Reading Standards for Literature
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.