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The range of student need in the sixth grade is very wide. Sometimes students need decoding skills, including phonics, and at the other end, they may need instruction in advanced literary topics such as dramatic irony.

That being said, I do focus on certain things during a school year for whole-class instruction.

1. context clues for vocabulary at three levels- morphemes (including affixes and roots), sentence, and paragraph clues
2. text structure- fiction and non-fiction forms
3. plot mapping for fiction- I also add classic conflict archetypes to this instruction
4. SQ3R reading method for nonfiction and a related method I developed for fiction
5. responding in writing- claim and support, support, support
6. poetry- forms, interpreting language; a great way to teach figurative language

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expert6 06-26-2017 07:01 AM

The range of student need in the sixth grade is very wide. Sometimes students need decoding skills, including phonics, and at the other end, they may need instruction in advanced literary topics such as dramatic irony.

That being said, I do focus on certain things during a school year for whole-class instruction.

1. context clues for vocabulary at three levels- morphemes (including affixes and roots), sentence, and paragraph clues
2. text structure- fiction and non-fiction forms
3. plot mapping for fiction- I also add classic conflict archetypes to this instruction
4. SQ3R reading method for nonfiction and a related method I developed for fiction
5. responding in writing- claim and support, support, support
6. poetry- forms, interpreting language; a great way to teach figurative language

sandycheeks 06-24-2017 05:11 PM

I am tutoring a 6th grader this summer and havent taught this grade. what are the most important topics to reteach or preteach for this age? Literacy- spelling, reading, writing skills, etc.

Thanks




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