6th Grade Language Arts Learning Targets

Reading Targets


R1:  I can use word origins, word parts, context clues, figurative language and word-reference materials to figure out what a word means. (SOL 6.4)

A.                  I can identify word origins, root words and affixes.

B.                  I can use roots, affixes, synonyms and antonyms to expand my vocabulary.

C.                   I can use context and word reference materials to determine the meanings of and tell the difference among multiple meanings of words.


R2:  I can use strategies while reading, comprehending, and analyzing a text. (SOL 6.5 & 6.6)

A.                  I can make, confirm, and revise predictions.  

B.                  I can ask questions to clarify what I’ve read.

C.                   I can make inferences and draw conclusions based on what I’ve read.

D.                  I can make connections to what I’ve read.

E.                   I can summarize what I’ve read including main idea and supporting details.

F.                   I can identify the main idea of what I’ve read.

G.                  I can compare and contrast details about what I’ve read.


R3:  I can read different genres and identify their elements and characteristics including: plot, conflict, characterization, setting, theme, and point of view (SOL 6.5)

A.                  I can recognize types of poems based on their characteristics, including labeling rhyme scheme.

B.                  I can identify and analyze elements of plot in a variety of texts.

C.                   I can classify types of conflict.

D.                  I can identify and examine types of characters and characterization.

E.                   I can identify elements of setting.

F.                   I can explain the difference between main idea and theme.

G.                  I can recognize the theme in an author’s text.

H.                  I can explain how character drives plot.

I.                    I can identify the characteristics of a variety of genres.

J.                     I can differentiate between first and third person point of view.


R4: I can identify and analyze literary devices and figurative language in a text. (SOL 6.5)

A.                  I can identify figurative language (metaphor, simile, hyperbole, personification and idiom).

B.                  I can identify sound devices (onomatopoeia, repetition, rhyme and alliteration).

C.                   I can understand and explain how literary devices (sound devices, imagery) and figurative language enrich a text.


R5: I can read nonfiction texts and analyze their elements and characteristics.  (SOL 6.6)

A.                  I can identify transition words that signal common patterns of organizing texts (chronological/sequential, compare/contrast, cause and effect, problem/solution, and generalization).

B.                  I can use a graphic organizer to classify an organizational pattern.

C.                   I can identify text features in a variety of texts.

D.                  I can use text features to predict and categorize information.

E.                   I can tell the difference between fact and opinion.

F.                   I can compare and contrast details and ideas between texts providing textual evidence.

R6: I can identify author’s purpose in a text (SOL 6.5 & 6.6)

A.                  I can recognize whether an author wants to persuade, inform or entertain.

B.                  I can describe how word choice, imagery, mood, tone and point of view to contribute to the meaning of a text.




Writing Targets


W1:I can plan and organize my writing with an audience and purpose in mind using the 5 stage writing process. (SOL 6.7)

W2: I can draft writing of more than one paragraph that stays on topic and uses thesis statements.. (SOL 6.7)

W3:I can use appropriate details and vocabulary that elaborate my details.(SOL 6.7)

W4:I can revise my writing to ensure the use of strong words, a variety of sentences and appropriate transitions. (SOL 6.7)

W5:I can find, evaluate and choose appropriate sources for a research project for use in my writing. (SOL 6.9)

W6: I can write narratives to include characters, plot, setting, and point of view. (SOL 6.7)


Grammar Targets


G1:I can self and peer edit a written piece for capitalization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, paragraphing, and Standard English. (SOL 6.8)

A. I can use pronouns and antecedents correctly.

B. I can use quotation marks with dialogue.

C. I can choose adverbs to describe verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs.

D. I can correctly use commas in a series (ex. pears, apples, grapes).

E. I can correctly use contractions. (ex. can’t, don’t, he’d).

F. I can maintain correct verb tense when writing a paragraph (past, present, future).

G. I can correctly use subordinating and coordinating conjunctions.

Communication Targets


C1:I can be a positive group member and leader. (SOL 6.1)

C2:I can speak with others in a diverse group. (SOL 6.1)

C3:I can give a multimodal presentation to my peers. (SOL 6.2)

C4:I can actively listen to others when they present. (SOL 6.2)

C5:I can reflect upon the strengths and weaknesses of my group. (SOL 6.1)

C6:I can ask questions to clarify the speaker’s purpose and perspective. (SOL 6.1)

C7:I can summarize the main points a speaker makes. (SOL 6.1)


Research Targets


RS1: I can find, evaluate and select appropriate resources for a research project. (SOL 6.9)

A. I can analyze and evaluate the validity and reliability of sources.

B. I can use technology as a tool to research, organize, evaluate, analyze, and communicate information.

C. I can correctly cite primary and secondary sources.

D. I can define plagiarism.

E. I can explain the consequences of plagiarism, and follow ethical and legal guidelines for gathering and using information.

F. I can interpret information from a variety of media formats and explain how it contributes to the topic.

G. I can compare and contrast techniques used in a variety of media messages.

H. I can create and revise questions about a research topic.

I. I can demonstrate ethical use of the internet.