Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Correlations

Nonfiction Writing for the Common Core Grade 6

Nonfiction Writing for the Common Core Grade 6

English Language Arts

Strand - Reading Standards: Literature, Grade 6

Key Ideas and Details

ELA.RL.6.1: Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Activity Pages
Write an Argument in Response to Literature 47-50
Narrative Techniques: Dialogue 109-112
Respond to Reading: Literature 128-133

Key Ideas and Details

ELA.RL.6.2: 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.

Activity Pages
Write an Argument in Response to Literature 47-50
Narrative Techniques: Dialogue 109-112
A Great Conclusion 124-127
Respond to Reading: Literature 128-133

Key Ideas and Details

ELA.RL.6.3: 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.

Activity Pages
Narrative Techniques: Dialogue 109-112
A Great Conclusion 124-127
Respond to Reading: Literature 128-133

Craft and Structure

ELA.RL.6.5: Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.

Activity Pages
Write an Argument in Response to Literature 47-50
Narrative Techniques: Dialogue 109-112
Respond to Reading: Literature 128-133

Craft and Structure

ELA.RL.6.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.

Activity Pages
Narrative Techniques: Description 106-108

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.RL.6.7: 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 to what they perceive when they listen or watch.

Activity Pages
Write an Argument in Response to Literature 47-50
Respond to Reading: Literature 128-133

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.RL.6.6: Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.

Activity Pages
Narrative Techniques: Dialogue 109-112

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.RL.6.9: 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.

Activity Pages
Respond to Reading: Literature 128-133

Strand - Writing Standards, Grade 6

Text Types and Purposes

ELA.W.6.1: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

Activity Pages
What Is Argumentative Writing? 19-21
Introduce Your Claim 22-24
Organize Reasons and Evidence 25-27
Support Your Claim 28-30
Use Credible Sources 31-35
Use Formal Style 36-37
Conclusions 38-42
Present an Argument 43-46
Write an Argument in Response to Literature 47-50
Respond to Informational Text 51-55

Text Types and Purposes

ELA.W.6.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

Activity Pages
What Is Informative Writing? 57-61
What Is Explanatory Writing? 62-64
Analyze Relevant Content 65-68
Introduce a Topic 69-71
Use Strategies to Organize Information 72-75
Develop the Topic 76-78
Effective Use of Language 79-82
Concluding Statements 83-86
Write in Response to Informational Text 87-92
Write an Informational Report 93-96
Write an Explanatory Report 97-101

Text Types and Purposes

ELA.W.6.3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

Activity Pages
What Is Narrative Writing? 103-105
Narrative Techniques: Dialogue 109-112
Narrative Techniques: Effective Use of Language 113-117
Develop the Narrative 118-123
A Great Conclusion 124-127
Respond to Reading: Literature 128-133
Write a Nonfiction Narrative 134-138
Write a Personal Experience Essay 139-140

Production and Distribution of Writing

ELA.W.6.4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)

Activity Pages
What Is Argumentative Writing? 19-21
Introduce Your Claim 22-24
Organize Reasons and Evidence 25-27
Support Your Claim 28-30
Use Formal Style 36-37
Conclusions 38-42
Write an Argument in Response to Literature 47-50
Respond to Informational Text 51-55
Analyze Relevant Content 65-68
Introduce a Topic 69-71
Use Strategies to Organize Information 72-75
Develop the Topic 76-78
Effective Use of Language 79-82
Concluding Statements 83-86
Write in Response to Informational Text 87-92
Write an Informational Report 93-96
Write an Explanatory Report 97-101
What Is Narrative Writing? 103-105
Narrative Techniques: Description 106-108
Narrative Techniques: Dialogue 109-112
Narrative Techniques: Effective Use of Language 113-117
Respond to Reading: Literature 128-133
Write a Nonfiction Narrative 134-138
Write a Personal Experience Essay 139-140

Production and Distribution of Writing

ELA.W.6.5: With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

Activity Pages
Introduce Your Claim 22-24
Use Formal Style 36-37
Conclusions 38-42
Present an Argument 43-46
Respond to Informational Text 51-55
Analyze Relevant Content 65-68
Introduce a Topic 69-71
Develop the Topic 76-78
Concluding Statements 83-86
Write an Informational Report 93-96
Narrative Techniques: Description 106-108
Narrative Techniques: Effective Use of Language 113-117
Develop the Narrative 118-123
A Great Conclusion 124-127
Write a Nonfiction Narrative 134-138

Production and Distribution of Writing

ELA.W.6.6: 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.

