6th Grade ELA Units (Stage 1)
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Content Area: Language Arts Integrated Unit
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Unit 1: Courageous Characters
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Grade Level: 6
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Stage 1 - Desired Results
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Transfer
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Students will be able to independently use their learning to...
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• identify literary elements to support comprehension of literature
• analyze, draw conclusions and make evaluations to support their ideas when writing
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Meaning
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Enduring Understanding;Essential Questions:
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Students will understand that...Students will keep considering...
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• acts of courage can be difficult to carry out, yet can significantly Impact another person’s life for the better
• acts of courage have initiated significant change in our world
• literature contains specific literary elements that work together to create an effective story
• textual evidence is needed to validate personal opinions when responding to text

• Can one person change another person’s life?
• How can acts of courage change the world?
• How can you tell if a piece of literature is well-written?
• How does textual support enhance your written response?

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Acquisition
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Students will know...Students will be able to...
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• sentence starters for citing evidence from the text
• theme is the big idea the author wants the reader to understand
• plot diagram
• compare/contrast organizational formats
• transition words to signify compare/contrast
• the different purposes authors have for writing: persuasive, informative, entertaining
• transitions for informational writing
• correct source citation for Internet and/or books
• revising includes transitions, elaboration and sentence structure
• what makes a source credible
• differences between paraphrasing vs. plagiarism
• active listening strategies
• the rules of capitalization, commas, parenthesis, dashes, and spelling
• the different kinds of context clues


LITERATURE
• citing text evidence and making inferences
• determining a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through details
• providing a summary of a text
• describing how a plot unfolds and how characters respond
• comparing and contrasting a book with a media version of the text
• comparing and contrasting text in different forms or genres focusing on theme and topic
• reading and comprehending on-level text by the end of the year
INFORMATIONAL TEXT
• citing text evidence and making inferences
• determining a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through details
• providing a summary of a text
• analyzing how an individual, event or idea is introduced, illustrated and elaborated in informational text
• determining an author’s point of view or purpose and explain how it is conveyed in the text
• reading and comprehending on-level text by the end of the year
WRITING
• writing narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using descriptive details and well-structured event sequences
• producing clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization and style are appropriate to task, purpose and audience
• using the writing process to develop and strengthen writing
• conducting short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate
• gathering information from multiple credible sources
• paraphrasing and quoting data and conclusions of others
• providing basic bibliographic information for sources
• drawing evidence from literary and informational texts to support analysis, reflection and research
• writing routinely over extended time frames and shorter time frames for a range of tasks, purposes and audiences
SPEAKING AND LISTENING
• participating in discussions by coming prepared, following discussion guidelines, referring to evidence in the text, posing/responding to questions and summarizing key points
LANGUAGE
• demonstrating command of the conventions of standard English including capitalization, punctuation (commas, parenthesis and dashes), and spelling when writing
• determining or clarifying the meaning of unknown words and phrases by using context, Greek and Latin affixes and roots and reference materials
• using domain specific words and phrases accurately

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