Writing: Like Reading, we will be using the Lucy Calkins Writer's Workshop model to teach the three different genres of writing. We have now moved on to writing fictional narratives. The workshop model has taught the students how to develop a character by creating a t-chart to describe a character's internal and external traits. Then, the students use what they know about their character to write a plan for a narrative by using a story arc. Students are learning how to pay attention to their characters struggles and motivations in order to teach an overlying lesson throughout their story.
Language Arts: This week, students will start a "Weekly Word Work" activity during morning work time and will have Tuesday through Thursday to complete the worksheet. It has a resource sheet for the students to use as a guide while answering the questions. They will take a short quiz over this "word work" on Fridays during the Writing Workshop. Students will bring home their graded worksheet to study on Thursday evenings.
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