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6th Grade Core

Multidisciplinary Curriculum Overview

The goals of sixth grade core are to help every child develop a strong academic foundation in preparation for the coming years of middle school, and to boost their self-esteem through hard work, responsibility, and humor.

The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the individual student. There are opportunities for choice and open-ended assignments to encourage all students to reach the upper limits of their abilities. Core consists of an interdisciplinary class made up of social studies and the language arts.

As a part of the social studies curriculum, students study the theories of early humans, archaeology, and the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, Israel, Greece, and Rome. Students also study basic geography throughout the year, stressing present day maps along with maps of past civilizations. Our social studies curriculum is supported with innovative supplemental art projects focusing on ancient civilizations through LPIE, Lafayette Partners in Education.

The reading program includes the use of a variety of fiction and non-fiction text, some of which relate to the history time line.  Emphasis is on the acquisition of critical thinking strategies that can be applied to all genres of text to give students the tools necessary to be successful and confident readers.

As they read, students respond to a wide variety of literary prompts and are exposed to a number of pertinent literary terms. Reading is focused on both independent and guided reading, as well as literature circles.  Students are offered choices in their selection of materials to foster and encourage a life long love of reading.

The language arts program is designed to incorporate student reading with the writing process, along with vocabulary development and the acquisition of grammar skills. The Writing Workshop explores narrative, argument, and information writing. In addition, students work on vocabulary to improve knowledge of academic word meaning.  Use of newly discovered words is encouraged in writing assignments throughout the school year.