BPS District English Standards Book

K-12 Grade Levels

Grade 06

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Grade Level LogoIn 6th grade, students apply skills they learned in earlier grades to make sense of longer, more challenging books and articles. That includes learning about how authors try to influence readers and find reasons to support their ideas. Focusing on how authors make their points and support their arguments with evidence and reasoning helps 6th grade students sharpen their ability to write and speak with more clarity and coherence. Students also will expand their vocabularies and use new words in their stories, reports, and essays. To meet these literacy goals, students must devote significant attention to precise details in their reading and when writing.

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ELA-06.RL Grade 6Reading Literature Strand

  • ELA-06.RL.01  Read closely to comprehend Literature/Fiction text.
  • ELA-06.RL.02  Determine a theme or central idea of a text and explain how it is conveyed through particular details.
  • ELA-06.RL.03  Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
  • ELA-06.RL.04  Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
  • ELA-06.RL.05  Analyze how part of a text fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.
  • ELA-06.RL.06  Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.
  • ELA-06.RL.07  Compare and contrast the experience of reading a story, drama, or poem to listening to or viewing an audio, video, or live version of the text, including contrasting what they “see” and “hear” when reading the text to what they perceive when they watch or listen.
  • ELA-06.RL.08  (Not applicable to literature)
  • ELA-06.RL.09  Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.
  • ELA-06.RL.10  By the end of grade 6, read and comprehend grade-level appropriate literature, in a variety of print genres and other media, proficiently and independently, with scaffolding as needed.

ELA-06.RI Grade 6Reading Information Strand

  • ELA-06.RI.01  Read closely to comprehend Informational/Nonfiction text.
  • ELA-06.RI.02  Determine a central idea of a text and explain how it is conveyed through particular details.
  • ELA-06.RI.03  Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text.
  • ELA-06.RI.04  Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
  • ELA-06.RI.05  Describe how a paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas.
  • ELA-06.RI.06  Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.
  • ELA-06.RI.07  Integrate information presented in different media or formats as well as in written text to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
  • ELA-06.RI.08  Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.
  • ELA-06.RI.09  Compare and contrast one author’s presentation of events with that of another.
  • ELA-06.RI.10  By the end of grade 6, read and comprehend grade-level appropriate literature, in a variety of print genres and other media, proficiently and independently, with scaffolding as needed.

ELA-06.W Grade 6Writing Strand

  • ELA-06.W.01  Write arguments to support claim(s) (thesis statement) with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
  • ELA-06.W.02  Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
  • ELA-06.W.03  Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
  • ELA-06.W.04  Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
  • ELA-06.W.05  Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
  • ELA-06.W.06  Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish grade-level writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
  • ELA-06.W.07  Conduct short research projects to answer a question.
  • ELA-06.W.08  Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources.
  • ELA-06.W.09  Incorporate evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.


ELA-06.SL Grade 6Speaking and Listening Strand

  • ELA-06.SL.01  Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • ELA-06.SL.02  Use introductory note-taking strategies to interpret information presented in diverse media and formats and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
  • ELA-06.SL.03  Evaluate a speaker’s argument and specific claims, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.
  • ELA-06.SL.04  Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
  • ELA-06.SL.05  Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify information.
  • ELA-06.SL.06  Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

A Sample of What Your Child Will Be Working on in 6th Grade

  • Analyzing how chapters of a book, scenes of a play, or stanzas of a poem fit into the overall structure of the piece and contribute to the development of ideas or themes
  • Gaining knowledge from materials that make extensive use of elaborate diagrams and data to convey information and illustrate concepts
  • Evaluating the argument and specific claims in written materials or a speech, and distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not
  • Presenting claims and findings to others orally, sequencing ideas logically, and accentuating main ideas or themes
  • Writing arguments that provide clear reasons and relevant evidence, using credible sources
  • Writing brief reports that examine a topic, have a clear focus, and include relevant facts, details, and quotations
  • Conducting short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and sharpening the focus based on the research findings
  • Reviewing and paraphrasing key ideas and multiple perspectives of a speaker
  • Recognizing variations from standard English in his or her own and others’ writing and speaking, and using this knowledge to improve language use
  • Determining the correct meaning of a word based on the context in which it is used (e.g., the rest of the sentence or paragraph; a word’s position or function in a sentence)