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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 2 Ancient Realms: How does history inform and inspire us?

  In this Grade 6 unit, students will explore how history informs and inspires us from a variety of perspectives, through fiction, myths, nonfiction narratives, and poetry. The unit begins with an excerpt from Hatshepsut: His Majesty, Herself,which sheds light on what life was like in ancient Egypt, how society was governed, and what happened when a female pharaoh came to power. Other selections share stories of history, including Philip Isaacson’s critique on the Egyptian pyramids, the Greek myth of Perseus, and morals learned throughAesop’s Fables. Throughout this unit, students will explore the different ways that history can inspire and inform people.


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 Rome.


  • Students will learn about the founding of the Roman Republic,the republic's further development, & the crises the republic faced.
  • Students will analyze the history and lasting contributions of the Roman Empire.
  • Students will learn about the development of the Christian faith and its influence on the Roman Empire.

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.