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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 2017-2018 the best school year yet!


Ms. Vizcaino


Classroom News!


Common Core Focus Standards: Unit 1 Facing Challenges: When should we stand up for others and ourselves?

  In this Grade 6 unit, students will examine ways that people address both small and large injustices. Students will learn about a young girl who helped animals at an animal shelter and will consider how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks worked against larger injustices. Research links explore other examples of people standing up for their rights and the rights of others.


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 (Sept 29,2017, Oct 31, Nov 30, Dec 15, Jan 31, 2018, Feb 28, Mar 23, April 30, May 25).


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



Students will learn about how:

  • historians use many kinds of clues to understand how people lived in the past.
  • the physical and human geography contribute to the study of history.
  • prehistoric people learned to adapt to their environment, to make simple tools, to use fire, and to use language.
  • those who migrated around the world had to learn to adapt to new environments.
  • the development of agriculture brought great changes to human society.

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.