ELA – Lesson Plan 6th Grade

  1. Unit 1 Grammar Basics
    1. IXL Grammar Conventions & Explanatory Instructions
      1. Watch this video about antecedents
      2. Identify pronouns and their antecedents (6-V.1)
      3. Understanding compound subjects and objects pronouns
      4. Compound subjects and objects with pronouns (6-W.3)
      5. Use possessive pronouns (6-X.1)
      6. Using “I” and “me” Watch this:
      7. Watch: More about “I”, “Me” and “Myself”
      8. Compound subjects and objects with “I” and “me” (6-W.2)
      9. Use the pronoun that agrees with the antecedent (6-V.2)
      10. Understanding Reflexive and Intensive Pronouns. Make Notes in your notebook.
      11. In your notebook, write reflexive pronouns in the songs of this video.
      12. Choose between subject and object pronouns (6-W.1)Is the pronoun reflexive or intensive? (6-Y.3)
      13. Pronoun shifts video
      14. Correct inappropriate shifts in pronoun number and person (6-O.1)
      15. Watch this explanation of vague pronoun references. Make Notes.
      16. Identify vague pronoun references (6-P.1)
      17. Identify all of the possible antecedents (6-P.2)
      18. Which sentence is more formal? (6-HHH.1)
    2. Actively Learn Reader (Assigned Reading/Writing)
  2. Unit 2 Grammar Basics
    1. IXL Grammar Conventions
      1. Commas with compound and complex sentences (6-A.2)
      2. Commas with direct addresses, introductory words, interjections, and interrupters (6-A.3)
      3. Commas with coordinate adjectives (6-A.4)
      4. Commas: review (6-A.5)
      5. Correct capitalization errors (6-E.1)
      6. Capitalizing titles (6-F.1)
      7. Formatting titles (6-F.2)
      8. Formatting and capitalizing titles: review (6-F.3)
      9. Formatting quotations and dialogue (6-H.1)
      10. Correct errors with signs (6-I.1)
      11. Commas with series, dates, and places (6-A.1)
    2. Actively Learn Reader (Assigned Reading/Writing)
  3. Unit 3 Grammar Basics
    1. IXL Grammar Conventions
      1. What does the punctuation suggest? (6-B.1)Commas with nonrestrictive elements (6-B.2)
      2. Use dashes (6-D.1)
      3. Identify and correct errors with plural and possessive nouns (6-C.1)
      4. Form plurals of nouns ending in f, fe, o, and y (6-T.1)
      5. Form and use plurals of nouns ending in f, fe, o, and y (6-T.2)
      6. Form plurals: review (6-T.3)
      7. Form and use plurals: review (6-T.4)
      8. Form the singular or plural possessive (6-U.2)
      9. Irregular past tense: review (6-Z.1)
      10. Simple past, present, and future tense: review (6-Z.2)
      11. Form the progressive verb tenses (6-BB.2)
      12. Form the perfect verb tenses (6-CC.2)
      13. Pronoun-verb contractions (6-GG.1)
      14. Contractions with “not” (6-GG.2)
      15. Form and use comparative and superlative adjectives (6-II.1)
      16. Form and use comparative and superlative adverbs (6-KK.1)
    2. Actively Learn Reader (Assigned Reading/Writing)
  4. Unit 4 Grammar Basics
    1. IXL Grammar Conventions
      1. Identify dependent and independent clauses (6-N.1)
      2. Is the sentence simple, compound, or complex? (6-N.2)
      3. Transitions with conjunctive adverbs (6-MM.1)Identify relative pronouns (6-NN.1)
      4. Use relative pronouns: who and whom (6-NN.2)
      5. Use relative pronouns: who, whom, whose, which, and that (6-NN.3)
      6. Use relative adverbs (6-NN.4)
      7. Identify prepositions (6-OO.1)
      8. Identify prepositions and their objects (6-OO.2)
      9. Identify prepositional phrases (6-OO.3)
      10. Prepositions: review (6-OO.4)Identify coordinating conjunctions (6-PP.1)
      11. Use coordinating conjunctions (6-PP.2)
      12. Identify subordinating conjunctions (6-QQ.1)
      13. Use the correct pair of correlative conjunctions (6-RR.1)
