Q1 W4: 9/3-9/7

TeacherKrista Simmons
Subject AreaELA/Reading
Grade Level6
Week #4
Unit of InstructionCurriculum Focus: Compare Author’s Choice
Standard(s) Taught

LAFS.6.RL.1.2: Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

LAFS.6.RL.2.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Students will provide a description of how the theme or central idea is conveyed through particular details. (RL.1.2)


Students will determine the meaning of words and phrases using the context of the text. (RL.2.4)

Students will provide a statement on the impact of a specific word choice on the meaning and tone of the overall text. (RL.2.4)

Learning Criteria


Students will:

  • Determine theme and/or central idea
  • Summarize text without opinions or judgements
  • Use text to draw inferences
  • Use context clues to determine meaning or words/phrases
  • Determine figurative & connotative meanings
  • Analyze provided word choice on meaning, tone, and mood
  • Identify nouns and verbs in the context of a sentence


Classroom Activities
  • Close read/discuss short story “The First Day of School” by RV Cassill
  • Theme & Central Idea Discussion
  • Inferences & Context Clues with Vocabulary 
  • Tone & Mood Introduction
  • Nouns and Verbs Quiz
Assignments Due

No later than September 7

  • Analyzing the text Questions 1-3, pg. 278
  • Vocabulary: resentment, linger, poised, lament, serene, stealthily (define & use in sentence)


Additional Resources

Enrichment Activities

  • Research the policies on segregation in other countries during the same time period as the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.
  • Write a poem from the point of view of Ruby Bridges or another young, Civil Rights activist who helped shape our history.