Required course for Grade 6
At the sixth-grade level, students learn to read deeply, to love reading, and to begin learning how to analyze a literary work. The study of literature at our school draws upon many genres to focus largely on works about growing up and emerging into society. Texts may include: Raymie Nightingale, Beyond the Bright Sea, Counting by 7s, Joyful Noise, a dramatic production of The Diary of Anne Frank, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other texts, including individual poems, myths, fairy tales and essays are carefully selected to be appropriate to the age and developmental level of sixth grade girls. Teachers will challenge students to think in increasingly complex ways. Students will learn oral presentation and discussion skills in class. Each girl will begin to develop her authentic voice through a wide variety of writing assignments, including analysis, persuasive essay, fiction, poetry and personal writing. The Languages Department at The Ethel Walker School provides a sixth-grade grammar course that focuses on parts of speech at the sentence level; therefore, language mechanics in English 6 concentrates on logic, clarity, and flow. Art, music and creative work of all kinds will be at the heart of the course.