Sixth Grade Language Arts

Canyon Grove Humanities (History & Language Arts)

We are so very excited about some new classes we are offering at Canyon Grove this fall. Our Humanities classes are designed to stimulate thinking and to help develop strong writing skills for the students. Based on student interaction and engagement, these courses will strengthen deeper reading skills, critical thinking, productive collaboration, accountability, and encourage follow-through.

Canyon Grove’s grade-level Humanities courses will integrate both history and language arts. We are very excited about the writing process and are focused on inspiring a love of writing as well as developing a deeper ability to think and discuss with power and clarity. The 4th graders will be studying Utah History, the 5th graders will study US History, and the 6th graders will study World History. Students will read excerpts from quality literature, classical literature, and original source documents to prepare them for the weekly Socratic Seminar discussions online. They will also can choose to participate in fun events such as Battle of the Books and a History Fair! Students will be supported through 3 different research/writing projects throughout the school year and they will consistently be receiving detailed feedback on their writing skills. We have also included field trip suggestions if you want to go as a family, additional book lists, discussion boards, tutoring sessions, peer writing reviews, and more to make this a rich experience. One of our main goals is to really help our students to feel confidence and prowess in their writing skills. 4th & 5th graders, click HERE to sign up. 6th graders, click HERE to sign up. If you have questions, please reach out to the instructors to discuss this opportunity. 4th & 5th contacts and 6th contacts
These classes are all recorded so students who miss the class can view it at a later date.  Recordings are only shared with enrolled students.

Williamsburg Learning

Reading and writing, thinking and discussing, practicing and revising, memorizing and implementing. These are all elements of our multi-disciplinary Humanities course, and each semester we use these elements to help us complete a summit project (the focus of an expedition or theme that guides learning) that has relevance, meaning and challenge.

Students have powerful discussions about history, society, art, and literature in our integrated online humanities classes.

In our blended, project-based Humanities (6/7th grade and 8th grade) classes, we look at lessons, patterns, and major ideas from throughout history. Through classes and projects that engage students’ five senses using imaginative travel and artistic, musical, and culinary elements, students experience the cultures of a variety of countries across time and space. The human condition offers rich opportunities for colloquia, simulation, and projects, and we build classes and projects that dive deeply into questions and circumstances that beg to be understood.

The language arts are also woven throughout the curriculum. Reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing are essential to understanding the humanities. Students’ ability to fluently speak, write, listen and read are honed through practice and through projects specifically designed to draw attention to these things.

Literature is a staple that offers insight into the humanities, and it also helps students refine their language arts skills. We use literature that is worth reading and re-reading; we frequently choose texts that have withstood the test of time–yet when we find excellent recent literature, that also becomes a class staple.

In each Humanities class, we emphasize the education of the whole person, including the education of the senses through art and music. We utilize art as one of the great ways to develop the refinement and discernment of the senses. Memorization through also plays an important role throughout each term. Students gain confidence with speaking and presenting, and they become more attentive listeners. By combining beauty, analysis, creativity and discipline within the learning process, the Humanities 6-8 program promotes well-rounded, thoughtful students.

The expeditions encompassed within the Humanities program in grades 6-8 include:

Humanities 6/7A: Liberty Pulse – This expedition covers topics of liberty and its components, World History, civilizations and government.  Students conduct “Liberty Pulses” of select countries measuring liberty around the world and create maps representing the degree of liberty in each country we visit.

Humanities 6/7B: Wave to the World – The Wave to the World Expedition focuses on world history, current events, government, liberty and appreciation of diverse cultures, peoples and perspectives. It prepares students for wise use of social media. The Summit Project invites students to collaborate in sending an inspiring message to every country in the world in just 24 hours.

Humanities 6/7C: Neighbors to the South – Students explore the topics of South and Central American history, geography, and culture, and have an opportunity to connect with and serve people living under impoverished circumstances in a South or Central American country. In the Summit Project students work together to fundraise money for a meaningful service goal.

