Courses of Study : English Language Arts (Grade 6)

Recurring Standards
Reception
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 14
Learning Activities: 3
Lesson Plans: 2
Classroom Resources: 9
R1. Utilize active listening skills during discussion and conversation in pairs, small groups, or whole-class settings, following agreed-upon rules for participation.
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Content Area:
Reception
Teacher Vocabulary:
R1.
  • Active listening
  • Discussion
  • Conversation
  • Rules
  • Participation
Knowledge:
R1. Students know:
  • Active listening skills.
  • How to engage in discussions and conversations in a variety of settings.
  • Agreed-upon rules for participation.
Skills:
R1. Students are able to:
  • Demonstrate active listening skills during discussion and conversation in pairs, small groups, or whole-class settings.
  • Converse in pairs, small groups, and large groups.
  • Practice the agreed-upon rules for participation.
Understanding:
R1. Students understand that:
  • Conversations and discussions follow agreed-upon rules which help us actively listen and gain understanding.
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 5
Classroom Resources: 5
R2. Use context clues to determine meanings of unfamiliar spoken or written words.
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Content Area:
Reception
Teacher Vocabulary:
R2.
  • Context clues
  • Determine
  • Unfamiliar spoken words
  • Unfamiliar written words
Knowledge:
R2. Students know:
  • Context clues in speech or text can provide the meaning of unfamiliar words.
  • There are different types of context clues, including inference/general clues, definition/explanation clues, restatement/synonym clues, and contrast/antonym clues.
  • Context clues in text are often indicated by punctuation marks.
Skills:
R2. Students are able to:
  • Use context clues to determine the meanings of unfamiliar words in speech.
  • Use context clues to determine the meanings of unfamiliar words in text.
Understanding:
R2. Students understand that:
  • An author or a speaker use context clues to explain the meaning of unusual words or academic, domain-specific vocabulary.
Expression
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 0
R3. Use digital and electronic tools appropriately, safely, and ethically when researching and writing, both individually and collaboratively.
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Content Area:
Expression
Teacher Vocabulary:
R3.
  • Digital tools
  • Electronic tools
  • Appropriately
  • Safely
  • Ethically
  • Research
  • Individually
  • Collaboratively
Knowledge:
R3. Students know:
  • Digital and electronic tools must be used appropriately, safely, and ethically.
  • Digital and electronic tools can be used for research or for writing tasks.
  • Digital and electronic tools can be independently or with others.
Skills:
R3. Students are able to:
  • Engage in safe and ethical behavior when using digital and electronic tools individually and collaboratively.
Understanding:
R3. Students understand that:
  • Safe behaviors, interactions that keep you out of harm's way, are necessary when using digital and electronic tools.
  • Ethical behavior, interactions that align to one's moral code, are necessary when using digital and electronic tools.
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 13
Learning Activities: 2
Classroom Resources: 11
R4. Utilize a writing process to plan, draft, revise, edit, and publish writings in various genres.
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Content Area:
Expression
Teacher Vocabulary:
R4.
  • Writing process
  • Plan
  • Draft
  • Revise
  • Edit
  • Publish
  • Genres
Knowledge:
R4. Students know:
  • The writing process steps are to plan, draft, revise, edit, and publish.
  • Various genres of writing.
Skills:
R4. Students are able to:
  • Plan writings in various genres.
  • Draft writings in various genres.
  • Revise writings in various genres.
  • Edit writings in various genres.
  • Publish writings in various genres.
Understanding:
R4. Students understand that:
  • The writing process is a set of steps that make writing easier.
  • There are different categories, or genres, of writing that can be used for different purposes.
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 2
Learning Activities: 1
Classroom Resources: 1
R5. Assess the formality of occasions in order to speak or write using appropriate language and tone.
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Content Area:
Expression
Teacher Vocabulary:
R5.
  • Assess
  • Formality
  • Occasions
  • Appropriate language
  • Appropriate tone
Knowledge:
R5. Students know:
  • Some occasions (times and places) call for formal language and tone, while other occasions permit a casual communication.
Skills:
R5. Students are able to:
  • Assess the formality of occasions.
  • In formal occasions, speak and write with a formal language and tone.
  • In informal occasions, speak and write with a casual language and tone.
Understanding:
R5. Students understand that:
  • Different situations require different types of languages and tones.
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 1
Classroom Resources: 1
R6. Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
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Content Area:
Expression
Teacher Vocabulary:
R6.
  • Adapt
  • Speech
  • Contexts
  • Tasks
  • Command
  • Formal English
Knowledge:
R6. Students know:
  • Some contexts and tasks require formal English speech, while others permit more casual speech.
Skills:
R6. Students are able to:
  • Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks.
  • Demonstrate command of formal spoken English when appropriate.
Understanding:
R6. Students understand that:
  • Certain contexts and tasks will require them to speak in formal English.
  • They can change their speech, such as the vocabulary and sentence structure used, depending on the occasion.
Critical Literacy
Process and employ information for a variety of academic, occupational, and personal purposes.
Reception
Reading
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 24
Learning Activities: 2
Lesson Plans: 1
Classroom Resources: 21
1. Identify and explain an author's rhetorical choices, including point of view, purpose, anecdotes, and figurative, connotative, and technical word meanings, to develop central and supporting ideas.
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Reading
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 15
Learning Activities: 4
Classroom Resources: 11
2. Make inferences and draw logical conclusions from the content and structures of informational texts, including comparison and contrast, problem and solution, claims and evidence, cause and effect, description, and sequencing.
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Reading
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 24
Learning Activities: 5
Lesson Plans: 2
Classroom Resources: 17
3. Explain how authors use setting, plot, characters, theme, conflict, dialogue, and point of view to contribute to the meaning and purpose of prose and poetry, using textual evidence from the writing.
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Reading
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 3
Classroom Resources: 3
4. Describe the use of literary devices in prose and poetry, including simile, metaphor, personification, onomatopoeia, hyperbole, tone, imagery, irony, symbolism, and mood, and indicate how they support interpretations of the text.
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Reading
Listening
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 6
Lesson Plans: 2
Classroom Resources: 4
5. Evaluate the development of central and supporting ideas in recorded or live presentations by examining the speaker's rhetorical choices regarding point of view, purpose, anecdotes, and figurative, connotative, and technical word meanings.
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Listening
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 0
6. Support interpretations of recorded or live presentations by examining the speaker's use of hyperbole, tone, symbolism, imagery, mood, irony, and onomatopoeia.
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Listening
Expression
Writing
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 25
Learning Activities: 1
Lesson Plans: 1
Classroom Resources: 23
7. Produce clear, coherent narrative, argument, and informative/explanatory writing in which the development, organization, style, and tone are relevant to task, purpose, and audience, using an appropriate command of language.

