Language Arts A (6th Grade)
(51) English Language and Literature
(034) Language Arts (grade 6)
(G) General or Regular
5th Grade English
This is the first course in a two-course sequence. Where am I going? What will I find when I travel into the world ahead? Discovering the answers to these and many other questions will be the focus of the course. Through inquiry, self-discovery, and reflection students cultivate their reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing skills as they experience the world of literature. Using the theme of "A Time for Exploration," students will follow the steps of the writing process to communicate effectively and actively engage in the steps of the reading process. This will be accomplished via a journey through visual, oral and written texts (fiction, biography, nonfiction, mythology, poetry and folk tales).
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to do each of the following:
    •    Demonstrate understanding of literary characteristics and how they are used
    •    Demonstrate understanding of the ways that history, culture, and setting influence language
    •    Apply reference and study skills for a variety of purposes
Course Outline:
    •    Writing Process
    •    Writing Strategies
    •    Vocabulary
    •    Elements of Fiction
    •    Elements of Non-Fiction
    •    Friendly letter writing
    •    Journal writing
    •    Dialogue writing

Students are expected to supply each of the following:
    •    Plenty of paper for computer printing
    •    One 2-inch, 3-ring binder, preferably the kind that has a plastic covering in which you can insert a cover sheet
    •    One 3-hole punch
    •    One set of subject separators or tabs for your notebook
    •    One flash drive for saving your work or create a folder on your hard drive to save your assignments
    •    Dancing in Cadillac Light by Kimberly Willis Holt Books
    •    Students are expected to supply one of the following two books: The Eyes of the Amaryllis by Natalie Babbit or Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Michigan Virtual School does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue diplomas. A final score out of total points earned will be submitted to your local school mentor for conversion to their own letter grading system.

Here is a breakdown of assignments:
  • Essays
  • Several short writing assignments
  • Graphic organizers and charts
  • Discussion board postings
  • Short personal responses
  • Quizzes
Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.
Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements:
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Students can use chat, email or private message system within the course to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance.
In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by MVS. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the MVU Help Desk by email at or by phone at (888) 889-2840.
Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments including hands-on projects, model building and other forms of authentic assessments.
No special skills are required beyond being able to operate a computer and use word processing software.
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