Humanities 6/7D: Citizen Scholar Challenge – Students learn about American History while at the same time following in the footsteps of many American heroes by accomplishing a challenging personal academic goal. The goals students choose for the Citizen Scholar Challenge will help prepare them for greater academic rigor and more engaged citizenship. At the end of the term, students present what they learned and how they grew through their selected Citizen Scholar Challenge.  Learn More

Shurley English

This program is highly structured. Lessons are taught with continual teacher-student interaction. Students then complete worksheets or writing assignments from their workbooks. CD’s present jingles and the question and answer flow for different types of sentences. The teacher’s manual explains the methodology and offers useful teaching tips and some creative ideas. Learn More

Notes: Because the methodology and concepts are repeated from year to year. You can begin to use this program at any level—you need not go back to level 1.

Moving Beyond The Page

Explore how earthquakes, climate, ocean waves, and volcanoes make the world such a dynamic planet. Journey to the microscopic world of cells to learn how building blocks of life function and reproduce. Read incredible stories about men and women in our country’s past who sacrificed to ensure freedom and equal treatment for all. Experiment with chemical and physical changes.

At Moving Beyond the Page, we believe that children learn when they are actively engaged in their learning. This is why we include many hands-on and engaging science kits to teach your child the science topics being covered. You cannot find a more hands-on science curriculum available for homeschoolers.

The Age 10-12 level uses these and many more activities to thoroughly cover the state and national standards in science, social studies, and language arts.

In this level, we want students to begin taking more responsibility for formulating their own ideas and directing their day. For this reason, our 10-12 units are all student directed. The primary lesson plans are written for your child to read and follow. As a parent, you will still be actively involved. We provide parent overviews of each lesson that include descriptions of the activities and answer keys for you. There are still many activities and opportunities for you to work with your child. Learn More

Comes with: Each Concept comes with a variety of  Literature, Manipulatives, a Teachers Manual and Student Activity book.

Notes: Moving Beyond The Page is a literature based curriculum.  It does become overwhelming with so many activities.  Our favorite way to use it is to pick and choose between activities and not become bogged down by doing all of them. Placement Test

See all the Moving Beyond The Page materials available for children ages 10-12

Reading Eggs (Online)

Makes learning to read interesting and engaging for kids, with great online reading games and activities. Children love the games, songs, golden eggs and other rewards which, along with feeling proud of their reading, really motivate children to keep exploring and learning.  Learn More

Reading A-Z (Online)

Because it is delivered over the Internet, Reading A-Z is a constantly changing program. Each month, Reading A-Z adds new books, lesson plans, and other resources, thus continually expanding its wealth of materials. Learn More

Spelling You See

Modern Milestones is designed for students in the Word Extension stage of spelling. Students will read about the contributions of many different people during the last four centuries. Students will begin to learn details about specific spelling patterns, particularly how prefixes and suffixes are used to expand or change the meaning of words.

Features artists, musicians, scientists, and others who have influenced our world since early modern times

  • Expands and adapts the familiar Spelling You See activities:
    • marking word patterns – focuses attention on the ways in which suffixes and prefixes affect the spelling of different words
    • copy work – continues to be a valuable tool to help the brain pay attention to details in print
    • dictation – gives an opportunity for the student to demonstrate decoding and encoding in a meaningful context Learn More

Comes With: Instructors Handbook and Student Pack.

Soaring with Spelling

Each lesson within the Level 6 spelling and vocabulary program contains 16 list words. List words are progressively more difficult than those used in prior levels.  Multi-syllable words and more complex words (words with silent letters) are common in this level. Lessons contain games such as proofreading, deciphering puzzles, word jumbles, crossword puzzles, word search, definition, unscrambling words, identifying misspelled list words in a paragraph or sentence, alphabetizing word groups, and complete the sentences. Learn More

Comes With: Workbook and Answer Key.

All About Spelling

In Level 5, your student will continue to learn encoding skills, reliable spelling rules, and multisensory strategies for spelling, along with exciting new concepts including 7 new phonograms, words with multiple suffixes, words with unaccented syllables, plurals, I-Before-E generalizations, and more words with Silent E. Phonological awareness and encoding skills are taught throughout Level 5.

