At the sixth-grade level, reading for depth of understanding is emphasized. The study of literature draws upon every genre to focus largely on texts about growing up and emerging into society, and students have many opportunities to discuss their reading and to write about their own experiences. Previous texts have included Tom Sawyer, Jacob Have I Loved, A Break With Charity, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other texts are at the discretion of the teacher, but are carefully selected to be appropriate to the age and developmental level of sixth grade girls while challenging them to think in increasingly complex ways. In writing, students begin to develop their authentic voices through varied assignments, including persuasive, creative, and personal writing. A study of grammar complements the course, with a focus on punctuation, clarity, and word use.
Required in Grade 6