What Your Sixth Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of a Good Sixth-grade Education

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Doubleday, 2006 - Education - 391 pages
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Since E. D. Hirsch's Core Knowledge Series was launched in 1991, hundreds of thousands of students have benefited from the books' effective and delightful treatments of essential knowledge for each grade. With sixteen pages of full-color illustrations, a bolder, easier-to-follow format, and a thoroughly updated curriculum, "What Your Sixth Grader Needs to Know, Revised Edition," reflects the Core Knowledge Foundation's ongoing commitment to providing a solid educational foundation for today's elementary and middle school students.
"What Your Sixth Grader Needs to Know, Revised Edition," includes poems by Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson, and Maya Angelou. It introduces children to the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey" and to sayings such as "once bitten, twice shy." History and geography topics include deserts, ancient Greece and Rome, Judaism and Christianity, the Enlightenment, and the Industrial Revolution. The Visual Arts chapter sketches the history of art, with more than twenty full-color illustrations, while the music section profiles notable composers like Bach, Handel, Mozart, and Beethoven. A clear overview of sixth-grade math concepts is followed by accessible, easy-to-follow science topics, including plate tectonics and astronomy.
"What Your Sixth Grader Needs to Know "is for all parents concerned about their children's education. The perfect supplement to classroom education, it gives parents specific and effective guidance in helping their children gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed at school and in society."

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E. D. HIRSCH, JR., Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia, is chairman of the board at the Core Knowledge Foundation and the author of The Knowledge Deficit, The Schools We Need, and the bestselling Cultural Literacy. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Core Knowledge Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to excellence and fairness in early education. All royalties from the Core Knowledge books accrue to the foundation.

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