ELA Syllabus

English/Language  - Arts Syllabus


Instructor Email

LeighAnn Horton


Michelle Jones


Stephanie Rodrigo


Regina Urban


Course Description

The standards are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills for proficiency in through rigor.  The standards address the expanding interests and needs of the middle school student through high expectations in the areas of independent reading, literature, reading for information, writing across the curriculum, inquiry, and listening and speaking.  To prepare for bigger challenges in high school7th and 8th grade, 6th grade students must grapple with major works of fiction and nonfiction that extend across cultures and centuries. As they work diligently to understand precisely what an author or speaker is saying, students also must learn to question an author’s or speaker’s assumptions and assess the accuracy of his or her claims. They must also be able to report findings from their own research and analysis of sources in a clear manner.  The overall result of mastery in these areas should be the ability to apply the knowledge and skills to problems and situations that promote creative and critical thinking.  Sixth grade ELA consists of the following areas of study: literary comprehension, information & media literacy, reading skills & vocabulary acquisition, grammar & sentence construction, research, and the writing process.

Text/Primary and Secondary Documents

Sixth grade reading will include:  novels, short stories, poems, essays, and various nonfiction texts.  Students will not be issued a textbook; however, resources will be provided for them to use in the classroom.  Some resources will also be uploaded to the class website as they are allowed.  Due to copyright laws, some publications will not be allowed online.  In these cases, students may obtain resource materials in class.

Topics to be covered

Sixth grade students will be required to complete subject matter related to the NC Standard Course of Study performance standards.  For further information regarding our standards please refer to the following website: http://www.dpi.state.nc.us

Focus Standards

  • RI.6.1:  Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • RI.6.6:  Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author acknowledges and responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints.

  • W.6.3:  Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

  • SL.6.1:  Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners regarding texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

  • SL.6.1(b): Follow rules for collegial discussions and decision-making, track progress toward specific goals and deadlines and define individual roles as needed.

  • L.6.4:  Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words or phrases based on grade 8 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

  • L.6.4(a):  Use context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

  • L.6.4(b):  Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word.

Student Evaluation    

Student Work

Percent of Grade

Tests & Projects


Classwork & Quizzes





Grading Scale:

A                              100-90                      Consistently exceeds grade level proficiency

B                               89-80                        Exceeds grade level Proficiency

C                               79-70                        Moderately Proficient

D                               69 -60             Minimally Proficient

F 59 and below Not Proficient

ELA Notebook Organization   

  Sections (pocketed notebook dividers with tabs for labeling)

  • Student agenda book should remain inside the 3 rings of the binder

  • Important Papers

  • Warm Ups

  • Vocabulary (Personal Vocabulary Journal included in this section)

  • Reading

  • Grammar

  • Writing


  • 3 ring pencil pouch (kept in binder at all times)

  • Black and red pens

  • Sharpened #2 pencils

  • Notebook Paper

  • Index cards

2017-2018 Assessment Schedule  

Assessment Dates


October 23 - 26

STAR Test 2

January 8 - January 12

STAR Test 3

March 12 - March 16

STAR Test  4

May 29 - June 5

NC End of Grade Test administrations


Academic Honor Code:

All material submitted by a student must be the student’s original work. Refer to the Wayne County Public School Student Code of Conduct for consequences.

Policies Procedures and Expectations:

Assignments:  All assignments are due on the due date. Point deductions will be applied for each day an assignment is late.

Missed Assignments:  It is the responsibility of the student to retrieve missed assignments.  Students have 5 days to complete missed assignments due to an Excused Absence. This does not apply to assignments made previous to the absence. Those assignment are expected the day the student returns to school.

Standards of acceptable work: All submitted work should be completed on loose-leaf paper in blue/black ink or pencil when necessary.   All students must use neat handwriting for all assignments.  

Class Preparedness: Students are expected to retrieve all needed materials from lockers before entering the classroom.  This includes AR books for Cobra Reading Time before Homeroom. As students enter the classroom for all Blocks following Homeroom, they are expected to go to their assigned areas, prepare desk with required materials, and begin working on the DOL warm up activity.


Class Dismissal:  The ringing of the bell at the end of the period only suggests the ending of the class period.  Students  remain seated until the instructor dismisses the class.

Cell Phone Policy: Cell phones are not to be seen or heard during the school day.  If the phone is powered on and visible or heard, it will be confiscated and turned in to the office until a parent picks it up.

Bathroom/Locker Breaks: Breaks will be in accordance with the appointed bathroom and locker break schedules.

Academic and Behavioral Expectations  

•  Students will follow the guidelines outlined in the student handbook.

•  Timely entrance to class is expected, as well as consistent attendance.

•  Students will respect themselves, their instructor, and classmates in their behavior and conversation.

•  Students will use kind words that help and uplift when speaking to others.

•  Students will come to class prepared every day with all materials.

•  Students will remain in their seats unless permission is given to move around the classroom.

•  Students will maintain appropriate sound levels for all class activities.

•  Students will give their best effort on all assignments.

•  Students will use appropriate language in the classroom.

•  Students will ask logical questions when they do not understand to maximize their level of success.

•  Students will only attend to that particular subject’s classroom activities while they are in class.

Failure to meet team, school, district, and/or state expectations include but are not limited to the following consequences:

  • Silent lunch

  • Parent phone calls / conferences

  • ISS or OSS     

6th Grade English/Language Arts Syllabus

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