English Language Arts Curriculum Map - 6th Grade

This is a curriculum overview of the various literary skills and concepts which will be taught in English Language Arts this school year.  This curriculum overview is organized according to Minneapolis Public Schools quarter calendar.  This is a changing document, which means that changes can occur in the curriculum because of time constraints or the needs of the students.

English 6

Mrs. Shannon

1st Quarter

August 29-November 3

2nd Quarter

November 7-January 20

3rd Quarter

January 24-March 29

4th Quarter

April 9-June 5

Quarter Theme

 

State Standards/

Benchmarks

 

http://www.corestandards.org/

Tests of Courage

 

 

Key Ideas & Details:

6.4.2.2*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.

6.4.3.3*Describe how a particular story’s/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.

Craft & Structure:

6.4.4.4*Determine the meaning of words/phrases as used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.

6.4.6.6*Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.

Key Ideas & Details

6.5.1.1*Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as…

6.5.2.2*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.

6.5.3.3*Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text.

Craft and Structure

6.5.4.4*Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.

6.5.5.5*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.

6.5.6.6*Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.

Text Types & Purposes

6.7.1.1*Write arguments to support claims w/clear reasons and relevant evidence. (a-e)

6.7.2.2*Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of content. (a-f)

6.7.3.3 (a-f)*Write narratives and other creative texts to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

Writing Process

6.7.4.4*Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

6.7.5.5*Use a writing process to develop and strengthen writing.

6.7.6.6*Use technology, including the internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate w/others.

Comprehension & Collaboration

6.9.1.1 (a-e)*Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions w/diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Conventions

6.11.1.1*Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing and speaking

6.11.2.2 *Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English when writing

Knowledge of Language

6.11.3.3*Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening;

Vocabulary Acquisition & Use

6.11.4.4*Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 6 reading and content; 6.11.5.5*Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings;

6.11.6.6*Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

 

 

Growth and Change

 

 

Key Ideas & Details:

6.4.1.1*Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

6.4.2.2*Determine a theme or central idea of a text…

6.4.3.3*Describe how a particular story/drama’s plot unfolds…how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward resolution.

Craft & Structure:

6.4.4.4*Determine the meaning of words/phrases as used in a text…; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.

6.4.5.5*Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of theme, setting, or plot.

6.4.6.6*Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.

Integration of Knowledge & Ideas

6.4.9.9*Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres…in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.

Range of Reading & Level of Text

6.4.10.10* Read and comprehend literature independently with…

Key Ideas & Details

6.5.1.1*Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as…

6.5.2.2*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.

6.5.3.3*Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text.

Craft and Structure

6.5.4.4*Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.

6.5.5.5*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.

6.5.6.6*Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.

Integration of Knowledge & Ideas

6.5.9.9*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)

Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity

6.5.10.10*Read and comprehend literary nonfiction text…

Text Types & Purposes

6.7.1.1*Write arguments to support claims w/clear reasons and relevant evidence. (a-e)

6.7.2.2*Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of content. (a-f)

Writing Process

6.7.4.4*Produce clear and coherent writing…appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

6.7.5.5*Use a writing process…

6.7.6.6*Use technology to produce and publish writing…

Comprehension & Collaboration

6.9.1.1 (a-e)*Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions w/diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Conventions

6.11.1.1*Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing and speaking

6.11.2.2 *Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English when writing

Knowledge of Language

6.11.3.3*Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening;

Vocabulary Acquisition & Use

6.11.4.4*Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 6 reading and content; 6.11.5.5*Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings;

6.11.6.6*Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

Family/Common Good

 

 

Key Ideas & Details:

6.4.1.1*Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

6.4.2.2*Determine a theme or central idea of a text…

6.4.3.3*Describe how a particular drama’s plot unfolds…how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward resolution.

Craft & Structure:

6.4.4.4*Determine the meaning of words/phrases as used in a text…; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.

6.4.5.5*Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of theme, setting, or plot.

6.4.6.6*Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.

Integration of Knowledge & Ideas

6.4.7.7*Compare and contrast the experience of reading a story to viewing a video version of the text, including contrasting what they “see” and “hear” when reading the text to what they perceive when they watch.

Range of Reading & Level of Text

6.4.10.10* Read and comprehend literature independently with…

Key Ideas & Details

6.5.1.1*Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as…

6.5.2.2*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.

6.5.3.3*Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text.

Craft and Structure

6.5.4.4*Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.

6.5.5.5*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.

6.5.6.6*Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.

Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity

6.5.10.10*Read and comprehend literary nonfiction text…

Text Types & Purposes

6.7.1.1*Write arguments to support claims w/clear reasons and relevant evidence. (a-e)

6.7.2.2*Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of content. (a-f)

Writing Process

6.7.4.4*Produce clear and coherent writing…appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

6.7.5.5*Use a writing process…

6.7.6.6*Use technology to produce and publish writing…

Comprehension & Collaboration

6.9.1.1 (a-e)*Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions w/diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Conventions

6.11.1.1*Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing and speaking

6.11.2.2 *Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English when writing

Knowledge of Language

6.11.3.3*Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening;

Vocabulary Acquisition & Use

6.11.4.4*Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 6 reading and content; 6.11.5.5*Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings;

6.11.6.6*Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

Taking a Stand

 

 

Key Ideas & Details

6.4.1.1*Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

6.4.2.2*Determine a theme or central idea of a text…

6.4.3.3*Describe how a particular drama’s plot unfolds…how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward resolution.

Craft & Structure:

6.4.4.4*Determine the meaning of words/phrases as used in a text…; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.

6.4.5.5*Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of theme, setting, or plot.

6.4.6.6*Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.

Range of Reading & Level of Text

6.4.10.10* Read and comprehend literature independently with…

Key Ideas & Details

6.5.1.1*Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as…

6.5.2.2*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.