Activity Pages
Use Formal Style 36-37
Present an Argument 43-46
Use Strategies to Organize Information 72-75
Concluding Statements 83-86
Write in Response to Informational Text 87-92
Write an Informational Report 93-96
Write an Explanatory Report 97-101
Narrative Techniques: Effective Use of Language 113-117
Write a Nonfiction Narrative 134-138
Write a Personal Experience Essay 139-140

Research to Build and Present Knowledge

ELA.W.6.9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Activity Pages
What Is Argumentative Writing? 19-21
Organize Reasons and Evidence 25-27
Support Your Claim 28-30
Conclusions 38-42
Write an Argument in Response to Literature 47-50
Respond to Informational Text 51-55
What Is Explanatory Writing? 62-64
Introduce a Topic 69-71
Write in Response to Informational Text 87-92
Write an Informational Report 93-96
What Is Narrative Writing? 103-105
Narrative Techniques: Description 106-108
A Great Conclusion 124-127
Respond to Reading: Literature 128-133

Research to Build and Present Knowledge

ELA.W.6.7: Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.

Activity Pages
Support Your Claim 28-30
Use Credible Sources 31-35
Use Formal Style 36-37
Conclusions 38-42
Present an Argument 43-46
Respond to Informational Text 51-55
What Is Informative Writing? 57-61
Introduce a Topic 69-71
Write an Informational Report 93-96
Write an Explanatory Report 97-101
Write a Personal Experience Essay 139-140

Research to Build and Present Knowledge

ELA.W.6.8: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; assess 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.

Activity Pages
Use Credible Sources 31-35
Conclusions 38-42
Present an Argument 43-46
Respond to Informational Text 51-55
Write an Informational Report 93-96
Write a Personal Experience Essay 139-140

Strand - Speaking and Listening Standards, Grade 6

Comprehension and Collaboration

ELA.SL.6.1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Activity Pages
What Is Argumentative Writing? 19-21
Introduce Your Claim 22-24
Organize Reasons and Evidence 25-27
Support Your Claim 28-30
Use Credible Sources 31-35
Use Formal Style 36-37
Present an Argument 43-46
Write an Argument in Response to Literature 47-50
Respond to Informational Text 51-55
What Is Informative Writing? 57-61
What Is Explanatory Writing? 62-64
Analyze Relevant Content 65-68
Introduce a Topic 69-71
Use Strategies to Organize Information 72-75
Develop the Topic 76-78
Concluding Statements 83-86
Write in Response to Informational Text 87-92
Write an Informational Report 93-96
Write an Explanatory Report 97-101
What Is Narrative Writing? 103-105
Narrative Techniques: Description 106-108
Narrative Techniques: Dialogue 109-112
Develop the Narrative 118-123
A Great Conclusion 124-127
Respond to Reading: Literature 128-133
Write a Nonfiction Narrative 134-138
Write a Personal Experience Essay 139-140

Comprehension and Collaboration

ELA.SL.6.3: Delineate a speaker's argument and specific claims, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.

Activity Pages
Introduce Your Claim 22-24
Organize Reasons and Evidence 25-27
Use Credible Sources 31-35
Present an Argument 43-46
Write an Argument in Response to Literature 47-50
Write an Explanatory Report 97-101

Comprehension and Collaboration

ELA.SL.6.2: 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.

Activity Pages
Use Formal Style 36-37
Respond to Informational Text 51-55
Develop the Topic 76-78
Write in Response to Informational Text 87-92
Write an Informational Report 93-96
Write an Explanatory Report 97-101
What Is Narrative Writing? 103-105
Narrative Techniques: Dialogue 109-112
Develop the Narrative 118-123
Write a Personal Experience Essay 139-140

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.SL.6.6: Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

Activity Pages
What Is Argumentative Writing? 19-21
Organize Reasons and Evidence 25-27
Support Your Claim 28-30
Use Formal Style 36-37
Present an Argument 43-46
Write an Argument in Response to Literature 47-50
Introduce a Topic 69-71
Develop the Topic 76-78
Effective Use of Language 79-82
Concluding Statements 83-86
Write an Informational Report 93-96
Write an Explanatory Report 97-101
Narrative Techniques: Description 106-108
Narrative Techniques: Dialogue 109-112
A Great Conclusion 124-127
Write a Personal Experience Essay 139-140

