6th Grade ELA / Writing Class *taught to the CA ELA standards for 6th grade*
This course is designed with the new 6th grade student in mind. Through the analysis of literature, students will learn how to identify major parts of a story, the key ingredients to proper writing and grammar, and demonstrate their learning through various writing assignments. This course moves the student from proper paragraph format and one page responses to a minimum three page, properly organized composition. In addition to the weekly writing, reading, and ELA assignments, there will be a research project, delivery of an informative presentation and a minimum three page report/paper for this grade level, over the course of the year.
Class instruction (for Fall and Spring) includes: * Determining meaning through the use of figurative language and connotative meanings * Comparing the texts in different forms or genres for approach to themes and topics * Quoting text to give to evidence when writing * Describing how a plot unfolds and the changes that occur as the plot moves toward resolution * Using technology to improve writing and gather information * Integrating inference and analyzing on informational texts (i.e. non-fiction; articles, etc.) to arrive at the main ideas * Practicing the stages of writing (planning, drafting, revising/editing, final product) * Writing arguments to support claims with relevant evidence from text * Writing explanatory texts with a basic thesis statement and concluding statement or section * Creating a research project using several sources with Bibliography * Creating a typed paper of a minimum of 3 pages * Learning how to avoid plagiarism * Producing stories, real or imagined, with descriptive details, dialogue and clear sequence of events * Engaging in collaborative discussions in class about the stories we read, information we learn, etc. * Presenting a piece of writing (poem, speech, etc.) orally to class * Reviewing all pronouns and proper use * Using commas appropriately * Using underlining, quotation marks, or italics to indicate titles of literary works * Expanding, combining or reducing sentences to create greater meaning and interest * Discovering new vocabulary each week through word studies from our text and Greek/Latin root words
This is a year-long class and it is assumed a fall student will continue through the spring. This design allows continuity in learning and skills acquired for the student; allowing the topics to build upon one another, from one semester into the next. However, students are welcome to join after the semester begins or mid-year with instructor permission.
Required Equipment: * Gmail account * Headphones with mic ability * Scanning ability (Simple Scanner app is free and highly recommended) * Internet/Wifi connection * Google docs access (free and only requires a gmail account) * Printer ability for weekly homework * FALL NOVELS: 1) Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson 2) Percy Jackson and the Olympians - The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan * SPRING NOVELS: 1) The Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation): The True Story of an American Team’s Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympicsby Daniel James Brown 2)
Weekly Class Time:Tuesdays,11:30 am - 12:30 pm (log-in at 11:25am) Assigned Work for the Week: approximately three assignments per week
15 students max per class. Vouchers are due by the first day of class. Private pay options are available. Please email to request this option.