6.5.3.3*Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text.

Craft and Structure

6.5.4.4*Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.

6.5.5.5*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.

6.5.6.6*Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.

Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity

6.5.10.10*Read and comprehend literary nonfiction text…

Text Types & Purposes

6.7.1.1*Write arguments to support claims w/clear reasons and relevant evidence. (a-e)

6.7.2.2*Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of content. (a-f)

Writing Process

6.7.4.4*Produce clear and coherent writing…appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

6.7.5.5*Use a writing process…

6.7.6.6*Use technology to produce and publish writing…

Comprehension & Collaboration

6.9.1.1 (a-e)*Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions w/diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Conventions

6.11.1.1*Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing and speaking

6.11.2.2 *Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English when writing

Knowledge of Language

6.11.3.3*Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening;

Vocabulary Acquisition & Use

6.11.4.4*Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 6 reading and content; 6.11.5.5*Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings;

6.11.6.6*Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression

 

Enduring Understandings

 

*Students will understand that there are many kinds of courage:  physical, inner strength, and the courage that it takes to live everyday.

*Students will understand the characteristics (courage, moral strength, and self-knowledge) that enable people to face the challenges that life presents.

 

 

*Students will understand the concept of change and that nothing remains the same.

*Students will understand that in order to grow as a person one must go through a season of change.

*Students will understand what it means to belong or want to belong.

 

 

*Students will understand how the barriers/obstacles that one experiences in life helps them to become stronger.

*Students will understand how personal, imaginative, and familial experiences can evolve into a story.

*Students will understand how knowledge of family history is important to knowledge of self.

 

*Students will understand the importance of setting goals that are attainable.

*Students will understand how the barriers/obstacles that one experiences in life helps them to make decisions.

*Students will understand the concepts of fairness and justice.

 

 

 

Essential Questions

 

 

 

 

What characteristics do you admire in people?

What are the elements of a good story?

How can a story teach a lesson or give insight into a person’s experience?

 

 

 

 

 

Why is it a threat to be feared and a challenge to be welcomed?

Does being a part of something, such as, a family, culture; help to buffer the pain of growth and change?

How does your heritage help to define who you are?

What affects your sense of belonging?

Is it important to feel that you belong?

 

 

 

 

How do we overcome the barriers each of us must face?

Why is knowledge of family important to knowing who you are?

How can familial/personal experiences evolve into life stories?

 

 

 

 

 

How does your present situation affect your future dreams?

How does history have an impact on today’s world?

How can you make your own mark in life?

How do perceived barriers like race (skin color) disintegrate when historical knowledge becomes relevant??

 

 

Academic Skills

 

Setting a purpose for reading

Elements of fiction/nonfiction

Literary Elements: (plot/theme/setting/characters/

Conflict-resolution)

Flashback

Foreshadowing

Character Analysis

Prior Knowledge (Text to Self)

Main Idea/Supporting Details

Figurative Language:

Similes/metaphors/personification

Writing:

Summarization

Oral Presentation/Narrative Essay

Response to Literature

Vocabulary

Setting a purpose for reading

Elements of fiction/nonfiction

Fact/Opinion

Compare/Contrast

Flashback

Foreshadowing

Interpretation

Role-Playing

Summarization

Making Inferences

Predicting

Responding to Literature

Literary and Character Analysis

Imagery/Figurative Language

Language of Poetry (similes/metaphors/personification/

Rhyme and repetition/rhythm)

Vocabulary

Setting a purpose for reading

Summarization

Sequencing

Compare/Contrast

Flashback

Foreshadowing

Visualizing

Making Connections

Vocabulary

Study of Poetry:

Cinquain

Limerick

Lyric

Definition

Tone and Word Choice

Imagery and Figurative Language

Root words/Prefixes/Suffixes

 

 

Setting a purpose for reading

Cause/Effect

Foreshadowing

Making generalizations

Author’s Purpose

Symbolism

Voice

Imagery

Editorial writing

Informative

Vocabulary

Flashback

Assessment

 

Compare/Contrast Two Voice Poem

Personal Narrative Essay

Literature Response

Collins Writing – Type I & II

Socratic Seminar

Literature Quiz

Haiku Poem

Personal Narrative Essay

Literature Response

Collins Writing – Type I & II

Socratic Seminar

Literature Quiz

 

Directions-How to Paper

Poetry Writing – Cinquain, Limerick, Lyric, & Definition

Compare/Contrast Essay

Collins Writing – Type I, II, & III

Literature Quiz

Research Report

Letter to the Editor-Editorial

Presentation of Final Project

Literature Quiz

Resources Needed

 

Great Books Roundtable- “Introduction to Poetry”

NovelsSeedfolks & Touching Spirit Bear

Writing- Collins

Writing Genres –Literature Response, & Compare/Contrast Poetry – “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings”  “The Rose that Grew from Concrete” Two Voice Poem from AVID

Reader’s Handbook – Elements of a Novel

Write Source – Literature Response Paper

 

Great Books (RT)– “The White Umbrella”

NovelsDragon Wings & Soldier’s Heart

Literature In Thought

 “Prospective Immigrants Please Note”

“The Golden Mountain Poem”

Write Source

Hip-Hop & the Classics in the Classroom

NovelsWalk Two Moons & Holes

Addtn’l Companion Lit. – “Moon” by Chaim Potok & “The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Reader’s Handbook

Write Source – Six Traits

Hip-Hop & the Classics in the Classroom

“A Slave Narrative”

Great Books (RT) – “Raymond’s Run”

Novel – Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

https://www.msu.edu/~wohltjes/WebQuest/intro.htm

Daybook

Reader’s Handbook

Write Source – Six Traits

Hip-Hop & the Classics in the Classroom