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.SL.6.4: Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

Activity Pages
Support Your Claim 28-30
Present an Argument 43-46
Respond to Informational Text 51-55
What Is Explanatory Writing? 62-64
Introduce a Topic 69-71
Develop the Topic 76-78
Effective Use of Language 79-82
Concluding Statements 83-86
Write in Response to Informational Text 87-92
Write an Informational Report 93-96
Write an Explanatory Report 97-101
Narrative Techniques: Dialogue 109-112
Develop the Narrative 118-123

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.SL.6.5: Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, images, music, sound) and visual displays in presentations to clarify information.

Activity Pages
Present an Argument 43-46
Develop the Topic 76-78
Write in Response to Informational Text 87-92
Write an Informational Report 93-96
Write an Explanatory Report 97-101
What Is Narrative Writing? 103-105
Narrative Techniques: Effective Use of Language 113-117
Write a Nonfiction Narrative 134-138

Strand - Language Standards, Grade 6

Conventions of Standard English

ELA.L.6.1: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

Activity Pages
What Is Argumentative Writing? 19-21
Introduce Your Claim 22-24
Organize Reasons and Evidence 25-27
Use Credible Sources 31-35
Use Formal Style 36-37
Conclusions 38-42
Present an Argument 43-46
Write an Argument in Response to Literature 47-50
Respond to Informational Text 51-55
Analyze Relevant Content 65-68
Introduce a Topic 69-71
Develop the Topic 76-78
Effective Use of Language 79-82
Write in Response to Informational Text 87-92
Write an Informational Report 93-96
Write an Explanatory Report 97-101
What Is Narrative Writing? 103-105
Narrative Techniques: Description 106-108
Narrative Techniques: Effective Use of Language 113-117
Develop the Narrative 118-123
A Great Conclusion 124-127
Respond to Reading: Literature 128-133
Write a Nonfiction Narrative 134-138
Write a Personal Experience Essay 139-140

Conventions of Standard English

ELA.L.6.2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

Activity Pages
What Is Argumentative Writing? 19-21
Introduce Your Claim 22-24
Organize Reasons and Evidence 25-27
Use Credible Sources 31-35
Use Formal Style 36-37
Conclusions 38-42
Present an Argument 43-46
Write an Argument in Response to Literature 47-50
Respond to Informational Text 51-55
Analyze Relevant Content 65-68
Introduce a Topic 69-71
Develop the Topic 76-78
Effective Use of Language 79-82
Write in Response to Informational Text 87-92
Write an Informational Report 93-96
Write an Explanatory Report 97-101
What Is Narrative Writing? 103-105
Narrative Techniques: Description 106-108
Narrative Techniques: Effective Use of Language 113-117
Develop the Narrative 118-123
A Great Conclusion 124-127
Respond to Reading: Literature 128-133
Write a Nonfiction Narrative 134-138
Write a Personal Experience Essay 139-140

Knowledge of Language

ELA.L.6.3: Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

Activity Pages
What Is Argumentative Writing? 19-21
Introduce Your Claim 22-24
Organize Reasons and Evidence 25-27
Use Credible Sources 31-35
Use Formal Style 36-37
Conclusions 38-42
Present an Argument 43-46
Write an Argument in Response to Literature 47-50
Respond to Informational Text 51-55
Analyze Relevant Content 65-68
Introduce a Topic 69-71
Develop the Topic 76-78
Effective Use of Language 79-82
Write in Response to Informational Text 87-92
Write an Informational Report 93-96
Write an Explanatory Report 97-101
What Is Narrative Writing? 103-105
Narrative Techniques: Description 106-108
Narrative Techniques: Effective Use of Language 113-117
Develop the Narrative 118-123
A Great Conclusion 124-127
Respond to Reading: Literature 128-133
Write a Nonfiction Narrative 134-138
Write a Personal Experience Essay 139-140

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

ELA.L.6.4: 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.

