English Language Arts Worksheets and Study Guides Sixth Grade. Thinking Skills

The resources above correspond to the standards listed below:

Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards

MD.RL. Standards for Reading Literature (RL)
Key Ideas and Details
RL1.CCR. Anchor Standard: Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
6.RL1. Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
6.RL1.3. Demonstrate comprehension of a text with after reading strategies by: explaining the main ideas; identifying what is directly stated in the text; drawing inferences; drawing conclusions; verifying or adjusting predictions; making new predictions; paraphrasing and summarizing (See MD SLM 6-8 4A2.b); making connections between the text and oneself.
6.RL1.10. Use appropriate academic or domain-specific words when discussing or writing about literature (See CCSS L.6.6).
RL2.CCR. Anchor Standard: Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
6.RL2. Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
6.RL2.10. Use appropriate academic or domain-specific words when discussing or writing about literature (See CCSS L.6.6).
RL3.CCR. Anchor Standard: Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of text.
6.RL3. Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
6.RL3.8. Use appropriate academic or domain-specific words correctly when writing about or discussing literature (See CCSS 6 L6).
Craft and Structure
RL6.CCR. Anchor Standard: Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
6.RL6. Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.
6.RL6.5. Use vocabulary knowledge when considering words and phrases important to comprehension (See CCSS L.6.6).
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
RL7.CCR. Anchor Standard: Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
6.RL7. Compare and contrast the experience of reading a story, drama, or poem to listening to or viewing an audio, video, or live version of the text, including contrasting what they “see” and “hear” when reading the text or what they perceive when they listen or watch.
6.RL7.9. Use appropriate academic or domain-specific words when discussing or writing about literature (See CCSS L.6.6).
RL9.CCR. Anchor Standard: Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
6.RL9. Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems, historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.
6.RL9.3. Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. (CCSS RL.6.1)
6.RL9.7. Use appropriate academic or domain-specific words when discussing or writing about literature (See CCSS L.6.6).
MD.RI. Standards for Reading Informational Text (RI)
Key Ideas and Details
RI1.CCR. Anchor Standard: Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
6.RI1. Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
6.RI1.1. Apply appropriate before reading strategies to a text e.g., previewing the text, setting a purpose for reading, making predictions about the text, and drawing connections between prior knowledge or experience and the text.
6.RI1.3. Demonstrate comprehension of a text with after reading strategies by: explaining the central ideas; identifying what is directly stated in the text; drawing inferences; drawing conclusions; verifying or adjusting predictions; making new predictions; paraphrasing and summarizing (See MD SLM 6-8 4A2.b); making connections between the text and oneself.
6.RI1.6. Use relationships between words for understanding (See CCSS L.6.5b).
RI2.CCR. Anchor Standard: Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
6.RI2. Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
6.RI2.2. Synthesize main ideas to determine a central idea.
Craft and Structure
RI4.CCR. Anchor Standard: Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
6.RI4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
6.RI4.6. Verify an inferred meaning of a word or phrase in reference materials (See CCSS L.6.4c).
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
RI7.CCR. Anchor Standard: Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
6.RI7. Integrate information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
6.RI7.2. Organize information from different formats to develop a logical understanding of a topic or issue.
RI9.CCR. Anchor Standard: Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
6.RI9. Compare and contrast one author’s presentation of events with that of another (e.g., a memoir written by and a biography on the same person).
6.RI9.4. Present findings using pertinent evidence (See CCSS SL.6.4).
MD.W. Standards for Writing (W)
Text Types and Purposes
W2.CCR. Anchor Standard: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
6.W2-a. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and covey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content – Introduce a topic; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
6.W2-a.1. Adapt planning and prewriting to address the demands of an informative text, including: refining the focus of a topic; gathering information on a specific topic (See MD SLM 6-8 2A1, as needed); examining information to determine the ideas and concepts; effectively organizing of information within an established structure (See CCSS W.6.5); including appropriate text features to aid understanding.
6.W2-b. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and covey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content – Develop the topic with relevant facts, definition, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
6.W2-b.2. Determine the most appropriate information gathered from a variety of reliable sources (See MD SLM.6-8.2A1).
6.W2-c. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and covey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content – Use appropriate transitions to clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.
6.W2-c.1. Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., cause/effect, part/whole, item/category) to better understand each of the words. (CCSS L.6.5b)
6.W2-d. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and covey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content – Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
6.W2-d.1. Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression. (CCSS L.6.6)
W3.CCR. Anchor Standard: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
6.W3-d. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences – Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to convey experiences and events.
6.W3-d.1. Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression. (CCSS L.6.6)
Production and Distribution of Writing
W6.CCR. Anchor Standard: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
6.W6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting.
6.W6.8. Use technology to locate, evaluate, and organize information (See MD TL 6 5A1, 5B1).
Research to Build and Present Knowledge
W8.CCR. Anchor Standard: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
6.W8. Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; access the credibility of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and providing basic bibliographic information for sources.
6.W8.4. Evaluate and analyze the quality, accuracy, and sufficiency of notes (See MD SLM.6-8.4A1.a, 4A1.b, 4A1.c, 4A1.d, 4A1.e).
MD.SL. Standards for Speaking and Listening (SL)
Comprehension and Collaboration
SL2.CCR. Anchor Standard: Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
6.SL2. Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
6.SL2.3. Summarize, compare, draw conclusions about, and synthesize significant ideas found in print and non-print texts, including digital media.
MD.L. Standards for Language (L)
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
L4.CCR. Anchor Standard: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
6.L4-a. Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 6 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies – Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
6.L4-a.2. Apply an understanding of inference and drawing conclusions to determine word or phrase meaning.
6.L4-d. Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 6 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies – Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).
6.L4-d.1. Apply an understanding of the skills in L4 a-c to verify word meaning.
L5.CCR. Anchor Standard: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
6.L5-b. Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings – Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., cause/effect, part/whole, item/category) to better understand each of the words.
6.L5-b.1. Apply an understanding of connections between words including cause/effect, part/whole, and item/category to a critical reading of a text.
6.L5-b.2. Analyze professional, peer, and their own writing to determine how word relationships contribute to meaning.
L6.CCR. Anchor Standard: Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
6.L6. Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; garner vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
6.L6.1. Apply skills identified in CCSS L.6.4a, L.6.4b, L.6.4c, L.6.4d and L.6.5a, L.6.5b, L.6.5c to increase vocabulary and differentiate between word choices to improve writing and speaking.
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