Comes With: Teachers Manual, Student Pack and Interactive Kit (If you are using this curriculum with All About Reading the Interactive Kit is the same so you only need one).

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Spelling Workout

Spelling Workout has all the components you need to lead students from simple sound-letter relationships to more complex spelling patterns.  Students learn spelling skills based on phonics through unique, cross-curricular reading passages, practice, and high-interest writing activities. Packed with flexible lessons, motivating activities, including fun riddles and puzzles, this dynamic program leads students to spelling success! Learn More

Writing with Skill

Susan Wise Bauer wrote the Writing with Skill for students to begin to work through independently, and the text is written directly to the student. Organized by days, each “step” progressively moves students through the workbook as they move from one day to the next. Covering the basics of composition, outlining, sentence skills, beginning literary criticism of poetry and prose, writing narratives and descriptions, and researching and documenting sources, the course culminates with a final project. Using extensive literary models and step-by-step instructions on the lesson concepts, students will gain the tools needed to write with clarity and confidence. All source material is included; students will need to write their assignments in a separate book. Grade 5-8. Learn More

Comes With: Instructor Text and Student Workbook.

Four Square Writing

Teach writing skills using this innovative new approach. The Four Square method can be used with all forms of writing and will fit any reading or language arts program. This step-by-step approach is built around a simple graphic organizer that first shows students how to collect ideas and then helps them use those ideas to create clear and polished prose. Open-ended reproducibles make the technique accessible to writers of all ability ranges. Learn More

Winning with Writing

This level covers direct, indirect quotations, dialogue, the writing process, creative writing, personal narrative, descriptive writing, persuasive writing, informational writing, compare and contrast writing, and explanatory writing, among other things. Learn More

Comes With:  2 Workbooks and Answer Key.

IEW Writing Course B

Grades 6-8 Recorded live with Mr. Andrew Pudewa, this four-DVD writing course for middle school students new to IEW lays a solid foundation of writing skills. Over the course of 15–30 weeks, students will learn how to effectively use a wide range of structural models and stylistic techniques in their compositions, as they write on a variety of enjoyable fiction and non-fiction topics. Included with the student handouts are complete teacher’s notes, source texts, assignments, and checklists. Learn More

Comes with: Student Notebook and Instructional DVDs.

Brave Writer

For your rapidly growing writers! (11-12 years)

Watch your emerging writers take more and more responsibility for their writing with our 12 month-long writing projects found in this amazing program! You’ll guide and coach your middles in writing forms that facilitate growth in skills like:

  • summary,
  • reporting,
  • citing sources,
  • letter writing,
  • book reviewing,
  • and interviewing.

At the same time, you’ll help your kids emotionally invest in their work by appealing to their creativity, personal passions, and expanding curiosity!

The Faltering Ownership program product:

  • Includes 12 month-long writing projects
  • Week-by-week plans for each project
  • A semester-long guide to writing a report (and throwing a party!)

Faltering Ownership is visually engaging, easy to use, and lasts an entire school year. The instructions for each project are detailed with illustrations as needed. Learn More

Growing with Grammar

Simple subjects and complete subjects, simple predicates and complete predicates, diagramming compound subjects and predicates, avoiding run-ons, divided quotations, outlining, advanced capitalization, appositive nouns, multiple direct objects, predicate nouns, subject-verb agreement with more than one subject, confusing verbs, the antecedent, subject and object pronouns, reflexive pronouns, demonstrative pronouns, indefinite pronouns, interrogative pronouns, indefinite pronouns, interrogative pronouns, compound words, proper and predicate adjectives, using apostrophes, degrees of adverbs. Learn More

Comes With: Workbook and Answer Key.

Digging into Diagramming

It has been determined that many students find it easier to understand the mechanics of grammar by focusing on diagramming sentences while learning basic grammar concepts.  There are 41 lessons in this sentence diagramming book.  Each lesson contains sentence diagramming instruction as well as sentence diagramming problems to be completed by the student.  The book starts with basic sentence diagramming and progresses through more difficult sentence diagramming concepts.  Learn More

Comes With: Workbook and Answer Key.

