Our RLA program is a balanced curriculum that encompasses Reading, Grammar, and Spelling.
The students will be instructed utilizing the following New York State modules in Reading:
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Bud not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
These modules require students to use critical thinking skills as they evaluate texts and improve their reading and writing skills. As students progress through the modules, their task will be to meet learning targets including:
1. I can use evidence from the text to support my analysis of what the text says and inferences I make.
2. I can determine the theme and explain how it is portrayed through details.
3. I can explain how the characters respond or change as the plot advances.
4. I can analyze the impact of specific word choice on the meaning and tone of the passage.
5. I can explain how an author develops the point of view of a narrator or text’s characters.
6. I can summarize informational text while leaving out my personal opinion.
7. I can determine the figurative, connotative, or technical meaning of words or phrases in a grade 6 text.
8. I can trace and evaluate the argument and claims in a text.
Also, Time for Kids, Scholastic News, and Scholastic Scope resources for pertinent informational articles will be used in class. The current event selections in this magazine support the reading and writing standards and literacy skills that are an integral part of the Common Core.
Students are taught the parts of speech and their implications for better sentence construction as they work to meet the Learning Targets that are part of the Common Core. Among these are:
Spelling is skill based with a focus on phonics patterns. These skills provide instructional opportunities for students to utilize what they have learned about words within the context of reading and writing.