• Sixth Grade English Language Arts

    This class includes reading, writing, and grammar.  
    The reading part of the class consists of reading fiction and nonfictions novels, short stories, and articles.  The students are given opportunities to read silently, with partners, and in small groups. We write about our reactions and share through group discussions.  Thhe students answer comprehension questions and work on vocabulary.  
    The students are required to read one novel each month.  A book report/project is to be turned in on each book.  The book report/project is different for each month.  
     In the writing part of the class, we focus on writing informational, narrative and argumentative essays.  Writing skills are taught through mini lessons.  The students then apply these lesson in their writing.  
    The grammar lessons are taught on specific skills and the students apply these in their writing.  
    Listed below are the novels that I select from each year.  We do not read all of these books.  Both reading classes do not always read the same books.  There are also several selections from the reading book that can be  read each year.  

    Summer of the Swans – Betsy Byars

    Shadow of a Bull – Maia Wojciechowska

    Sing Down the Moon – Scott O’Dell

    Call It Courage – Armstrong Sperry

    The Black Pearl – Scott O’Dell

    Island of the Blue Dolphins – Scott O’Dell

    A Single Shard – Linda Sue Park

    Interrupted Journey – Kathryn Lasky

    Pictures of Hollis Woods – Patricia Reilly Giff

    A Long Way from Chicago – Richard Peck

    Hatchet – Gary Paulson

    Bridge to Terabithia – Katherine Paterson

    Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH – Robert C. O’Brien

    The Hundred Dresses – Eleanor Estes

    The Westing Game – Ellen Raskin

    Al Capone Does My Shirts - Gennifer Choldenko
    Walk Two Moons - Sharon Creech
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