This first nine-week unit of sixth grade starts off the year with reflections on childhood—from literature to poetry to students' own experiences. Students will build on their knowledge gained in fifth grade and explore the theme of growing up. Students will read an adapted version of Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. They will read various nonfiction articles and will have the opportunity to compare and contrast different topics and types of literature. Through power point presentations, other types of presentations of materials, and with the technology opportunities of our district, the students will extend their reading, language, and writing skills.
Unit Three: Courageous Characters
In the third unit of study, students have the opportunity to read about varied circumstances in which people acted with tremendous courage; in times of slavery, instances of shipwrecks, or during the days of unfair child labor practices. Students recognize that acts of courage may have lasting effects on others. Students will have the opportunity to refine their definitions of courage by examining how characters - real or fictional - grow by overcoming obstacles. After reading about outwardly courageous people, students consider quiet acts of courage, and class discussions reveal the importance of those people who often remain unnoticed or behind the scenes.
Unit TWo: Blast from the past
In this second unit, the students will explore myths, fables, legends, tall tales, and pourquoi tales from a variety of sources. During this time, students will also be asked to compare and contrast characters from the tales they've read. They will also be asked to write their own tall tale and fractured fairy tale.
Unit FOUR: Figure It Out
In this fourth unit, students have the opportunity to read classic and contemporary mysteries. Students will use their sleuthing skills to solve these mysteries.
In addition, students will delve deeply into language and vocabulary specific to mysteries and problem solving. They will examine how understanding these words is key to uncovering connections made in texts.