6th Grade Language Arts Benchmarks and Components



Benchmark LA6.1: The student will use a dictionary to determine word meaning and then use the word correctly in a sentence.
LA6.1.1 Use a dictionary to determine a word's part of speech, pronunciation, and definition.
LA6.1.2 Use vocabulary correctly in appropriate sentences.




Benchmark LA6.2: The student will determine word meaning using context clues while analyzing various pieces of age-appropriate literature to determine genre and point of view and create a plot diagram.
LA6.2.1 Determine word meaning using context clues.
LA6.2.2 Identify the genre for various pieces of literature and provide justification.
LA6.2.3 Identify the speaker and point of view in a given piece of literature and distinguish whether the point of view is first or third person.
LA6.2.4 Create a plot diagram, correctly label its parts, and apply it to a short story.
LA6.2.5 Analyze a piece of literature to determine genre and point of view and create a plot diagram.
LA6.2.6 Summarize a short story.

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Benchmark LA6.3: The student will read, summarize, and analyze nonfiction text (utilizing an index) to determine main idea and differentiate between fact vs. opinion and relevant vs. irrelevant information.
LA6.3.1 Utilize the index to locate relevant information.
LA6.3.2 Identify the main idea within a nonfiction paragraph.
LA6.3.3 Differentiate between relevant vs. irrelevant information within a nonfiction paragraph.
LA6.3.4 Differentiate between fact vs. opinion within a nonfiction paragraph.
LA6.3.5 Summarize relevant information from a passage of nonfiction text including basic facts.

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Benchmark LA6.4: The student will apply the general skills and strategies for writing biographies.
LA6.4.1 Compile information on a person's life and organize researched information.
LA6.4.2 Write a biography using compiled information while utilizing voice, sentence fluency, and organization.



Benchmark LA6.5: The student will apply the general skills and strategies for writing descriptive paragraphs.
LA6.5.1 Brainstorm and apply main idea to a descriptive paragraph.
LA6.5.2 Create a sensory chart for the chosen topic.
LA6.5.3 Write a descriptive paragraph focusing on ideas, word choice, and conventions.



Benchmark LA6.6: The students will apply grammatical and mechanical conventions in writing.
LA6.6.1 Identify capitalization correctly with proper nouns.
LA6.6.2 Apply apostrophes correctly in plural possessive nouns.
LA6.6.3 Utilize adjectives and adverbs in sentences.
LA6.6.4 Identify and apply pronouns and antecedents in writing.




6th Grade Social Studies Benchmarks and Components


Benchmark SS6.1: Students will demonstrate an understanding of Mesopotamia related to history, government, geography and culture.
SS6.1.1 Identify related landforms, cities, and settlement patterns (nomads, farming, villages, etc.) from both ancient and modern times using political, physical and/or historical maps (including scale).
SS6.1.2 Identify major events of the Mesopotamian empires.
SS6.1.3 Apply the ideas of Hammurabi's Code of Laws to a series of modern crimes.
SS6.1.4 Research and compile information on daily life (including religion and social structure) to design and develop a product.
SS6.1.5 List the achievements of this civilization and hypothesize what our society would be like without them.



Benchmark SS6.2: Students will demonstrate an understanding of Ancient Egypt related to history, government, geography and culture.
SS6.2.1 Identify related landforms, cities, and settlement patterns (nomads, farming, villages, etc.) from both ancient and modern times using political, physical and/or historical maps (including scale).
SS6.2.2 Identify major events and significant people of Ancient Egypt.
SS6.2.3 Demonstrate how Egyptians used technology to build the pyramids.
SS6.2.4 Research and compile information on daily life (including religion and social structure) to design and develop a product.
SS6.2.5 List the achievements of this civilization and hypothesize what our society would be like without them.



Benchmark SS6.3: Students will demonstrate an understanding of Ancient China related to history, government, geography and culture.
SS6.3.1 Identify related landforms, cities, and settlement patterns (nomads, farming, villages, etc.) from both ancient and modern times using political, physical and/or historical maps (including scale).
SS6.3.2 Identify major events of the time period and the significant dynasties of Ancient China.
SS6.3.3 Compare and contrast Legalism, Confucianism and Daoism.
SS6.3.4 Research and compile information on daily life (including religion and social structure) to design and develop a product.
SS6.3.5 List the achievements of this civilization and hypothesize what our society would be like without them.



Benchmark SS6.4: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the Mayans related to history, government, geography and culture.
SS6.4.1 Identify related landforms, cities, and settlement patterns (nomads, farming, villages, etc.) from both ancient and modern times using political, physical and/or historical maps (including scale).
SS6.4.2 Identify major events of the time period and the significant Mayan city-states.
SS6.4.3 Research and compile information on daily life (including religion and social structure) to design and develop a product.
SS6.4.4 List the achievements of this civilization and hypothesize what our society would be like without them.



Benchmark SS6.5: Students will demonstrate an understanding of Ancient Greece related to history, government, geography and culture .
SS6.5.1 Identify related landforms, cities, and settlement patterns (nomads, farming, villages, etc.) from both ancient and modern times using political, physical and/or historical maps (including scale).
SS6.5.2 Identify major events of the time period and compare and contrast the city-states of Athens and Sparta.
SS6.5.3 Classify the characteristics of democracy, monarchy, and oligarchy.
SS6.5.4 Research and compile information on daily life (including religion and social structure) to design and develop a product.
SS6.5.5 List the achievements of this civilization and hypothesize what our society would be like without them.