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Based on the Common Core State Standards in America, Writing in Grade 6 requires students to understand the following:

  • Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.) (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.4)
  • With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grade 6 here.) (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.5)
  • Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.6)
  • Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.10)
  • Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.7)
  • Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; assess the credibility of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and providing basic bibliographic information for sources. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.8)
  • Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.9)
  • Apply grade 6 Reading standards to literature (e.g., "Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres [e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories] in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics"). (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.9.A)
  • Apply grade 6 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., "Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not"). (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.9.B)
  • Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.1)
  • Introduce claim(s) and organize the reasons and evidence clearly. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.1.A)
  • Support claim(s) with clear reasons and relevant evidence, using credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.1.B)
  • Use words, phrases, and clauses to clarify the relationships among claim(s) and reasons. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.1.C)
  • Establish and maintain a formal style. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.1.D)
  • Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from the argument presented. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.1.E)
  • Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2)
  • Introduce a topic; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2.A)
  • Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2.B)
  • Use appropriate transitions to clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2.C)
  • Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2.D)
  • Establish and maintain a formal style. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2.E)
  • Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from the information or explanation presented. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2.F)
  • Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.3)
  • Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.3.A)
  • Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, and description, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.3.B)
  • Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence and signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.3.C)
  • Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to convey experiences and events. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.3.D)
  • Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.3.E)