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McDougal Littell Literature, Grade 6 Student Textbook (2008)


McDougal Littell Literature invites students to explore the world of art, literature, and life’s big questions. The unique organization around clusters of standards allows for the teaching of major literary concepts across genre. Standards that belong together are taught together. Students analyze fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, and media across clusters of standards. Special features support visual and media literacy, along with research strategies.
Art in the program supports learning. A full-page of fine art or photography at the beginning of every selection builds background, sets cultural context, and supports literary study—without giving away the ending. Every level includes an entire unit devoted to research. A Research Strategies Workshop teaches major skills, such as creating research questions, selecting and evaluating sources, using the Internet, and notetaking. A Research Writing Workshop takes students through the research process, step by step.


Introductory Unit
- Literary Essentials Workshop
- Literary Genres Workshop
- Reading Strategies Workshop
- Writing Process Workshop

Part 1: Literary Elements

Unit 1: Plot, Conflict, and Setting
Reader’s Workshop: Setting, Conflict, Plot
Writing Workshop: Writing a Short Story

Unit 2: Analyzing Character and Point of View
Reader’s Workshop: Character, Narrator, Point of View, Methods of Characterization
Writing Workshop: Describing a Person

Unit 3: Understanding Theme
Reader’s Workshop: Identifying Theme
Writing Workshop: Analyzing a Story

Part 2: Language and Culture

Unit 4: Mood, Tone, and Style
Reader’s Workshop: Mood, Tone, Style
Writing Workshop: Comparison-and-Contrast Essay

Unit 5: The Language of Poetry
Reader’s Workshop: Form, Speaker, Sound Devices, Imagery, Figurative Language
Writing Workshop: Personal Response to a Poem

Unit 6: Myths, Legends, and Tales
Reader’s Workshop: Characteristics of Traditional Stories, Cultural Values in Traditional Stories
Writing Workshop: Problem-Solution Essay

Part 3: Focus on Nonfiction

Unit 7: Biography and Autobiography
Reader’s Workshop: Characteristics of Biographies and Autobiographies
Writing Workshop: Personal Narrative

Unit 8: Information, Argument, and Persuasion
Reader’s Workshop: Text Features, Preview, Main Idea and Supporting Details, Take Notes
Reader’s Workshop: Claim, Support, Persuasive Techniques
Writing Workshop: Persuasive Essay

Unit 9: The Power of Research
Research Strategies Workshop: Choosing and Evaluating Sources, Collecting Data
Writing Workshop: Research Report

Student Resource Bank
- Reading Handbook
- Writing Handbook
- Research Handbook
- Grammar Handbook
- Vocabulary and Spelling Handbook
- Speaking and Listening Handbook
- Media Handbook
- Test-Taking Handbook

Glossary of Literary Terms
Glossary of Reading and Informational Terms
Glossary of Vocabulary in English and Spanish
Pronunciation Key
Index of Fine Art
Index of Skills
Index of Titles and Authors
Art Credits

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