6th grade Language Arts Syllabus download a copy of the syllabus here.

    6th Grade Language Arts Syllabus

    Wasilla Middle School

    E-mail address and website Address:




    Emma Demmert




    Teacher/Parent Communication

    • E-mail-is the most efficient way to contact me.
    • Conferences- may be scheduled based on each student’s needs
    • Progress reports- come home every 4 ½ weeks
    • ParentVUE- please check frequently for your child’s progress on ParentVUE and always provide us with your current email address

    **Pease ensure you are also registered on iParent so you can view your child’s grades. You can get your ParentVUE account information at the front desk.


    Textbook: Student will check out textbooks in the library. They are responsible for the textbook. If it is lost or stolen, students are responsible to pay for its replacement.





    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


    Common Core Assessment workbook

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


    Close Reader workbook

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


    Red Midnight


    Novels of Student's choice

    two for quarter 1

    three for quarter 2 & 3

    two for quarter 4


    ***Additional resources will be used throughout the year.***


    Language Arts Course Description:

    Sixth grade is truly a transitional year in many respects.  The children are expected to adapt to a new school, meet new students and teachers, accept a greater amount of responsibility, as well as handle all of the physical and emotional growth that will occur during the year.

    6th grade Language Arts covers the 6th grade curriculum emphasizing the identification and the importance of the elements of literature. Writing instruction and assessment will be based on the 6+1 writing traits. Students will master the multi-paragraph essay and practice a variety of compositions to inform and describe and persuade and entertain. The conventions of English will be applied to increase sentence fluency. Skills in the mechanics of the English language are studied and practiced throughout the course. Content vocabulary is increased using a variety of vocabulary strategies.

    The 6th grade Language Arts student will develop their skills in clear oral expression and alert listening.



    Course Objectives:



    A student should be able to:

    • Construct a variety of compositions, utilizing proper structures and conventions.
    • Demonstrate strategies for planning, evaluating, and revising of written work.
    • Assess, evaluate, and utilize resources.
    • Read orally a variety of texts with speed, accuracy, and proper expression.
    • Apply reading strategies that demonstrate general understanding of texts both independently and collaboratively.


    ·         Parts of Speech

    ·         Poetry

    ·         Fiction and Nonfiction

    ·         Short Stories



    Grade Weights


    Grading Scale

    ·         Summative Assessments- 50%

    ·         Formative Assessments-

    -Quizzes- 30%

    -Classwork/Homework- 20%

    Summative Assessements:



    Formative Assessments:


    A: 100-90

    B: 89-80

    C: 79-70

    F: 69 and below


    Grading and Re-Assessment: Student grades represent what students know, understand and can do. To that end, if students are failing, they are essentially not learning. With this in mind, if students fail a summative assessment, once all work is completed, the student will be allowed to make corrections on an assignment and return for a higher grade. Students will be allowed to re-take an assessment in order to cement learning. The highest grade that can be earned on this re-assessment will be 80%.


    Students will be allowed to come into my classroom during lunch to work on missing assignments or to re-take a test. Students will be responsible for asking me for a lunch pass in order to come to my room during lunch.








    Standards of Written Work:

    • Heading- Every assignment turned in must have an appropriate heading including name, date, and class/assignment.
    • Clean Paper- No torn, crumpled, dirty, or with doodles or pictures that does not pertain to the assignment.
    • Legible-handwriting or type written in academic font.
    • Complete sentences-All answers must be in complete sentences.
    • Restate the question as part of each complete sentence answer.
    • Capitalization and Punctuation- All sentences need to start with capitals and correctly punctuated.


    Conduct Rules

    Wasilla Middle School is using a citizenship program called Wasilla Way.”  It is based on two simple premises - “No one has the right to interfere with the learning, safety, or well-being of others,” and “Do what is expected and do it the best you can.”  Our goal is to foster an emotionally and physically safe environment for our students.  Parents are encouraged to ask their children about their day.


    Absence Make-Up Procedure: Upon returning to school following an absence, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the teacher to request make-up work. Make-up work must be completed by the student the time specified by the teacher. At WMS, students will be given the same amount of time to make up work as the student was absent unless other arrangements are mutually agreed upon. The student will receive the actual grade on the make-up work if the absence was “excused.”


    Technology Use:

    The use of technology will be strictly used for academic purposes only. Any student caught using technology inappropriately will result in item being taken away. Second time, item will be sent to the office for pick up at the end of the day. Third time; item will be sent to the office for parent to pick up.


    Academic Dishonesty:

    Cheating or Plagiarism in any form is not accepted. An office referral will be made for this type of behavior. Parents will be notified of the behavior. Students cheating may not earn credit on assignment. A parent conference will need to occur before a student can earn credit on major projects where a decision will be made on the amount of credit a student may earn.

Last Modified on August 16, 2019