The balanced literacy components of communication, reading, writing, and research are integrated into this sixth-grade course. These skills are taught within the framework of the Reading and Writing Workshop Model. Flexible grouping within each class provides the instructional arena for word study, composition, literacy understanding, and research/study skills. Grammar skills are sharpened as students write and publish regularly for a variety of purposes. In sixth grade, there is an emphasis on narrative and reflective writing. These experiences prepare students for the reading Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) exam.