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Mahomet-Seymour Schools

 Curriculum

Language Arts - Grade 6

 

Paragraph Writing

 

The learner will be able to identify and generate an appropriate topic sentence.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to locate and give examples of supporting detail for a given topic sentence.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to formulate supporting details for the topic sentences they generate.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to produce a concluding sentence which summarizes the paragraph while restating the topic sentence.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to select and utilize appropriate transitions for their paragraph.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to edit the paragraph for grammatical and mechanical errors.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to develop a well-constructed paragraph which is tailored to the audience and uses all of the aforementioned processes.

 

  

 

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Sentences

 

The learner will be able to identify and write the four types of sentences.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to label the subject and predicate of a sentence.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to differentiate between coordinating and subordinating conjunctions.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify, construct, and compare/contrast compound and complex sentences.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to determine whether a sentence is a fragment, run-on, or complete.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to reconstruct sentence fragments and run-on sentences to make them complete.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to write a complete sentence.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify and compose sentences in which subject-verb agreement if evident.

 

  

 

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Essay Writing

 

The learner will be able to formulate a clear and concise thesis statement for the introductory and concluding paragraphs.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to write a clear topic sentence for each of the three body paragraphs.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to develop an appropriate attention getter to gain the reader's interest.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to use transition words as needed between words, sentences and, paragraphs.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to include vivid and precise language (i.e. adjectives, verbs, and adverbs).

 

  

 

The learner will be able to edit the essay for mechanical errors.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to construct a well-developed five paragraph essay with an introductory paragraph, three body paragraphs, and a concluding paragraph.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to differentiate between narrative, expository, and persuasive essays.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to determine the audience for which the essay is written.

 

  

 

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Creative Writing

 

The learner will be able to brainstorm ideas to use for writing topics.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compose a rough draft on their selected topic.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to revise the rough draft to make it more clear and concise.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to edit the rough draft individually and with a peer for grammatical and mechanical errors.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to produce a final draft.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to express a written opinion on daily journal assignments.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to justify the actions of particular characters from novel, short stories, and plays by writing about them in journals.

 

  

 

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Report Writing

 

The learner will be able to select a broad topic to be used for a research paper.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to narrow the broad topic into five subtopics by formulating general question about the topic.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to research information on the selected topic using a variety of resources.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to categorize and organize information onto note cards without using complete sentences.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compose a thesis statement which sums up the main point of the report.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to evaluate note cards to determine which information should be included and which should be omitted.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to arrange the remaining note cards in a logical order.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to develop an outline based on the arrangement of the notes.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to prepare a rough draft which includes at least seven paragraphs.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to revise and edit the rough draft.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to document facts, quotations, and passages with citations.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to write a final draft.

 

  

 

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Poetry Writing

 

The learner will be able to express their feelings on a given topic via a poem.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compose various types of poems following the given rules for each type.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to use poetic devices such as alliteration, assonance, onomatopoeia, similes, metaphors, and imagery to create a well-constructed poem.

 

  

 

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Parts of Speech

 

The learner will be able to write a sentence in which a given part of speech is used and labeled correctly.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to differentiate between the eight main parts of speech.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to use various parts of speech appropriately when writing sentences, paragraphs, essays, and research papers.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to recognize and label all parts of speech in a sentence.

 

  

 

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Spelling

 

The learner will be able to use spelling words in a sentence.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify spelling words based on a given definition.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to proofread a paragraph to find misspelled words.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to use context clues to determine which spelling word would be best in a given situation.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to differentiate between various homonyms.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to spell the twenty list words correctly on a test.

 

  

 

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Punctuation

 

The learner will be able to find punctuation errors in a given sentence.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to edit a peer's writing for punctuation errors.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to use appropriate punctuation in all writing.

 

  

 

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Folklore

 

The learner will be able to distinguish between fairy tales, myths, legends, and fables.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to interpret the morals of fables.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to dramatize a fairy tale, legend, and/ or fable.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to debate the innocent or guilty behavior of Hansel and Gretel.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss the messages of fairy tales, myths, legends, and fables.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to create a fable, fairy tall tale, myth or legend.

 

  

 

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Literature Circles

 

The learner will be able to engage in literature discussion with peers.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare/contrast genres.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify themes from novels.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to connect the themes from novels to everyday life.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to share highlights from novel with other literature groups.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to select and define vocabulary words from novel.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to design movie poster including plot information.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to plot climaxes throughout novel.

 

  

 

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Novel

 

The learner will be able to define vocabulary words.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to construct mobiles using vocabulary words.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare/contrast physical and emotional characteristics of main characters.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze major themes.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to role-play significant scenes from chapters.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify setting, conflict, climax, characters and resolution.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to locate figurative language used throughout novel.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to summarize chapters.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to write opinion paragraphs.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to plot climaxes through out novel.

 

  

 

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Plays

 

The learner will be able to accurately portray a character's thought, feelings, and actions.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to follow stage directions.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to create props representing scenes from the play.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to read lines using appropriate tone, speed, punctuation, and enunciation.

 

  

 

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Poetry

 

The learner will be able to identify figurative language: alliteration, personification, onomatopoeia, hyperbole, simile, metaphor.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to distinguish between simile and metaphor.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to recognize different rhyming patterns.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to interpret and discuss meaning of poems.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to define difficult words.

 

  

 

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Short Stories

 

The learner will be able to define vocabulary words.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare/contrast physical and emotional characteristics of main characters.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to sketch an important scene.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify setting, characters, conflict, climax, and resolution.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe the type of main conflict: man vs. man, man vs. himself, man vs. nature, man vs. society, man vs. fate.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to locate written techniques used throughout short story: flashback, foreshadowing, similes, metaphors, symbols, irony.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss theme.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to construct projects related to theme and character.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to predict resolutions.

 

  

 

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Informational Speech

 

The learner will be able to prepare a 5-10 minute speech.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to outline information into a speech format.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to order information to produce a logical flow of ideas.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to paraphrase information in an organized manner.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to give examples to support subtopics.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to create visual props to further explain information.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to teach other students about topic.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to present information using correct speed, tone, pronunciation, and enunciation.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to utilize eye contact and hand gestures to keep audience attentive.

 

  

 

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Informal Speaking

 

The learner will be able to discuss a short story, novel, play, etc.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to paraphrase the themes of short stories, novels, plays, etc.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to create an impromptu speech.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to debate controversial issues from short stories, novels, plays, nonfiction, etc.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to share stories of their own from writer's workshop.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to spell words to review for spelling tests.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to summarize significant events in short stories, novels, plays, etc.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to support opinions by giving examples from the text.

 

  

 

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