English Overview for Parents and Students

Sixth Grade English


Areas of Study:


  • Writing Process - Students will use the writing process effectively to produce meaningful writing pieces that clearly communicate their thoughts and voice.


  • Narrative and Expository Writings - Students will understand the structures and techniques for crafting different writing genres.


  • Writing Development – Students will understand literary devices such as similes, metaphors, personification, alliterations, onomatopoeias, hyperboles, voice, sentence variety, etc… to craft strong writing pieces.


  • Grammar – Students will be able to identify parts of speech and understand their role in building a sentence.


  • Vocabulary – Students will be building their vocabulary through readings and assignments while incorporating them into their oral and written language.


  • Spelling – Students will strengthen their spelling through assignments, editing of writings, and quizzes.


Student Expectations:             


·        Students should come willing to participate and think – their voice matters!

·        Students should produce quality work and take pride in their abilities.

·        Students should come to English class with the appropriate materials.

·        Students should invest in their learning by preparing for tests/quizzes and having homework completed on time.

·        Students should be willing to set goals and work toward them with support.


Home Assignments:


·        Homework – let me start with the expectation of myself.  I promise that any homework sent home will be worthwhile and reinforcing the skills and strategies that are being taught in class.  In short, I won’t give ‘filler assignments.’ 

·        Most spelling, vocabulary, and grammar homework will take approximately 20 minutes. 

·        Written assignments may take longer but will be assigned over a period of days if they are lengthy.




Writings/Tests:                40% of the total

Quizzes:                         25% of the total

Homework:                    20% of the total

Class work:                     15% of the total


*Grade percentages may vary slightly depending on the marking period quarter.



If you have any questions, please contact me at

657-7190 ext. 1254




Thank you.  I look forward to working with your child this year!


                                                                                                                   Keith Roll