Mr. Jeffrey Mills » 6th-Grade English Syllabus

6th-Grade English Syllabus

6th-Grade Social Studies Syllabus
1  Teacher Contact Information
School Email:  
School Telephone:
814.447.5529  x2104
2  Course Purpose/Learning Objectives
All of the sixth-grade students at the Southern Huntingdon County High School/Middle School are required to participate in five core subjects each day at school.  These five classes include reading, math, English, science, and social studies.
The goals for the 6th-grade English class are as follows:
maintain, expand, and acquire basic language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) in order to communicate effectively with others.
develop an awareness of the importance of English as a means of local, statewide, national, and international communication,
develop positive attitudes towards the proper use of the English language in verbal and written form, 
expand the awareness of the connectivity among the topics of reading, writing, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary, and
expound on existing writing ability to communicate effectively through argumentative/persuasive writings, informational writings, and narrative writings.
The following is a sequential list of the Southern Huntingdon County School District Board of Directors approved State Aligned System (SAS) curriculum for 6th-grade English/Language Arts (ELA).
Module Name Grammar Skills Writing Skills Duration
Module 4:
How Perceptions of Others Shape Our Choices
A  Subjects
B  Predicates
C  Sentence Types:
1  Declarative
2  Interrogative
3  Imperative
4  Exclamatory
D  Fragments
E  Run-On Sentences
F  Nouns (Common, Proper, Abstract, Concrete, Countable, Uncountable, Singular, Plural, and Possessive)
G  Interjections
A  Argumentative/Persuasive
B  Choosing a Topic
C  Organization
D  Vary Sentence Patterns
6-8 Weeks
Beginning of the Year
September through Mid-October
Module 1:
How Point of View Influences Perceptions
A  Prepositions
B  Prepositional Phrases
C  Articles
A  Informational
B  Poetry and Lyrics
C  Text Dependent Analysis (TDA)
6-8 Weeks
Mid-October through
End of November
Module 3:
The Way Individuals Change Over Time
A  Main Verbs
B  Helping Verbs
C  Linking Verbs
D  Conjunctions:
1  Coordinating
2  Subordinating
3  Correlative
A  Argumentative/Persusasive
B  Text Dependent Analysis (TDA)
6-8 Weeks
December through Mid-January
Module 5:
Determining What is Trustworthy
A  Pronouns & Cases
1  Subjective
2  Objective
3  Possessive
B  Number Pronouns
C  Personal Pronouns
D  Vague Pronouns
A  Narrative
B  Figurative Language
C  Text Dependent Analysis (TDA)
6-8 Weeks
Mid-January through March
Module 2:
How Words Have the Power to Shape Our World
A  Modifiers:
1  Adjectival Phrases
2  Adjectival Clauses
3  Adverbial Phrases
4  Adverbial Clauses
B  Adjectives:
1  Qualitative/
2  Quantitative
3  Number
4  Demonstrative
5  Interrogative 
6  Possessive
C  Adverbs
1  Degree
2  Frequency
3  Manner
4  Place 
5  Time
A  Informational
B  Focus on Writing
C  Word Choice
D  Maintaining Consistency in Style and Tone
E  Poetry and Lyrics
F  Text Dependent Analysis (TDA)
6-8 Weeks
3  Student Materials
There is NO district-provided English book for 6th-grade English because of the district's decision to base English/Language Arts instruction on the Student Aligned Systems (SAS).
Students will need to provide the following materials for English class this school year:
(200+ pages of information will be stored in this binder including notes, teacher handouts, tests, etc. 
In addition, the binder will be graded twice during each marking period.)
Notebook Paper
(to be kept in the folder)
Independent viewing of online videos, etc, during social studies and English; Will be used in keyboarding class, too.
4  Grades
Grades will be earned in the following ways:
1  Tests
2  Classroom Assignments
3  Homework Assignments
4  Classroom Participation
5  Completion of Notes
6  Folder Checks (Midpoint and End of the Marking Period)
Please note that the high school/middle school grading system is different from the elementary schools in the school district.
A = 93-100
B = 85-92
C = 75-85
D = 70-74
F = 0-69
5  Rules/Expectations
As a 6th-grade English student entering Room 104 on a daily basis, I expect each student to be:
1  honest,
2  kind,
3  respectful,
4  responsible, and
5  his/her best.
Sixth-grade students are expected to be prepared for daily English class by:
1  having all of their class supplies,
2  having read assigned materials for the class ahead of time,
3  having completed written assignments on time, and
4  having studied for tests.
During class, each sixth-grade English student will be required to:
1  take notes from Google Slides presentations,
2  complete classroom assignments or tests, and 
3  verbally participate in class discussions/paired discussions/small group discussions.
School district rules approved by the Southern Huntingdon County School District Board of Education printed in the Student Handbook are applicable at all times.
At the start of each English class, the class will recite the following group of sentences to serve as a reminder of the building and classroom rules:
Pledge of Respect
I am a smart, special, valuable person in this room and in this school.
I respect myself, and I respect others.
My words and actions are kind and honest.
I accept only my best in all I do.
6  Test Policy
Content-based tests will be administered after grammar and writing skills are presented.
Students will be told two days prior to the test what skills are being assessed.
Tests may be administered using paper and pencil or Google Classroom (Google Forms).
Students will be given a minimum of 30-minutes (depending upon the content and length of the test) during a class period to complete the test.
Any student absent on the day of testing will be assessed following the rules established by the school district as printed in the Student Handbook.  These tests may be completed during a study hall period (Period 9) or during a  regular class period.  Alternative forms of the test with identical content may be administered.
If you have any questions about this particular social studies class, please contact me using my school email (
Thank you!