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2017-2018  6th English Grade Language Arts Curriculum Map

Amanda Cox

Essential Skills

  1. The student will be able to cite reliable, textual evidence in support of a thesis statement.

  2. The student will be able to determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative or connotative meanings.

  3. The student will be able to discover and follow a theme or central idea of a text using specific details. In addition, the student will be able to summarize that text.

  4. The student will be able to present information to her or his classmates in a formal and concise manner.

  5. The student will be able to demonstrate their improved command of the conventions of English grammar through writing and speaking.   

 

Topic

Dates/Duration

Skills

FIRST SEMESTER:  It is All Greek to Me!

Unit 1: Greek Mythology:  Myths, Mistakes and Mayhem!

  • Elements of mythology? Why do we read myths?

  • The Greek Gods and Greek Context (History & Culture)

  • CK Myths:  “Apollo and Daphne”, “Orpheus and Eurydice”, “Narcissus and Echo”, “Pygmalion and Galatea”

  • Black Ships before Troy (The Iliad) - Reading, plot, theme, characterization

  • 6th Core Knowledge Vocabulary, Spelling, and Sayings

  • Grammar:  Types of sentences, subject and predicate, nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and prepositions.  (Editing symbols)

  • Writing:  Write a Myth, write a 5 paragraph expository essay

August/

September

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Unit 2: Epics and Heroes

  • Finish The Iliad (project on characters of the Iliad)

  • What is a hero?  -- Epic Poetry – Oral Tradition, Homer

  • Wanderings of Odysseus - Project on description of events/sites

  • The Raven - Symbolism, metaphors and similes

  • Research Paper:  Ancient person, outlines, bibliography, organization, title page, quotes, opening and conclusion.

  • 6th Core Knowledge Vocabulary, Spelling, and Sayings

  • Grammar: Sentences (simple, complex, etc) and Editing paragraphs

 

October/

November

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Unit 3: Persuasive Writing

  • Persuasive Essay:  Is Odysseus a Hero?  5 paragraph essay. Use text as evidence - Use of Quotes (50 % of Final)

  • FInish Research Paper:  Review of crafting thesis statements

  • 6th Core Knowledge Vocabulary, Spelling, and Sayings

  • Grammar:  Direct - Indirect Objects, Sentences (simple, complex, etc), formatting documents, correct outlines, bibliographies. )

  • First Semester Final:  Greek Myths, Iliad and Odysseus, and grammar (nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs)


November/

December

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SECOND SEMESTER:  “All the World’s a Stage”

Unit 4: Poetry & Shakespeare

  • 6th Core Knowledge Vocabulary, Spelling, and Sayings

  • Grammar:  Troublesome verbs, paragraphs, essays, outlines

  • Poetry:  Terms, literary devices, rhyme, meter, theme, etc.

  • CK Poems:  see curriculum for list.

  • Drama:  Terms, importance, Shakespeare specifics (scansion)

  • Who was Shakespeare? Word Choice, Iambic Pentameter, themes

  • “All the World’s a Stage” - Reading this prior to play - learning scansion

 

January/

February

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Unit 5: Julius Caesar

  • 6th Core Knowledge Vocabulary, Spelling, and Sayings

  • Grammar:  Troublesome verbs, paragraphs, essays, outlines

  • Begin Julius Caesar:  Roman History Review, Character Analysis, Plot Diagrams, Acting out scenes

  • Developing a research question

  • Review thesis statements and writing 5 paragraph essays

  • Writing a Narrative regarding Roman theme and society

  • Introduce: Speaking techniques:  Voice, speed, projection, rate, etc.  

 

February/

March

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Unit 7: Prince and the Pauper

  • 6th Core Knowledge Vocabulary, Spelling, and Sayings

  • Grammar:  nominative and objective case, Sentences - Pattern 1-5

  • Who was Mark Twain? Historical Fiction

  • Themes – Identity, contentment, irony, humor

  • Prince and the Pauper

  • Characterization

  • Plot Diagrams

  • Finding themes

  • Summaries of Chapters and Plot

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Unit 6: Research and Speech

  • 6th Core Knowledge Vocabulary, Spelling, and Sayings

  • Grammar:  nominative and objective case

  • Project on a Career:  Review of how to conduct good research

    • Evaluating sources:  Books, reference, Internet databases

    • Review of Plagiarism/MLA

    • Bibliography

    • Students write a business letter to an organization affiliated with their topic (Business Letter Format/Language)

    • CK Resume

  • Oral Presentation regarding Career.  3 Minutes in front of class.

    • Voice, Volume, Speed, Rate, Diction, Posture, Projection

  • 2nd Semester Final:  Grammar - Editing and correct grammar, Poetry, Julius Caesar, and Prince & Pauper

May

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