      14. Fill in the missing correlative conjunction (6-RR.2)
      15. Is the sentence declarative, interrogative, imperative, or exclamatory? (6-J.1)
    2. Actively Learn Reader (Assigned Reading/Writing)
  5. Unit 5 Grammar Basics
    1. IXL Grammar Conventions
      1. Which sentence matches the definition? (6-SS.1)
      2. Which definition matches the sentence? (6-SS.2)
      3. Use the correct homophone (6-TT.1)
      4. Use the correct frequently confused word (6-UU.1)
      5. Correct errors with frequently confused words (6-UU.2)
      6. Use dictionary definitions (6-CCC.2)
    2. Actively Learn Reader (Assigned Reading/Writing)
  6. Unit 6 Grammar Basics
    1. IXL Grammar Conventions
      1. Words with pre- (6-ZZ.1)
      2. Words with re- (6-ZZ.2)
      3. Words with sub- (6-ZZ.3)
      4. Words with mis- (6-ZZ.4)
      5. Words with un-, dis-, in-, im-, and non- (6-ZZ.5)
      6. Words with -ful (6-AAA.1)
      7. Words with -less (6-AAA.2)
      8. Words with -able and -ible (6-AAA.3)
      9. Use Greek and Latin roots as clues to the meanings of words (6-BBB.1)
      10. Use the meanings of words as clues to the meanings of Greek and Latin roots (6-BBB.2)
      11. Use words as clues to the meanings of Greek and Latin roots (6-BBB.3)
      12. Determine the meanings of Greek and Latin roots (6-BBB.4)
      13. Determine the meanings of words with Greek and Latin roots (6-BBB.5
    2. Actively Learn Reader (Assigned Reading/Writing)
  7. Unit 7 Grammar Basics
    1. IXL Grammar Conventions
      1. Use dictionary entries (6-CCC.1)
      2. Alphabetical order (6-CCC.3)
      3. Use guide words (6-CCC.4)
      4. Use thesaurus entries (6-DDD.1)
      5. Use dictionary definitions (6-CCC.2)
      6. Determine the meaning of idioms from context: set 1 (6-EEE.1)
      7. Identify the meaning of idioms and adages: set 1 (6-EEE.2)
      8. Determine the meaning of idioms from context: set 2 (6-EEE.3)
      9. Identify the meaning of idioms and adages: set 2 (6-EEE.4)
      10. Use personification (6-FFF.1)
      11. Classify figures of speech (6-GGG.1)
      12. Interpret figures of speech (6-GGG.2)
    2. Actively Learn Reader (Assigned Reading/Writing)
  8. Unit 8 Grammar Basics
    1. IXL Grammar Conventions
      1. Analogies (6-VV.1)
      2. Analogies: challenge (6-VV.2)
      3. Describe the difference between related words (6-YY.1)
      4. Positive and negative connotation (6-YY.2)
      5. Analogies (6-VV.1)
      6. Analogies: challenge (6-VV.2)
      7. Words with pre- (6-ZZ.1)
      8. Words with re- (6-ZZ.2)
      9. Words with sub- (6-ZZ.3)
      10. Words with mis- (6-ZZ.4)
      11. Words with un-, dis-, in-, im-, and non- (6-ZZ.5)
      12. Words with -ful (6-AAA.1)
      13. Words with -less (6-AAA.2)
      14. Words with -able and -ible (6-AAA.3)
      15. Use Greek and Latin roots as clues to the meanings of words (6-BBB.1)
      16. Use the meanings of words as clues to the meanings of Greek and Latin roots (6-BBB.2)
      17. Use words as clues to the meanings of Greek and Latin roots (6-BBB.3)
      18. Determine the meanings of Greek and Latin roots (6-BBB.4)
      19. Determine the meanings of words with Greek and Latin roots (6-BBB.5)
    2. Actively Learn Reader (Assigned Reading/Writing                            Reading                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Reading Unit 1: Short Story Elements

This unit discusses the short story, including characterization and character traits, conflict, point-of-view, plot, making predictions, narrative, and summarization. The poem is also discussed, and comparing and contrasting genres. Pronoun types, pronoun shifts, and intensive pronouns are also covered, as well as using writing to show, not to tell.

