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Learning Targets

Learning Targets

Reading Standards for Literature

I Can…

  • find textual evidence to support my ideas about a text.
  • determine the theme of a text and explain how it is conveyed through details.
  • give an unbiased summary of a text.
  • describe how the plot of a story unfolds in a series of episodes.
  • explain how a character reacts or changes as the plot comes to a close.
  • determine the figurative meaning of a word or phrase in a text.
  • analyze the impact that word choice has on meaning and tone.
  • analyze how a particular sentence contributes to the theme, setting, or plot of a text.
  • explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or the speaker in a text.
  • compare and contrast the experience of reading a text with seeing or hearing a performance of the text.
  • compare and contrast how texts in different genres approach a similar theme.
  • read and comprehend grade-level-appropriate literature.

 

Reading Standards for Informational Text

I Can…

  • find textual evidence to support my ideas about a text.
  • determine the central idea of a text and explain how it is conveyed through details.
  • provide an unbiased summary of a text.
  • analyze how an idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in an informational text.
  • determine the figurative, connotative, or technical meaning of a word or phrase used based on how it is used in an informational text.
  • analyze how an individual section of an informational text fits into the overall structure and contributes to the development of ideas.
  • determine the author’s point of view and explain how it is conveyed in an informational text.
  • integrate information from different media or formats to add to my understanding of a topic or issue
  • evaluate claims in a text by distinguishing claims that are supported by evidence from claims that are not.
  • compare and contrast two authors’ presentations of the same events.
  • read and comprehend grade-level-appropriate informational text.

 

Language Standards 

I Can…

  • demonstrate a sixth-grade level of command of standard English grammar and usage conventions when writing or speaking.
  • use pronouns in the proper case.
  •  use intensive pronouns.
  • correct inappropriate shifts in pronoun number and person.
  • correct vague pronouns.
  • recognize variations from standard English in writing and speaking and use strategies to improve the use of conventional language.
  • demonstrate command of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling at a sixth-grade level when writing.
  • use appropriate punctuation to set off nonrestrictive or parenthetical elements when writing.
  • spell correctly at a sixth-grade level.
  • use my knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
  • vary sentence patterns for meaning, reader/listener interest, and style when writing or speaking.
  • maintain consistency in style and tone when writing or speaking.
  • use different strategies to determine or clarify the meaning of words or phrases from sixth-grade reading and content.
  • use context clues to help me determine the meaning of a word or phrase.
  • use sixth-grade Greek or Latin affixes and roots to help me determine the meaning of a word.
  • use reference materials to find the correct pronunciation of a word, to determine or clarify its meaning, or to find its part of speech.
  • verify what I think a word means by using context clues or by looking up the word in a dictionary.
  • show understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and subtle differences in word meanings.
  • interpret figures of speech, such as personification, using context.
  • use the relationship between particular words to better understand each of the individual words.
  • distinguish among connotations and denotations of words with similar meanings.
  • acquire and use vocabulary appropriate for sixth-grade reading and content.

 

Writing Standards 

I Can…

  • write an argument with clear reasons and relevant evidence to support a claim.
  • write an argument with organized reasons and evidence.
  • support a claim or argument with evidence and by using credible sources.
  • use words, phrases, and clauses to clarify the relationships among claims and reasons.
  • establish and maintain a formal style when writing an argument.
  • create a conclusion that follows from the argument I present in my writing.
  • write an informative or explanatory piece that examines a topic and conveys relevant ideas by including appropriate content.
  • write an informative or explanatory piece with organized ideas, concepts, and information.
  • use formatting, graphics, and multimedia when needed.
  • develop the topic of an informative or explanatory piece by using facts, definitions, details, quotations, and other information.
  • use appropriate transitions to clarify the relationships among ideas in my informative or explanatory writing.
  • use precise language and vocabulary to explain the topic of my informative or explanatory writing.
  •  establish and maintain a formal style in my informative or explanatory writing.
  • create a conclusion that follows the information I present in my informative or explanatory writing.
  • write a real or imagined narrative using effective technique, descriptive details, and logical sequences.
  • engage the reader by establishing a context, introducing a narrator and characters, and organizing a logical sequence of events.
  • use dialogue, pacing, and description to develop experiences, events, and characters in my narrative writing.
  • use transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence and signal shifts in time frame or setting in my narrative writing.
  • use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to convey experiences and events in my narrative writing.
  • I can create a conclusion that follows the experiences or events described in my narrative writing.
  • produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to sixth-grade tasks, purposes, and audiences.
  • develop and strengthen my writing by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, using guidance and support from my peers and adults as needed.
  • use technology to produce and publish writing and collaborate with others.
  • type at least three pages in a single sitting.
  • conduct short research projects and use several sources to answer a question.
  • gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess their credibility, and provide basic bibliographic information for sources.
  • properly quote or paraphrase information from sources.
  • draw evidence from texts to support my analysis, reflection, and research.
  • draw evidence from literature to support my analysis, reflection, and research at a sixth-grade level.
  • draw evidence from informational text to support my analysis, reflection, and research at a sixth-grade level.
  • write over different time frames for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

 

Speaking and Listening Standards 

I Can…

  • engage in different types of collaborative discussions about sixth-grade topics, texts, and issues.
  • prepare for collaborative discussion by reading or studying the required material in advance.
  • actively participate by referring to my findings.
  • follow rules for discussions, set goals and deadlines, and define roles in discussions as needed.
  • pose and respond to questions with elaboration and detail in a way that contributes to the topic under discussion.
  • review ideas expressed during a discussion and demonstrate understanding of multiple perspectives through reflection and paraphrasing.
  • interpret information presented in different media and formats and explain how it contributes to a topic under study.
  • distinguish between the arguments and specific claims that are supported by reason and evidence and those that are not.
  • present claims and findings by sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to emphasize main ideas and themes.
  • use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
  • clarify information in presentations by using multimedia components and visual displays.
  • adapt my speech to a variety of sixth-grade contexts and tasks.