Grade 6 ELA is an integrated language arts program utilizing a variety of literature to
develop an understanding of plot, setting, conflict, characters, theme and meanings
beyond the literal level. There is emphasis on critical stance writing prompts in which
students develop analytical skills, application of different critical and creative thinking
strategies (brainstorming, free writing and Semantic Mapping) in developing
organization in writing stories, paragraphs, book reviews and essays, and opportunities
for a variety of writing activities including responses to literature, journal entries of
personal reactions to an experience or event, in-class "writing to a prompt," persuasive
and descriptive paragraphs, summaries and reports.
Instructional practices are guided by Common Core Standards for reading, writing and
speaking and may include Interdisciplinary units in both the language arts and social
studies curriculum including literature, oral reports, and written assignments in which
students share their writing in group discussions, working both with partners and in
small cooperative groups.
State Assessment: Grade 6 New York State ELA Assessment.