- All students have now completed the Unit 1: Interpreting the Heart of the Story. This was an especially important unit as it changed the way the students think about reading a fictional text. Now, students are noticing that characters have recurring patterns throughout a story, the main character is present throughout the entire novel, characters have struggles and motivations that carry them through the story, authors put things in their story on purpose (i.e. the weather, small interactions with other characters, objects, repeating dialogue, etc.), and that small parts have meaning to the larger plot of the story.
- All students should now be making better book selections and building up their reading stamina at school and at home.
- All students have now completed Unit 1: Writing Narratives. Students worked very hard through this unit to draft, revise, edit, and publish one narrative piece that was presented at the end of the unit with their classmates.
- In addition, each student completed a pre- and post-on demand narrative in a 45 minute time period to see their writing growth through this unit.
- The skills assessed on the rubric will continue to be monitored as we move through other writing genres this year.
- Students are working on reviewing synonyms/antonyms, figurative language (simile, metaphor, and idiom), identifying subject/verb agreement, using resources such as a thesaurus and a dictionary to find word meanings, and identifying sentence fragments (incomplete sentences) and run-ons.
- Students are learning what makes a complete sentence and how to correct a run-on sentence by using a comma and a conjunction (i.e. for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so).
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