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I also teach grade six and have a limited amount of time. I have daily reading time, and then have split the rest of the curriculum into units (most of which are writing: narrative, non-fiction and poetry) and will teach these units outside of the reading time. This allows me to have daily writing for the majority of the year. I also incorporate word work and vocabulary into my reading and writing time. For example, I have a word wall where we add commonly misspelled words (and I may have to add misspell to the wall as I have no idea how to spell it!) and vocabulary words. You could also have students create word banks for individualized spelling words they are working on and vocabulary words they come across. Whenever I can, I take some time for the students to engage in different activities that use their word banks, as well as teaching mini-lessons on grammar and spelling patterns.