    1. Acellus Lab Elements
      1. Short Story – Characterization – Traits
      2. Short Story – Conflict
      3. Short Story – Point-of-View
      4. Short Story – Plot
      5. Short Story – Making Predictions
      6. Short Story – Narrative Summarization
      7. Poem – Compare / Contrast Genres
      8. Grammar Focus – Pronoun Types
      9. Grammar Focus – (Vague) Pronoun Shifts
      10. Grammar Focus – Intensive Pronouns
      11. Writing Focus: Show Not Tell

Reading Unit 2: Vocabulary Building Strategies

This unit discusses the short story, Lomax, including word impact on meaning and tone, and scene to overall structure. Also covered are denotation and connotation, synonyms, antonyms, using a Frayer Model, words with multiple meanings, prefixes, suffixes, and word roots. Also included are spelling tips, and context clues including definitions, synonyms, antonyms, and examples.

  1. Acellus Lab Elements
    1. Short Story – Lomax – Introduction
    2. Lomax – Word Impact on Meaning and Tone
    3. Lomax – Scene to Overall Structure
    4. Denotation and Connotation
    5. Synonyms
    6. Antonyms
    7. Using a Frayer Model
    8. Multiple Meaning Words
    9. Prefix, Suffix, and Roots
    10. Spelling Tips
    11. Context Clues – Definitions
    12. Context Clues – Synonyms
    13. Context Clues – Antonyms
    14. Context Clues – Examples
    15. Analogies

Reading Unit 3: Reading for Meaning

This unit covers the genres folk tale, fable, and myth. It uses the folktale The Fox and the Crow to illustrate theme and discusses reading graphic stories and using inference and conclusions. It uses the story of The Three Little Pigs to illustrate perspective and comparing and contrasting genres, and uses the essay Eulogy of a Dog to discuss vocabulary, author’s purpose, and persuasive techniques. In addition, the biographical story, Corrie ten Boom is used to illustrate tone.

  1. Acellus Lab Elements
    1. Folktale, Fable, and Myth
    2. Folktale – The Fox and the Crow – Introduction
    3. The Fox and the Crow – Theme
    4. Reading Graphic Stories
    5. Graphic Stories – Inference / Conclusion
    6. Three Little Pigs – Perspective
    7. Three Little Pigs – Compare / Contrast
    8. Eulogy of a Dog – Introduction
    9. Eulogy of a Dog – Vocabulary
    10. Eulogy of a Dog – Author’s Purpose
    11. Eulogy of a Dog – Persuasive Techniques
    12. Corrie ten Boom – Introduction
    13. Biography – Corrie ten Boom – Vocabulary
    14. Biography – Corrie ten Boom – Tone

Reading Unit 4: Figurative Language and Narrative Writing

This unit discusses poetry, including alliteration, similes, metaphors, rhyme and rhythm, and personification. Also covered are onomatopoeia in graphic stories, and vocabulary, hyperbole, and idiom in drama, as well as preview in narrative writing, laying the groundwork, story development, details – including parentheticals and nonrestrictive elements – and how to conclude a story well.

  1. Acellus Lab Elements
    1. Poetry – Alliteration
    2. Poetry – Flint – Similes
    3. Poetry – Flint – Metaphors
    4. Poetry – Rhyme / Rhythm
    5. Poetry – Personification
    6. Graphic Story – Onomatopoeia
    7. Camel Got His Hump – Introduction
    8. Drama – Camel – Vocabulary
    9. Drama – Camel – Hyperbole
    10. Drama – Camel – Idiom
    11. Narrative Writing – Preview
    12. Laying the Groundwork
    13. Story Development
    14. Details – Parenthetical / Nonrestrictive Elements
    15. Wrapping It Up

Reading Unit 5: Reading for Information

This unit discusses informational versus narrative text, as well as sequence, description, and comparing/contrasting in an essay; cause/effect, problem/solution, main idea, supporting details, fact/opinion, and summarization in an article; and comparing and contrasting authors in biography and autobiography.

