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South Carolina sixth-grade language arts standards

Alignments coming soon

IXL's sixth-grade skills will be aligned to the South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Standards soon! Until then, you can view a complete list of sixth-grade standards below. Be sure to check out the language arts practice problems in IXL's 124 sixth-grade skills.

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W Writing

  • MCC Meaning, Context, and Craft

    • 1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

      • 1.1 Write arguments that:

        • 1.1.a introduce a focused claim and organize reasons and evidence clearly;

        • 1.1.b use information from multiple print and multimedia sources;

        • 1.1.c support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence, using credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text;

        • 1.1.d use an organizational structure that provides unity and clarity among claims, reasons, and evidence;

        • 1.1.e develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting;

        • 1.1.f paraphrase, quote, and summarize, avoiding plagiarism and providing basic bibliographic information for sources;

        • 1.1.g establish and maintain a formal style; and

        • 1.1.h provide a conclusion that follows from and supports the argument.

    • 2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

      • 2.1 Write informative/explanatory texts that:

        • 2.1.a introduce a focused topic;

        • 2.1.b use relevant information from multiple print and multimedia sources;

        • 2.1.c use definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect structures to organize ideas, concepts, and information;

        • 2.1.d use credible sources;

        • 2.1.e include formatting, graphics, and multimedia to aid comprehension;

        • 2.1.f develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples;

        • 2.1.g develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting;

        • 2.1.h paraphrase, quote, and summarize to avoid plagiarism;

        • 2.1.i follow a standard format for citation;

        • 2.1.j use appropriate transitions to clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts;

        • 2.1.k use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform or explain the topic;

        • 2.1.l establish and maintain a style and tone authentic to the purpose; and

        • 2.1.m provide a concluding statement or section that follows the information or explanation presented.

    • 3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective techniques, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

      • 3.1 Gather ideas from texts, multimedia, and personal experience to write narratives that:

        • 3.1.a develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective techniques, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences;

        • 3.1.b engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and introducing a narrator and/or characters;

        • 3.1.c organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically;

        • 3.1.d use dialogue, pacing, and manipulation of time to develop experiences, events, and/or characters;

        • 3.1.e use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence and signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another;

        • 3.1.f develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing building on personal ideas and the ideas of others;

        • 3.1.g use imagery, precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to convey experiences and events and develop characters; and

        • 3.1.h provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on the narrated experiences or events.

  • L Language

    • 4 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

      • 4.1 When writing:

        • 4.1.a ensure that subjective, objective, and possessive pronouns are in the proper case;

        • 4.1.b use intensive pronouns;

        • 4.1.c recognize and use appropriate continuity and shifts in pronoun number and person;

        • 4.1.d recognize and correct pronouns with unclear or ambiguous antecedents;

        • 4.1.e recognize variations from standard English in one's own and others' writing; and

        • 4.1.f identify and use strategies to improve expression in conventional language.

    • 5 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

      • 5.2 Use:

        • 5.2.a commas, parentheses, or dashes to set off nonrestrictive/parenthetical elements; and

        • 5.2.b semicolons to connect main clauses and colons to introduce a list or quotation.

  • RC Range and Complexity

    • 6 Write independently, legibly, and routinely for a variety of tasks, purposes, and audiences over short and extended time frames.

      • 6.1 Write routinely and persevere in writing tasks over short and extended time frames, for a range of domain specific tasks, and for a variety of purposes and audiences.