Activity Pages
What Is Argumentative Writing? 19-21
Organize Reasons and Evidence 25-27
Support Your Claim 28-30
Use Credible Sources 31-35
Conclusions 38-42
Write an Argument in Response to Literature 47-50
Respond to Informational Text 51-55
Analyze Relevant Content 65-68
Use Strategies to Organize Information 72-75
Develop the Topic 76-78
Effective Use of Language 79-82
Write an Informational Report 93-96
Write an Explanatory Report 97-101
Narrative Techniques: Description 106-108
Narrative Techniques: Effective Use of Language 113-117
Develop the Narrative 118-123
Respond to Reading: Literature 128-133

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

ELA.L.6.6: 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.

Activity Pages
Organize Reasons and Evidence 25-27
Support Your Claim 28-30
Use Formal Style 36-37
Conclusions 38-42
Write an Argument in Response to Literature 47-50
Respond to Informational Text 51-55
Analyze Relevant Content 65-68
Introduce a Topic 69-71
Develop the Topic 76-78
Write an Informational Report 93-96
Write an Explanatory Report 97-101
What Is Narrative Writing? 103-105
Narrative Techniques: Description 106-108
Narrative Techniques: Dialogue 109-112
Narrative Techniques: Effective Use of Language 113-117
Develop the Narrative 118-123
Respond to Reading: Literature 128-133
Write a Nonfiction Narrative 134-138
Write a Personal Experience Essay 139-140

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

ELA.L.6.5: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

Activity Pages
Support Your Claim 28-30
Use Formal Style 36-37
Write an Argument in Response to Literature 47-50
Respond to Informational Text 51-55
What Is Informative Writing? 57-61
Analyze Relevant Content 65-68
Introduce a Topic 69-71
Develop the Topic 76-78
Write an Informational Report 93-96
What Is Narrative Writing? 103-105
Narrative Techniques: Description 106-108
Narrative Techniques: Effective Use of Language 113-117
Develop the Narrative 118-123
Respond to Reading: Literature 128-133
Write a Nonfiction Narrative 134-138
Write a Personal Experience Essay 139-140

Strand - Reading Standards: Informational Text, Grade 6

Key Ideas and Details

ELA.RI.6.3: Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).

Activity Pages
What Is Argumentative Writing? 19-21
Present an Argument 43-46
Respond to Informational Text 51-55
What Is Informative Writing? 57-61
What Is Explanatory Writing? 62-64
Analyze Relevant Content 65-68
Introduce a Topic 69-71
Concluding Statements 83-86
What Is Narrative Writing? 103-105
Narrative Techniques: Effective Use of Language 113-117

Key Ideas and Details

ELA.RI.6.1: Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Activity Pages
What Is Argumentative Writing? 19-21
What Is Informative Writing? 57-61

Key Ideas and Details

ELA.RI.6.2: 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.

Activity Pages
Organize Reasons and Evidence 25-27
Conclusions 38-42
What Is Informative Writing? 57-61
Analyze Relevant Content 65-68
Concluding Statements 83-86
What Is Narrative Writing? 103-105
Narrative Techniques: Effective Use of Language 113-117

Craft and Structure

ELA.RI.6.6: Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.

Activity Pages
What Is Argumentative Writing? 19-21
Organize Reasons and Evidence 25-27
Use Credible Sources 31-35
Present an Argument 43-46
Respond to Informational Text 51-55
What Is Explanatory Writing? 62-64
Analyze Relevant Content 65-68
Concluding Statements 83-86
What Is Narrative Writing? 103-105

Craft and Structure

ELA.RI.6.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.

Activity Pages
What Is Argumentative Writing? 19-21
Support Your Claim 28-30
Conclusions 38-42
Analyze Relevant Content 65-68
Effective Use of Language 79-82
Narrative Techniques: Effective Use of Language 113-117

Craft and Structure

ELA.RI.6.5: Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas.

Activity Pages
Respond to Informational Text 51-55
Analyze Relevant Content 65-68
Use Strategies to Organize Information 72-75
What Is Narrative Writing? 103-105

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.RI.6.8: Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.

Activity Pages
What Is Argumentative Writing? 19-21
Organize Reasons and Evidence 25-27
Support Your Claim 28-30
Use Credible Sources 31-35
Conclusions 38-42

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.RI.6.7: Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

Activity Pages
Support Your Claim 28-30
Use Credible Sources 31-35
Use Formal Style 36-37
Present an Argument 43-46
Introduce a Topic 69-71

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.RI.6.9: 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).

Activity Pages
Respond to Informational Text 51-55
Introduce a Topic 69-71

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