Language Arts (6th)

Amanda Jensen
ajensen@shpamn.org
612-314-7600

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Hello sixth grade students and families!

 

Welcome to my sixth grade Language Arts page. Here you will find general information about our jam-packed curriculum. We cover many different texts, including some set in ancient Greece and Rome. Additionally, we incorporate papers, projects, and presentations throughout the year to reinforce important literacy skills. 

A little bit of background information about me: I have been teaching at Seven Hills since 2010 and have loved seeing the growth and success of the school in my time here. In my spare time I try to make a point of visiting as many literary landmarks as I can. I even got to visit William Shakespeare's home in England!

  • Visit the "Curriculum" tab to find general information about the units that we cover. 
  • Visit the "Files & Materials" tab to find digital copies of the handouts passed out in class.
  • Visit the "More" tab to find a class calendar that includes major class events and due dates. You can also find summer enrichment work to reinforce skills before going into 7th grade!

 



Here are general Language Arts-related links to check out!

  • Scholastic Reading Clubs- Explore this website to order new Scholastic books through the school. Our class code is HGTMP.
  • Scholastic Book Wizard- This website is helpful for finding information about books, including the reading level. It has other helpful functions for finding new books as well.
  • Prepdog- This website has practice exercises focusing on specific Language Arts skills. 
  • SpellingCity- This website has many different vocabulary and spelling exercises to go with different word lists. 
  • Free Typing Games - This website has a varity of lessons and games to improve typing skills.
  • Ebooks Minnesota - This website (also an app) has free downloadable e-books, particularly focused on Minnesota topics.









Unit 1: Fiction

In this unit, we will learn about general terms that apply to fiction. One of our main focus will be the literary elements (or elements of fiction): setting, characters, plot, conflict, point of view, and theme. The students will also be writing a short story incorporating those elements of fiction. 

Texts Read

Other Helpful Links

 


Unit 2: Nonfiction

In this unit, we will focus on the elements of nonfiction: main idea, author's purpose, and text structure. We will explore these elements through a variety of nonfiction texts. Then students will practice using these elements in a descriptive essay. 

Texts Read

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Unit 3: Greek Mythology

In this unit, students will choose a god or goddess to research. They will be completing a powerpoint and project based on their god or goddess, and that information will be presented to the class. As a class, we will also be reading a variety of myths. The students will also be writing a monster myth to incorporate the elements discussed during this unit. 

Texts Read 

Resource Project Resources

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Unit 4: The Iliad and the Odyssey

The Iliad and The Odyssey are both considered epic poems. The Iliad is the story of the Trojan War and The Odyssey is a continuation of the story and tells of one of the Greek soldier's (Odysseus') long journey home after the war. Both poems are based on the history of the time (which students will also study in Social Studies) and also include some elements of Greek mythology. For both of these poems, we will be reading abridged versions (Dateline: Troy by Paul Fleischman and The Odyssey retold by Robin Lister), which help to make the text more relevant and understandable for students. During the Iliad unit, students will be writing a cause and effect essay. During the Odyssey unit, the students will be working with a group to complete a 3-D map of Odysseus' journey home. 

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Unit 5: Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar is a play written by William Shakespeare. It tells the story of the Roman dictator's life and how his rule and assassination affected his friends, enemies, and the citizens of Rome. This play is based on real events and some people that the students will be studying in Social Studies. The students will also be writing a persuasive essay in which they are defending whether or not they think Caesar deserved his fate.

 

Texts Read

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Unit 6: Poetry

Although our poetry unit is short, we focus on many of the most famous poets that have influenced the poetry world. In this unit, students will learn about the backgrounds of each of these famous poets and will also read a few of their most famous poems. We will analyze the concrete elements of these poems (such as rhyme, use of figurative language, assonance, etc.) as well as the more interpretive aspects of the poem. The students will also write an author's style poem, in which they are imitating the style of one of the poets studied in their own original poem. 

Texts Read

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Unit 7: The Prince and the Pauper

This classic novel by Mark Twain tells the story of two boys, Edward Tudor and Tom Canty, who both dream of a life different from their own. In a chance meeting, they accidentally switch places, turning both of their worlds upside down. We follow both of the boys through their hardships, triumphs, and realizations of appreciation for their own lives. The students will also be completing a compare and contrast essay during this unit. 

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Summer Enrichment


Here at Seven Hills, the Language Arts department is dedicated to providing the very best for your student's academic needs throughout the entire year.

Below you will find multiple ways for your student(s) to maintain their academic proficiency through the summer. Included are some handy WORKSHEETS to remind students of the concepts they have worked on, some BOOK SUGGESTIONS to encourage all types of learners to continue reading over the summer, and some ACTIVITIES/EVENTS TO ATTEND; free, local, online and even aligned with Common Core Standards.

Summer Worksheets- Printable

These reading comprehension passages all come from ReadWorks.org. They have many reading resources available for all grades! The Lexile measure is listed next to each article. The lit term practice worksheets come from the website EReadingWorksheets. Their website also has many different worksheets that target specific skills in all grades.

Reading Passages with Questions

Book Suggestions

Book suggestions come mostly from the book Books to Build On: A Grade-by-Grade Resource Guide for Parents and Teachers by E.D. Hirsch, Jr.

Fiction

Nonfiction

Mythology

Poetry

 

Activities or Events to Attend