Common Core Standards: Grade 6 Writing Skills

By Jared Myracle

The Common Core Standards require that students show progress in their formal writing skills. Writing in Grade 6 requires students to become more detailed. The standards outline various criteria for effective writing depending upon the purpose the student is trying to achieve. Here are a few of the components:

  • Argument: Students focus on selecting evidence that will back up what they are writing, along with identifying and using sources that contribute to their arguments. Students are also expected to write a conclusion that solidifies their argument.

  • Information and explanation: The standards emphasize the organization and presentation of information, such as the use of formatting, tables, and visual representations to convey meaning. Topics expand through the use of information from relevant sources, and students end formal writings with a conclusion.

  • Narrative: Students write to convey or describe an experience with details about important characters and a series of events that occur in a way that makes sense to a reader. This requires students to transition from one section to another in their writing and use words that communicate the order of events and the results. Students also begin to write texts in which characters speak to each other.

The writing standards for Grade 6 also place emphasis on planning, pre-writing, and editing to make the final piece of writing even more effective.

Students make use of various resources to gather information and answer a specific question related to research, assuring that selected sources are appropriate and authoritative. When integrating information from various sources, students write with direct quotes and summaries from sources without plagiarizing. This requires students to cite their sources in a basic bibliography.

Students use the Internet and other tools to write and make their writing available to others. In Grade 6, expectations for keyboarding proficiency include the ability to produce at least three typed pages. Typing expectations are defined by what a student can do in a “single sitting.” You can assume that means a reasonable amount of time that a student may have to type in a class at school.