311. Re: recommendation for 6th grade language arts.  Thank you again for coming out to South East High School in South Gate. Your presentation was fantastic. Next year I will be teaching 6th grade language arts but I'm having trouble planning for the year. I'm not familiar with the 6th grade standards or literature. Any suggestions you can offer as to what novels/text I should use would be greatly appreciated.


I truly THANK YOU for attending my demonstrations at South East HS.   I truly enjoyed the many lessons I was able to teach.  
To address your concerns, I would like to say I AM teaching right now a 6th grade block of English 6th AND Reading 6th grade.   The class was formed somewhat late in July, 2005 but the program is now running smoothly during the May-June 4th "Mester" in Track B.  
Basically, as I interpret the "Standards" I find that a very strong emphasis on ORAL LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT works best.   Students love to be read to since they still have NOT fully mastered the decoding skills needed for reading with fluency.   I have read to them many stories, including a 7th grade story "Rikky-Tikky-Tavi" which has an animated version on video or DVD very closely matching the original story.  
Any story, however, needs incredible amounts of VOCABULARY DEVELOPMENT.   Audio tapes or CD versions of the stories are great since it is MOST important that they have ORAL Language Models.  
We do the four "Periodic Assessments" for LAUSD and I find that, especially for writing, we need to do a lot of GROUP COMPOSITIONS.   To effectively model composition writing, I ALWAYS have an LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) projector in my class.   The 6th graders benefit enormously from copying as we, TOGETHER, write original compositions. 
Vocabulary development is ESSENTIAL, and GRAMMAR needs to be taught from concrete (pictures) to abstract (words).   Several questions already answered in my Web Sites may help you with these ideas for Vocabulary Development.   Also look at the "pictures" of my classroom.   They will help you a lot, I HOPE!!!!!  
Thanks for your kindness and for your help!!!!!   C.S.S. 



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