Sixth-grade students are transitioning from childhood to adolescence, which is characterized by physical, social, emotional, and cognitive changes. Students in this grade continue to build upon previous learning through knowledge and use of literature, writing, and communication skills. They are encouraged and given more opportunities to express themselves and share information in a variety of formats that support creativity and some risk-taking in the use of language.
Grade 6 students assume a more analytical approach to literature. They explore a wider repertoire of literary works that illustrate the linguistic and cultural diversity found in today’s society. Students compose persuasive essays with an increased awareness of grammar conventions and writing mechanics as well as an awareness of the importance of using an extended vocabulary. They continue to broaden their knowledge of research and inquiry strategies and oral and visual communication skills.
Quote from introduction to 2009 Alabama Course of Study for Language Arts.