6th Grade Reading

Quarter 1 – Changes
How can changes transform the way people look at the world?

Week of Welcome

Story #1 Cow’s MusicRealistic Fiction
How do new experiences offer new perspectives?

  • Comprehension Skill: Sequence
  • Vocabulary Strategy: Sentence Clues
  • Words to Know: consolation, glimmer, heinous, indispensable, perception, phobic, sarcastic, threshold

Story #2 Drumbeat to Freedom Historical Fiction
Why do people form alliances?

  • Comprehension Skill: Compare & Contrast
  • Vocabulary Strategy: Paragraph Clues
  • Words to Know: adversity, alliance, confinement, inflicted, reminisce, retrieved, smuggle, spindly

Story #3 The Secret World of CavesExpository
How do life forms vary in different environments?

  • Comprehension Skill: Main Idea & Key Details
  • Vocabulary Strategy: Root Words (Greek & Latin)
  • Words to Know: classification, compartment, engulfs, flanked, maneuvering, obscure, species, submerged

Story #4 The Monster in the MountainsNarrative Nonfiction
How do natural forces affect the Earth?

  • Comprehension Skill: Main Idea & Key Details
  • Vocabulary Strategy: Metaphors & Simile
  • Words to Know: cascaded, documentation, dynamic, exerts, plummeting, pulverize, scalding, shards

Unit Test

The Summary Assignment (PreTest & Lessons)

Quarter 2 – Excursions Across Time
What can we gain from reading about past civilizations?

The Summary Assignment (Lessons & Assignment)

Story #5 Empire of the SeaExpository
What contributions were made by early civilizations?

Comprehension Skill: Problem & Solution
Vocabulary Strategy: Latin Roots
Words to Know: artifact, communal, derived, inscription, millennium, stationary, utilize, yields

Story #6 Democracy DebateExpository
How did democracy develop?

Comprehension Skill: Compare & Contrast
Vocabulary Strategy: Greek & Latin Prefixes
Words to Know: aspiring, foundation, preceded, principal, promote, restrict, speculation, withstood

Story #7 Yaskul’s Mighty TradeHistorical Fiction
What was life like for people in ancient cultures?

Comprehension Skill: Point of View
Vocabulary Strategy: Connotations & Denotations
Words to Know: alcove, commerce, domestic, exotic, fluent, stifling, upheaval, utmost

Story #8 OzymandiasPoetry
What can the past teach us?

Comprehension Skill: Theme
Vocabulary Strategy: Personification
Words to Know: commemorate, contemplate, forlorn, majestic, lyric poetry, thyme scheme, sonnet, meter

Unit Test

End of Course Assignment

Quarter 3 – Challenges
How do people meet challenges & solve problems?

Halfway There

Story #9 The Day the Dam Broke Expository
How do people meet environmental challenges?

Comprehension Skill: Author’s Point of View
Vocabulary Strategy: Paragraph Clues
Words to Know: alignment, calamity, eclipse, generated, inconvenience, periodic, prolonged, tenacity

Story #10 She Had to Walk Before Before She Could RunBiography
How do people meet personal challenges?

Comprehension Skill: Author’s Point of View
Vocabulary Strategy: Idioms
Words to Know: summit, assess, compensate, deteriorated, devastating, implement, peripheral, potential

Story #11 Treasure in the AtticDrama

Comprehension Skill: Theme
Vocabulary Strategy: Homophones
Words to Know:

Story #12 My Visit to ArizonaRealistic Fiction

Comprehension Skill: Theme
Vocabulary Strategy: Homographs
Words to Know:

Unit Test

The Summary Assignment (Refresher & Test)

Quarter 4

Story #13 The Fortunes of Fragrance
Story #14 The Great Fire of London
Story #15 Researcher to the Rescue
Story #16 Messages in Stone & Wood
Story #17 How Many Seconds?
Unit Test
End of Course Assignment