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Sixth Grade-TCSD Pacing Guide September-January


(Fundations, Spelling)

Literacy Learning


THE BIG QUESTION "How do we decide what is true?" 


Literary and Informational Skills:

  • Character, Setting, Plot, Conflict, Point Of View, Structural Features, Author's Perspectives, Tone, Writer's Purpose, Theme, Central Idea, Making Predictions, Fact and Opinion,
  • Using dictionary and Thesaurus
  • Introduction to library and Selection of independent reading books/logs

Focus: Reading Closely and Writing To Learn

Module Title:  Myths: Not Just Long Ago

Central Text: The Lightning Thief  by Rick Riordan


WEEK 1: Inferring about the Main Character in The Lightning Thief (RL.6.1 and RL.6.3)

WEEK 2:  Read informational text article "The Hero's Journey"

Analyze the stages of the hero's journey.

WEEK 3: Evaluate Percy as an archetypal hero.

WEEK 4:  Read myths to understand their purpose and elements



WEEK 1: Read key myths alluded to The Lightning Thief

WEEK 2:  Work in groups to read and identify the elements and interpret the theme of a single myth 


FOCUS: Working With Evidence

MODULE TITLE: Rules To Live By

CENTRAL TEXT: Bud, Not Buddy

WEEK 2: UNIT 1:  Launching Bud, Not Buddy; Analyzing word choice and figurative language.

WEEK 3:  Analyze structure and word choice in Steve Jobs speech; Determine word meaning in Steve Jobs speech;  Determine themes in Steve Jobs speech.


WEEK 1: Continue to analyze structure and word choice, word meaning, and themes in Steve Jobs speech.

WEEK 2: Analyze structure and language in "If by Rudyard Kipling; Determine theme in "If"; Compare and contrast experience of hearing and listening a poem.

WEEK 3: Continue to analyze language, word choice, and theme in "If"; Compare and contrast how theme is communicated between poem and novel.




Orgaznize and set-up Reader's Writer's Notebook- Students will log and record responses to questions daily to independent reading.

Fall Benchmarks

Writing Autobiographical Narrative



WEEK 1 AND 2:  Written Analysis of How Percy’s Experiences Align with “The Hero’s Journey” ( W.6.9, and W.6.9b)Using graphic organizer andshort constructed response

WEEK 3 AND 4:  Analytical Mini-Essay

Elements and Theme of the Myth of Prometheus (RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RI.6.1, W.6.2 and


Scaffolded essay

Week 2: Write a literary essay analyzing how understanding a classic myth deepens understanding of The Lightning Thief

Week 3: Plan a hero's journey story based on the archetypal story line.


WEEK 1:  Module 1: Plan a Hero's Journey story based on the archetypal story line.  Critique and revise hero's journey story.

WEEK 4: Writing an argument related to the novel:  How does Bud use his rules: to survive or to thrive?


Lesson 1-Personal Narrative

crescendo, abyss, retract, disillusioned, buffet, turbulence, conspire, imprudent, intrepid, clandestine

Lesson 2-Fable

realm, plod, disdainful, tawdry, glut, deride, copious, eclipse, appraise, ironic



coordinate plane, equivalent ratio, graph, greatest common factor, least common multiple, ordered pair, origin, prime factorization, rate, ratio, ratio table, scaling, unit price, unit rate, x-axis, y-axis, x-coordinate y-coordinate


Lesson 3-Nonfiction Article

entice. acute, trigger, revive, impending, devastation, anecdote, erratic, inconclusive, portent

Lesson 4-Novel Excerpt

peripheral, submerge, maw, deluge, brunt, looming, wallow, ponderous, ecstatic, intact


origin, unit price, unit rate, ratio table, rate, ratio, coordinate plane, least common denominator, proportion, percent, percent proportion, rational number

Lesson 5-Essay

concoct, solemnly, conform, discreet, grace, dictate, snide, emblazon, aversion, unconventional

Lesson 6 (Days 1-5)-Nonfiction Article and Speech

impose, debilitate, slighted, incorporate, devise, appalling, adroit, meritorious, fortitude, impede


compatible numbers

Lesson 6 (Days 6-10)-Nonfiction Article and Speech

impose, debilitate, slighted, incorporate, devise, appalling, adroit, meritorious, fortitude, impede

