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Welcome to SpringBoard English Language Arts Grade 6

Students are receiving their new workbooks, SpringBoard English Language Arts Grade 6.
ELA_Grade 6_Unit 1_National Family Letter_Spanish 

We will begin with Unit 1 ‘Stories of Change’.


In this unit, students explore the skills and features of storytelling in narratives focusing on a change. Two essential questions focus their attention on the skills and knowledge presented and assessed in the unit:

  • How can change be significant?
  • What makes a good story?

Students answer these questions through the activities and assessments in the unit.


Two performance-based tasks, called Embedded Assessments, give students an opportunity to demonstrate their new learning in the skills of writing real and imagined text. Specifically,

  • Embedded Assessment 1 asks students to write a personal narrative.
  • Embedded Assessment 2 asks students to write a short story. 

In both cases, students demonstrate their ability to organize ideas, develop key concepts, and incorporate narrative elements. 

Developing Skills and Knowledge for the Assessments

Throughout the unit, students engage in activities in which they use strategies such as QHT, close reading, marking the text, and adding to practice the important skills of close reading, analyzing narrative elements, and writing real or imagined narratives. Students analyze and discuss a variety of texts such as “Daedalus and Icarus,” a myth from Ancient Greece, as well as Langston Hughes’s short story “Thank You, M’am.” Throughout the unit, discussion, brainstorming, and drafting are promoted as ways to develop ideas about and for narratives. 

Students’ vocabulary study concentrates on academic vocabulary such as sequence, cause-effect, and transitions, and vocabulary specific to literary study such as simile, denotation, and point of view.

Helping Your Child

Students should be practicing every day in class for their upcoming performance on the Embedded Assessment. Help your child reflect on and focus his or her learning by asking the following questions:

  • What did you learn today? What texts did you read, discuss, and respond to in writing or speaking? What strategies did you use during your reading, discussing, and writing?
  • What did you learn today that will help you succeed on the upcoming Embedded Assessment? What do you still need to practice?

You may also find it helpful to read through the Embedded Assessments (particularly the Scoring Guides) and to note the Learning Targets that are located at the beginning of each activity in the unit. 

Welcome New Students

We are glad to invite you into the Falcon Family. You gained a lot of new information this week and you are responsible for it from now on. Let a teacher know if you need help.

  1. Falcon Five Expectations
  2. How to Use Your Agenda
  3. Locker Combination
  4. Schedule, Teachers and Class Numbers
  5. iRespond
  6. Cookie Fundraiser
  7. Bus Routes
  8. Rules and Consequences


Class of 2024

Class of 2024!  Lindley 6th Grade Academy is getting ready for you.

You can be ready for ELA if you:

  • Read this summer! Students recommend Making Bombs for Hitler, One Crazy Summer and Michael Vey. Join the summer reading club at your local library to win prizes like game tickets and pizza coupons.
  • Purchase your school supplies. A composition notebook, a red folder, pencils and highlighters. Your homeroom teacher will also need hand sanitizer, tissue and disinfecting wipes to keep the classroom clean for you.

We’ll see you at Meet and Greet in July. Have a safe and productive summer.

Student Poetry


By: Ziyah

Life is like a box

It’s dark and gloomy with little light

Everything shines like a shooting star

But only inside

You can’t help but to stare when there is nothing their

There may be someone or something there but you’ll never know unless they glow

Their glow may be very little but it seems so very bright to you

It’s dark inside that one little thing shines bright in its own way

I shine bright like a pretty diamond in the mist and darkness of others they may be people or things

I may be surrounded by darkness but I’m the shooting star that keeps the light shining so bright