5-Language

September 29, 2016
5th Grade — Language Arts

Reading, writing, and social studies are taught in an integrated course called humanities. The content is guided by essential questions that inform reading material selections, study trips, research projects, and presentations. Teachers collaborate with other departments to further extend the cross-curricular nature of the humanities program, fully integrating the themes of the course into the arts, sciences, and mathematics.

Reading
  • Genre Focus:
  • Historical Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Realistic Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Vignettes
  • Units of Study:
  • Fiction and nonfiction comprehension strategies
  • Symbolism in literature
  • Vocabulary from Classical Roots
  • Approaches to Learning:
  • Independent reading
  • Guided read aloud
  • Small group discussion
  • Shared inquiry
  • Book clubs
WRITING
  • Writing Conventions:
  • Ideas
  • Organization
  • Word choice
  • Conventions (spelling, punctuation, etc.)
  • Units of Study:
  • Personal narrative
  • Biographical report
  • Poetry
  • Personal essay
  • Research-based essay
  • Approaches to Learning:
  • Lucy Calkins Writing Workshop
  • Peer Review
  • Keyboarding
  • 6+1 Traits