Grade 6 Suggested Topics

The table below outlines themes and topics that may be used to address the objectives in the six strands of Grade 6 ELA. This list has been provided by Sask. Learning to support teachers in their planning using currently recommended student resources. Teachers should contact their teacher librarian or the Curriculum Materials Centre to determine the availability of collections kits, multi-source kits, and anthologies, on many of the topics listed on the right.

Sask.Learning's expectations are that a minimum of six units be taught per year. Five of these topics/units must be as follows:

A multi-genre thematic unit is built around a theme or topic and includes a range of prose, poetry, and plays (e.g., Heroes).

A multi-genre, interdisciplinary inquiry unit is built around a theme or topic that is related to an important question(s). An interdisciplinary unit considers and addresses objectives from both English language arts and other area(s) of study. The emphasis in an inquiry unit is on "finding out" the answers to a question or questions that the students have about the theme or topic. Teachers and students use the inquiry process to guide their activities in an inquiry unit.

A genre study unit focuses on a specific literary genre (e.g., the novel). An author study focuses on the works of a particular author or illustrator.

Thematic studies easily adapt to multigrade situations. Teachers can vary activities within a broad theme or topic to suit the various ability levels of students and to meet the learning objectives for their respective grades.

Finally,teachers are encouraged to continue to develop and plan their own themes and topics using other quality resources that address the goals and objecives of the curriculum.

Sample Units from Sask. Learning
Exploring Friendships
multi-genre thematic

Taking Flight
multi-genre thematic

Author Study
genre study

Poetry Study
genre study


Additional Topics

Personal and Philosophical

(could be integrated with health education, arts education, mathematics, physical education)

Looking Inward

Focusing on self-image and self-esteen

Thinking reflectively

Questions beliefs and values of self and society

Reflecting upon self and life

Examining spiritual aspects of life

Growing Up
multi-genre thematic

Looking for Answers
multi-genre thematic

Tales - Heroes, Deeds, and Wonders
multi-genre thematic

Social, Cultural, and Historical

(could be integrated with social studies, arts education, health education)

Looking outward

Examining relation-ships and friendships

Identifying local, community and international issues

Exploring own and others' traditions and cultures

Exploring place in history of humankind

Focusing on people's stories in an historical context (e.g. biography)

Connecting with the past and considering the future in light of the past

Me and Others

Choosing Peace
multi-genre thematic

Marvels Then and Now
multi-genre inquiry

Imaginative and Literary

(could be integrated with arts education, social studies, science)

Considering imaginary worlds
Imagining future possiblilities (e.g. what if...)

Exploring specific genres (e.g. humour, science fiction) or authors

Tickle Your Funny Bone Humour
genre study

Telling My Story Autobiography
g enre study


(could be integrated with arts education, mathematics, social studies, arts education)

Exploring language origins and changes over time

Exploring communication technology and ideas

Finding a Voice

Fantastic Fiction
multi-genre thematic

Media Messages
multi-genre inquiry


(could be integrated with science, arts education, mathematics, health education)

Exploring elements of nature

Examining environmental issues (e.g. pollution)

Examining the role of technology in society

Space, Stars and Quasars
multi-genre inquiry

Respect the Earth
multi-genre inquiry

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