Lesson 7-Short Story-Science Fiction

stout, disperse, consent, discard, inaugurate, reverie, irrevocable, interminable, noxios, ramification



Communative Property, reciprocals, dimensional analysis, unit ratio


Unit 8-Poem

harness, waver, eternal, shun, musty, stench, deviate, prerogative, unfetter, flourish

Unit 9-Myth

rashly, incur, insolent, guise, incensed, obstinate, remorse, condemn, adept, arrogant


absolute value, positive integer, bar notation, quadrants, integer, rational number, negative integer, repeating decimal, opposites, terminating decimal




Social Studies

The Eastern Hemisphere:

Present Day Eastern Hemisphere Geography

  • The diverse geography of the Eastern Hemisphere has influenced human culture and settlement patterns in distinct ways.  Human communities in the Eastern Hemisphere have adapted to or modified the psysical environment. 


The First Humans Through the Neolithic Revolution in the Eastern Hemisphere:

  • The first humans modified their physical environment as well as adapted to their environment.

Early River Valley Civilizations in the Eastern Hemisphere (ca. 3500 B.C.E. - ca. 500 B.C.E.)

  • Mesopotamia, Yellow River Valley, Indus River Valley, and Nile River Valley


Comparative World Religions (ca. 2000B.CE-ca. 630 C.E.): Major religions and belief systems developed in the Eastern Hemisphere.  There were important similarities and differences between these belief systems.

  • The study of the belief systems of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Confucianism by looking a the belief system and the similarities and differences.

Comparative Classical Civilizations in the Eastern Hemisphere (ca. 600 B.C.E.-ca. 500 C.E.)

  • Locate geographic factors and examine similarities and differences in the political systems of Chinese (Qin, Han) and Greco-Roman (Athens, Sparta, Roman Republic, Roman Empire)





Religions (Continue)

  • Study the belief systems of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Confucianism.

Civilizations in the Eastern Hemisphere:

  • Geographic, political and cultural achievements of the Chinese (Qin, Han) and Greco-Roman (Athens, Sparta, Roman Republic, Roman Empire)

Begin Mediterranean World: Feudal Western Europe, The Byzantine Empire, and The Islamic Caliphates (ca. 600 B.C.E.- ca. 1450)


Numerical Expressions & Factors

(Big Ideas Book- Chapter 1)

  • Whole Number Operations
  • Power & Exponents
  • Order of Operations
  • Prime Factorization
  • Greatest Common Factor
  • Least Common Multiple

Chapter 1: Ratios and Rates

(Chapter 1: Glencoe)

  • Factors and Multiples
  • Ratios
  • Unit Rates
  • Ratio Tables
  • Graph Ratio Tables
  • The Four Step Problem Solving Plan
  • Equivalent Ratios
  • Ratio and Rate Problems

Begin Chapter 2: Fractions, Decimals, & Percents

  • Decimals and Fractions
  • Model Percents
  • Percents and Decimals
  • Percents Greater than 100% & Percents Less than 1%

Chapter 2: Fractions, Decimals, and Fractions

  • Percents and Decimals
  • Compare and Order Fractions, Decimals, Percents
  • Estimate with Percents
  • Percent of a Number: Inquiry Lab
  • Percent of a Number
  • Solve Percent Problems

Chapter 3: Compare with Multi-Digit Numbers

  • Add and Subtract Decimals
  • Estimate Products
  • Multiply Decimals by Whole Numbers
  • Multiply Decimals by Decimals by Powers of 10
  • Divide Multi-Digit Numbers
  • Estimate Quotients
  • Divide Decimals by Whole Numbers
  • Divide Decimals by Decimals

Chapter 4: Multiply and Divide Fractions

  • Estimate Products of Fractions
  • Multiply Fractions and Whole Numbers
  • Multiply Fractions
  • Multiply Mixed Numbers
  • Convert Measurement Units
  • Divide Whole Numbers by Fractions
  • Divide Fractions
  • Divide Mixed Numbers

Begin Chapter 5: Integers and the Coordinate Plane

  • Integers
  • Integers and Graphing
  • Absolute Value
  • Compare and Order Integers

Mentor Texts

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