Curriculum – Grade 6

Literacy and Language Arts

Overview

This is a one year course which aims to introduce students to reading interpretation, writing genres, public speaking and critical thinking. Students learn about literary essay writing, in particular how to structure and organize their ideas. In addition, they explore other modes of writing such as poetry and narrative writing along with research-based information writing. Students are taught to consider how language is used in both their own writing and the literature they read. Students will be assessed using a range of different strategies and skills. Texts for this course may include: A Wrinkle in Time, Gods, Heroes And Men Of Ancient Greece, and Rudyard Kipling’s Kiim .

Reading Units of Study

Module 1: Introduction to Genres of Literature
Module 2: Classic and Contemporary Fiction
Module 3: Nonfiction
Module 4: Poetry
Module 5: Myths, Legends, and Folktales

Writing Units of Study

Module 1: Launching the Writer’s Workshop
Module 2: Personal Narrative: Crafting Powerful Life Stories
Module 3: The Literary Essay: From Character to Compare/Contrast
Module 4: Poetry
Module 5: Research-Based Information Writing: Books, Websites, and Presentations

Word Study and Grammar Units of Study

Module 1: Parts of a Sentence
Module 2: Parts of Speech
Module 3: Complements
Module 4: Writing Complete Sentences
Module 5: Sentence Combining
Module 6: Capitalization
Module 7: Comma Usage
Module 8: Agreement

Mathematics and Numeracy

Overview

In Grade 6, instructional time should focus on four critical areas: (1) connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems; (2) completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers; (3) writing, interpreting.

Mathematics Units of Study

Module 1: Ratios and Unit Rates
Module 2: Arithmetic Operations Including Division of Fractions
Module 3: Rational Numbers
Module 4: Expressions and Equations
Module 5: Area, Surface Area, and Volume
Module 6: Statistics

Science

Overview

Systems within organisms and between them are adapted to Earth’s climate systems.

Science Units of Study

Module 1: A cell, a person, and planet Earth are each a system made up of subsystems
Module 2: Weather conditions result from the interactions among different Earth subsystems
Module 3: Regional climates strongly influence regional plant and animal structures and behaviors
Module 4: Human activities can change the amount of global warming, which impacts plants and animals

Social Studies

Overview

World History

Social Studies Units of Study

Module 1: The Stone Ages and Early Cultures
Module 2: Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent
Module 3: Ancient Egypt and Kush
Module 4: Ancient India
Module 5: Ancient China
Module 6: The Hebrews and Judaism
Module 7: Ancient Greece
Module 8: The Greek World
Module 9: Rome (Early Development)

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