The 6th Grade Curriculum
Sixth grade readers will foster an appreciation for literature through comprehension and analysis of a variety of texts, including fantasy, classic future/dystopian fiction, biography, graphic novel, poetry, folklore, and journalism. Students will analyze, discuss, and explore texts during literary circles and teacher guided discussions in addition to monthly "choice" projects. In addition to reading, Writer's Workshops will complement the themes introduced throughout the course.
Figurative language, vocabulary, word recognition and fluency will be emphasized and practiced throughout the course of study and Scantron testing will be used to provide a comprehensive analysis of students' progress in these areas.
We dive into European history using Prentice Hall's "History of Our World" and supplemental resources. The use of Chromebooks further enhances our global study beginning with the ancient classical civilizations through the Middles Ages and Renaissance, to the early modern period. We will also be studying the prehistory of America and its indigenous people so students can begin the process of piecing together a large world-view rather than learning in depth about any specific time or place.
On a typical day, students strengthen computation and estimation skills, expand logical reasoning, analytical and problem solving abilities by exploring patterns and mathematical rules. These practices cultivate a strong understanding of concepts and processes, which is critical to one's academic success.
Instruction frequently includes work at the board, the use of hands on materials, and working with partners or in differentiated small groups to develop math confidence. We work on applying math knowledge and skills to real life situations in order to stimulate a lasting interest in math.
Our standards-based math curriculum develops understanding of algebraic concepts and skills involving integers, ratio, proportion, percents, data analysis and probability.
Students will write clear, coherent and focused essays through ten step Process Writing. This method of writing development is extremely successful in encouraging young writers by building confidence through completion of specific stages. Forms of writing will include high school essays, autobiographies, research papers, persuasive essays, technical documents, and summaries.
Grammar will be supported and mastered through daily language review with concentration on simple versus complex sentences, pronouns, prepositional phrases, and punctuation.
Vocabulary is a tool for expression and reading comprehension. Students will build vocabulary through instruction guided by Wordly Wise. Many creative avenues will spark interest in young writers who will combine Process Writing, strong grammar, and vocabulary with their own voice. Finally, Portfolio Assessment will offer an opportunity for the young writers to reflect on their own growth. This promotes improvement through self-motivation.
Through demonstrations, hands-on activities, experiments, and innovative use of technology in the classroom the sixth grade scholars develop an appreciation and respect for the world around us. The course is structures around the following units:
Students continue to develop their understanding of the Catholic tradition. They serve as Mass buddies to our kindergartners, modeling leadership and responsibility.