Across our district, our readers participate in reading workshop, read-alouds, small group instruction, independent reading and book clubs. Our goal is to create lifelong readers who are confident and independent. Students in all of our classrooms have access to a wide variety of high quality middle grade and young adult literature and have the opportunity to read a wide range of topics, authors, genres, and text. During reading workshop, students are taught explicit strategies to apply to their independent reading.
As part of reading workshop, students curate a variety of resources using digital tools to gather and share information, and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others.
Sixth Grade Reading Workshop
Upper middle grade readers are considering complex character traits, including the ways in which pressures, other characters, and setting influence those traits. They continue to build on their understanding of theme by noticing how characters may drive a theme or author’s message. Readers will interpret symbols in texts, and how those symbols shift across series. Readers also determine central and main ideas in nonfiction texts and supporting details. This includes analyzing author’s craft to understand word choices, tone, perspective, and how authors advance their point of view.
Reading Units of Study may include:
- A Deep Study of Character: Upper middle grade readers investigate complex character traits, setting, and theme in fiction texts.
- Social Issues Book Clubs: Upper middle grade readers study character relationships, power imbalances, perspectives, and tone in fiction texts. The books they read in their book clubs are focused on issues that impact our society.
- Tapping the Power of Nonfiction: Upper middle grade readers determine central ideas and supporting details in nonfiction texts. They read critically, synthesizing across texts and analyzing informational texts that contradict each other.
- Investigating Characterization: Author Study Book Clubs: Upper middle grade readers stretch to think beyond character and into characterization - understanding that characters are complex, and these complexities are revealed in moments or scenes, or through an author’s techniques like perspective, point of view, and the management of time across a fiction text.
- Historical Fiction Book Clubs: Upper middle grade readers analyze characters in historical fiction texts, including how characters respond to problems and how traits collide with the demands of an era.
Sixth grade readers could be reading fiction books like Rules, The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora, The Someday Birds, The Year of the Dog, or The Crossover.
Sixth grade readers could be reading nonfiction texts like Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom, Captured History: Little Rock Girl, 1957, Marching for Freedom, or Through My Eyes.