Sixth Grade


Sixth Grade

Beyond the Red Doors

year-long Essential Questions

  • How does a civilization /culture grow and flourish?
  • What impact has China had on various cultures around the world?
  • What are ways in which I understand and respect cultures unlike my own?
  • How does an individual find the balance between social norms, individual expression, and what is right?

Linguistic Intelligence (Reading)

Sixth graders are now reading for meaning, enjoyment and for information gathering. The use of a text for social studies serves as a tool for learning how to note take and organize information presented. Using print and graphic features, as well as text organization to set purpose, direct the reading, and deepen understanding are the major goals for content-level instruction. In literature class, a heavy emphasis is put on symbolism, theme and interpretation, and analyzing the characters' actions and understanding their perspectives.

By the end of the year, sixth graders can:

  • monitor understanding by questioning self and text
  • identify and discuss elements of plot and conflict
  • use both stated and implied evidence  to draw conclusions and make judgments about deeper meaning of texts, symbolism or underlying meaning
  • recognize  multiple points of view in a narrative
  • seek  understanding by considering relevant facts and issues beyond the selection
  • begin to summarize information from multiple sources
  • read  and understand a variety of complex and sophisticated materials
  • challenge author’s ideas by questioning implied bias or distortion

Linguistic Intelligence (Writing)

Sixth graders are expected to write fluently with ease and confidence, and this is evidenced in their social studies, reading and writing classes. Essay questions, literary critiques, expository and creative writing are all aspects of the sixth grade year.  The culminating autobiography project is an opportunity to synthesize their writing skills  as they highlight their years at New City. 

By the end of the year, sixth graders will:

  • take notes, select and synthesize relevant information and plan text sequence
  • use prewriting strategies effectively
  • edit their own writing during and after writing
  • use expressive language throughout writing
  • use complex sentences, experiment with sentence structure and manipulate sentence beginnings to add originality and energy
  • write for a specific purpose and audience
  • independently organize thoughts and information into multiple paragraphs, sustaining cohesion and coherence throughout

Logical-Mathematical Intelligence

In our sixth grade math classes, the students both learn new skills and refine old ones within the five mathematical strands.  The focus moves away from concrete representations into abstract thinking and symbolic equations. Our mathematicians are asked to apply the skills they have learned to real-world situations. The students have many opportunities to use their multiple intelligences as they explore and present mathematical concepts. 

We expect our sixth-grade mathematicians to:

Number Sense

  • utilize fraction and decimal concepts, applications, and operations
  • understand integers (positive and negative numbers) and perform operations
  • apply percents to real-life situations
  • explore ratios and proportions


  • use variables to construct and solve equations (multi-step)
  • understand and apply the commutative, associative, and distributive properties

Data Analysis and Probability

  • collect, organize, and describe data in various forms
  • interpret results and recognize bias in data representations


  • convert units of measurement (U.S. Standard and metric) for distance, mass, and capacity
  • calculate perimeter, circumference, area, and volume


  • employ a variety of strategies to solve problems daily
  • synthesize knowledge and apply it to real-life situations

Problem Solving

  • employ a variety of strategies to solve problems daily
  • synthesize knowledge and apply it to real-life situations
  • successfully navigate multi-step problems

Social Studies and Theme Studies

The sixth grade social studies theme, Beyond the Red Doors, is multifaceted. First, it serves as an opportunity to look at the world in a broader context, through studying the history and global influence of China. This in-depth study has students comparing cultural aspects in history, and everyday life. During the second semester, students venture further into the world through their independent study of another world culture of their choice. During both units of study, students are involved  in independent research which culminates in research papers and MI shares on their chosen topic. 

Beyond the  historical studies, the theme serves as an avenue for studying isms while looking at, discussing, and preparing for life beyond New City’s red doors and all that means. Focusing on the inter/intra personal development of students, teachers help our sixth graders deal with the issues of change, growth, personal development, and loss, as they move forward.

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