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:

    • 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).


    B.   Students in Grade 6 who meet the writing standards are able to:
    • 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.