  1. Acellus Lab Elements
    1. Informational vs. Narrative Text
    2. Essay – Sequence
    3. Essay – Description
    4. Essay – A Good Show – Introduction
    5. Essay – A Good Show – Vocabulary
    6. Essay – A Good Show – Compare / Contrast
    7. Article – Cause / Effect
    8. Article – Problem / Solution
    9. Topic vs. Main Idea
    10. Article – Dress Code – Introduction
    11. Article – Dress Code – Main Idea
    12. Article – Dress Code – Supporting Details
    13. Article – Dress Code – Fact / Opinion
    14. Article – Dress Code – Summarization
    15. Compare and Contrast Authors

Reading Unit 6: Argument and Persuasion

This unit discusses argument, including what an argument is, claim and evidence in an article, comparing and contrasting author implications through photos, discussion types, and five discussion steps.

  1. Acellus Lab Elements
    1. What Is an Argument?
    2. Article – A Healthy Nation – Claim, Evidence
    3. Photo – Compare / Contrast Author Implications
    4. Discussion Preview
    5. Discussion Types
    6. Five Discussion Steps

Writing Unit: Informative Writing

This unit discusses traits of formalized writing, the four-square writing approach for formatting a paper, choosing a topic/main idea, adding supporting details to a paper, writing a thesis, adding supporting details to paragraphs, adding transition words and personal stories, writing an introduction, “hooking” your readers, writing a conclusion, and drafting and finalizing your paper.

  1. Acellus Lab Elements
    1. Traits of Formalized Writing
    2. Four Square Writing Approach – Formatting
    3. Choosing a Topic / Main Idea
    4. Adding Supporting Details to Paper
    5. Writing a Thesis
    6. Adding Supporting Details to Paragraphs
    7. Adding Transition Words
    8. Adding Potatoes
    9. Writing an Introduction

    10.  Hook Your Reader

    11. Writing a Conclusion

    12. Drafting Your Paper

 M. Finalizing Your Paper

 Writing Unit:  Research and Persuasion

This unit discusses researching a topic and writing a persuasive essay, including identifying your topic, doing research and gathering information, and reflecting on new information. It further covers planning, drafting, revising, editing, publishing, and presenting a persuasive essay.

1. Acellus Lab Elements

A. Research IntroductionIdentify Your Topic

B. Research and Gather Information

C. Reflect on New Learning

D. Planning a Persuasive Essay

E. Drafting a Persuasive Essay

F. Revising / Editing

G. Publishing

H. Presenting

Writing and Reading Unit: Reading Across Genres

This unit uses the short story Shooting Stars to discuss vocabulary, setting, shades of meaning, imagery, motivation, actions, and relationships. It also covers verb tense; action, helping, and linking verbs; and integrating information.

1.Acellus Lab Elements

A. Short Story – Shooting Stars – Introduction

B. Shooting Stars – Vocabulary

C. Shooting Stars – Setting

D. Shooting Stars – Shades of Meaning

E. Shooting Stars – Imagery

Writing and Reading Unit:  Real-World Reading Skills

This unit discusses text features, skimming, scanning, commonly-confused words, dictionary skills, combining sentences, conjunctions, sentence fragments, commonly misspelled words, subject-verb agreement, end-of-sentence punctuation, commas, apostrophes, titles, number, and capitalization.

  1. Acellus Lab Elements
    1. Text Features
    2. Skim and Scan
    3. Commonly Confused Words
    4. Dictionary Skills
    5. Sentence Combining / Conjunctions
    6. Sentence Fragments
    7. Commonly Misspelled Words
    8. Subject-Verb Agreement
    9. Punctuation – End of Sentence
    10. Punctuation – Commas
    11. Punctuation – Apostrophes
    12. Titles and Numbers
    13. Capitalization