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2017-2018  6th English Grade Language Arts Curriculum Map

Joan Farus

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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Essential Skill 5

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

Essential Skill 1

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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

April/May

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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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2017-2018 6th English Language Arts with Mrs. Joan Farus

Email: farus_joan@svvsd.org, Room 1157

WELCOME TO 6th GRADE LA Our classroom is for challenging you, learning, and cooperation.  Students follow the Six Pillars.  Consequences are related to the issue:  When you choose the behavior, you choose the consequences.  My general classroom expectations are:

Be Prompt        Be Prepared      Be Positive        Be Productive    Be Polite

 

GRADING:  

·       30%        Activities and Learning Experiences:  Bell Work, group projects, in-class work, parts of research, checks for understanding, reading in class, worksheets, and as deemed appropriate.

·       70%        Assessment:  tests, quizzes, homework, vocabulary, out-of class assignments, speeches & presentations, research papers  and  large projects.

 

ACADEMICS/CURRICULUM:  

READING:  Every student is expected to read the literature selections for seventh grade OUTSIDE OF CLASS.  Books will be checked out to students before we begin our study.  From time to time, we will have a little reading time in class when students will be asked to bring reading to school.

·       LITERATURE & NOVELS: The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer and The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain.

·       IMPORTANT POEMS:  All the world’s a stage”, “ Apostrophe to the Ocean”, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”,  “If”,  “The Raven”, and many more.  

CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY: Apollo and Daphne, Orpheus and Eurydice, Narcissus and Echo, and Pygmalion and Galatea

·       DRAMA: Julius Caesar

 

GRAMMAR:  Shurley English is a comprehensive program to teach grammar, parts of speech, usage, structure and basic writing.  I have taught it for about 10 years.  I love teaching it, and the kids love learning it.  We will have weekly assessment on the targeted skills.  We will practice it EVERYDAY. 

 

WRITING: Every student will be writing two research projects this year with a bibliography.  I have some materials in class for some topics, but I am offering students to fine their own sources for other topics.  My expectation is the every student will easily write a three to five paragraph essay by fourth quarter.  We will write essays, business letters, a resume, some poetry, short stories and a myth, a newspaper story, and a research paper. 

 

VOCABULARY with Latin and Greek Roots, SPELLING and IDIOMS:  Each week students are given a Core Knowledge list or novel/play list to learn.  We will have a test each week, and this will be the homework.  The Idioms will be presented in class on a weekly basis.   

 

ROUTINES:  We will begin each day with Bell Work.   If students have an excused absence, they do not have to complete bell work for that day.  HOWEVER, NO BELL WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED PAST THE WEEK IT IS COMPLETED.  It is the first five minutes of class, and students are expected to complete the work every day in every class.  Bell work papers are turned in Fridays (20 pts.).  The students will be given a schedule for our week in class in the first two weeks of the year. 

 

FAIRNESS:  I always have a review before a test, and I give warnings on assignment boards, on the website,  & calendars.  Weekly tests are given on the same day of the week.  Cumulative tests will have at least a week of warning.  I give assignment sheets to help to know what expectations are and how to meet and exceed them.  I also use Rubrics for the same reasons.  Students should ask about problems to we can quickly clear them up.

 

LATE WORK/STUDENT ILLNESS:  According to school policy, students may turn in late work with a penalty of 10%.  Students who are ill and/or have an excused absence will be given two days for each day absent.  

THANK YOU!!  Joan Farus  (over for Supply Info)