Mrs. Britton's Sixth Grade Core

Welcome to Mrs. Britton's Sixth Grade Core Class!

What is Core?

Core is a two-period course of study that combines both English and History instruction. Reading and writing strategies are taught in both content areas, allowing students to apply what they learn in both courses of study. One of the most important aspects of a Core class is the community of learners that forms during the school year. Students are with the same group for both classes, allowing them to form strong relationships with other students and their teachers.


This year our English class will focus on reading and writing strategies. Reading and writing are the foundation for success in every content area. Over the course of the school year, we will be reading both fiction and nonfiction texts. Our study of fiction will include elements of fiction, theme, language, point of view, and author’s purpose. Our study of nonfiction will include identifying author’s purpose, main idea, message, summary and analysis. Students are expected to read, for pleasure, outside of class for at least 20 minutes per day. This can be from any source or genre.

We will be writing both inside and outside of class. We will be using a variety of strategies to find our voices as writers, and to share our feelings and opinions. Writing assignments will include: quickwrites, dialectical journals, letters, argument writing pieces, informational texts, and narratives. Students will need a composition notebook for English class.

The novels we will read in class are: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, Counting By 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.

Ancient History:

Ancient History:

Our focus in History will be on Ancient Civilizations. We will be studying: Early Man, Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Ancient India, Ancient China, The Hebrews and Judaism, Ancient Greece, The Roman World, The Fall of Rome, and The Early Americas.

Our work in History class will primarily be completed in an Interactive History Notebook. Please bring an 8.5” x 11” notebook to class daily. Students will use the notebook throughout the school year to keep track of notes, study questions, and other relevant work. This will be graded at the end of each unit. Students will also complete a variety of projects to help them connect with the content we are studying in class. We will also be studying a variety of current events throughout the school year.