Taylor, Patricia

6th grade ela

Welcome to 6th Grade ELA

Patricia Taylor

Room 135
Planning Period: 1st
email: patriciataylor@opsb.net


Topic - Overcoming adversity, growing up

Themes - Through the setting of the Dust Bowl, consider survival, response to adversity, the lessons learned from hardship and failure, and what happens when good fortune is taken for granted

Text Use - Character perspective, evaluation of primary and secondary historical sources to understand setting, nonfiction and fiction comparisons, theme development through characters & setting


  • Dust Bowl & how families fought for a meaningful existence & survival
  • Different perspectives on how people respond to adversity, hardship and failure, & what happens when we take good fortune for granted
  • Social & environmental issues farmers faced in the 1930s
  • Literary & informational texts

 OOTD Reading standards focus - Setting, Theme, Charac. Analysis, Poetry, Time Line, Main Idea, Details



Out of the Dust, Karen Hesse

RELATED TEXTS (not limited to)

Literary Texts - The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck, “Leaving the Dust Bowl,”

Informational Texts - Woody Guthrie, “Drought,” “On Drought Conditions,” “Letters from the Dust Bowl” “Dust Bowl Migrants,” We Are California, “The Assignment I’ll Never Forget,” “10 Things You May Not Know About the Dust Bowl,” “Legacy,” Media, Video, Film, Music, Art, Graphics, “Wheat Prices,” “Stamina,” “Save the Wheat,” “Will You Give Them Wheat?,” “Little Americans,” ‘Migrant Mother’ Photographs, Surviving the Dust Bowl from American Experience on PBS.org


Reading Common Core Standards:

RI/ RL.6.1 - Cite text-based evidence, support analyzed evidence, draw inferences

RI/ RL 6.2 - Determine theme/ central idea of text and details; provide a summary

RI/ RL 6.3 - Analyze a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text & describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds, as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

RI/ RL 6.4 - Determine meaning of words/ phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze impact of specific word choice on meaning & tone

RI/ RL.6.5 - Analyze structure of a text

RI/ RL.6.6 - Explain how an author develops narrator point of view

RI 6.7 - Compare

RI 6.8 - Trace and evaluate the argument & claims in a text

RI/ RL 6.9 - Contrast

RI/ RL 6.10 - By the end of the year, read and comprehend on a 6th grade level

Speaking/ Listening Common Core Standards:

SL.6.1a-d - Engage in collaborative discussions, building on others’ ideas & expressing their own

SL.6.2 - Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats & explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.

SL.6.3 - Delineate a speaker’s argument and specific claims, distinguishing claims that are & are not supported by reasons and evidence

SL.6.4 - Present claims & findings, sequence ideas, use pertinent descriptions, facts, & details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, clear pronunciation

SL.6.5 - Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, images, music, sound) & visual displays in presentations

SL.6.6 - Demonstrate command ofEnglish

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