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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.
Reading 30% Writing 30% Speaking/Listening/Participation 15% Grammar 15% 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
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.
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.
Materials Used For Writing
- Writing Folder, Writing Notebook, pencils, highlighters, markers, Post-its, flags