K12ELA006: English Language Arts 6

Course Syllabus for "K12ELA006: English Language Arts 6"

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Sixth-grade Language Arts marks a turning point for you in your academic career. After developing and practicing the skills necessary to develop a strong foundation for your success at the elementary level, you are now ready to embark on the next step in your journey as a reader and writer. Based on the Common Core State Standards, this course will help you grow as a reader and writer of both literary and informational text. You will read a number of complex, thematically related narratives, short stories, extended informational texts, and nonfiction articles. You will learn to analyze these varied texts, to identify key ideas and details, to compare and contrast major text elements, and to distinguish between those claims supported by evidence and those that are not. You will then try your hand at writing your own arguments and supporting them with research-based evidence, and you will work to improve your writing by taking it through the steps of the writing process. In your own life, these reading and writing skills will benefit you immensely no matter what path you choose to take in your future. Professional athletes, doctors, accountants, teachers, salespeople, politicians, scientists, and technology gurus read, write, communicate, and collaborate on a daily basis. The goal through all of this is to help you become a reader, writer, and communicator capable of critical thinking and analysis, so that as you continue on your learning journey, you have the tools and foundation you need to succeed.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast story elements or main ideas of different texts.
  • Demonstrate strategies for improving reading comprehension of complex fiction and informational text.
  • Analyze the structure of text and use this analysis to accurately summarize the main ideas of a text.
  • Cite evidence from fiction and informational texts to support a claim or analysis, or to answer questions about a text.
  • Analyze story elements (characters, point of view, setting, plot, conflict) and determine how they combine to develop universal themes.
  • Increase vocabulary by determining unknown word meanings through the use of context clues and/or knowledge of word parts (roots and affixes) and figurative language.
  • Write a variety of informational, poetry, and narrative pieces; conduct research; and write logical arguments supported by evidence and substantial claims.
  • Study the stages of the writing process and traits of good writing.

Course Requirements

In order to take this course, you must:

√    Have access to a computer.

√    Have continuous broadband Internet access.

√    Have the ability/permission to install plug-ins or software (e.g., Adobe Reader or Flash).

√    Have the ability to download and save files and documents to a computer.

√    Have the ability to open Microsoft files and documents (.doc, .ppt, .xls, etc.).

√    Have competency in the English language.

√    Have read the Saylor Student Handbook.

Course Information

Welcome to Grade 6 English Language Arts. This course consists of five thematic units, each of which includes reading, writing, and vocabulary lessons. The content of this course focuses on building your ability to read and comprehend nonfiction and fiction texts, practicing the writing process for a variety of text types, and building vocabulary as you review what you know and as you learn new concepts. Hopefully you will enjoy studying the material in this course so much that you will make learning a lifelong activity!
Course Designer: Amy Kasten
Primary Resources: This course has been created using free online texts and tutorials. All of the texts come from Project Gutenberg, while the majority of instructional tutorials are from SOPHIA.
Requirements for Completion: In order to successfully complete this course, you will need to work through all assigned readings and associated tasks. In addition to the assignments, which will help you learn the skills and concepts from each unit, you will need to complete brief assessments at the end of each unit. Though the final exam will be the only graded task, completing the assignments and assessments is necessary, as they will help you evaluate your learning.
In order to pass the course, you must earn a grade of 70% or higher on the final exam. You may take the exam more than once, if necessary.
Time Commitment: Completing this course should take you a total of approximately 102 hours and 45 minutes. Each unit includes a “Time Advisory” that lists the amount of time you are expected to spend on each subunit. It is recommended you devote about an hour a day, five days a week, to working your way through the course. This is the same amount of time you’d spend in a typical English class. If you are able to complete your studying at the same time every day, this will go a long way toward helping you develop strong study habits.
Table of Contents: You can find the course's units at the links below.