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6th Grade English Language Arts Syllabus

Course Syllabus-English Language Arts and Reading 6th Grade 2020-2021

Contact Information:

Ms. ChrisSandra Jackson/ Coach Jackson

Phone number: (979)-826-2530

Course Description:

Reading: Students will read and understand a wide variety of literary and informational texts. Through research, students are expected to know how to locate a range of relevant sources and evaluate, synthesize, and present ideas and information. Students will listen and respond to the ideas of others while contributing their own ideas in conversations and in groups. 

Writing/Grammar: Students will compose a variety of written texts with a clear controlling idea, coherent organization, and sufficient detail. Students will learn how to use the oral and written conventions of the English language in speaking and writing.

Course Expectations: 

Students in this English Language Arts and Reading class are expected to develop writing  and reading skills by coming to class prepared  with a growth mindset. They are to be respectful to other students and to the teacher, and to stay focused to complete assignments on time. 


Unit 01: Finding Courage (30 days)

Unit 02: Through an Animal’s Eyes (37 days)

Unit 03: Surviving the Unthinkable (18 days)

Unit 04: Discovering Your Voice (30 days)

Unit 05: Never Give Up (30 days)

Unit 06: Hidden Truths (26 days)


Materials to be successful in class:

  • Independent Reading book (every day: checked out from HMS or classroom libraries)

  • sharpened pencils 

  • Erasers

  • 2 composition notebooks

  • 2 folders for reading logs

  • Highlighters

  • Map pencils

Grading Expectations:

3 test grades worth 40% of grade

2 weekly daily grades worth 60% of grade

Universal testing MAP

Classroom projects

Course Policies:

Absences: If a student is absent, missing work will be in a folder.  It will be up to the student to retrieve missing work and to complete it.  I will give them 3 days to  complete it and turn it into me. Arrangements can be made for longer periods of absences. Daily work can be taken home to complete, but students will need to make arrangements with me to take any test before or after school.  Parents will be notified of arrangements for a student to take the test.   

Corrections:  Per HISD Curriculum Guidelines: students making below a 70% can make corrections on work “up to” a 70.  If a student makes between 70%-90% students can correct work and add 1 point for each correction up to 5 points.