• Abbreviated Title: M/J Language Arts

    Grade Level: 6


    Textbook: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Florida Collections Grade 6

    Workbook: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Collections Close Reader Grade 6

    Workbook: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Performance Assessment Grade 6



    • A schoolwide binder with loose leaf paper for taking notes. This needs to be brought to school EVERY day.
    • Subject dividers
    • Composition Book
    • Pen (blue or black ink) or Pencil
    • Notebook paper
    • 1 Two Pocket folder (without clips) in the same color (will be used as a writing folder)

    Students should come to class with a writing utensil, binder, and composition book daily. They may use pens, but they should use blue or black ink. Additional materials may be needed throughout the year for class projects and other assignments.


    The purpose of this course is to provide grade 6 students, using texts of appropriate complexity, integrated language arts study in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language for college and career preparation and readiness.


    The content should include, but not be limited to, the following:

    • active reading of varied texts for what they say explicitly, as well as the logical inferences that can be drawn
    • analysis of literature and informational texts from varied literary periods to examine:
      • text craft and structure
      • elements of literature
      • arguments and claims supported by textual evidence
      • power and impact of language
      • influence of history, culture, and setting on language
      • personal critical and aesthetic response
    • writing for varied purposes
      • developing and supporting argumentative claims
      • crafting coherent, supported informative/expository texts
      • responding to literature for personal and analytical purposes
      • writing narratives to develop real or imagined events
      • writing to sources (short and longer research) using text based claims and evidence
    • effective listening, speaking, and viewing strategies with emphasis on the use of evidence to support or refute a claim in multimedia presentations, class discussions, and extended text discussions
    • collaboration amongst peers

    Special Notes: Instructional Practices: Teaching from well-written, grade-level instructional materials enhances students' content area knowledge and also strengthens their ability to comprehend longer, complex reading passages on any topic for any purpose. Using the following instructional practices also helps student learning.

    • Reading assignments from longer text passages, as well as shorter ones when text is extremely complex.
    • Making close reading and rereading of texts central to lessons.
    • Asking high-level, text-specific questions and requiring high-level, complex tasks and assignments.
    • Requiring students to support answers with evidence from the text.
    • Providing extensive text-based research and writing opportunities (claims and evidence).


    Report Card and Interim Grades: 

    90%-100% = A 

    80%-89% = B 

    70%-79% = C 

    60%-69% = D 

    59% and below = F 


    Assignment Values/Weights: 

    *10% Homework 

    *50% Daily class assignments and quizzes.  

    *40% Tests, Projects and Presentations.