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Syllabus Grade 6 English

Overview

Welcome to an exciting new year at Learning Unlimited! I am extremely happy to have you in my class and I look forward to getting to know each of you individually.

English

Throughout this course, students will study universal themes presented through a variety of literary genres, including the novel, the short story, poetry, drama, and non-fiction. While the literature textbook is the foundational resource, additional resources such as articles, stories, and poems provided in handouts may be used as well. Students will continue their study of grammar, usage, and mechanics with particular emphasis on applying grammar rules in writing via their grammar program, DGP (Daily Grammar Practice). A variety of writing assignments will allow students to expand their thinking through composition, exploring the ideas of writers and their reactions to those ideas, as well as through exploration and development of their own ideas. Expectations for writing improvement will increase as the year progresses. Vocabulary development is stressed through a study of Latin and Greek roots and their English derivatives as well as novel-related vocabulary.

Grading

Grading Procedures:
Homework and Participation 10%
Novel Study/Written Assignments 30%
Tests 30%
Extension Activities 30%

Grading Scale
98—100% A+
95—97% A
92—94% A-
89—91% B+
86—88% B
83—85% B-
80—82% C+
77—79% C
74—76% C-
71—73% D+
68—70% D
65—67% D-

Below 65% = F (fail)

Academic Goals

Academic Goals
 To improve writing skills.
 To eliminate errors in spelling, grammar, usage, and mechanics.
 To eliminate run-ons and fragments in compositions and replace them with well-thought out, complete sentences.
 To use higher-level thinking skills in the writing process, understanding that writing is a visual representation of one’s thinking.
 To write for a variety of purposes and audiences, using increasingly more sophisticated sentence structure and variety.
 To improve reading and literary skills.
 To increase vocabulary through independent reading; to enhance understanding of vocabulary related to literary selections through context clues.
 To learn about figurative language, literary genres, works, authors, and universal themes addressed in literature.
 To increase reading speed through focused, active reading.
 To improve speaking skills and to learn to speak with clear, carefully enunciated, appropriate English.
 To gain confidence in speaking before one’s peers or larger audiences.
 To make a presentation with prepared, practiced notes for effective communication.
 To improve study skills.
 To increase dependence on oneself for learning and acquisition of knowledge and skills.
 To develop independence as a learner with an understanding that a broad knowledge base is beneficial for a wide variety of reasons and that learning is a life-long endeavor.

Materials

Materials:
 one 3-ring binder with pockets
 four dividers - label them: Literature Writing Spelling & Grammar DGP
 loose-leaf paper
 pens/pencils
 index cards

Outside reading

Outside Reading: You will be required to read one extra novel per nine weeks in addition to the required novels and class assignments. These novels may be chosen from the attached reading list and you will complete a book report for them each quarter. I encourage you to select books that you have not yet read. If you are unsure of a book’s suitability please show it to me before beginning.

6th Grade Supplementary Reading List

Title Author
The House of the Scorpion Nancy Farmer
The Lightning Thief, The Red Pyramid, The Lost Hero Rick Riordan
Bud, Not Buddy, or Elijah of Buxton Christopher Paul Curtis
The Invention of Hugo Cabret Brian Selznick
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation M.T. Anderson
Bridge to Teribithia Katherine Paterson
The People of Sparks, The Prophet of Yonwood, The Diamond of Darkhold Jeanne DuPrau
The Witch of Blackbird Pond Elizabeth Speare
Freak the Mighty Rodman Philbrick
The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Michael Scott
A Wrinkle in Time Madeline L’Engle
The Lottery Rose Irene Hunt
The Outsiders S.E. Hinton
Someone Named Eva Joan M. Wolf
Out of the Dust Karen Hesse
Shabanu or its sequel, Haveli Suzanne Fisher Staples
Maximum Ride James Patterson

Conclusion

I am here to help you; if there is anything I can do, please do not hesitate to let me know and we will arrange a time to meet and/or work together.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Linda Baker
E-mail: lbaker@lupschool.com
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