Course: Copy of 5th Grade ELA

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Units and Lessons

Identifying Details

This unit contains lessons regarding identifying information in informational text. Many of these lessons can also be applied to literary text. It includes fact and opinion, text features, story structure, generating questions, as well as strategies for answering "right there" questions. "Right there" questions are those whose answers are found right there in the text.

Analyzing Details and Drawing Conclusions

This unit will deal with teaching students the strategies to answer "in your head questions" These our questions that cannot be answered by information found in the text alone. They need additional thinking to draw conclusions and make judgements. These lessons will teach students how to interact with text and use metacognition to track their thinking


This unit focuses on the 7 step vocabulary protocol to learn new words and on strategies to use context clues, root words, prefixes and suffixes to figure out words in the text

Sequencing Details

This unit will give lessons which teaches cause and effect, identifying and sequencing events, and determining how the sequence of events influences conclusions in the story.

Main Idea and Author's Purpose

This unit will teach students how to determine the importance of details in the text, how to use a graphic organizer to determine importance, and to use the important details to decide what is the main idea of the text. This unit will focus on non-fiction text. There are also lessons which discuss why the author of texts uses certain devices to indicate importance and analyzing details to determine the author's puropse.

Character Traits

This unit will address analyzing characters of fictional text. It will utilize character trait maps and other graphic organizers to isolate character's traits and motivations. It also includes some writing assigmnets that utilizes what they learn about character traits.

Poetry, Style and Language

Students will learn how to identify and analyze details of poetry. This unit also will address literary conventions as well as idioms that author's use in both poetry and prose. Students will also have the opportunity to create their own poems using a variety of literary conventions.


This unit focuses on the different genre of writing, becoming familiar with identifying genre, as well as applying the previous 7 strategies (units) to answer both literal and inferential questions.


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