Course: 5th Grade Literature

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Course Description

Students will read various types of Literature throughout the year, and will apply skills learned in the various units while reading these novels.

Units and Lessons

I Read it and I Get it Resources: 61

Retell and Summarizing

Non-Fiction Main Idea and Text Structures Resources: 31

Exposing students to non-fiction and teaching them the best ways to read and analyze that genre of literature

Fix It Strategies Resources: 32

This unit will expose students to numerous strategies they can use when they are stuggling to comprehend what they are reading.

Test Prep Resources: 38

This unit specifically focuses on reviewing standards that students have struggled with in an effort to prepare them for their state exams.

Esperanza Rising Resources: 64

During this unit, scholars will be reading the novel Esperanza Rising and analyzing the events and characters throughout. Students will work to answer the essential question: What forces a character to change and grow? This unit focuses on looking at surprising and important events as well as analyzing character reactions and thinking about what they reveal about the character. In additon, students will be discussing character feelings in response to people, and events, and analyzing character strengths and flaws.

Unit #1 Realistic Fiction/ Personal Narrative Resources: 51

This unit focuses on identifying story elements in realistic fiction as well as spirling in paraphrasing and summarizing practice. Scholars will use the text Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key in order to practice these skills. This unit also includes key vocabulary words that scholars should know, as well as full packets, assessments, and quizzes.

Unit #2 Narrative Biography Resources: 56

This unit uses the text, Rosa Parks: My Story. It focuses on the elements of a non-fiction narrative biography with a strong emphasis on character analysis.

Unit #3 Comparative Fiction/Nonfiction Resources: 66

This unit uses nonfiction articles and the fictional text Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. It starts with a focus on text features and then also includes comparing and contrasting nonfiction articles. The structure of these lessons takes place in a 90 min class, with 1 hour devoted to the literature component. 30 min is spent on a non-fiction aim, while the remaining 30 min is spent on reading Hatchet with the class focusing on a fiction aim that we are spiraling back to for more practice.

Unit #4-Historical Fiction Resources: 52

This unit focuses on the elements of historical fiction by using the book Number the Stars. Theme and symbolism are also major topics covered in this unit.

Unit #5-Poetry Resources: 67

This unit focuses on the elements of poetry and analyzing poetry. It begins by talking about the differences between prose and poetry as well as identifying the central idea of a poem. We will then focus on literary devices that enhance poems. As a culmination to the unit, we will create our own poems, putting together all of the literary elements discussed.

Unit #6-Informational Non-Fiction Resources: 42

This unit specifically focuses on using a variety of non-fiction texts in order to provide scholars with some extra practice around identifying the main idea. We will work on identifying the overall main idea of a non-fiction passage, but will also focus on identifying the main idea of paragraphs and sections of the text as well. Throughout the unit, there are multiple choice questions that will allow scholars to also get in some extra practice answering these types of questions before their state exam.

Unit #7-Test Prep Resources: 78

This unit focuses on reviewing the state testing standards in an effort to increase mastery on these strands. The unit splits a 90 min class period into two halves-the first with a non-fiction focus and the second half with a fiction focus. For the fictional half, the unit uses The Watson's Go to Birmingham 1963. The non-fiction focus uses articles that can help to build background knowledge oon the historical context of the book.

Unit #8-Story Elements #2 Resources: 93

This unit uses the novel Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan. It spirals back to the standards that were taught in Unit #1 with Joey Pigza. This unit covers topics such as plot elements, character development and character change, as well as summarizing the overall plot of a story.

Unit #9-Folktales Resources: 73

This unit uses a variety of folktales from several different cultures and focuses on identifying the characteristics that make up folktales. This is a great unit for scholars who have never been exposed to folktales, because it starts off with basic characteristics of folktales and then moves into analyzing and comparing the plot structures that most folktales have.

Vocabulary Resources: 53

Unit #10 Non-Fiction Resources: 34

Unit #11-Drama Resources: 20


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