Q1 W5: 9/10-9/14

TeacherKrista Simmons
Subject AreaELA/Reading
Grade Level6
Week #September 10-14
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
  • Use context clues to determine meaning or words/phrases
  • Determine figurative & connotative meanings
  • Analyze provided word choice on meaning, tone, and mood
  • Identify capitalization errors



Classroom Activities
  • Reread short story “The First Day of School” by RV Cassill
  • Vocabulary strategy: Denotation & Connotation
  • Theme & Central Idea
  • Analyze Mood with Partner/Share
  • Compare & Contrast Graphic Organizer: The Road Not Taken/First Day of School
  • Introduce ThinkCERCA

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.
Assignments Due
  • “The First Day of School” assessment Friday 9/7
  • Capitalization Quiz
Additional Resources

IXL, ThinkCerca, Collections