Mrs. Faith Class

6th Grade English, Language Arts, and Reading

Unit 4 - Making Connections Across Genres

In this unit, students will make connections within and across texts written in various genres. Drama, poetry, fiction, and expository texts should be included. Students will write expository responses as well as multi-paragraph essays to covey information about a topic.

Important Dates:

  • January 5 - 4th grading period begins
  • January 13, 27, & February 10 - Library Days!
  • January 18 - Holiday (Martin Luther King Day)
  • January 26 - Progress Reports go out
  • January 27 - Writing DLA
  • February 19 - Early Dismissal (last day of the 4th grading period)
  • Important Future Dates:

  • February 26 - Reading DLA
  • Our Unit 4 TEKS


    6.3A:infer the implicit theme of a work, distinguishing theme from topic

    6.4A:explain how figurative language(e.g. personification, metaphors, similes, hyperbole) contributes to the meaning of a poem.

    6.8A:explain how authors create meaning through stylistic elements and figurative language emphasizing the use of personification, hyperbole and refrain

    6.5A:explain the similarities and differences in the setting, characters, and plot of a play and those in a film based upon the same story line.

    6.19D:make inferences about text and use textual evidence to support understanding.6.19F:make connections (e.g thematic links, author analysis) between and across multiple texts of various genres and provide textual evidence.

    6.2B:use context(e.g. cause and effect or compare and contrast organizational text structures) to determine or clarify the meaning of unfamiliar or multiple meaning words.


    6.17B:Write informal letters that convey ideas, include important information, demonstrate a sense of closure and use appropriate conventions (eg. date, salutation, closing)

    6.17C:Write response to literary or expository texts and provide evidence from the text to demonstrate understanding.

    6.14C:Student can revise drafts to clarify meaning, enhance style, include simple and compound sentences and improve transitions by adding, deleting, combining and rearranging sentences or larger units of text after rethinking how well questions of purpose, audience and genre have been addressed.

    6.20A:use capitalization for abbreviations, initials and acronyms(other)

    6.20B:commas in compound sentence; proper punctuation and spacing for quotations; parentheses, brackets and ellipses(to indicate omissions and interruptions or incomplete statements)

    6.14D:edit drafts for grammar, mechanics, and spelling

    6.28A:participate in student-led discussions by eliciting and considering suggestions from other group members and by identifying points of agreement and disagreement.

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