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    One of my very favorite things to do is to get cozy and read a good book. When I was younger, I was blessed to have amazing teachers that developed my love of books. I hope to foster the same love of reading for my students.  I strongly believe in developing students to become independent readers by understanding the importance of using strategies while reading different genres. Students will begin fifth grade by gaining a deep understanding of the literary elements as we do a literature study using Chris Van Allsburg's award winning books. Throughout the course of the year, students will apply their knowledge of the literary elements while reading from their Reading Street text as well as engaging in literature study novels. 
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    5.RL.1  Quote accurately when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

    5.RL.2  Determine a theme, how characters in story respond to challenges, and a summary of the text.

    5.RL.3  Compare & contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story, using details from text

    5.RL.4  Determine the meaning of words & phrases, including figurative language such as metaphors &  similes.

    5.RL.5  Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure.

    5.RL.6  Describe how a narrator’s or speaker’s point of view influences the described events.

    5.RL.9  Compare and contrast stories in the same genre on similar themes and topics.

    5.RL.10 Proficiently, independently read and comprehend with text complexity range appropriate to grade 5.

    Participate in class discussions by listening, asking questions, sharing ideas, and building on the ideas of others

    • What is a Lexile

    • Lexile Analyzer (Evaluates the readability of books, articles and other materials.)
    • Students will take a Reading Inventory (Assessment which provides a student with current Lexile.)
      • Measured: Beginning, Middle, and End of Year 

    Reading Calendar

    • Read a minimum of 400 minutes during the month

    • Record 20 minutes for a minimum of 20 days each month

    • Practice fluency-read orally and have rich discussions

    • Student records their minutes, at the end of the month parent verifies accuracy and signs. Ü  

                                     Read What Should I Read Next?  Good Reads (link)

    Responding to Literature 
    Responding to literature is a form of writing in which the reader examines the theme, plot, character, or other aspects of a text.  The writer supports a claim with details from personal experience, prior knowledge, through connections to other sources, and by citing textual evidence. 
    • Strategy often used is referred to as RACE or RACER
    • R-restate prompt, A-answer prompt, C-cite evidence/examples, E-explain
    • RACE (copy of RACE template)
    Literature Studies 
    Students will be exposed to rich text via literature studies to enhance their understanding of the literary elements, develop reflections, increase vocabulary, understand character development, select textual evidence, develop skills, & so much more!

    Kid   The kids in Howard's new town act as if he's totally invisible, except for his six-year-old neighbor, Molly Vera Thompson. True, Howard could use a friend, but an annoying little girl who talks nonstop and looks like a miniature Bozo isn't exactly what he had in mind! Of course, when you're really lonely, you'll be friends with anyone.

    Sign    The Sign of the Beaver is a coming of age story set in the mid-1700s. Matt, a 13 year old boy, is left alone by his father to guard their newly built home. After getting into multiple scrapes and barely surviving, Matt meets and eventually befriends the members of a local Indian tribe. With their help, Matt is able to survive while waiting for his father to return with the rest of their family. Elizabeth George Speare writes based on a story about a boy left alone for the summer by his family. Matt is able to learn much from his new friends. He also teaches English to the chief's grandson, Attean.

    Ben   Ben Franklin was the scientist who, with the help of a kite, discovered that lightning is electricity. He was also a statesman, an inventor, a printer, and an author-a man of such amazingly varied talents that some people claimed he had magical powers! Full of all the details kids will want to know, the true story of Benjamin Franklin is by turns sad and funny, but always honest and awe-inspiring.

    River   No woman in all of our history has captured the imagination like the young Shoshone girl Sacagawea, who served as in interpreter and often as a guide for Lewis and Clark on their famous expedition into our uncharted West. She exists in the journals and narratives of that legendary search as a shadow, valued for her knowledge of the languages, the country, and the customs of her people, but always as a shadow and a stranger. In this novel, Sacagawea comes to life and gives us an exciting new perspective on this heroine of an American saga. Her story begins on an early evening in late summer when she was captured by the Minnetarees and taken away from her family and everything she knew. From that moment on, her life changes dramatically. Her fate leads her to Lewis and Clark, where she joins them on their journey to the Pacific Ocean.