English Language Arts: Grades 5-6

English Language Arts (ELA): Grades 5 and 6

Young readers will be empowered by skill mastery; inspired by authentic, award-winning text; and confident that they are building the skills needed for their future. We will use a research-based, comprehensive English Language Arts (ELA) program designed to provide standards based instruction that is clear and focused with realistic pacing and manageable resources.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (ELA): GRADE 5

Comprehension Skills
• We will read at least 50% non-fiction
• We will identify non-fiction text structures to aid in comprehension
• We will analyze the impact of point of view
• We will assess how illustrations/multi-media contribute to text presentation
• We will compare and contrast structures and ideas among texts
• We will clarify relationships between theme and topic
• We will draw inferences
• We will cite reasons and evidence used by the author

Vocabulary Development
• We will use strategies to determine meaning of unknown words
• We will develop vocabulary through the use of dictionaries and thesaurus
• We will maintain interest and understanding through varying sentence structure

Word Recognition and Decoding Skills
• We will use my combined knowledge of all letter/sound correspondence, syllabication patterns, and morphology

Fluency
• We will connect fluency explicitly to comprehension
• We will read with accuracy and fluency to support comprehension

Types of Writing and Quality of Writing
• We will use technology/digital tools to publish writing
• We will logically order reasons to support facts and details
• We will complete writing activities with varied time frames for completion
• We will write narrative, informational, and opinion pieces

Research
• We will complete research projects that build upon comparisons made in text(s)
• We will analyze and reflect upon text sources and cite evidence

Speaking and Listening
• We will participate in collaborative discussions
• We will pose specific questions that contribute to or enhance group discussions
• We will develop presentations that might include presenting an opinion, and logically sequenced ideas and details

Conventions of Standard English
• Foundational grammar will be taught in the context of reading, writing, and speaking
• We will use conjunctions, interjections, and perfect verb tense
• We will use commas for a series of elements and introductory elements
• We will use underlining, commas, and italics in titles

Technology Literacy
• We will use keyboarding skills to produce a piece of writing

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (ELA): GRADE 6

Interpreting and Analyzing writing
• We will read at least 50% non-fiction
• We will recognize the development of point of view and purpose throughout text
• We will compare approaches to theme and topic presented in various texts
• We will analyze perceptions of text in print versus multi-media format
• We will develop an analysis of an argument and how it is supported with evidence
• We will compare two authors’ perspectives on the same topic

Vocabulary Development
• We will use strategies to determine meaning of unknown words
• We will understand how relationships between words affect meaning
• We will understand the impact of figurative language and nuances on meaning

Fluency
• We will read with accuracy, expression, and appropriate rate to aid in comprehension of text

Types and Quality of Writing
• We will use digital tools to publish writing
• We will complete writing activities with varied time frames for completion
• We will write narrative, informational, and argumentative pieces

Research
• We will reflect upon literary and informational text to provide evidence
• We will assess credibility of research sources
• We will examine arguments and claims made in text

Speaking and Listening
• We will participate in collaborative discussions
• We will pose specific questions that contribute to or enhance group discussions
• We will synthesize information from various media sources to determine its contribution to a topic of study

Technology Literacy
• We will use keyboarding skills to produce a piece of writing
Conventions of Standard English
• Foundational grammar will be taught in the context of reading, writing, and speaking
• We will use pronouns to ensure proper case and eliminate vagueness
• We will use intensive pronouns and recognize shifts in pronoun number and person