Standard 1: Uses the general skills and strategies of the writing process

By the end of grade 6, the student
1.1 Prewriting: Uses a variety of prewriting strategies
1.2 Drafting and Revising: Uses a variety of strategies to draft and revise written work
1.3 Editing and Publishing: Uses a variety of strategies to edit and publish written work
1.4 Evaluates own and others’ writing
1.5 Uses content, style, and structure appropriate for specific audiences and purposes
1.6 Writes expository compositions by
  • stating a thesis or purpose
  • presenting information that reflects knowledge about the topic of the report
  • organizing and presenting information in a logical manner, including an introduction and conclusion
  • using his or her own words to develop ideas
  • using common expository structures and features, such as compare-contrast or problem-solution

Standard 2: Uses the stylistic and rhetorical aspects of writing

By the end of grade 6, the student
2.1 Uses descriptive language that clarifies and enhances ideas, and establishes tone and mood
2.2 Uses paragraph form in writing

Standard 3: Uses grammatical and mechanical conventions in written compositions

By the end of grade 6, the student
3.1 Uses pronouns in written compositions
3.2 Uses nouns in written compositions
3.3 Uses verbs in written compositions
3.4 Uses adjectives in written compositions
3.5 Uses adverbs in written compositions
3.6 Uses prepositions and coordinating conjunctions in written compositions

Standard 4: Gathers and uses information for research purposes

By the end of grade 6, the student
4.1 Gathers data for research topics from interviews
4.2 Uses library catalogs and periodical indexes to locate sources for research topics
4.3 Uses a variety of resource materials to gather information for research topics

Standard 5: Uses the general skills and strategies of the reading process

By the end of grade 6, the student
5.1 Establishes and adjusts purposes for reading
5.2 Uses word origins and derivations to understand word meaning
5.3 Uses a variety of strategies to extend reading vocabulary

Standard 6: Uses reading skills and strategies to understand and interpret a variety of literary texts

By the end of grade 6, the student
6.1 Uses reading skills and strategies to understand a variety of literary passages and texts (e.g., fiction, nonfiction, myths, poems, fantasies, biographies, autobiographies, science fiction, drama)
6.2 Knows the defining characteristics of a variety of literary forms and genres (e.g., fiction, nonfiction, myths, poems, fantasies, biographies, autobiographies, science fiction, drama)
6.3 Understands complex elements of plot development (e.g., cause-and-effect relationships; use of subplots, parallel episodes, and climax; development of conflict and resolution)

Standard 7: Uses reading skills and strategies to understand and interpret a variety of informational texts

By the end of grade 6, the student
7.1 Uses reading skills and strategies to understand a variety of informational texts

Standard 8: Uses listening and speaking strategies for different purposes

By the end of grade 6, the student
8.1 Plays a variety of roles in group discussions
8.2 Asks questions to seek elaboration and clarification of ideas
8.3 Uses strategies to enhance listening comprehension
8.4 Listens in order to understand topic, purpose, and perspective in spoken texts

Standard 9: Uses viewing skills and strategies to understand and interpret visual media

By the end of grade 6, the student
9.1 Understands a variety of messages conveyed by visual media (e.g., main concept, details, themes or lessons, viewpoints)
9.2 Uses a variety of criteria to evaluate and form viewpoints of visual media

Standard 10: Understands the characteristics and components of the media

By the end of grade 6, the student
10.1 Knows characteristics of a wide range of media
10.2 Understands the different purposes of various media