These are COMPLETE 400+ pages of Assessments and Teaching Notes for ALL English Language Arts Standards for 6th Grade. These will cover your entire year!
Reading comprehension (literature and informational), writing, language/grammar, speaking and listening are all included.</
This resource was designed to meet Common Core Standards in Speaking & Listening for grades 3rd to 5th. According to the standards, students need to be able to “engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade-level topics and texts, building on other’s i
This unit is aligned with Common Core standards and includes:
1. PowerPoint (29 slides) covering indirect characterization techniques (appearance, speech, actions, private thoughts, other's reactions) and key terms: protagonist, antagonist, round character, flat character, dynamic character, and st
This collaborative crossword activity hits many difficult Grade 6-11 Common Core Standards for SPEAKING and LISTENING in a way that is simple, fun for the students and effective. The focus is on collaborative problem solving in small groups.
This is an engaging lesson for teaching ETHICS/INTEGRITY that your students will be sure to remember!
Have you seen the ABC show titled "What Would You Do?" that tests peoples integrity by putting them in uncomfortable situations to see how they respond? This episode shows a homeless ma
Looking for a higher order thinking activity? Need a way to close out a unit on the Southern Colonies? Do you want to do a Socratic Seminar with your students? Students will evaluate three primary source documents to answer document-based questions. Students will engage in higher-level thinking and
Have you ever wished you had a way to evaluate students within a small group? Do you struggle to understand how teams are really functioning?
This rubric can be used across the disciplines. I have used this rubric for
-Group Writing Projects
-Group Science Labs
-Group Social Studies Projects
This activity emphasizes group discussions by keeping the writing tasks short and sweet (like many of your students). Your readers can show off their strengths with this set of tasks through book clubs or Literature Circles with this twist. A complete lesson on how to teach the roles and the expec
Revolutionary War | Revolutionary War Activity | Revolutionary War Project
Bring argument writing and speaking to your history classroom! This activity is aligned to multiple Common Core writing and speaking & listening standards.
The Revolutionary War is a prime
In this 3-day lesson plan bundle, students will not only learn about and practice ways to improve their listening skills, but they'll have fun doing it!
After watching a TED talk on improving our listening, students will interact with its ideas in a variety of ways: practicing active listening, p
A Mess in Mesopotamia is a read-aloud choose your own adventure story that focuses on the daily experiences of a young person living in ancient Sumer. Social roles, architecture, archaeology, development of civilization, and religious beliefs are explored in a way that is fun and exciting. Student c
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Now all 6 adventures are online (allowing students to individually choose) and in print! A great way to develop both reading comprehension and listening comprehension skills! Vocabulary games allow students to review important terms and definitions.
You can tell a lot about someone by looking through their trash. Do they live alone? What kind of food do they eat? Do they have any hobbies? How old are they? With this activity, students will have the opportunity to make inferences about people based on their trash. Students will be separated into
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Literature Circle Sheets for The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin.
These sheets are designed to be used in small groups. Each group of 3-6 students should follows the directions on the sheet after having read the corresponding chapters. The group works together to fill in the discussion guide at the to
Hunter-Gatherer Hijinx is a read-aloud choose your own adventure story that focuses on the daily experiences of a young person living 10,000 years ago in Stone Age Africa. Social roles, hunting strategies, rites of passage, and religious beliefs are explored in a way that is fun and exciting. Stud
Directions to students: For each box on the mingle form you will have a conversation with a classmate. You will verbally exchange questions and answers, helping each other if needed. No one will write on anyone else’s paper. Your partner will tell you the sentence so you can write it, and vice ve
This lesson will help your secondary student write a well-developed paragraph.
Students receive a quote based on Civil Rights (the lesson can be easily adapted to use quotes of your choice). Students respond with a well-written paragraph. Every fifth person gets the same quote.
This is an excel
This is a one stop shop for book club set up! These forms include book club rules and expectations of behavior, explanation of roles with the book group, accountability of group members through cooperative learning, an easy to fill out AND easy to assess student accountability rubric (one per book
30 Common Core Aligned American Hero Character Quotes! A collection of carefully chosen sayings that have stood the test of time.
An authentic way to explore character traits while merging CCSS.ELA-Literacy Speaking and Listening standards with U.S. History.
Help your students le
Welcome to your indispensable speaking and listening resource! I’ll be very surprised if you don’t use this handbook during every English Language Arts block in your classroom. It’s an essential reference for applying Common Core State Standards any time, anywhere.
Teach graphing skills using real NASA data about climate change. This module integrates common core math skills with science standards. Students will amaze you with their ability to learn from real world data. Become familiar with the NASA resources for your classroom at "climate.nasa.gov".
Bundle of 9 editions of Shopping Spree Performance Task for 6th grade
In the Shopping Spree Performance Task, students use real information about their favorite store to practice argument reading and writing in an engaging, real world context. As shoppers, students have to put toge
Greece Lightning is a read-aloud choose your own adventure story that focuses on the daily experiences of a young person living in an ancient Greek city-state. Democracy, architecture, archaeology, mythology, the Olympic Games, and religious beliefs are explored in a way that is fun and exciting. St
You can tell a lot about someone by looking through their trash. Do they live alone? What kind of food do they eat? Do they have any hobbies? How old are they? With this activity, students will have the opportunity to make inferences about people based on their trash. It connects greatly to the nove
Whether you are a novice or an old hand at Literature Circles, here's a set of tried and true lessons, frameworks, and assessment resources that boost discussion skills and reading responses. From book selection to final assessments, these materials are highly adaptable to different types of Litera
Over 100 Common Core Reading/Literacy: Speaking and Listening Question Stems and Annotated Standards specifically written for Grade 6! Meet the rigor and demands of the Common Core with ease with these standard-specific question stems ready to "pop" into lessons, activities, or assessments.
