Piedmont Middle School

<>  Mr. Curry

 6th Grade 

Language Arts

Berryessa Union School District
San Jose, CA
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Literature, Grammar and Writing
sratpic     During a typical week, we will read a story from our anthology book, discuss the story and answer increasingly more complex level questions.  Students will also be responsible for summarizing the assigned stories.
     Students will be assigned books to read from the Accelerated Reading List and then take the web based test for the story.  Additional class-wide novels will also be used.
   Sixth graders will also be expected to meet the Writing Standards for Grade 6.  We will be using the adopted district writing program for Middle School.
The students will also give focused and well developed oral presentations.  Whenever possible, a connection between Language Arts and Social Science/History standards will be merged so as to create research reports and presentations that incorporate the Social Science/History content areas.

6th Grade Language Arts Standards

latextOur main text books are part of the Holt Language Arts program.  Find online resources at

Literature and the Holt Handbook (Grammar, Usage and Mechanics) are the 2 main components of the program.
Language Arts Web Links:

BBC Grammar Skillwise


Houghton Mifflin's Kid PlaceWacky Web Tales
OWLfrom Purdue Univ.
International Children's Digital LibraryInternational Childrens Digital Library

San Jose Public Library - Kids Place
Recent Article on author Gary Paulsen


1.0 Word Analysis, Fluency, and Systematic Vocabulary Development
2.0 Reading Comprehension (Focus on Informational Materials) 3.0 Literary Response and Analysis


1.0 Writing Strategies
2.0 Writing Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics)

Students write narrative, expository, persuasive, and descriptive texts of at least 500 to 700 words in each genre. Student writing demonstrates a command of standard American English and the research, organizational, and drafting strategies outlined in Writing Standard 1.0.

Writing Genres:   Narrative   Expository   Research   Response to Literature   Persuasive

Written and Oral English Language Conventions 
1.0 Written and Oral English Language Conventions (grammar)

Listening and Speaking

1.0 Listening and Speaking Strategies

2.0 Speaking Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics)

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