Students read selected literature in several genres, including novels, short fiction, traditional literature, nonfiction, and poetry. Students learn reading strategies to enhance their comprehension. They develop their writing skills in the following genres: argument writing, literature response and analysis, narrative writing, and expository writing. They learn strategies for planning and organizing their writing, editing and revising their work. Listening and speaking strategies are emphasized during class discussions and oral presentations.
– Students take one of the following math courses:
- Core Connections 1
This course is designed to begin to prepare students for the demands of the Common Core Algebra course and the associated national standardized testing. CC1 is taught in 6th grade as the first step in the Pre-Algebra progression. The overall teaching goal is to prepare students for success in the higher levels of Common Core Math and to develop the "habits of mind"/problem solving skills that benefit other areas of their lives. Sixth grade math is full of practical math skills that are part of daily life.
- Accelerated CC1/CC2
This course combines CC1 and part of CC2 under an accelerated program designed prepare students for the demands of the Common Core Algebra course and the associated national standardized testing over two years (the next course in the progression is a combined CC2/CC3 course). The overall teaching goal is to prepare students for success in the higher levels of Common Core Math and to develop the "habits of mind"/problem solving skills that benefit other areas of their lives, while moving at a faster pace for students who are ready to do so. Sixth and seventh grade math are full of practical math skills that are part of daily life.
Social Science 6: Ancient Worlds
The 6th grade Social Science course covers ancient world history from 3000BCE through approximately 200CE. Students will first learn about geography and prehistoric humans and then about historical events and early civilizations in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the Americas and Africa.
Science 6: Integrated Science
The study of the Earth in 6th grade is based on understanding our world from the local level to the universe. This 4-quarter class will start with a study of Oakland and the Bay Area in the First quarter. Second quarter will focus on California. In the Third quarter, students will study earth-wide topics and in the Fourth quarter, they will learn about the universe. This class will have at least one hands-on learning experience each week.
This course is designed in accordance with State of California mandated guidelines to provide our middle school students daily opportunities to exercise with emphasis on stretching, cardiovascular and core exercises. Students focus on different activities throughout the year as well, based on a student survey of elected sports.