Faith/Literature Arts Overview:
Using biblical themes and Christian character parallels, F&L is a 6th grade reading course that is designed to strengthen students’ reading and literary analysis skills to prepare them for the upper-middle school grades. In this course, students will read, clarify, summarize, and question a variety of literature including Bible stories, short stories, novels, poetry, and informational texts. The aims and objectives of F&L are that students will grow in their faith, further develop strong reading skills, cultivate a love for literature, and strengthen their communication skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.
Language Arts/Study Skills Overview:
Sixth grade Language Arts & Study Skills is designed for students to continue developing written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills. A continuation of direct grammar instruction provides foundational skills needed for all forms of communication. Students will respond to the literature they read in F&L through discussion, formal speaking, and writing creative, descriptive, and research-based essays.
Study Skills is embedded into this course and is designed to help students manage their work, plan projects and work completion, study for assessments. Units of study focus on organization, note taking, strategies for retaining information, the use of reference sources, test-taking strategies, and utilizing graphic organizers and visual aids in the learning process. Developing good habits such as study (2 Timothy 2:15), meditation (Psalm 1:1-3), and prayer (Mark 11:24) will also be emphasized.
Enduring Understandings (6-8th)
- The Bible is the most relevant literary work, revealing the nature and heart of God.
- Literature provides enjoyment, expands knowledge, develops understanding, and reveals God’s sovereignty when reading with a biblical lens.
- Writing is an expressive communication process with God-given purpose, form, and function.
- God created us for fellowship and community that is founded on respectful interactions.
- Verbal communication allows the sharing of ideas and experiences, and are developed over time for specific purposes.
- It is important to discern Truth, quality, and value as we encounter the written work of others and visual media.
ELA 6-8 Essential Questions (6-8th)
- Can secular literature reveal biblical truths?
- Why is it important to read a variety of literary genres?
- How can a text reflect the changing nature of the human condition?
- What reading strategies can be used to interpret meaning and clarify the author’s point of view?
- How do language mechanics and vocabulary enhance meaning and writing quality?
- How does the writing process support quality written work?
- What are the various forms and functions of writing?
- What are the benefits of sharing our ideas with others in small and large group settings?
- How should I find, use, and share high-quality information?
- How do visual materials enhance our ability to communicate effectively?
Learning Targets for Literacy Strands
Reading (Faith and Literature)
- Cite textual evidence to support text analysis, both inferential and explicit.
- Determine the main idea of a text, and how details (plot, setting, characters) support the theme.
- Describe how a story’s plot develops and how characters change, stay the same, and respond from beginning to end.
- Determine the meaning of words and phrases within a text (including figurative and connotative meanings).
- By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature in 6-8 text complexity band proficiency (in stories, poems, and drama).
- Read a variety of non-fiction texts and analyze for structure, meaning of words and phrases, and how a central idea is conveyed through factual details.
- Determine the meaning of unknown words based on context clues, Greek or Latin affixes, dictionaries, and the relationship between words.
- Use a variety of sentence patterns and maintain consistency in style and tone [when applying grammar and convention rules to writing].
- Produce clear and coherent writing, which show development of ideas, organization, style, purpose, and audience.
- Develop and strengthen writing by planning, note taking, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
- Conduct research projects, drawing on several sources, and using an inquiry-based approach to gather information.
- Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research
- Apply correct grammar, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Listening/Speaking (LA/SSK and Faith and Literature)
- Engaging effectively in a range of collaborative discussions, and learn how to express one’s own ideas and building upon other’s ideas (one on one, group, teacher led) through Socratic Seminars, and Small Group Storying.
- Come to discussions prepared and ready to respond to questions and comments with attention to detail.
- Present claims/findings in a sequential and logical manner using description, facts, and details of themes and main ideas.
Viewing & Media Literacy (LA/SSK and Faith and Literature)
- Interpret information presented in a diverse media and formats (visually, quantitatively, orally) and be able to explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue of study.
- Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence to support claims.
- Understand, analyze, and use different types of print, digital, and multimodal media.
- Publish and produce writing using technology to effectively communicate ideas and collaborate with peers.