6th Grade Literature Help and Study Guide Ideas

Studying for a literature test doesn't have to be difficult for your 6th grader. In preparation, you or your child can create a study guide. Use the following suggestions to get started.

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How Can I Help My 6th Grader with Literature Homework?

When preparing for a literature test, your 6th grader may need assistance creating a study guide. Because all teachers and tests vary, it can be difficult to pinpoint specific areas to cover. However, there are several areas you can review with your child that will be beneficial whether they're on the test or not. Topics include character development, vocabulary, theme and setting. Get started with the ideas below.

Study Guide Components for 6th Grade Literature

Textual Evidence

Citing textual evidence becomes more important as students progress in school because it helps create strong, solid arguments. During a literature exam, your child will likely have to complete an essay section where he or she references specific instances from the text to support his or her ideas. To prepare, have your child identify the main events in each chapter or section of the reading material. This will help him or her remember specific details and plot points on the exam.

Literary Device Examples

Literary devices help convey a certain message or induce a feeling in the reader. It is likely that your son or daughter will have to identify some of these devices within the required texts. Common examples include metaphor, imagery, irony and symbolism. In the study guide, first ask for a definition of the term. Then, have your child provide an example of it from the text.

Vocabulary Definitions

In 6th grade, students learn many new vocabulary words through reading materials, so be sure to include key vocabulary words from your child's text. To stay consistent with most literature exams, your child's study guide should feature a vocabulary matching section. For a more intense practice, you can have your child write the definitions in his or her own words with no matching option.

Essay Questions

Some literature exams feature essay or short-answer questions. Typically, these questions will require your child to reflect on something that was discussed frequently in class discussions. Go through your child's notes together and identify common topics. Then, discuss the topic further with your child.

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