General Information 

Quarter 1 Social Studies/Language Arts Calendar 2017-2018

6th Grade ELA/SS Core Syllabus 2017-2018

Back to School Night 2017-2018

Language Arts

Class  Novels


 A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park 

The New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy,
Salva, becomes one of the "lost boys" of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.

The Bronze Dagger by Dr. Marie Sontag     
Samsaluna, a physically handicapped boy on the verge of adolescence, leaves his broken and abusive home in the foothills of the Zagros Mountains in an attempt to find his uncle in the city of Susa, near ancient Babylon. Befriending a young baker’s son and an asu’s daughter, Sam soon finds himself on a journey to the lively city of Babylon. By becoming a healer’s apprentice, Sam not only learns avalued and respected skill—increasing his prospects and status—but also endears himself to the great asu, earning himself a second chance at being part of a family. But when Sam’s past won’t stay behind him and his well-intentioned lies come to light, he risks losing it all. Brokenhearted that he has brought about his own downfall and has been abandoned by his new friends, Sam is forced to come to terms with his deceptions. His newfound understanding of justice, according to the code set forth by the great ruler Hammurabi, and the unyielding compassion shown to him by the asu must come into play before Sam can defeat the demons of his past, right his wrongs, and establish himself as the worthy apprentice and son he always hoped to be. Surrounded by the changing times in ancient Mesopotamia, Sam learns to cope with the past and thrive in the present in this coming-of-age middle grade story. 

The Adventures of Ulysses by Bernard Evslin 
In their ten-year siege of Troy, the Greeks claim victory thanks to the cunning wit of Ulysses, King of Ithaca, who devised the infamous Trojan Horse. Now, with the epic war finally finished, Ulysses sets sail for home—but his journey will be long and arduous. Having angered Poseidon, god of the sea, Ulysses and his men are thrown off course by a raging storm and forced to wander the perilous world for another ten years. On his epic trek, Ulysses must match wits and strength with man-eating Sirens, a towering Cyclops, the witch-goddess Circe, and a slew of other deadly foes. Meanwhile, in Ithaca, his wife, Penelope, and son, Telemachus, contend with a rowdy mob of suitors who have taken over their home in an attempt to usurp the throne.

Social Studies

Characteristics of a Civilization:
  • Highly organized and complex society
  • Writing
  • Geography – often in river valleys. Water+Fertile Soil=Food
  • Large Cities
  • Hierarchy – rankings of groups of people according to importance, status, or power.
Why Civilizations Arose:
  • Access to water – successful agriculture=expanding population

  • Government – organize activities

  • DefenseCompetition for resources

  • Specialized jobs not everyone had to farm now. Artisans, warriors, priests, government

  • Trade – trade goods with other societies.


Units of Study

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  • Early Humans

  • Mesopotamia

  • Israelites

  • Egypt

  • China

  • India

  • Greece

  • Rome

us, or power.