English Language Arts


RL6.3 Learning Targett
“I can explain how the characters change and respond to the events in the story”

W 6.3 Learning Target
“I can write a fictional story. My story has a sequence of events. My story has a narrator, characters, and a setting”

L 6.3 Learning Target
“I can use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

V 6.4 Learning Target
I can clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 6 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

RL6.4 Learning Target
“I can understand figurative language in text”

RL6.4 Learning Target
“I can analyze sentences and paragraphs in my reading”


RI 6.1 Learning Target
I can read an informational text. I can cite evidence to support my inferences drawn from the text.

S&L 6.3 Learning Target
Describe a speaker’s argument and specific claims, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.

RI 6.2 Learning Target
I can read an informational text. I can cite evidence to support my inferences drawn from the text.

W 6.5 Learning Target

I can use the steps of the writing process. I can plan, revise, edit, and rewrite my writing.

RL6.1 Learning Target
“I can cite evidence from the text to prove my inferences about the text I am reading”


W 6.1 Learning Target
“I can write arguments. I can write with a formal style and concluding statement.

W 6.2 Learning Target
“I can write informative texts on a topic. I can introduce a topic in an organized way with facts, examples, and quotes”

SL6.1 Learning Target
“I can discuss what I have read with my peers. I can express my own thoughts and opinions”

SL6.4 Learning Target
“I can make a speech to an audience. I can make a logical argument using descriptions, facts, and details””

W 6.5 Learning Target 

I can use the steps of the writing process. I can plan, revise, edit, and rewrite my writing.

W 6.7 Learning Target 

I can use research to answer a question. I can use several sources of information in my writing.” 


Using the Common Core Standards as a guide, we will examine newspapers, film, video, textbooks, and other sources to study biographies, short stories, poems, plays, novels, and essays.
Literary elements such as sentence structure, tone, word choice, plot, character quailty, turning point, dialogue, setting and sequence will be examined. We also will seek to connect our reading, writing, and speaking to global issues that affect our lives through the study of other cultures and their perspectives.

We will study migration through the eyes of global immigrants as well as personal stories.The culminating project for this unit includes a Migration Mosaic.
Did you know there are “live” words as well as “dead” words? We will look at where words come from and what they mean in the context of the story. In addition, we will write research reports and learn the importance of footnotes, bibliographies, and the issues surrounding plagiarism. If you need help with grammar, please visit the ELA conventions page.

What does the text say? (Key Ideas and Details)
What does the text do? (Craft and Structure)
What does the text mean? (Integration of Knowledge and Ideas)

Reading closely for meaning…making sense of the words…citing evidence from the text… figuring out central ideas…summarize key details…analyze plot and character changes over time…examine point of view…look at how the story is crafted and why…evaluate arguments and claims..

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• Write to communicate real or imagined experiences…create clear storylines…
• Strengthen writing with planning, revising, editing, rewriting…
• Write routinely over long and short time frames
• Use technology to produce and communicate ideas…
• Research projects based on focused quesions that show my understanding of the subject
• Use mulitiple sources to figure out what’s true about the topic



– Writers develop their story characters through the characters’ words, thoughts, and actions
– We will track how a character might grow and change in a story

– The character’s personality shown through words, thoughts, actions

– Where and when a story takes place

– a series of actions or events in a story. (found in a novel, play, movie, tv show, game, etc.)

– a problem or disagreement

– When and how a problem or conflict is solved in the story

– The lesson about life learned from the story

– Writer’s attidude toward the subject

– Writer’s attidude toward the subject

– written conversation between 2 or more characters



                            INFORMATIONAL TEXT

– Examining and conveying complicated ideas, gathering information from multiple sources
– Making claims about text through accurate, supporting evidence
– Writing a well organized essay and bibliography with a specific audience in mind



– Claim / Thesis
– Argument to support claims
– Counterargument
– Fallacious Reasoning
– Valid Evidence
– Unsupported Inferences
– Propaganda

Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

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