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What our students should know by the end of 6th grade in: Reading Writing Listening Speaking

Reading - Word Analysis

Read grade level text fluently.
R 1.1

Interpret figurative language and words with more than one meaning.
R 1.2

Monitor non-fiction (expository) text for unknown words or words with novel meanings by using clues from the text.
R 1.4

Explain shades of meaning for words that are related (ex. difference between softly and quietly).
R 1.5

Reading Comprehension

Identify features of popular media (ex. newspapers, magazines, on-line information).

R 2.1

Connect and clarify main ideas.

R 2.3

Determine adequacy and appropriateness of the evidence for a conclusion.

R 2.6

Note propaganda, faulty reasoning, persuasion in text.

R 2.8

Literary Response & Analysis

Analyze qualities of the character for how it effects the plot.
R 3.2

Define how tone or meaning is conveyed in poetry.

R 3.4

Explain effects of literary devices.

R 3.7

Writing Applications
Write narratives.
W 2.1

Write expository compositions.

W 2.2

Write research reports.

W 2.3

Write responses to literature.

W 2.4

Write persuasive compositions.

W 2.5

Writing Strategies
Create multiple-paragraph expository compositions.
W 1.2

Use features of electronic text.

W 1.4

Edit and revise manuscripts for improved writing.

W 1.6

English Conventions
Use compound & complex sentences.
LC 1.1

Use indefinite pronouns and proper verb tenses.

LC 1.2a

Ensure that verbs agree with subjects.

LC 1.2b

Use colons and semicolons correctly.

LC 1.3

Spell frequently misspelled words correctly.

LC 1.5

Listening & Speaking

Relate verbal and nonverbal communication.

Identify tone/mood/emotion.

Restate multi-step directions.


Match purpose and delivery when speaking.


Assist listener with main idea.


Support opinions with evidence when speaking.


Use effective oral delivery techniques.


See propaganda in media.


Deliver narrative presentations.


Deliver informative presentations.


Deliver oral responses to literature.


Deliver persuasive presentations.


Deliver problem/solution presentations.


How you can help your young person at home with reading and writing.


Encourage your child to read aloud to you. Read to and with your child regularly. Visit the library and/or bookstore with your child on a regular basis. Ask your child interesting questions after reading a story and talk about the characters, events, and ideas. Encourage your child to ask you questions about what was read. Encourage your child to read nonfiction, informational materials on many topics. Help your child gain access to reference materials (for example, a dictionary, an atlas, encyclopedias). Schedule a family reading time in which everyone is reading. Have your child read every night for 30 minutes. Have your child read and follow directions for games and recipes.


Encourage your child to keep a diary and/or a vacation journal. Have your child use a computer for writing, using various fonts, margins, spell-check, editing procedures, and graphics. Encourage your child to write thank-you notes, letters and e-mail messages. Encourage your child to provide interesting oral summaries of movies or television programs. Have family discussions about things you read together. Encourage your child to listen to the opinions of others.

Revised July2011