English/Language Arts


Support Staff:

Skills Specialist-C. Gill

Literacy Coach- T. Holloway

Team ELA Conference Time: 10:00 - 11:20

5th Grade Team

S. Menard- Department Chair
S. Thomas
K. Wade
Y. Rivera

6th Grade Team

B. Curtis- Department Chair
S. Gary
Z. Jackson

Special Education Team

C. Anderson (Resource)
D. Anglin (Inclusion)
JD Herron (Inclusion)

Our Mission:

The mission of the Houston Academy English Language Arts Department is to help young people become avid and skilled readers, writers, and inquirers. We accomplish this goal through research, curriculum development, and working shoulder-to-shoulder with students, teachers, and school leaders. The Teachers College Reading Writing Project (TCRWP) has developed state-of-the-art tools and methods for teaching reading and writing, using performance assessments and learning progressions to accelerate progress, and for literacy-rich content-area instruction.

Student Expectations:

  • Be full participants in Reading and Writing workshop

  • Keep a reading log with the number of minutes read each night

  • Complete take-home writing assignments

  • Work with assigned partners and book clubs

  • Be a life-long learner

Grading: Rubrics have been provided for all grades listed below.

Major Grades:

  • Reading Level

  • District Common Assessment

  • Campus Performance Based Assessment

Daily Grades:

  • Engagement

  • Comprehension

  • Work Study

  • Independent/Partner Reading

Parents: We need your HELP.

  • Please consider donating a book to our class library.

  • Please ensure that your child reads daily.

                           ELA Curriculum

6th Grade TCRWP Curriculum 2017-2018



1st Nine Weeks

Turning Every Kid into a Reader &

Character Analyst

Personal Narrative

2nd Nine Weeks

Nonfiction Text Complexity

Research-Based Informational Writing

3rd Nine Weeks

Social Issues Book Clubs

Literary Essay

4th Nine Weeks

Nonfiction Research Across Text Sets

Research-Based Informational Writing