5th Grade Reading Curriculum
Building a Reading Life - Routines and Jobs of a Reader
- Throughout each stage of a book, a reader’s job will change allowing deeper thinking about the plot, characters and author’s message.
- How to monitor for sense, synthesizing, using context clues to make meaning of difficult vocabulary words.
Interpretation Book Clubs
- Readers draw on a repertoire of ways for reading closely and noticing how story elements interact
- Readers understand how different authors develop the same theme
- Readers compare and contrast texts that develop a similar theme
Moving Up Levels of Nonfiction
- Readers use different strategies to understand informational text
- Features of informational text allow the reader to gather information on a topic and access the information more quickly and easily
- Emphasis on fluency and word solving, which are required to read complex nonfiction
Researching Debatable Issues
- Students read complex nonfiction texts to conduct research on a debatable topic
- Students consider perspective, evaluate arguments, and formulate their own evidence-based positions on issues
Fantasy Book Clubs: The Magic of Themes and Symbols
- Students work in clubs to develop higher-level thinking skills and study how authors develop characters and themes
- Students think metaphorically and analytically, and consider the conflicts, themes, and lessons learned
5th Grade Writing Curriculum
Building a Writing Life - Routines and Jobs of a Writer
- Develop routines that will produce effective writing
- Students grow and use their knowledge of narrative craft to make their stories more thematic
- Students draw inspiration and understanding from mentor texts, historical accounts, primary source documents, maps, and timelines to write focused research reports that engage and teach readers
Research-Based Argument Essay
- Writers reveal their opinion through structure, word choice, and evidence used.
- Writers choose the editorial as a genre for a specific purpose - to persuade others to change.
- Students learn to build powerful arguments that convincingly balance evidence and analysis to persuade readers to action
From Essay and Narrative to Memoir
- This unit helps students grasp that form follows content, learning to take insights about their lives and decide whether these are best expressed in narratives, in essays, or in a hybrid genre created especially to convey the writer’s content