A Complete Sixth Grade Language Arts Curriculum
Everything you need for a fun and successful year of sixth grade language arts!
1. Literature and Writing: Level 3 Year Pack “C”
When it comes to learning language arts much of the exceptional work that your students will accomplish is subjective in nature tied to their ideas. As we value these ideas—their discoveries from reading tied to their observations—and challenge them to catalog and craft these ideas over time, literacy skills soar. This collection represents a range of genres and six student journals:
- The Captain’s Dog
- The Liberation of Gabriel King
- Pictures of Hollis Woods
- The Thief Lord
- The Wanderer
- The Westing Game
Each of the six units is designed to develop increased student competency in reading, and to develop voice and writing skills over time. Our Integrated Literature and Writing Discovery Guides are tied to exceptional classic and contemporary novels. This level is structured to guide students into the art of reading, writing and thinking.
By the time students reach 6th grade, they are competent in reading wonderfully complex stories. This collection includes Year Pack E and is perfect to inspire confident readers. This said, some children might have read some of the titles in the collection, or may just want a bit more choice. Click here to explore alternative Year Packs to substitute in an A La Carte build-your-own collection.
Each week, this core offering follows a similar weekly format with ample room for students to catalog their observations and bring shape to their ideas. Students will read and journal on character development, setting, and plot. They will explore rich vocabulary unique to the story, and will trace the plot more deeply as they answer comprehension questions with complete sentences. Students will craft an original idea in response to a prompt that is connected to the week’s reading. and learn to move from a rough draft to a final, polished work. Each week culminates with a robust discussion.
2. Literature and Writing: Teacher Helps
Our 35 page Teacher Helps will give you all the guidance you need for success.
3. One True Sentence “C2”: Tools of Style #2
An excellent opportunity, over 20 weeks, for elementary students to construct sentences learning and using tools of style. When well-crafted sentences are connected wisely, one after another, meaning flows, carrying that idea forward in a clear and concise manner. A collection of creative tools to help middle and high school students construct sentences using rhetorical techniques that make sentences exceptional.
4. Operation Lexicon 6: Madeleine L’Engle
A lexicon is the collected vocabulary of a person. Over the course of 26 weeks, students will explore a cluster of words from the lexicon of Madeleine L’Engle. Using these words in an original way, will help the budding wordsmith recognize the plasticity of language and delight in its beauty.
5. Intro to Composition Vol. 1
An exploration of essay form and writing technique. Writers will be introduced to the strategies and stylistic techniques that will enable then to compose authentic essays. Teacher support material is included in the volume. This bundle also includes “Thinking in Threes” workbook. This practical resource has been integrated into our Introduction to Composition: The Essay, Vol. 1 because it helps students see the importance of the rules of three in writing successful essays. The student-friendly activities in this book give students essay-writing strategies organized in easy-to-remember groups of three. Students will practice constrained writing, composing expanded paragraphs using only active verbs while exploring the form and its purpose.
6. Exploring Poetry
This guide will help students discover the craft of writing poems and the delight of reading poetry. Over the course of seven weeks you will be introduced to some of the basic techniques used by poets, explore excellent poetry, and practice writing original poems. Each section is designed to be completed in about two, one hour sittings.
7. Research Discovery: Significant People from History “D”
- Mahatma Gandhi
- Katherine Johnson
- Jacques Cousteau
- Neil Armstrong
In 5 short weeks, your students will walk through the process of exploring the life of a significant person from history, culminating in the crafting of an original biographical essay. Supported every step of the way by our unique scaffolding to gather facts and catalog ideas, students, inspired by larger-than-life-people who have impacted the shaping of our world, will gain bird’s eye perspective of possibility. Each of the four units is accomplished in about an hour per week over 4 weeks—2 units in the fall, 2 units in the spring.
8. A Sentence a Day
A Sentence a Day offers daily practice proofreading and editing a singular playful sentence. Practicing the art of correcting 200 incorrect sentences over time reinforces skills that build strong writers.
Schedule / Pacing
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A word about grade levels and learning styles
All of Blackbird and Company curricular materials are designed with the student and teacher in mind. Whether you are in a traditional classroom, a homeschool, an independent study, or if you need accommodations for unique learning styles, our materials are adaptable with differentiation built in to honor your student’s learning style, as well as your teaching style.
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Please contact us if you need individual guides for additional students.