a. Write narratives incorporating key literary elements, including characters, plot, setting, point of view, resolution of a conflict, dialogue, and sensory details.

b. Write informative or explanatory texts with an organized structure and a formal style, incorporating a focused point of view, a clear purpose, credible evidence, and technical word meanings.

c. Write an argument to convince the reader to take an action or adopt a position, stating a claim and supporting the claim with relevant, well-organized evidence from credible sources.
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Content Area:
Expression
Focus Area:
Writing
Speaking
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 1
Classroom Resources: 1
8. Participate in collaborative discussions using information from a source.
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Content Area:
Expression
Focus Area:
Speaking
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 1
Classroom Resources: 1
9. Participate in collaborative discussions about literary devices and elements found in prose and poetry.
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Content Area:
Expression
Focus Area:
Speaking
Digital Literacy
Use technology, including the Internet, to research, analyze, produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology's capacity to link to other information, people, and resources and to display information flexibly and dynamically.
Reception
Reading
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 1
Classroom Resources: 1
10. Determine subject, occasion, audience, purpose, tone, and credibility of digital sources.

Examples: online academic journals, social media, blogs, podcasts
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Reading
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 13
Learning Activities: 6
Lesson Plans: 1
Classroom Resources: 6
11. Utilize written, visual, digital, and interactive texts to generate and answer literal, interpretive, and applied questions.
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Reading
Listening
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 0
12. Interpret language to determine subject, occasion, audience, purpose, and credibility of digital sources, with guidance and support.
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Listening
Expression
Writing
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 6
Learning Activities: 1
Classroom Resources: 5
13. Create and edit digital products that are appropriate in subject and purpose for a particular audience or occasion.

