BPS District English Standards Book

K-12 Grade Levels

Grade 06


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Sixth GradeIn 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.

ELA-06.RL Strand:

[RL] Reading Literature

    • ELA-06.RL.01 Cite evidence to analyze what the text says explicitly and what it inf
    • ELA-06.RL.02 Determine a theme or central idea; summarize without opinions/judgment
    • ELA-06.RL.03 Describe how a story's plot unfolds as it moves towards resolution
    • ELA-06.RL.04 Determine figurative and connotative meanings of words; analyze tone
    • ELA-06.RL.05 Analyze how a section of a text develops the theme, setting, or plot
    • ELA-06.RL.06 Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator
    • ELA-06.RL.07 Compare reading a story to viewing a video or live version
    • ELA-06.RL.08 (Not applicable to literature)
    • ELA-06.RL.09 Compare texts in different forms or genres
    • ELA-06.RL.10 Read and Comprehend Literature with scaffolding as needed

ELA-06.RI Strand:

[RI] Reading Information

    • ELA-06.RI.01 Cite evidence to analyze what the text says explicitly and infers
    • ELA-06.RI.02 Determine central idea and how it is conveyed through details; summari
    • ELA-06.RI.03 Analyze how a key idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated
    • ELA-06.RI.04 Determine figurative, connotative, and technical meanings of words and p
    • ELA-06.RI.05 Analyze how a section of text contributes to the development of the idea
    • ELA-06.RI.06 Determine an author's point of view or purpose and explain how it is c
    • ELA-06.RI.07 Integrate information from different media to understand a topic or issu
    • ELA-06.RI.08 Evaluate claims in a text, distinguish supported and unsupported claims
    • ELA-06.RI.09 Compare one author's presentation of events with that of another
    • ELA-06.RI.10 Read and Comprehend nonfiction with scaffolding as needed

ELA-06.W Strand:

[W] Writing

    • ELA-06.W.01 Write arguments with relevant evidence
      • W.01.a and organize evidence clearly
      • W.01.b Support claims using credible sources and Demonstrate understanding of topic
      • W.01.c Use words, phrases, and clauses to clarify the relationships among claims
      • W.01.d Establish and maintain a formal style
      • W.01.e Provide a concluding statement that Follows the argument presented
    • ELA-06.W.02 Write informative/explanatory texts
      • W.02.a Introduce a topic; organize ideas, concepts, and information
      • W.02.b Develop topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, or other information
      • W.02.c Use appropriate transitions
      • W.02.d Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary about the topic
      • W.02.e Use a formal style
      • W.02.f Provide a concluding statement or section
    • ELA-06.W.03 Write narratives using effective technique, details, and event sequence
      • W.03.a Engage reader by establishing a context; organize events naturally/logically
      • W.03.b Use narrative techniques, like dialogue, pacing, and description
      • W.03.c Use a variety of transitions for sequence and signal time/setting changes
      • W.03.d Use precise words and phrases, details, and sensory language
      • W.03.e Provide a conclusion
    • ELA-06.W.04 Produce coherent writing appropriate to task, purpose, and audience
    • ELA-06.W.05 Develop writing by planning, revising, editing, or a trying new approach
    • ELA-06.W.06 Use technology to produce and publish writing as well as to collaborate
    • ELA-06.W.07 Conduct short research projects, drawing on several sources
    • ELA-06.W.08 Gather information from multiple sources; assess credibility of sources
    • ELA-06.W.09 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts
      • W.09.a Apply grade 6 Reading standards to literature
      • W.09.b Apply grade 6 Reading standards to literary nonfiction
    • ELA-06.W.10 Write routinely over extended time frames or a range of purposes

ELA-06.SL Strand:

[SL] Speaking and Listening

    • ELA-06.SL.01 Engage in a range of collaborative discussions
      • SL.01.a Come to discussions prepared
      • SL.01.b Follow rules for collegial discussions, set goals, deadlines, and roles
      • SL.01.c Pose and respond to questions, contribute to the discussion
      • SL.01.d Understand multiple perspectives through reflection and paraphrasing
    • ELA-06.SL.02 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats
    • ELA-06.SL.03 Distinguish between a speaker's supported/not supported arguments
    • ELA-06.SL.04 Present claims and findings
    • ELA-06.SL.05 Include multimedia components in presentations to clarify information
    • ELA-06.SL.06 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks

ELA-06.L Strand:

[L] Language

    • ELA-06.L.01 Demonstrate command of English grammar when writing or speaking
    • ELA-06.L.02 Demonstrate capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing
      • L.02.a Use punctuation to set off nonrestrictive/parenthetical elements
      • L.02.b Spell correctly
    • ELA-06.L.03 Use language conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening
      • L.03.a Vary sentence patterns for meaning, reader/listener interest, and style
      • L.03.b Maintain consistency in style and tone
    • ELA-06.L.04 Determine meanings of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases
      • L.04.a Use context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase
      • L.04.b Use common Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to meanings of words
      • L.04.c Use reference materials to find word pronunciation, meaning, and part of speech
      • L.04.d Verify preliminary determination of meanings of words or phrases
    • ELA-06.L.05 understand figurative language, word relationships, and nuances
      • L.05.a Interpret figures of speech
      • L.05.b Use relationships between words to better understand each word
      • L.05.c Distinguish among the connotations of words with similar denotations
    • ELA-06.L.06 Gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase

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)