Fort Dodge Community School District

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Course Description:

In sixth grade Language Arts, students will increase proficiency in vocabulary, reading comprehension strategies, and fluency. They will also increase skills in spelling, sentence structure, and revising and editing. Students will explore writing genres with an emphasis on expository writing.

 The Reading/Language Arts curriculum for sixth grade follows a balanced literacy approach which provides experiences for students in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Balanced literacy is a research based approach which has shown to increase student achievement. Within the balanced literacy approach, students participate in whole group instruction with grade level text as well as small group instruction in which a student works with text at his instructional level. Small group instruction consists of a student-teacher ratio of no more than 6 students per teacher. Students are instructed in the research based five components of reading which include phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, comprehension and vocabulary

By the end of sixth grade, students will be proficient in the following Iowa Core Standards:  

Reading Literature (Fiction)

  • Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text 
  • Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments
  • 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
  • Employ the full range of research-based comprehension strategies, including making connections, determining importance, questioning, visualizing, making inferences, summarizing, and monitoring for comprehension
  • Read on-level text, both silently and orally, at an appropriate rate with accuracy and fluency to support comprehension
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone
  • Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot
  • 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, including contrasting what they "see" and "hear" when reading the text to what they perceive when they listen or watch
  • Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas and poems, in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range

Reading Information

  • Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments
  • Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes)
  • Employ the full range of research based comprehension strategies, including making connections, determining importance, questioning, visualizing, making inferences, summarizing and monitoring for comprehension
  • Read on-level text, both silently and orally, at an appropriate rate with accuracy and fluency to support comprehension
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings
  • Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas
  • Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text
  • Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue
  • Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not
  • Compare and contrast one author's presentation of events with that of another (e.g., a memoir written by and a biography on the same person)
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range

Writing

  • Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence
  • Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content
  • 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 and organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose and audience
  • With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen 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; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting
  • Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate
  • Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; assess the credibility of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and providing basic bibliographic information from sources
  • Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research
  • Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences

Speaking and Listening

  • Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly
  • Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic,text, or issue under study
  • Delineate a speaker's argument and specific claims, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not 
  • Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation
  • Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics,images, music, sound) and visual displays in presentations to clarify information
  • Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate

 

 

 

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