of the year, read and comprehend literature;
  • write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence;
  • write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information;
  • write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences;
  • produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience;
  • develop writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach;
  • use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; and
  • identify point of view.

QUESTIONS TO ASK

  • Would this scene evoke the same reaction in the reader if the author told it from third person point of view?
  • How does first person point of view allow one to peer more deeply into a character’s psyche than perhaps other viewpoints?
  • How does the author’s word choice help develop the narrator or speaker’s point of view?
  • If the author’s purpose shifted from informing his/her audience about facts and details to persuading them to take action, how would the tone and style of the text change?

Common Core Expectations:

  • demonstrate the ability to examine explicit content;
  • look for and identify deeper meanings within the text by drawing inferences;
  • take textual content and add prior knowledge (personal experience and/or previous reading) to draw new conclusions;
  • learn to summarize texts by evaluating key details of the central idea or theme;
  • show the ability to distinguish key (thematic) details from all other details;
  • monitor and keep track of character/plot changes with graphic organizers;
  • collect and effectively organize key thematic details within a text and create unbiased summaries, withholding personal opinion and judgment;
  • observe & analyze how story characters and plot interact throughout a given text;
  • relate how the story’s events and setting shape the characters in different ways;
  • read independently and closely, which are essential to their future success; and
  • understand the rhetoric of argument and introduce a precise claim.

Grade 6 Math

The goals this year are for students to understand the method and terminology of ratios. They also will achieve fluency is multiplication and division, including the multiplication and division of fractions. Finally, they will apply their understanding of ratios with statistics.
Your student will:

  • use ratios to solve problems;
  • divide fractions by fractions;
  • compute multi-digit numbers and find common factors and multiples;
  • use rational numbers;
  • expand learning to algebraic expressions;
  • reason about and solve one-variable equations and inequalities;
  • represent and analyze quantitative relationships between dependent and independent variables;
  • solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area, and volume;
  • develop understanding of statistical variability; and
  • summarize and describe distributions.

COMMON CORE EXPECTATIONS

  • understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems;
  • apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division to divide fractions by fractions;
  • gain competence using multi-digit numbers and find common factors and multiples;
  • apply and extend previous understandings of numbers to the system of rational numbers;
  • apply and extend previous understanding of arithmetic to algebraic expressions;
  • reason about and solve one-variable equations and inequalities;
  • represent and analyze quantitative relationships between dependent and independent variables;
  • solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area, and volume;
  • develop understanding of statistical variability; and
  • describe distribution.