Examples: social media posts, blog posts, podcast episodes, infographics
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Content Area:
Expression
Focus Area:
Writing
Speaking
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 4
Learning Activities: 1
Classroom Resources: 3
14. Enhance oral presentations by introducing ideas in digital formats with specific attention to subject, occasion, audience, and purpose.

Examples: speaking to defend or explain a digital poster, multimedia presentation, or video
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Content Area:
Expression
Focus Area:
Speaking
Language Literacy
Recognize and demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar, mechanics, and usage, including appropriate formality of language.
Reception
Reading
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 6
Classroom Resources: 6
15. Identify the conventions of standard English grammar and usage in published texts.

a. Identify subject-verb agreement when interrupted by a prepositional phrase, with inverted word order, and with indefinite pronouns as subjects.

b. Evaluate pronoun usage for number and case.

Examples: subjective, objective, possessive

c. Identify common errors in pronoun usage.

Examples: person, number, ambiguous antecedents
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Reading
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 1
Classroom Resources: 1
16. Identify the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling in published texts.

a. Identify commas, parentheses, and dashes that are used to set off nonrestrictive or parenthetical elements in texts from various genres.

Examples: poetry, informational texts, narratives
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Reading
Listening
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 0
17. Assess a speaker's organizational choices to determine point of view, purpose, and effectiveness.
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Listening
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 2
Learning Activities: 1
Classroom Resources: 1
18. Identify a speaker's correct usage of language, including subject-verb agreement and pronouns.
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Listening
Expression
Writing
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 6
Learning Activities: 3
Classroom Resources: 3
19. Demonstrate command of standard English grammar, usage, and mechanics when writing.

a. Use commas, parentheses, or dashes to set off nonrestrictive or parenthetical elements.

b. Revise writing for correct mechanics with a focus on commas, apostrophes, quotation marks, colons, and semicolons.

c. Compose and revise writing by using various pronouns and their antecedents correctly.

Examples: personal, intensive, reflexive, demonstrative, relative, interrogative, indefinite

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Content Area:
Expression
Focus Area:
Writing
Speaking
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 1
Classroom Resources: 1
20. Choose language that maintains consistency in style and tone in a variety of formal and/or informal settings.
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Content Area:
Expression
Focus Area:
Speaking
Research Literacy
Engage in inquiry through the research process to locate, acquire, refine, and present relevant and credible findings in multiple modes.
Reception
Reading
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 0
21. Summarize ethical guidelines and explain how they govern the process of finding and recording information from primary, secondary, and digital sources, with guidance and support.
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Reading
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 0
22. Assess the relevance, reliability, and validity of information from printed and/or digital texts.
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Reading
Listening
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 13
Learning Activities: 2
Lesson Plans: 2
Classroom Resources: 9
23. Use an audio or audio-visual source of information to obtain the answer to a question.
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Listening
Expression
Writing
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 7
Learning Activities: 1
Classroom Resources: 6
24. Write about research findings independently over short and/or extended periods of time.
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Content Area:
Expression
Focus Area:
Writing
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 2
Learning Activities: 1
Classroom Resources: 1
25. Quote, paraphrase, and summarize information from sources and present findings, following an appropriate citation style, with guidance and support.

Example: MLA, APA
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Content Area:
Expression
Focus Area:
Writing
Speaking
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 4
Learning Activities: 2
Lesson Plans: 1
Classroom Resources: 1
26. Utilize research findings to communicate relevant details, opinions, and ideas about a topic or text in oral presentations.

a. Answer questions in discussions about their research findings.
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Content Area:
Expression
Focus Area:
Speaking
Vocabulary Literacy
Increase academic, domain-specific, and grade-level-appropriate vocabularies through reading, word study, and class discussion.
Reception
Reading
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 6
Learning Activities: 3
Classroom Resources: 3
27. Discover word meanings by analyzing word parts, examining connotation and denotation, or using print or digital reference tools.
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Reading
Listening
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 10
Learning Activities: 1
Classroom Resources: 9
28. Discover word meanings through active listening in various contexts.

Examples: classroom discussion, oral presentations, digital formats
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Listening
Expression
Writing
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 0
29. Use academic vocabulary in writing to communicate effectively.
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Content Area:
Expression
Focus Area:
Writing
Speaking
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 6
All Resources: 0
30. Use vocabulary to create specific reactions or effects when speaking in various classroom and digital situations.
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Content Area:
Expression
Focus Area:
Speaking