grade Humanities students will closely examine history, literature, geography, and vocabulary. Our history topics will span from Byzantine and Muslim Civilizations to European Renaissance and Reformation. 6th grade students should be reflective as they
read; they will be encouraged to analyze, question, and synthesize literature using higher order thinking skills. Literature lessons will expand their understanding of plot, character motivation, author’s stylistic choices, and author’s intent.
We will also discuss historical content of novels, as appropriate. The literature selections this year will expose students to a variety of written works, styles, and genres. Thematically, several of the book selections this year will deal with social
justice issues. By the end of the school year, students will be able to engage in active reading, track their reading progress by keeping reader response journals and learning logs, comprehend and engage with literary texts, and compose academic essays as
well as creative written work, using a Lucy Calkins workshop model. Our workshops will include creative writing and practice of select rhetorical models (including informative, opinion, and argument writing models). Students will be responsible for
submitting all written documents in MLA format, including a works cited page as needed. By the end of the year, students will be able to successfully employ planning, organization, and revision strategies.
Texts and Resources:
General: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Write Source; Prentice Hall History of Our World: The Early Ages; Vocabulary from Classical Roots
6, Lee Mountain; Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop, trade paperback literature selections will vary.
In Addition: Various
primary and secondary materials, including periodicals, video clips, and internet sources