The Penn-Delco District’s Secondary Language Arts Curriculum is based on the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
A. Students in Grade 6 who meet the reading standards are able to:
B. Students in Grade 6 who meet the writing standards are able to:
Locate relevant text for a specific purpose.
Use knowledge of root words and context clues to develop vocabulary.
Demonstrate understanding of non-fiction text by drawing conclusions and explaining major ideas.
Demonstrate fluency while reading aloud with accuracy and self-correcting mistakes.
Recognize the difference between fact and opinion.
Evaluate the author’s purpose.
Use media resources for presentations and research.
Read and understand works of literature.
Compare the use of literary elements within and among texts, including character, setting, plot and point of view.
Describe how authors use literary devices such as sound techniques (rhyme, rhythm, alliteration) and figurative language (personification, simile, metaphor, hyperbole).
- Write multi-paragraph stories including character, setting, plot, description and dialogue.
- Write informational pieces such as letters, reports, essays, newspaper articles and interviews.
- Write persuasive pieces that include a clearly stated opinion, supporting detail and properly cited sources.
- Write with a distinct focus, well developed content, and logical organization and transitions.
- Write with an understanding of style devices such as variety and diversity in sentence structure.
- Revise writing to improve content, organization and vocabulary.
- Edit writing using the conventions of language: spelling, capitalization, punctuation and usage.
C. Students in Grade 6 who meet the speaking and listening standards are able to:
- Listen to others, ask pertinent questions and differentiate between relevant and irrelevant information.
- Listen to selections of fiction and non-fiction and relate to prior knowledge, make predictions and summarize.
- Speak using skills appropriate to formal and informal speaking situations using complete sentences and correct pronunciation.
- Contribute to discussions and respond to others with relevant information.
- Participate in small and large group discussion and presentations.
D. Students in Grade 6 who meet the characteristics and functions of the English language standard are able to:
- Identify words from other languages that are commonly used in the English language.
- Explain the differences between formal and informal speech techniques.
- Explain how word meanings have changed over time.
E. Students in Grade 6 who meet the research standard are able to:
- Chose a topic and narrow the topic to a research based question.
- Use a variety of sources to accomplish a research task.
- Use research notes as a basis for presenting the information.