Welcome to 6th Grade Language Arts
Mrs. Tina Kouns
Contact me at: TinaBK@leeschools.net
What we study in 6th grade Language Arts…
Close Reading skills used to interpret complex fiction, non-fiction, and poetry
Writing skills that helps us to be effective in analyzing ideas, in explaining things, and in persuading others to accept our opinions
Grammar skills that makes our sentences meaningful to others
Vocabulary decoding skills
Florida State Standards
The 6th grade Language Arts all teach the same curriculum each week.
All lessons are planned to achieve the standards set by the state of Florida and the Academic Plans adopted by the Lee County School District in concurrence with the federal government standards. (“Common Core”)
Typically, our school performs well on these.
Last year, CLMS’s sixth grade scores topped Lee County!
More and more are taken online.
We teach reading through:
complex non-fiction passages
FSA-type passages and quizzes
One-Book-One-School schoolwide novel
Paragraph-labeling, Cornell notes, and graphic organizers are used to teach reading skills that apply to all subjects.
Timed essays that teach the critical reading, the writing process using text based info., use of strong vocabulary, and proofreading.
6th grade focuses on expository writing, using evidence to explain and expand on a topic.
We also learn argumentative writing, in which facts are cited from a non-fiction text
“Final Draft Format”: a document that is not accepted unless written in ink or typed
We Teach Five Stages of Writing…
…is taught through daily journaling, editing of projected passages, and practice homework.
Grammar in grade 6 means….
Parts of speech
Correct use of commas and capitals
Correct sentences, both simple and complex
Spelling of basic homonyms
Language Arts will support the teaching of creating a thesis and a bibliography.
CLERK is our students’ best research tool. It’s accessible from home.
What you can find on the school website:
1. Go to school website (Google Cypress Lake Middle School.) http://cym.leeschools.net/
2. CLERK research sites on the left side.
3. Teachers’ School Sites at the top—homework and classwork posted on Mondays
4. Parent newsletter
Has link to ParentLink where you can check your child’s grades in all subjects
…are hard for 6th graders to manage.
Homework and classwork must be made up.
Students who are out one day have one day to turn the work in.
Students should read AR during absence, if possible.