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Thinking Maps

Thinking Maps are graphic organizers that support specific thinking skills and allow students to organize and retain information.


6th Grade Magnet English/History Classes



Dear Students and Families,                                                                      

It is a pleasure to welcome you and your sixth grader to middle school and to a new educational experience.  We are looking forward to working with all students this year and helping them to achieve their full potential.  6th grade students will achieve much this year in terms of academic growth, greater self-confidence, and improved social skills. 

Good communication between parent, teacher, and student is very important for your child’s academic growth.  If you have any questions or concerns or if you would like to visit our classroom, or schedule a conference, you can contact us at (323) 568-4000 and/or email me at  Once again, welcome to South Gate Middle School STEM Magnet Program.  Let’s work together to make 2016-2017 the best school year yet!


Ms. Vizcaino


Classroom News!


Common Core Focus Standards: Unit 1 Turning Points: What happens when life changes direction?

In this Grade 6 unit, your student will explore life-changing events from a variety of perspectives, as he or she reads fiction, memoirs, nonfiction narratives, articles, autobiographies, and poetry. The unit begins with an excerpt from the Newbery-award-winning novel Hatchet, which gives insight into a 13-year-old boy’s state of mind when he is stranded in the wilderness with only a tattered windbreaker and the hatchet his mother had given him as a gift. Other selections include accounts of the struggles real people have faced, including Melba Pattillo Beals’ experience as a key figure in the fight for school integration, and Jackie Robinson’s rise to baseball fame when he enters the Major Leagues and becomes the first African American player to break through the color barrier. Throughout this unit, students will explore how fictional characters and real people adapt and succeed when life suddenly changes direction.


Accelerated Reader- Students will:

  • read high-interest books at their independent reading level.
  • take 2 quizzes monthly online at
  • pass with 80% accuracy by the assigned deadlines.


Content Standard 6.3: Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the early civilizations of Greece.


  • Greece's geography and its nearness to the sea strongly influenced the development of trade and the growth of city-states.
  • The people of Athens tried many different forms of government before creating a democracy.
  • The ancient Greeks created great myths and works of literature that influence the way we speak and write today.
  • Over time the Persians came to rule a great empire which eventually brought them into conflict with the Greeks.
  • The two most powerful city-states in Greece, Sparta and Athens, had very different cultures and became bitter enemies in the 400s BC.
  • Alexander the Great built a huge empire and helped spread Greek culture into Egypt and Asia.
  • Ancient Greeks made lasting contributions in the arts, philosophy, and science.

SBAC Claims for English Language Arts

The Smarter Balanced established four broad claims regarding what students should know and be able to do to demonstrate readiness for college and career. All assessment items for English Language Arts fit in these four claims:

  1. Students can read closely and critically to comprehend a range of increasingly complex literary and informational texts.
  2. Students can produce effective writing for a range of purposes and audiences.
  3. Students can employ effective speaking and listening skills for a range of purposes and audiences.
  4. Students can engage appropriately in collaborative and independent inquiry to investigate/research topics, pose questions, and gather and present information.