Welcome to Sixth Grade at Sonoran Foothills!
Our combined philosophies of teaching will provide our sixth graders with many different opportunities to learn and grow as individual students, to understand the importance of working collaboratively, and to become lifelong learners.
The sixth grade curriculum will be based on the Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards. These standards are the foundation of the AZMerit test given in April. Students will also complete quarterly district assessments in all subjects along with the SRI (Scholastic Reading Inventory).
During our 75 minute ELA block, we will use the newly adopted Collections program. Students will be exposed to a variety of genres, including several Newberry awarded novels. We will also work on vocabulary, writing, grammar, and spelling, as well as speaking and listening skills. Students should be reading nightly for 20 minutes. Students will have many opportunities to improve their writing ranging from poetry to five paragraph essays.
Writing Infromational Text Link:
Writing Informative Texts
Key Learning Objective
The student will be able to write informative texts that convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately.
English Language Arts Standards
W 2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
a. Introduce a topic; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
b. Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
c. Use appropriate transitions to clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.
d. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
e. Establish and maintain a formal style.
f. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from the information or explanation presented.
W 9. Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
W 10. Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.