- Students are reaching the end of Unit 1: Interpreting the Heart of the Story. This week students will be focusing on how to build a theory from multiple ideas within a text to determine a theme, or lesson learned, from the text. Students have been learning the skills of summarizing, character traits, selecting evidence to support ideas from a text, analyzing parts of a story as they relate to the whole text, and determining a theme as it relates to their real life experiences.
- This Friday, students will be taking their first end of unit assessment for this unit. Students will be given a study guide on Monday. The teachers will address the study guide each day, by reviewing the rubric, answering a question, and deciding on goals to set for the test on Friday. Students will be able to bring home their study guides each night, but must return it each day for further instruction and review.
- The assessment is going to look very different from any reading test you may have seen in the past. This is because the method of instruction is different this year due to the recent adoption of the "Lucy Calkins Reading Units of Study" by New Prospect Elementary. We ask that you be patient with us and your children as we work through the remaining lessons of this unit and work towards making reading goals for Friday's test.
- Students are continuing to work on a Weekly Word Work assignment each week. This worksheet covers many of the standards your child will learn this year. The quizzes are covering the front side of the worksheet for now as those are the standards are a review.
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. Students should be reading for at least 20 minutes at home and recording it on their logs.
- Logs will be checked weekly for a homework grade.
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.
- Rule of thumb for appropriate leveled books:
- 5 or less unknown words on a page
- Read at least three-fourths of a page in a minute
-Mrs. Alterman, Ms. Densmore, Mrs. Widis, Ms. Zarzour, and Mr. Pham