6th Grade CCSS:Reading: Literature

For sixth graders, this Common Core area helps students gain mastery of the deeper tasks involved in reading a fictional text. No matter what they are reading, the standards require students to increase the complexity in the texts they read and deepen their understanding of the connections within and between texts. Among the complete standards for this grade, sixth graders will be asked to: support a textual analysis with correct direct citations and textual inferences, understand the theme of a piece of literature and how it is conveyed with details, summarize texts in a way that is separate from personal judgment, understand how plot and character development is supported as it moves to resolution through episodes that happen in stories, compare texts in different genres, be able to compare a text to the same story presented in a different format such as video or audio, read text appropriate to grade level while increasing in the level of text complexity throughout the year.

A Christmas Fairy Reading Comprehension

“The Christmas Fairy” gives students a story to read and questions to answer. A great comprehension activity for the holiday season!

Change the Point of View: Third Person to First Person

In this activity, students will read the story told in 3rd person and then rewrite a part to make it a first person narrative.

Character Traits Worksheet – Black Beauty

In this passage from Black Beauty, students will read an excerpt from Chapter 7 and list 10 character traits of Greer.

Classic Literature: Captains Courageous

Help your students improve their reading skills with this activity set about Rudyard Kipling’s Captains Courageous.

Classic Literature: Little Women: Temper and Skates

This classic literature set focuses on the popular book by Louisa May Alcott called Little Women. Students read a passage from the story and work on different worksheets focused on reading and vocabulary skills.

Drawing a Conclusion

This worksheet on drawing conclusions will take your student into the realm of fantasy.

Edgar Allan Poe – Annabel Lee: Lost Love

Students read from Edgar Allan Poe’s “Annabel Lee” and answer questions.

Find it: Indirect Characterization

Learn about indirect characterization with this printable worksheet on making inferences and understanding character traits. This classroom activity is great for students looking to practice their reading and inferencing skills. Download and print for use both at home or in the classroom.

Finding the Stresses in a Poem

In this exercise, students write the stressed and unstressed symbols above the beginning of the poem, The Walrus and the Carpenter.

Mark Twain: Setting the Mood in Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain’s 1876 masterpiece The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is the story of Tom, an orphan boy living with his aunt in Missouri after mid 1800s. Students read an excerpt from chapter 9 and answer questions.

Narrator’s Point of View Flow Chart

This flowchart helps students identify the correct point of view. They answer “yes” and “no” questions to identify the correct point of view.

Poetry Vocabulary Match

In this poetry vocabulary worksheet, students match each word in Column A with its meaning in Column B

Poetry: Foot and Line Flash Cards

In this activity, students will match the words with their meanings using flash cards.

Poetry: Stressed and Unstressed Syllables

Students write the stressed and unstressed symbols above the words listed. In the section exercise, students write the stressed and unstressed symbols above the words from the first lines of common nursery rhymes.

Pygmalion: Henry and Eliza

George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion was the basis for the famous musical My Fair Lady. Students read an excerpt from the play. Students write two character traits for each character.

Rhyme Schemes: Frost and Millay

The rhyme scheme of a poem is determined by giving the last word or words a letter. In this activity, students write the rhyme scheme for each poem.

Robert Burns Poetry: A Red, Red Rose

Students rewrite the Scots spellings of words into Standard English from Robert Burns poem/song, “Auld Lang Syne.”