Segment A of Language Arts 6 begins with short stories to help students review the elements of fiction while teaching them to put these elements into a plot diagram to trace the development of the story. A study of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe provides additional opportunity to analyze literature with these developing skills and tools. Reading and writing about literature continues with the play Diary of Anne Frank and Paulsen’s Hatchet. A unit on poetry allows students to apply what they have learned about identifying theme in literature to the genre of poetry.

Segment B of Language Arts 6 moves into the realm of non-fiction, looking at writing to inform and developing voice. Students then move through the steps of the writing process to compose essays and then speeches. The segment ends up with a look at autobiographies and memoirs, affording students a chance to both read as well as compose them.

PRE-REQUISITES: Language Arts 5

ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME: 32-36 weeks or approximately 125 – 135 hours

MAJOR TOPICS AND CONCEPTS — SEGMENT A

Short Stories

  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Conflict
  • Setting
  • Characterization
  • Point of View

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

  • Background Knowledge
  • Review of the Elements of Fiction
  • Novel “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”
  • Journal Responses
  • Vocabulary Activities
  • Internet Activities
  • Research Activities

Poetry

  • Poetic Elements
  • Author’s Purpose
  • Author’s Meaning
  • Types of Poetry
  • Background Knowledge
  • Journal Responses
  • Vocab Activities
  • Internet Activities

The Diary of Anne Frank

  • Dramatic Elements
  • Plot
  • Characterization
  • Building Background Knowledge
  • Tragedy

Hatchet

  • Background Knowledge
  • Review of the Elements of Fiction
  • Novel “Hatchet”
  • Journal Responses
  • Vocabulary Activities
  • Internet Activities
  • Research Activities

MAJOR TOPICS AND CONCEPTS — SEGMENT B

Non-fiction

  • Lesson 1: Non-Fiction
  • Lesson 2: News
  • Lesson 3: Writing to Inform
  • Lesson 4: Using Your Voice
  • Lesson 5: Writing News to Entertain
  • Lesson 6: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

The Essay

  • Lesson 1: The Writing Process
  • Lesson 2: Pre-Writing
  • Lesson 3: Writing the Draft
  • Lesson 4: Editing
  • Lesson 5: Revising
  • Lesson 6: Publishing

Non-fiction: Speeches

  • Lesson 1: What is a Speech?
  • Lesson 2: Reading Famous Speeches/Declamation
  • Lesson 3: Using Your Voice
  • Lesson 4: Delivering A Speech
  • Lesson 5: Oral Interpretation of Poetry
  • Lesson 6: Impromptu Speeches
  • Lesson 7: Demonstration Speeches
  • Lesson 8: The Interview Speech

Non-fiction: Memoirs and Autobiographies

  • Lesson 1: What are Memoirs?
  • Lesson 2: Reading Famous Memoirs
  • Lesson 3: Writing a Memoir Essay
  • Lesson 4: What is an Autobiography?
  • Lesson 5: Helen Keller’s Autobiography
  • Lesson 6: Write Your Own Autobiography Essay

LINKS TO FULL COURSE CURRICULUM MAPS

SEGMENT A

SEGMENT B