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Ms. Lemahieu (Language Arts)

Course Description:  6th grade Language Arts teaches students the knowledge and skills necessary to communicate effectively both orally and in writing and access complex English content in a variety of formats.  Students read and interact with a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts including novels, short stories, plays, poetry, articles and essays.  These texts will serve as source material and models for the various writing pieces that students produce in class ranging from short responses and journal writing to essays, critiques, and longer creative pieces.  The course goal is to produce students who have mastered the literary skills necessary to be successful in high school, college and their future careers.  

Contact Information:
Name: Andrea LeMahieu
Email: andrea_lemahieu@dpsk12.org


EL curriculum resources: https://www.engageny.org/resource/grade-6-english-language-arts

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Module 1, Myths: Not Just Long Ago

In this module, students are involved in a deep study of mythology, its purposes, and elements. Students will read Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief (780L), a high-interest novel about a sixth-grade boy on a hero’s journey. Some students may be familiar with this popular fantasy book; in this module, students will read with a focus on the archetypal journey and close reading of the many mythical allusions. As they begin the novel, students also will read a complex informational text that explains the archetypal storyline of the hero’s journey which has been repeated in literature throughout the centuries. Through the close reading of literary and informational texts, students will learn multiple strategies for acquiring and using academic vocabulary. Students will also build routines and expectations of discussion as they work in small groups. At the end of Unit 1, having read half of the novel, students will explain, with text-based evidence, how Percy is an archetypal hero. In Unit 2, students will continue reading The Lightning Thief (more independently): in class, they will focus on the novel’s many allusions to classic myths; those allusions will serve as an entry point into a deeper study of Greek mythology. They also will continue to build their informational reading skills through the close reading of texts about the close reading of texts about the elements of myths. This will create a conceptual framework to support students’ reading of mythology. As a whole class, students will closely read several complex Greek myths. They then will work in small groups to build expertise on one of those myths. In Unit 3, students shift their focus to narrative writing skills. This series of writing lessons will scaffold students to their final performance task in which they will apply their knowledge about the hero’s journey and the elements of mythology to create their own hero’s journey stories. This task centers on NYSP12 ELA Standards RL.6.3, W.6.3, W.6.4, W.6.5, W.6.6, L.6.2, and L.6.3.


AOWs: Students will complete an Article of the Week (AOW) each week.  AOWs are posted each Monday on Schoololy.  To complete the AOW, students need to closely read the article by writing in the margins and write a paragraph response.  AOWs are due by the end of the school day on Thursday and should be turned in online via Schoology.

IR Reading: Students should be reading for 30 minutes EVERY NIGHT at home.  Students should read their independent reading novel. 

Unfinished classwork:  Occasionally, students will have longer extended essays and projects that they will need to bring home to complete if they do not finish in class.