Unit 1, Aug. 18 – Sep. 5:                                                 Reading and Writing Review

  • Class requirements and expectations
  • Review and skills “check up”
  • Set up and personalize journals
  • Summer reading projects

Unit 2, Sep. 8 – Oct. 10:                                                  Seeking Michelangelo

  • Genre study:   Adventure
  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
  • Literary elements review
  • Writing focus:  Summarizing, research

Unit 3, Oct. 14 – Nov. 7:                                                 Things That Go Bump in the Night

  • Genre study:  Short stories, Fairy tales
  • Literary elements:  Mood, Setting
  • Writing focus:  Descriptive, Narrative

Unit 4, Nov. 10 – Jan. 9:                                                 Whodunnit?

  • Genre study:  Mystery
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  • Literary elements:  Character, Plot
  • Writing focus:  Persuasive

Unit 5, Jan. 12 – Feb. 20:                                                Revolution

  • Genre study:  Science fiction, Dystopian fiction
  • Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Literary element:  Conflict, Foreshadowing
  • Writing focus:  Persuasive, Informative

Unit 6, Feb. 23 – Apr. 3:                                                  Tough Choices

  • Genre study:  Historical fiction
  • Novel:  Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • Literary element:  Theme
  • Writing focus:  Informative

Unit 7, Apr. 7 – Apr. 24:                                                  Playing with Words

  • Genre study:  Poetry
  • Word choice, Figurative language
  • Writing focus: Descriptive, Poetry
  • Writing test preparation+ 

April 13 – 17:                                                              ITBS Week 

Apr. 27 – May 16:                                                  To Be Determined based on year-end show 

*Please note:

The topics, novels, and dates listed are approximate, and subject to change depending on student needs and interests.  Throughout, students will study related non-fiction to provide context and deepen understanding.  We’ll also use Storyworks magazine and other resources to round out the Language Arts curriculum.

+New this year:

Fifth graders will be taking a writing test in the Spring, similar to the Florida Writes test they took last year.  This is to keep in line with the new Florida common core testing which requires a writing test each year starting in fourth grade.