Language arts combines concepts and skills in reading, writing, and grammar. Typically, there will be a story or novel read each week. Tests on this material will include comprehension questions, vocabulary words, and questions to assess student mastery of the literary element contained within the story. Students will also study the parts of speech and learn how to correctly use them in their writing and speaking. Students are expected to have a book that they can read independently with them at all times. Students need to divide the language arts section of their notebooks into five sections: morning work, grammar, vocabulary, and reading, writing.
Weekly Lesson Plans
Weekly Learning Targets Reading I can explain the relationship among events in a text. (5.RI.KID.3) I can integrate information from two or more texts on the same topic in order to build content knowledge. (5.RI.IKI.9) Students are continuing Module 4: Natural Disasters in the Western Hemisphere. This week, students will begin Unit 2: Inferring about Survivors of Natural Disasters. Students will read the book Eight Days in Haiti. Students will answer text dependent questions about the book and complete a literary analysis of the text in order to infer how the narrator's point of view influences the story. Essential Questions: What can literature about natural disasters teach us about their impact on the people who experience them?
Monday, April 16 * Today, students will take the TN Ready writing assessment at 1:00 Reading: Students will read fout actual examples of essays written for last year's TNReady exam Work time and Writing: Model Essay Grading: Using the actual rubric for the TN Ready assessment, students will grade the four essays and then compare their findings with the actual grade given to the students by TN Ready Vocabulary/Grammar: none this week HW: Rest up and be ready the math assessment tomorrow
Tuesday, April 17 Reading: Begin Unit 2 Work time and Writing: Students will build their background knowledge of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti by watching a video, reading an article, and filling out a graphic organizer about the event Vocabulary/Grammar: none this week HW: Rest up and be ready the math assessment tomorrow
Wednesday, April 18 Reading: Eight Days: A Story of Haiti Students will take a quick look through the book and discuss what they notice and wonder about the book with their group members. Work time and Writing: Do a first read of the book and come up with a gist for what was read Vocabulary/Grammar: none this week HW: Rest up and be ready the math assessment tomorrow
Thursday, April 19 Reading: Eight Days: A Story of Haiti Work time and Writing: Do a second read of the book and answer and text Dependent Questions Vocabulary/Grammar: none this week HW: none
Friday, April 20 Reading: Third Reading: Eight Days: A Story of Haiti (Literary Analysis) Work time and Writing: Take notes and find quotes to analyze the narrator’s experience through his description of events. Based on Junior’s description of an earthquake, what can literature about natural disasters teach us about their impact on the people who experience them? Vocabulary/Grammar: none this week HW: none