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					                                                 6th Grade Reading Syllabus
                                                        First Quarter
Literature
              Content                                     Process                                      Product
Summer Reading & Great Books               analyze context of setting and it’s effect   Assessment of good reader qualities
2 -3 weeks                                 on plot                                       through written work, discussion, and
                                           read to derive theme                         one-on-one conferencing
                                           grow characters                              Silverwing graphic novel project
                                           expand research strategies to unlock         Sharing/reading of recently read award-
                                           meaning of words and other worlds             winning books


World Folktales – traditional literature   chart motifs, themes, stylistic devices      Discussions and written assignments to
2 weeks                                    interpret cultural values                    compare and contrast using our charts
Overlapping prior and next units                                                         retelling of tales
                                                                                         museum project
Books on the Theme of Survival             analyze the elements of plot in several      Small group discussions, planning and
3 weeks                                    books with different settings but a           goal setting
                                           common theme                                  Thorough completion of comprehension
                                           note important details                       questions
                                           articulate understanding of story            Survival Jeopardy
                                           elements in writing and discussion            Optional creative products
                                           expand research strategies to further
                                           understanding of setting
World Historical Fiction                   analyze one book deeply for plot, setting,   Discussions
4 weeks                                    and theme as has been developing              Study Guide
                                           throughout this quarter                       Essay
                                           observe by note-taking and discussion        Creative project
                                           how award-winning authors develop
                                           characters
Poetry
Throughout the sixth grade year, students will:
 review poetic devices
 become acquainted with more poets
 continue accumulating poems in their personal poetry folder
 develop declaiming skills
 engage in various word play games and activities
 write poetry based on models and various patterns/submit entries to poetry contests
 cultivate a reflective habit

Nonfiction – first quarter goals
Review research and library skills through ongoing connections to reading units. Focus: atlas, Timetables in History and other
specialized historical reference tools.
Read various nonfiction formats including Time for Kids and other periodicals, reference books, and library books.
Cultivate an inquisitive mind and reflective journal writing.

Assessment
In the 6th grade the following habits and skills are expected before the transition to Junior High:
 Prepared for class – library books and Junior Great Books must always be brought to class
Independent goal setting and taking charge of own learning: Timely completion of contracts, keeping contracts behind the
reading tab, referring to the reading contract throughout the unit, and turning in the contract at the unit’s end.
Proficiency in each of the “Qualities of a Good Reader”
Expository paragraphs display time, thought, effort, and attentiveness to proper mechanics and spelling.
           Students should spend 30 minutes on written assignments. At this level they should spend time considering the best
           examples and working out the most thorough and logical way of organizing their explanation in a cohesive paragraph.
           Development of this writing/thinking skill is a prime objective for the year. NOTE: If students do not finish in 30
           minutes, they may stop and a parent can sign the homework notebook.

Communication
Mrs. Little: little@birchwoodschool.org.
Send a note to class or call the office requesting me to return your call.
If a parent determines that homework could not be completed, a brief note in the homework notebook next to the assignment is
all that is necessary.
                                             6th Grade Reading Syllabus
                                                         Second Quarter
Literature
              Content                                    Process                                     Product
World Historical Fiction                  analyze one book deeply for setting and    Completion of one oral reading of a
2 weeks                                   theme                                       novel with a small group, note and discuss
(Begun 1st quarter)                       observe by group reading, notetaking,      the settings affect on the plot
                                          and discussion how award-winning            Independent completion of a second
                                          authors develop setting                     novel and an essay on the theme and
                                          cooperative group skills                   characters
                                                                                      Creative product option
                                          analyze the effect of setting on mood,     Section by section comprehension
                                          character, and theme                        questions
The Big Wave by Pearl S.                  read for details by taking notes           Setting maps
Buck                                      comprehend details in the text             Paragraphs on effect of setting
1 week                                                                                incorporated into a “wave” project

Junior Great Books                        slow and active reading with notetaking    First reading notes and discussion 5 pts.
1 week focused unit – once per week for   interpretive reading and discussion        2nd reading notes and questions 5 pts.
the remainder of the year                 shared inquiry discussion                  Discussion 10 pts.
                                          expository writing                         Expository paragraph 10 pts.
                                                                                      Each story is worth 30 points.
Newbery and Great Books                   Read, read, read.                          Calendar and book log
3 weeks                                   Immersion in outstanding children’s        Discussion
                                          literature
                                          Read for meaning to develop and “grow”
                                          a character
                                          Read about authors in various formats
                                          analyze all literary elements in the       Study Guide
                                          context of a fantasy setting in a Newbery   Final exam
Mrs.Frisby and the Rats of                winner                                      Creative projects including mazes and
Nimh                                      predict outcomes                           games
2 weeks this quarter
Poetry
Throughout the sixth grade year, students will:
 review poetic devices
 become acquainted with more poets
 continue accumulating poems in their personal poetry folder
 develop declaiming skills
 engage in various word play games and activities
 write poetry based on models and various patterns/submit entries to poetry contests
 cultivate a reflective habit

Nonfiction – second quarter goals
Review research and library skills through ongoing connections to reading units. Focus: atlas, Timetables in History and other
specialized historical reference tools.
Science Fair topic reading, note-taking and outlining
Read various nonfiction formats including Time for Kids and other periodicals, reference books, and library books.
Cultivate an inquisitive mind and reflective journal writing.