Editor in Chief

Improves students’ grammar, punctuation, spelling, capitalization, and attention to detail using a standards-based thinking approach rather than drill and practice. This effective method teaches students to carefully analyze and edit stories. This book includes 16 lessons in grammar and mechanics. Students identify and circle errors in each story and write their correction. The grammatical and mechanical errors in the paragraphs are based on general instructional guidelines for specific grade levels; the content level, however, is ungraded, allowing usage of these materials at many instructional levels. Writing styles and content are varied to sustain interest and to broaden the students’ exposure to different writing formats, such as letters, stories, and dialogue. The illustrations integrated into the context of the activities further spark student interest. The skills developed can be applied to the students’ own writing. Detailed answers are also included. Learn More

Reading Detective

The standards-based critical thinking activities of Reading Detective® develop the analysis, synthesis, and vocabulary skills students need for exceptional reading comprehension. The activities are especially effective at helping students understand more challenging reading concepts such as drawing inferences, making conclusions, determining cause-and-effect, and using context clues to define vocabulary. Students read and analyze short literature passages and stories that include fiction and nonfiction genres. Then they answer multiple-choice and short-response questions, citing sentence evidence to support their answers. Learn More

Science Detective

The standards-based critical thinking activities of Reading Detective® develop the analysis, synthesis, and vocabulary skills students need for exceptional reading comprehension. The activities are especially effective at helping students understand more challenging reading concepts such as drawing inferences, making conclusions, determining cause-and-effect, and using context clues to define vocabulary. Students read and analyze short literature passages and stories that include fiction and nonfiction genres. Then they answer multiple-choice and short-response questions, citing sentence evidence to support their answers. Learn More

The Language Mechanic

The Language Mechanic is a comprehensive program that uses fun examples and logical reasons to eliminate the confusion students often feel while learning the mechanics of language.  This book demonstrates and reinforces why each language rule is important. Lessons begin with a “grabber”—a humorous miscommunication that results when a rule is broken. Examples are followed by an explanation of the specific rule, the logic behind it, then guided and independent practice. Learn More

Word Roots

Students learn the meaning and spelling of roots, prefixes, and suffixes commonly used in English. Learning these word elements dramatically improves spelling and the ability to decode unfamiliar words. The activities focus on using these words in context to help students incorporate each word into their vocabulary and retain the correct spelling. There are periodic reviews to make sure students retain what is taught in the lessons. Word Roots books will add hundreds of words to your students’ vocabulary and greater depth to their thinking and writing. Learn More


Zaner-Bloser Handwriting is a complete handwriting program that can be taught in as little as 15 minutes a day! The Zaner-Bloser style teaches a cursive alphabet that is made up of four basic strokes: the undercurve, downcurve, overcurve, and slant.

This fifth-grade cursive workbook focuses on manuscript maintenance and mastery of cursive. Colorful and engaging exercises include tracing and writing letters, joinings, words, sentences, and longer passages. Review and application exercises are included throughout. Shape, size, spacing, and slant are emphasized as the keys to legibility. The last unit is “using what you have learned” and focuses on real-life applications of cursive handwriting such as writing notes, writing an outline, writing a list, writing a poem, and more. Learn More


D’Nealian Handwriting is the original continuous stroke handwriting program! It’s based on a few simple connecting strokes that children use to write in cursive.

Three units are included in this Grade 4 workbook: Reviewing Manuscript Letters, Writing Cursive Letters and Applying Handwriting Skills. Students will practice writing capital and lowercase letters (paying particular attention to the finer details of each letter’s strokes), copy the provided letters/words/sentences provided, practice correct spacing, and finish assignments based on real-life situations. Learn More

Handwriting Skills Simplified

Mastering Cursive Writing, Level F guides in the development of legible handwriting and provides opportunities for practice. Learn More