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Virtual Learning Academy Consortium

Lincoln Grade 6

English Language Arts 6

English Language Arts 6 introduces and builds the fundamental skills of English language arts, including reading, writing, speaking, listening, and using language. This course helps transition students from an elementary setting to the middle school learning environment. Students explore a variety of texts from a range of time periods, literary genres, and writers. From classic authors to contemporary creative writers, students study the use of language and literary devices to improve reading comprehension and to apply to their own skill sets. In addition to reading, students strengthen their writing skills through several modes of composition, such as entertainment, persuasive, poetic, and expository texts. They learn how to construct a well-written five-paragraph essay. Notably, students learn to conduct research, cite sources in MLA formatting, and compose a formal research essay. The final topic of the course provides the opportunity for students to either read a novel or examine a variety of excerpts from novels. This topic encompasses the fundamental skill sets built throughout the year. Students complete creative projects such as creating an original piece of folklore and writing an original poem. These projects encourage students to highlight their talents and skills. This course emphasizes the importance of independent and creative thinking and integrates social-emotional learning.

Course Topics

• Basics of English Language Arts

• Basics of Language

• Basics of Writing

• Basics of Communication

• Spelling

• Folklore

• Short Stories

• Narrative Writing

• Literary Nonfiction

• Informational Texts

• Research

• Influential Media

• Argumentative Writing

• Poetry

• Drama

• Expository Writing

• Novels


English Language Arts 6 Workbook 


Mathematics 6

Mathematics 6 introduces students to rational numbers and explores the concept of absolute value. Students work with ratios and rates to analyze relationships, and they connect these concepts to percents. Students also apply all four operations to decimal numbers, using the concepts to solve real-world application problems. In this course, students begin their study of Algebra by learning about mathematical expressions, equations, and inequalities. They analyze data and display data using statistical methods. Students also explore two- and three-dimensional shapes.

Course Topics

• Decimals

• Expressions

• Equations

• Inequalities

• Rational Numbers

• Ratios & Rates

• Statistics

• Perimeter & Area

• Surface Area

• Volume


Mathematics 6 Workbook 


Science 6 - Earth and Space Science

In Middle School Earth and Space Science, students study the planet Earth and the extensive solar system structure in which it resides. They evaluate Earth’s climate and its weather patterns and changes, and they learn about life science and how chemistry and physics play a role in Earth’s major processes. Students also investigate climate change and the ways in which global warming impacts Earth. By evaluating the numerous facets of our planet, students prepare for higher level and more subject-specific science courses.

 Course Topics

•        Introduction to Cosmology

•        Galaxies and Stars

•        Earth-Sun-Moon System

•        Exploring Space

•        Human Population

•        Predicting Natural Hazards

•        Climate Change

Course includes a kit with science supplies. 


Social Studies 6 - Geography

Students learn to study the Earth’s landscape in Middle School Geography. In this course, students learn that geography extends beyond physical structures by exploring geographical facets such as regions, ethnicities, and trade routes, in addition to landforms. By studying the geography, history, culture, religion, and contemporary issues facing a certain group of people or a specific area of space, students discover a significant amount of information about people in the present and in the past.

Course Topics

•        Places & Regions

•        Geographical Arguments

•        Organization of a Region

•        Spatial & Cultural Patterns

•        Constructing & Using Maps

•        Inquiry in Geography

•        Valid Sources

•        Critiquing Arguments

 This course does not offer a kit. All resources are online. 


Art 6

Art 6 encourages students to collaborate to create art. Students investigate how art can be personally significant while learning to be open to new artistic ideas, materials, methods, and creative approaches. In this course, students also explore the ways in which art equipment and materials can affect the environment. They study why and how artistic design can influence people, and they design art for a diverse population. Students also determine whether works of art successfully communicate their intended message. This course introduces three-dimensional art, and students compare two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces before creating their own 3-D artwork. They will view art from around the world and determine what the works reveal about the values and lifestyles of the people depicted in the works. Finally, students learn the importance of preserving art and the ways in which to critique art.

Course Topics

• Artistic Investigation

• Collaborative Combination

• Upcycle Design

• Revising Work

• Time and Place

• Art Critique


Music 6

In Music 6, students express ideas and creativity through music. Students apply music terminology to different instrument groups and learn to read music. Additionally, students discuss different forms of music and popular songs within Western and worldwide music.

Course Topics

• Music Genres Galore

• The History of Recorded Music

• Improvisation

• Beginning Composition

• Piano & Its Famous Composers


Physical Education 6

Physical Education 6 provides a complete physical education experience, allowing students to learn the basics of living a healthy life and the benefits of being active as often as possible. Students begin by learning about the 36 hours of organized, supervised physical activity required for the course. They also learn how to document their activity within a PE Log. Next, students move into the content, studying topics ranging from health, nutrition, journaling, and safety to new, fun, and challenging activities and exercise techniques. Before attempting each activity, students receive instruction on the basic elements and the proper execution of each movement so that they can get the most benefits from the exercise. Regardless of the activity the student is asked to do within a given day, they are encouraged to get up and move for a certain amount of time within each lesson. This expectation helps them to create a routine-like schedule. Students can be active by performing different exercises, engaging in different activities, or by using items from their grade-appropriate physical education kits, which are available to purchase. This kit, which is designed to work in conjunction with the course content, contains age- appropriate exercise and activity items. Adaptive physical education activities are available for this course.

Course Topics

• Essentials of Education

• Pulse and Heart Rate

• Measuring Fitness

• Strength and Cardiovascular

• Resistance

• Bean Bag Cubes

• Playground Ball Games

• Circuit Training

• Anatomy

• Fitness Growth