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Middle School English Language Arts Grade 6

Course Length:

Two Semesters

Course Description: 

Through a study of myths, fables, and folk tales from different cultures—as well as novels and other modern forms of narrative, students learn the elements common to all forms of literature and also the elements that are unique to each form. In lessons focused on writing and language study, students craft essays in several different modes and learn how to create the more formal style expected for school writing assignments. Lessons in this semester guide students to recognize and reproduce text structures and organizational patterns that work for different types of essays. The writing lessons also demonstrate the kinds of changes that students should make during the revising and editing stages of the writing process. Opportunities for teacher feedback are frequent, detailed, and varied.

The second semester of grade 6 English Language Arts online course builds on the skills and concepts introduced in the first semester. Students tackle more difficult texts in Semester B and apply more advanced analysis skills to reading and writing tasks. They also study some of the more subtle aspects of language, such as the role of connotation and nuance in an author’s word choices and how those choices affect readers. Reading assignments are selected, in part, to provide models for students’ own writing in specific modes, forms, or genres. Several lessons demonstrate methods of sharing and publishing writing using 21st century technology.



Comprehensive Syllabus:  

Language Arts 6 Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

  • A working computer with reliable access to the internet is required. 

Required Books:

  • Seedfolks – English 6 A
  • The Giver – English 6 A
  • Esperanza Rising – English 6 B

Optional Novels (Choose 1 – English 6 B):

  • Walk Two Moons
  • The Westing Game
  • Freak the Mighty
  • True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle


Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: 6 A available
Spring: 6 B available

Lead Teacher:

Patty Maddock, Bozeman Public Schools,