Following the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, sixth graders develop skills in reading,
writing, speaking and listening, and language through experience with print and digital resources. Students read a wide
range of text, varying in levels of sophistication and purpose. Through print and non-print text, they develop
comprehension strategies, vocabulary, as well as high order thinking skills. They read a balance of short and long
fiction, drama, poetry, and informational text such as memoirs, articles, and essays and apply skills such as citing
evidence, determining theme, and analyzing how parts of the text affect the whole.
Students learn about the writing-reading connection by drawing upon and writing about evidence from literary and
informational texts. Writing skills, such as the ability to plan, revise, edit, and publish, develop as students practice
skills of specific writing types such as arguments, informative/explanatory texts, and narratives. Guided by rubrics,
students write for a variety of purposes and audiences. Sixth graders also conduct short research projects drawing on
and citing several sources appropriately.
They hone skills of flexible communication and collaboration as they learn to work together, express and listen
carefully to ideas, integrate information and use media and visual displays to help communicate ideas. Students learn
language conventions and vocabulary to help them understand and analyze words and phrases, relationships among
words, and shades of meaning that affect the text they read, write, and hear. Students are encouraged to engage in
daily independent reading to practice their skills and pursue their interests.