Scope & Sequence - Insights: Content Area Strategies for Grade 6

Unit 1: Analyzing Tables

Interpret information in tables by

  • identifying parts of a table: rows, row headings, columns, column headings, and entries
  • locating key words in questions and matching them with the appropriate column and row headings
  • making comparisons between column and row entries
  • using tables with footnotes
  • analyzing entries to make smallest/largest and increase/decrease comparisons
  • analyzing tables that contain both words and figures

Unit 2: Outlining

Organize ideas according to their levels of importance by

  • relating the parts of a two-level outline to main ideas and details in paragraphs
  • constructing a two-level outline by identifying topic sentence and details, then underlining and listing key words in parallel structure
  • constructing a three-level outline using headings (main ideas), subheadings (minor ideas), and details
  • creating outlines for short and long explanatory passages
  • differentiating introductory sentences from topic sentences

Unit 3: Reading Diagrams

Interpret diagrams by

  • identifying the parts of location and process diagrams: title, labels, arrows, and explanations
  • analyzing direction of movement and stages in process diagrams
  • relating key words in questions to corresponding diagram parts in order to locate specific information
  • recognizing main sections and sub-parts of complex diagrams
  • reading a process diagram showing stages of development
  • inferring the time span between different stages
  • using diagrams as an aid to writing descriptions

Unit 4: Preview – Question – Read

Use the Preview – Question – Read (PQR) method by

  • scanning and examining the passage as preparation for reading
  • developing questions about the boldfaced or chapter headings to organize thinking before reading
  • reading to answer the developed questions
  • answering additional questions formulated during reading
  • identifying the controlling idea in the conclusion

Unit 5: Studying Textbook Chapters

Study a textbook chapter in-depth by

  • using the PQR method for scanning and examining the passage in preparation for reading
  • using the vocabulary strategies to understand special terms, italicized words, and definitions
  • locating context clues
  • visualizing new terms
  • using the glossary or dictionary and using new words in context
  • recording key ideas and details by highlighting and paraphrasing
  • evaluating statements from the passage