Writing: Like Reading, we will be using the Lucy Calkins Writer's Workshop model to teach the three different genres of writing. Currently, our focus is on Personal Narratives. Students are learning how to zoom in on a small moment to write about. Throughout the writing process, students will create and develop stories and characters that feel real, draft and revise, and finally, prepare for publication. Like Reading, students will be building up their stamina to write each and every day.
Language Arts: For the most part, Language Arts will be built into both the Reading and Writer's Workshops as students will be assessed on their spelling and grammar through rubrics developed for the writing process. However, we are also focusing on a different Root and Affix each week, practicing citing evidence from a text, and manipulating word forms through a program called, Words Their Way.
Standards for this Unit:
ELAGSE4W3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
ELAGSE4RF4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
ELAGSE4RL1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
ELAGSE4RL2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text. ELAGSE4RL3 Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
ELAGSE4RL9 Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics (e.g., opposition of good and evil) and patterns of events (e.g., the quest) in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures.
ELAGSE4RL10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. ELAGSE5RL1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Homework for this Unit:
- Reading log. Check your child's agenda for the most current homework assignments.
General RELA Reminders:
- Be sure to select books at an appropriate level. Students should be practicing what they learn in the workshop to their own independent reading.
-Mrs. Alterman, Ms. Densmore, Mrs. Widis, Ms. Zarzour, and Mr. Pham