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Skills available for Oklahoma sixth-grade language arts standards

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6.A The student will apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, appreciate, and respond to a wide variety of texts.

  • 6.A.1 The student will develop and expand knowledge of words and word meanings to increase vocabulary.

  • 6.A.2 The student will identify words rapidly so that attention is directed at the meaning of the text.

    • 6.A.2.1 Read regularly in independent-level texts (texts in which no more than approximately 1 in 10 words is difficult for the reader) fluently and accurately, and with appropriate timing, change in voice, and expression.

    • 6.A.2.2 Read regularly in instructional-level texts (texts in which no more than approximately 1 in 10 words is difficult for the reader; a "typical" sixth grader reads approximately 120 words per minute).

    • 6.A.2.3 Increase silent reading speed through daily independent reading.

    • 6.A.2.4 Read silently for increased periods of time.

  • 6.A.3 The student will interact with the words and concepts in the text to construct an appropriate meaning.

    • 6.A.3.1 Literal Understanding

      • 6.A.3.1.a Use prereading strategies independently (to preview, activate prior knowledge, predict content of text, formulate questions that might be answered by the text, establish purpose for reading).

      • 6.A.3.1.b Read and comprehend both fiction and nonfiction that is appropriately designed for sixth grade.

      • 6.A.3.1.c Recognize main ideas presented in a particular segment of text; identify and assess evidence that supports those ideas.

      • 6.A.3.1.d Use the text's structure or progression of ideas, such as cause and effect or chronology to locate or recall information.

    • 6.A.3.2 Inferences and Interpretation

      • 6.A.3.2.a Draw inferences and conclusions about text and support them with textual evidence and prior knowledge.

      • 6.A.3.2.b Make inferences or draw conclusions about charactersÕ qualities and actions (i.e., based on knowledge of plot, setting, charactersÕ motives, charactersÕ appearances, other charactersÕ responses to a character).

      • 6.A.3.2.c Interpret and respond creatively to literature (e.g., art, drama, oral presentations, and Reader's Theater).

    • 6.A.3.3 Summary and Generalization

      • 6.A.3.3.a Summarize and paraphrase information including the main idea and significant supporting details of a reading selection.

      • 6.A.3.3.b Make generalizations based on information gleaned from text.

      • 6.A.3.3.c Support reasonable statements and conclusions by reference to relevant aspects of text and examples.

      • 6.A.3.3.d Clarify understanding of text information in different ways (e.g., timelines, outlines, graphic organizer) to support and explain ideas.

    • 6.A.3.4 Analysis and Evaluation

      • 6.A.3.4.a Evaluate the believability of a character and the impact they have on the plot.

      • 6.A.3.4.b Analyze the main problem or conflict of the plot; the effect of the qualities of the characters and explain how the conflict is resolved.

      • 6.A.3.4.c Contrast the actions, motives, and appearances of characters in a work of fiction and discuss the importance of the contrasts to the plot or theme.

      • 6.A.3.4.d Make observations, connections, and react, speculate, interpret, and raise questions in analysis of texts.

      • 6.A.3.4.e Recognize and evaluate structural patterns found in a literary work (e.g., cause/effect, problem/solution, sequential order).

      • 6.A.3.4.f Distinguish among stated facts, inferences supported by evidence, and opinions in text.

    • 6.A.3.5 Monitoring and Correction Strategies

      • 6.A.3.5.a Monitor own reading and modify strategies as needed when understanding breaks down (e.g., rereading a portion aloud, using reference aids, trying an alternate pronunciation, searching for clues, and asking questions).

      • 6.A.3.5.b Clarify meaning by questioning and rereading; confirm and revise predictions as needed when reading.

      • 6.A.3.5.c Adjust reading rate and determine appropriate strategies according to the purpose for reading, the difficulty of the text, and characteristics of the text.

  • 6.A.4 The student will read, construct meaning, and respond to a wide variety of literary forms.

    • 6.A.4.1 The student will demonstrate a knowledge of and an appreciation for various forms of literature.

      • 6.A.4.1.a Analyze the characteristics of genres, including short story, novel, drama, poetry, and nonfiction.

      • 6.A.4.1.b Analyze characteristics of subgenres, including autobiography, biography, fable, folk tale, mystery, and myth.

    • 6.A.4.2 The student will demonstrate knowledge of literary elements and techniques and how they affect the development of a literary work.

      • 6.A.4.2.a Identify and explain elements of fiction, including plot, conflict, character, setting, and theme.

      • 6.A.4.2.b Identify and explain internal and external conflict in the development of a story.

      • 6.A.4.2.c Determine the author's purpose (persuade, inform, entertain) and point of view, whether explicitly or implicitly stated and how it affects the text.

      • 6.A.4.2.d Connect, compare, and contrast ideas, themes, and issues across texts.

    • 6.A.4.3 The student will identify figurative language and sound devices and will analyze how they affect the development of a literary work.

    • 6.A.4.4 The student will read and respond to historically and culturally significant works of literature.

      • 6.A.4.4.a Analyze and evaluate works of literature and the historical context in which they were written.

      • 6.A.4.4.b Analyze and evaluate literature from various cultures to broaden cultural awareness.

      • 6.A.4.4.c Compare similar characters, settings, and themes from varied literary traditions.

  • 6.A.4.5 The student will conduct research and organize information.

    • 6.A.4.5.1 The student will select the best source for a given purpose.

      • 6.A.4.5.1.a Use library catalogs and computer databases to locate sources for research topics.

      • 6.A.4.5.1.b Access information from a variety of primary and secondary sources to gather information for research topics

      • 6.A.4.5.1.c Use organizational strategies as an aid to comprehend increasingly difficult content material.

      • 6.A.4.5.1.d Note instances of persuasion, propaganda, faulty reasoning, or misleading information in text.

      • 6.A.4.5.1.e Use reference features of printed text, such as citations, endnotes, and bibliographies, to locate relevant information about a topic.

    • 6.A.4.5.2 The student will analyze and evaluate information from a variety of sources.

      • 6.A.4.5.2.a Record, organize, and display relevant information from multiple sources in systemic ways (e.g., outlines, graphic organizers, or note cards).

      • 6.A.4.5.2.b Identify and credit the reference sources used to gain information.

      • 6.A.4.5.2.c Determine the appropriateness of an information source for a research topic.

      • 6.A.4.5.2.d Summarize information from multiple sources into a research paper.