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           Units of Study                                                                       Overview

    Interpretation Book Clubs: Analyzing Themes (Fiction)

    Students will see that they are able to take charge of their learning by setting goals, practicing reading strategies and thoughtfully responding about what they read.  We will be working in book clubs to interpret texts, read analytically, and see how different authors write about the same theme in a variety of ways.

    Tackling Complexity: Moving Up Levels of Nonfiction (Nonfiction)

    Students will notice how the non-fiction texts they are reading are becoming more complex. We will be introducing strategies to read non-fiction and demonstrate how to become independent researchers. We will address reading skills in areas such as monitoring for meaning, vocabulary, predicting, summarizing, and synthesizing across texts.  Students will take part in independent inquiry projects about topics in which they want to learn more.

    Argument and Advocacy: Researching Debatable Issues (Nonfiction)

    This unit focuses on reading to become more active citizens, and to truly understand an issue before forming an opinion.  Students will learn to think deeply enough to question what they read, develop informed viewpoints, communicate, listen to others, and how to advocate a stance on an issue.  

    Fantasy Book Clubs: The Magic of Themes and Symbols (Fiction)

    Students will be working in book clubs to explore the genre of fantasy.  They will notice that as the books become more complex there are multiple plotlines, shifting timelines, and complicated symbols.  By reading books in a series, the students will deepen their understanding of what motivates characters and identify themes in the texts.


    *Literal Comprehension 10% *Interpretive Reading 35% *Analytic Reading 30%

    *Speaking and Listening 15% *Participation/Effort/Homework  10%


    Homework-Monday through Thursday

    • Reading Logs
    • Reading and then writing about reading based on the instruction done daily in class


    Materials Used For Reading Class

    • Reading Log, Reading Folder, Reading Notebook, pencils, highlighters, markers, Post-its, flags



           Units of Study                                  Overview

    Narrative Craft

    In this unit students will strive toward independence by setting clear goals within a structured writing workshop. Students will draw on all the narrative crafting techniques they have previously learned in order to take a seed idea through the writing process several times. Students will learn new concepts of narrative writing by analyzing mentor texts.

    Lens of History: Research Reports  

    This unit is designed to support students’ writing of informational texts within a content area, in this case a social studies unit on Westward Expansion. Students will learn to quick draft research reports and then revise these reports using various lenses before writing a second draft. Then students will write about a more focused topic within the historical period.

    The Research-Based Argument Essay

    To start this unit, students will investigate and write argument essays about whether or not chocolate milk should be served in schools. They will focus on stating claims and evidence to support their argument. Using the skills learned about writing an argument, they will begin to research and write about what they want to change in the world.

    Shaping Texts: From Essays and Narrative to Memoir

    Students will begin this unit by researching their lives, writing about large theories or ideas, and then zooming in to write about one time when that idea was true. Then students will be exposed to a variety of memoir structures in order to choose the form that best suits the idea they want to put forth.


    Writing Process- 75%

    Practice and Participation- 25%


    Materials Used For Writing Class

    • Writing Folder, Writing Notebook, pencils, highlighters, markers, Post-its, flags