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

ISBN-10: 0385337329
ISBN-13: 9780385337328
Edition: Revised 
Authors: E. D. Hirsch
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List price: $22.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/26/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

What should your child learn in the sixth grade? How can you help him or her at home? This book answers these important questions and more, offering the specific shared knowledge that thousands of parents and teachers across the nation have agreed upon for American sixth graders. Featuring 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, is designed for parents and teachers to enjoy with children. Hundreds of thousands of children have benefited from the Core Knowledge Series. This revised edition gives a new generation of sixth graders the advantage they need to make progress in school today, and to establish an approach to learning that will last a lifetime. Discover: - Favorite Poems-- old and new, from Edgar Allan Poe's classic " The Raven" to Maya Angelou's " Woman Work" - Literature-- from around the world, including Homer's epics the Iliad and the Odyssey, Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, and Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper - Learning About Language-- he rules of written English, including the four kinds of sentences, common English sayings and phrases, plus an introduction to Greek and Latin roots - History and Geography-- world history from ancient Greece and the fall of the Roman Empire to the Enlightenment and the French Revolution; American history of the post-- Civil War era, including the Industrial Revolution, immigration, urbanization, and reform - Visual Arts-- a brief history of art, stretching from theclassical period through the Renaissance, Baroque, and Romantic periods all the way to the age of realism, with full-color reproductions and discussions of great works by artists such as El Greco, Rembrandt, and Winslow Homer - Music-- understanding and appreciating music, including musical notation, chords, and scales-- plus biographies of great composers such as Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin - Math-- challenging lessons, ranging from probability and statistics, geometry, ratios and proportions to basic pre-algebra - Science-- fascinating discussions of plate tectonics, oceans, astronomy, the environment, the human body, and the immune system-- plus short biographies of great scientists such as Marie Curie

Hirsch is a conservative critic best known for his repudiation of critical approaches to literature (chiefly poststructuralism and New Criticism) that assume that the author's intentions do not determine readings. He argues that any such methodology is guilty of "the organic fallacy," the belief that the text leads a life of its own. For Hirsch, the author's authority is the key to literary interpretation: The critic's job is to reproduce textual meaning by recovering the author's consciousness, which guarantees the validity of an interpretation. In his two most important books, Validity in Interpretation (1967) and its sequel, The Aims of Interpretation (1976), Hirsch warns against the "critical anarchy" that follows from the "cognitive atheism" of both relativism and subjectivism. For him, these result from a corollary of the organic fallacy, the thesis that meaning is ultimately indeterminate because it changes over time or with the differing interests and values of different readers. According to Hirsch, meaning does not change; only value or significance does, as readers relate a text's fixed meaning to their cultures. If there is more than one valid interpretation of a text, it is because literature may be reduced to more than one "intrinsic genre" or meaning type---the particular set of conventions governing ways of seeing and of making meaning at the time the author was writing. Many critics suggest that the intentions Hirsch recovers in intrinsic genres are really his own, rather than those of the author, because no one, including Hirsch, can escape his or her historically conditioned frame of reference when developing interpretations of literature. Hirsch's recent books, including Cultural Literacy (1987), are seen as proof of those flaws by those who are troubled by the history and values of the dominant culture that Hirsch insists is the only culture. Hirsch argues that "common knowledge" is being denied minority students and others by feminists and other "radicals" who have undermined the authority of its great texts.

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