Socratic Seminar | Socratic Seminars | Fishbowl Discussion
The Socratic Seminar is a way to promote civility, open-mindedness, and ownership within the classroom. This form of discussion gives students a way to examine important issues from what they are studying or reading while insuring that eve
Bundle of 25 editions of Box Office Bucks Performance Task for 6th grade
In the Box Office Bucks Performance Task, students use real information about their favorite movie series to practice narrative reading and writing in an engaging, real world context. Students take on the role
Cute and colorful Accountable Language Posters to put in your classroom! These posters are easy to read from far away yet exciting enough to draw a students attention to them when needed. The different stems are color coded to allow easier location of what sentence stem the student is looking for. B
In this 6th grade thematic literature Smartboard unit, the Big Idea is "Success". All text selections (both fiction and nonfiction) will connect back to the theme and the Essential Questions. The unit will end with a culminating writing performance demonstration. The writing type is informative/expl
This chart contains all of the 6th grade ELA CCSS speaking and listening standards, along with a column to plan out lessons that align to each standard. I've also included a list of key vocabulary words within this set of standards.
Literature Circle sheets for "Holes" by Louis Sachar.
These sheets are designed to be used in small groups. Each group of 3-6 students should follows the directions on the sheet after having read the corresponding chapters. The group works together to fill in the discussion guide at the top of the
Oral history is lost forever if not uncovered and recorded. This beautiful project engages students as historians - creating a family heirloom heritage collection box, doing comprehensive interviews of an older relative with a large given bank of intriguing questions, creating a newspaper full of v
Bundle of 9 editions of Attraction Satisfaction Performance Task for 6th grade
In the Attraction Satisfaction Performance Task, students use real information about their favorite or their local amusement park to practice informative reading and writing in an engaging, real world co
I am piloting Standards Based grading for my district this year. Each day, I focus on a different standard with a skill or subskill.
These lessons include many parts: Essential Vocabulary (elaborate, coherent, claim, debatable claim, caucus, relevance, commentary, plan, succinct, formal voice), Ess
This is a simple but effective grading rubric for students who are participating in literature circles or book clubs.
My 6th grade language arts students absolutely love book club; the meetings are their favorite part of the week. However, I noticed that a few students would sometimes get off-task
Hieroglyphic Horseplay is a read-aloud choose your own adventure story that focuses on the daily experiences of a young scribe living in ancient Egypt. Social roles, hieroglyphic writing, architecture, archaeology, mummification, and religious beliefs are explored in a way that is fun and exciting.
Wherever I May Rome is a read-aloud choose your own adventure story that focuses on the daily experiences of a young person living in Imperial Rome. Politics, temples, archaeology, mythology, the Colosseum, and religious beliefs are explored in a way that is fun and exciting. Student choice determin
Lesson Plan for Exploring Racism, Prejudice, Stereotypes, and Discrimination:
Great lesson for any teacher looking for a way to introduce and/or discuss race in the classroom. The lesson plan attached provides teachers an opportunity to leverage students’ lived experiences and prior knowledge surro
This 31-slide presentation is a comprehensive look at Gustav Freytag's classic plot diagram. This presentation uses Harry Potter and Star Wars as examples for each step of the Pyramid. Included, too, is a discussion of the seven main conflicts "human vs human" (man vs man), "human vs self" (man vs
This discussion pack divides the novel into four sections (noted by page numbers) and includes student discussion sheets for each section. There is a total of 14 open-ended questions designed to make your students think more deeply about the novel and use evidence to support their views. This discu
This 48-slide Power Point Presentation briefly reviews the Classic Freytag Pyramid that includes introduction / exposition, inciting incident, rising action, climax, falling action, revelation, resolution / conclusion. However, since the Victorian period when Freytag developed the pyramid plots hav
This is a two-part package -- a Power Point presentation and a lesson plan. The PPT is available separately by the same name.
This 14-slide Power Point presentation presents hero, villain, protagonist, and antagonist. It explains the shift from using the terms "hero" and "villain" to the more con
This is a fun, engaging lesson for teaching GRIT that your students will be sure to enjoy!
* EDITABLE 25-slide powerpoint
* 3 entertaining video examples (**PLEASE NOTE: One of these videos come from youtube, please ensure that you district has access prior to purchasin
In this activity, based on the True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi, the class is asked to put Charlotte on trial for the murder of Mr. Hollybrass. Each student will play a role in the trial, either as lawyers for the defense or the prosecution, or as witnesses or jurors. The lawyers will come
This activity based on The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, by Avi, asks students to form a literature group of 4-5 people. The book is divided into three sections, and for each section, students are asked to discuss the prompts, and then record one thing that each group member shared.
This comprehensive Current Event Unit lesson plan provides everything you need for effective practice of Common Core Standards and deeper thinking in the elementary and middle school classroom.
Common Core Standards for reading informational texts in the form of news articles, writing expository pi
Egypt Shmegypt is a read-aloud choose your own adventure story that focuses on the daily experiences of a young person living in ancient Egypt. Social roles, architecture, archaeology, the importance of the Nile River, and religious beliefs are explored in a way that is fun and exciting. Student cho
Literature Circle sheets for "Hatchet" by Gary Paulsen.
These sheets are designed to be used in small groups. Each group of 3-6 students should follows the directions on the sheet after having read the corresponding chapters. The group works together to fill in the discussion guide at the top of th