This course provides students with instruction and practice in literature, grammar, vocabulary and writing. Students focus on discovering common themes among different literary works, making connections between literature read in class and our society today. Throughout the year students are introduced to various genres through the reading of literature—novels, plays, short stories, poetry and myths—and are introduced to new vocabulary from the texts. Students are guided through the steps of the writing process: developing detailed paragraphs, research and note taking, outlining, drafting, proofreading and revising. They receive explicit instruction in grammar and are introduced to technological tools that aid students the writing process.
The following is a representative list of books read in 6th Grade English Classes: Heroes of Olympus; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; The New Reader as Detective; A Long Way from Chicago; Helen Keller; The Puzzling World of Winston Breen.