Assessment
In the 6th grade the following habits and skills are expected before the transition to Junior High:
 Prepared for class – library books and Junior Great Books must always be brought to class.
Independent goal setting and taking charge of own learning: Timely completion of contracts, keeping contracts behind the
reading tab, referring to the reading contract throughout the unit, and turning in the contract at the unit’s end.
Proficiency in each of the “ Qualities of a Good Reader”
Expository paragraphs display time, thought, effort, and attentiveness to proper mechanics and spelling.
           Students should spend 30 minutes on written assignments. At this level they should spend time considering the best
           examples and working out the most thorough and logical way of organizing their explanation in a cohesive paragraph.
Development of this writing/thinking skill is a prime objective for the year. NOTE: If students do not finish in 30
minutes, they may stop and a parent can sign the homework notebook.
                                               6th Grade Reading Syllabus
                                                      Third Quarter

Literature
              Content                                   Process                                       Product
                                         analyze all literary elements in the         Chapter summaries depicting plot
                                         context of a fantasy setting in a Newbery     development; objective test
Mrs.Frisby and the Rats of               winner                                        Illustrations envisioning fantasy setting
Nimh –Robert O’Brien                     summarize                                    and plot – assembly into a book
                                         envision from animals’ perspectives          Creative projects including mazes and
3-4 weeks
                                         predict outcomes                             games

The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth        analyze style and figurative language        Post-it note prep for discussions and
Graham                                   characterize animals for their distinctive   prepared readings
3-4 weeks                                attributes                                    Reader’s theater, skits
                                         observe interactions of friends and the      Poetry
                                         effect on the plot                            Creative project options
The Lightening Thief- Rick Riordan       > explore the classical heritage of Greece    >Maps
1-2 weeks                                as it applies to modern civilization          >Creative projects
                                         >analyze the elements of the hero’s quest     >Discussions
                                         rendered in a modern-day setting              >Essay
                                         > consider the nature of family, and
                                         themes of loyalty and friendship
Immigrant Historical Fiction             develop empathy                              book log
Ongoing throughout the quarter           make connections to nonfiction reading       journal
                                         and objectives outlined in research paper
                                         for Language Arts
Poetry
Throughout the sixth grade year, students will:
 review poetic devices
 become acquainted with more poets
 continue accumulating poems in their personal poetry folder
 develop declaiming skills
 write poetry based on models and various patterns/submit entries to poetry contests
 engage in various word play games and activities
 cultivate a reflective habit

Nonfiction – third quarter goals
Application of research and library skills to quarter long research project in conjunction with Language Arts class – students
will utilize a variety of reference tools, employ an organization system, and develop note-taking skills
Note-taking and outlining
Skimming and scanning
Reading and discussion skills centering on journal articles about current events and future problems

Assessment
In the 6th grade the following habits and skills are expected before the transition to Junior High:
 Prepared for class – library books and Junior Great Books must always be brought to class.
Independent goal setting and taking charge of own learning: Timely completion of contracts, keeping contracts behind the
reading tab, referring to the reading contract throughout the unit, and turning in the contract at the unit’s end.
Proficiency in each of the “ Qualities of a Good Reader”
Expository paragraphs display time, thought, effort, and attentiveness to proper mechanics and spelling.
           Students should spend 30 minutes on written assignments. At this level they should spend time considering the best
           examples and working out the most thorough and logical way of organizing their explanation in a cohesive paragraph.
           Development of this writing/thinking skill is a prime objective for the year. NOTE: If students do not finish in 30
           minutes, they may stop and a parent can sign the homework notebook.
                                            6th Grade Reading Syllabus
                                                  Fourth Quarter

Literature
            Content                                   Process                                     Product
The Lightening Thief by Rick          > explore the classical heritage of Greece   >Maps
                                      as it applies to modern civilization         >Creative projects
Riordan
                                      >analyze the elements of the hero’s quest    >Discussions
1-2 weeks                             rendered in a modern-day setting             >Essay
                                      > consider the nature of family, and
                                      themes of loyalty and friendship
Greek Mythology                       read to list major gods,                    chart
3-4 weeks                             attributes and symbols                       drawings
                                      comprehend origins and uses of              book
                                      myths in historical context and in           original myth
                                      current society
Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain               detect various types of literary            chapter by chapter summaries
3-4 weeks                             style                                        discussions, dramatic readings
                                      summarize and predict plot                  skits
                                      read to learn about the author              Twain mail
                                                                                   test

Poetry
Throughout the sixth grade year, students will:
 review poetic devices
 become acquainted with more poets
 continue accumulating poems in their personal poetry folder develop declaiming skills
 engage in various word play games and activities
 write poetry based on models and various patterns/submit entries to poetry contests
         (Creative Communication Contest is due April 5th)
 cultivate a reflective habit

Nonfiction – fourth quarter goals
Read one full-length biography and one companion nonfiction book
Note-taking and outlining
Skimming and scanning
Biography project exhibiting proficiency in nonfiction reading/writing skills
Review test-taking skills for the Iowa Test of Basic Skills and the Ohio Achievement Test

Assessment
In the 6th grade the following habits and skills are expected before the transition to Junior High:
 Prepared for class – library books and Junior Great Books must always be brought to class.
Independent goal setting and taking charge of own learning: Timely completion of contracts, keeping contracts
behind the reading tab, referring to the reading contract throughout the unit, and turning in the contract at the unit’s
end.
At the end of the 6th grade year a Birchwood 6th grader will take a final exam demonstrating proficiency in:
          the analysis of plot, setting, theme, characterization and style in a grade level work of fiction
          demonstrated by expository paragraphs which provide reasons and examples
           the ability to summarize chapters, current events articles, and other short nonfiction selections using
          SQR, main idea, and sequencing subskills
          the use of all reference books
           research subskills

				
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