Sixth grade is the time when students begin to think about who they are, what their place is in middle school, and what it means to be in charge of their learning. Sixth grade lays the foundation for developing reading comprehension strategies, improving written and oral communication skills, and fostering emerging collaborative abilities. Sixth graders are expected to explore the skills required for presenting information to an audience including organizing research, public speaking, and creating visual aids. Students practice these necessary skills through collaboration with their peers. Throughout the school year, we introduce various soft skills including note taking, email etiquette, organizational skills, short-term and long-term planning, test preparation, and most importantly, self-advocacy. Social skills such as awareness of others, empathy, and adaptive behavior become crucial in middle school and part of the unspoken curriculum.