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Language Arts 6 Part 1
LI.ENG.200611.1.HO
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
Language Arts 6 Part 1 explores several types of literature. Students will be expected to write essays, including a comparison-contrast essay, a how-to essay, a short story, and a response to literature. Students will read intriguing stories written by famous and influential authors. The course will cover the writing process and effective writing techniques, and students will produce their own pieces of literature in multiple genres. Proper conventions of grammar will be reinforced.



Course Objectives

Unit 1:  Essential Content and Skills

  • Correctly identify nouns as common or proper.
  • Use a diagram to chart your predictions.
  • Identify ways to compare and contrast elements of a short story.
  • Analyze conflict in the story through lesson and textbook instruction.
  • Review characteristics of fables and folk tales.
  • Define characteristics of myths and epics in a notebook.
  • Evaluate, revise, and submit the final version of the comparison-contrast essay.

Unit 2:  Essential Content and Skills

  • Recognize the basic parts of a short story and brainstorm ideas for writing one.
  • Review the importance of sequencing, retelling, and summarizing as strategies for reading comprehension.
  • Use a cluster diagram to organize ideas for a short story.
  • Identify adverbs in sentences and check responses.
  • Identify prepositional phrases correctly in an assessment.
  • Use a graphic organizer to organize notes.
  • Evaluate, revise, and submit the final version of the short story.

Unit 3:  Essential Content and Skills

  • Analyze how writers use characterization to make their characters believable.
  • Identify components and structure of a “how-to” essay, and brainstorm ideas for writing one.
  • Make inferences while reading in order to better understand a text.
  • Create a chart to organize ideas for a “how-to” essay topic.
  • Create a chart while reading in order to track personal connections to the characters.
  • Recognize effective sentence structure to enhance writing skills.
  • Proofread, edit, and submit the final “how-to” essay using a rubric as a scoring guide.

Unit 4:  Essential Content and Skills

  • Recognize theme and why it is important for comprehending meaning in short stories.
  • Analyze cause and effect and generalizations as ways to identify the theme of a story.
  • Draft a thesis statement for a response to literature essay.
  • Recognize the difference between the theme and the plot of a short story.
  • Use a graphic organizer to record causes and effects in a story.
  • Take notes on the steps for completing an application.
  • Evaluate, revise, and submit the final response to literature essay.

Course Materials

  • Holt Elements of Literature (textbook)

 *Available as an iText course