Pacing/Sylablus-History and Language Arts


     6th Grade Language Arts Class Pacing Guide

    Wilson Middle School   - 2019-20


    The focus of the 6th grade Language Arts department is the continued development and increase of language skills in the areas of: reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary development, speaking and listening skills.  We will continue to teach writing with the “Six Traits Writing Program,” which your children have used during their 6th grade year at Wilson Middle School.  This pacing guide should serve as an overview to our 6th grade course structure.  


    • 1st  9weeks:  August-October/November

    Introductory Activities and Assessments

    Writing:  review of the “Six Traits Program,” focus on Ideas and Organization Traits

    Reading:  analysis of Fictional and Nonfictional works, Elements of a Short Story

    Grammar:  correct agreement/usage of nouns, verbs/tenses, basic sentence structure, sentence

                     fragments and correct punctuation of independent clauses

    Vocabulary Study:  weekly vocabulary lessons and assessments

    SOL: 6.1, 6.4, 7.5, 6.6, 6.8, 6.9


    2nd  9 weeks:  October/November-December

    Writing:  Expository-Descriptive and Informational writing, continued use of Six Traits

                   Program, focus on Voice and Word Choice Traits

    Reading: analysis of Fictional and Non-fictional short stories, Figurative Language/Literary Elements, Elements of a Short Story.

    Grammar: correct agreement/usage of adjectives/adverbs/phrases, noun/verb agreement,

                   correct punctuation of independent clauses, correct punctuation of possessives

    Vocabulary Study:  weekly vocabulary lessons and assessments

    SOL: 6.1, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 6.8, 6.9


    • 3rd  9 weeks:  January -March

    Writing:  Narrative writing, Six Traits Writing focus on Sentence Fluency and Conventions

    Reading:  analysis of Fictional and Non-fictional selections, Figurative Language/Literary

                   Elements, Elements of Short Story and Dramatic Production.

    Grammar: correct usage and punctuation of conjunctions, prepositions and interjections,

                  correct usage of verb tenses, correct punctuation of dependent/subordinate                      clauses

    Vocabulary Study:   weekly vocabulary lessons and assessments

    SOL   6.1, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 6.8, 6.9


    • 4th  9 weeks:  March – May

    Writing:  Persuasive Essays using all Six Traits of Writing, Poetic Devices and Literary      Elements

    Reading:  analysis of Fictional and Non-fictional works, Figurative Language/Literary,

    Elements, analysis of Poetry and Poetic Devices

    Grammar: correct usage/comparative degrees of adjectives, correct punctuation of compound sentences

    Vocabulary Study: weekly vocabulary lessons and assessments

    SOL:  6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 6.8, 6.9


    History to 1865 Pacing Guide


    US History I Syllabus

    Grade 6 Social Studies

    Mr. Davis


    Dear Parents,

        In sixth grade your child will be studying US History from the First Americans through our country’s Civil War in 1865.  As you can tell, that is a lot of ground to cover! Consequently, we need to map out a travel plan. You will find our agenda listed below.  Travel along with us by helping your child at home so his/her journey will be an exciting one.


    Our first destinations:

    August – October


    • Seven continents – SOL 2 a
    • Geographic regions; major bodies of water; maps - SOL 1;   2 b, c, d
    • Archeology; First Americans – SOL 3 a,b,c
    • European exploration – SOL 4 a-c


    Next points of interest:

    November – Mid-January


    • Colonization – 5 a-c
    • American Revolution – 5 d, 6 a-d


    News Places:

    Mid-January – March


    • New Nation – SOL 7 a-c
    • Westward Expansion and Reform – SOL 8 a-d
    • Begin Civil War – SOL 9 a-f


    Hitting the Battle Trail:

    March – Mid-May


    • Complete Civil War SOL 9 a-f
    • SOL Review

    Completing Our Journey

    May – June


    • Cover topics of interest excluded from the SOL curriculum

    Class Procedures and Expectations

    Daily Materials: It is vital to be prepared for class every day. You are required to bring the following items: paper, pen, pencil, homework, and planner. 

    Homework: Homework is assigned and checked daily. All homework assignments should be written in your planner. You must show me that you have at least tried it to receive credit. Late work is not accepted unless you are out of school when we checked the assignment. 

    Tests and Quizzes: Quizzes are given sporadically throughout the chapters and a test is given at the end of each chapter. Both will be announced in advance. There will be 4 benchmark tests- practice SOL tests during the year. 

    Grading Scale: We will follow the grading scale given by Augusta County. It is found in your planner. Your 6-week average is based on the following: 

    TESTS 40% QUIZZES 30% 

    CLASSWORK (Daily Quizzes etc.) 20% HOMEWORK 10% 

    Attendance and Make-Up Work: It is the responsibility of the student to make-up any missed work when absent. Students have three days to complete it if they bring a written excuse for being absent. When a student misses a test or quiz- it must be made up within three days of returning. 

    Tardy Policy: Don't be late!! 

    Classroom Policy: Students are expected to follow the WMS Code of Conduct. 


Last Modified on July 31, 2019