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Grade Level Reading Expectations - Sixth Grade

Making Meaning at Text Level

  • Pace, intonation, and response both during and after reading show greater understanding of purpose, form, style, and complexity of ideas, information, and issues
  • Identifies techniques for making comparisons, including simile, metaphors, personification, analogy, conjunctions
  • Identifies ambiguity in text or mismatch between parts of text or between text and illustration
  • Identifies ways authors use imagery, exaggeration, and irony and how these techniques influence meaning for each reader
  • Selects, analyzes, and synthesizes ideas and information from visual and electronic material and from text, providing accurate references
  • Uses a range of resources to research the background of a range of fiction and nonfiction texts
  • Considers issues and values presented in text alongside own experiences and current thinking and discusses these with others
  • Research shows specificity in materials considered and in that selected and referenced

Making Meaning at Word Level

  • Range of specialized, descriptive, and appropriate vocabulary in writing and speaking reflects wider and more complex reading
  • Making Meaning Using Context
  • Intonation and pace of oral reading indicate understanding of form and language and common elements in each
  • Intonation, phrasing and pace of oral reading indicate awareness of function of a range of punctuation
  • Describes basic sentence structure using appropriate terminology
  • Identifies main sentence types of statement, command, question, exclamation

Making Meaning Using Context

  • Intonation and pace of oral reading indicate understanding of form and language and common elements in each
  • Intonation, phrasing and pace of oral reading indicate awareness of function of a range of punctuation
  • Describes basic sentence structure using appropriate terminology
  • Identifies main sentence types of statement, command, question, exclamation
  • Understands main clause functions and structure
  • Discusses how rereading influences initial meaning or ideas about text quality and style

Reading Attitudes and Behaviors

  • Selection of materials reflects understanding of personal, task-oriented, and public functions of reading
  • Considers issues and ideas from perspectives beyond just those of classmates or current perspectives
  • Takes initiative for seeking material from community resources
  • Has established reading interests but willingly reads beyond these for ideas and information and to complete a task
  • Reviews and recommendations of books include negative as well as positive and links with or preferences for other books or authors
  • Seeks specific feedback from others when presenting responses to books
  • Takes responsibility for sustaining interest in reading and for selecting appropriate material for reading for pleasure and for pursuing a task
  • Organizes daily schedule to include time for exploring and enjoying reading
  Fiction
(Literary)
Non-fiction
(Information, task, career)
Text Features
New to
Grade Level
  • Poetry - contemporary, historical Memoirs
  • Classics

 

  • Policies
  • Public documents - contracts, warranties, and guarantees
  • Consumer reports
  • Trade publications
  • Research papers
  • Margin entries
  • Symbols
Previously
Introduced
  • Narratives - realistic, fantasy, traditional folktales, legends, fables, myths, and tall tales
  • Songs
  • Letters (personal and functional)
  • Diaries Poetry - rhymed, unrhymed, haiku, cinquain, ballads
  • Plays
  • Proverbs, Sayings, Idioms
  • Essays
  • Magazines
  • Comics, Cartoons
  • Historical and contemporary fiction (Novels, Short stories)
  • Science fiction
  • Nonfiction texts should include science, social studies, math, the arts, health, fitness, and technology.
  • Procedural and technical texts
  • Exposition Reports
  • Dictionaries
  • Informational posters
  • Encyclopedias
  • Almanacs
  • Thesaurus
  • Brochures
  • Diaries / Journals
  • Biographies
  • Autobiographies
  • Speeches
  • Interviews
  • Advertisements
  • Essays
  • Atlases
  • Newspapers
  • Newspaper reports
  • Magazines
  • Magazine articles
  • Memos
  • Directories, Phone books
  • Business letters
  • Schedules
  • Manuals
  • Promotional material
  • Editorials
  • Labels
  • Captions
  • Story maps
  • Charts
  • Table of Contents
  • Glossary
  • Diagrams
  • Maps and map keys/scales
  • Chapter headings
  • Acknowledgements
  • Blurbs
  • Index
  • Introductions
  • Timetables
  • Parentheses
  • References
  • Footnotes
  • Checklists
  • Subheadings
  • Tables
  • Asterisk
  • Graphs
  • Paragraphs
  • Dialogue
  • Quotation marks
  • Directions
  • Codes
  • Abbreviations
  • Dash
  • Appendices
  • Computer menus, searches, icons
  • Foreward
  • Bibliographies
  • Chapter summaries