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6th Grade English B

This research-based course provides structured lessons on reading comprehension, critical reading and analysis, composition, vocabulary, grammar, usage, and mechanics. Lessons are designed to develop comprehension, hone critical reading skills, build vocabulary, and help students evaluate and apply the ideas they have learned from their reading. Students practice writing throughout the course using analysis and critical thinking skills.

Course Details

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, students will be able to

  • Recognize how writers borrow ideas from other stories, introduce characters, and establish themes
  • Create a short story that incorporates comments and revisions to dialogue, scenes, and sensory language
  • Analyze the elements of a short story, such as its theme, plot, characters, and setting
  • Identify colloquial language in a short story
  • Compare and contrast ideas in informational articles and short stories
  • Identify an unreliable narrator in a short story
  • Summarize a text
  • Analyze the elements of a short story, such as its theme, plot, characters, setting, and voice
  • Learners will compare and contrast different types of literary genres, including folktales and short stories, informational texts and literature, and personal essays and informational texts
  • Identify main ideas in personal essays
  • Create a personal essay and an essay that argues a position
  • Revise writing for clarity, style, and grammar
  • Use context to discover the meaning of multiple meaning words
  • Analyze second-person point of view in a short story
  • Determine the central idea and author’s purpose in a nonfiction essay
  • Compare and contrast literary fiction and nonfiction
  • Synthesize information from different texts to create and revise a nonfiction essay about a topic
  • Distinguish between the characteristics of multimedia and print
  • Create a multimedia presentation of a story
  • Explain how learning new words and using correct grammar contribute to learning

Required Materials

  • LMS Access
  • Standard laptop or desktop computers with Windows or Mac OS
  • High-speed internet connection (Cable, DSL)
  • Required Novels:
    • The Giver by Lois Lowry
    • Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

Module Topics

  • Module 4: Telling Tales
  • Module 5: Express Yourself
  • Module 6: Play Hard


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