Reading and Writing

  • 5th Grade

    English Language Arts


    SOAR Expectations

    1.    Follow directions the first time they are given and thereafter

    2.    Raise your hand and wait for permission to speak

    3.    Stay in your seat unless you have permission to do otherwise

    4.    Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself

    5.    Treat others the way you would like to be treated


    Strive for Success:         Model appropriate behavior

                                              Always put forth your best effort

                                              Turn in assignments complete and on time

                                              Come to class on time and prepared


    Observe Safety:             Keep your area clean

                                              Use materials appropriately


    Act with Integrity:           Be honest

                                              Take responsibility for your actions


    Respect All:                     Show tolerance

                                              Listen and respond to others appropriately


    “Today we… Strive for success, Observe safety, Act with integrity, Respect all. Today we… SOAR!”

    Goal Statement:

    Fifth grade English Language Arts is the study of skills in reading literature, informational texts, writing, speaking, listening, letter sound relationships, phonemic awareness, phonics, word recognition, vocabulary, and comprehension. Students will develop reading strategies which they will be required to apply during both independent and classroom reading and writing. Students will use the writing process to communicate effectively and efficiently.

    Instructional Outcomes:

    This course will foster students’ ability to read critically, write effectively, and communicate efficiently, providing the foundation for career opportunities. This course will create readers and writers who are able to comprehend, analyze, synthesize, and apply what they have read in a variety of genres through writing and speaking in a clearly developed manner. Students will explore how effective writers hold the reader captive, and how a person’s perspective and life experiences affect their choices and decision making. Students will explore what makes communication effective and why it is important, and how written language is different from spoken language.


    All assignments will follow Pennsylvania State Common Core Standards. Students will read and analyze a variety of genres in class and independently, successfully apply various reading strategies for monitoring comprehension, write clear, well-developed essays (narrative, opinion, and informational), and reports to enhance comprehension and scheme, and effectively prepare and present orally. Students will be expected to use editing and correct conventions throughout the writing process.  


    Scope and Sequence

    Instruction will be based upon individual student ability and need, as demonstrated classroom assessments.


    Big Ideas:

    1.    Effective readers use appropriate strategies to construct meaning.

    2.    Critical thinkers effectively and skillfully interpret, analyze, evaluate and synthesize information.

    3.    An expanded vocabulary enhances one’s ability to express ideas and information.

    4.    Audience and purpose influence the writer’s choice of organizational pattern, language, and literacy techniques.

    5.    Rules of grammar and conventions of language support clarity of communication between writer/speaker, and readers/listeners.

    6.    Critical thinkers actively and skillfully interpret, analyze, evaluate, and synthesize information.

    7.    Effective research requires multiple sources of information to gain or expand knowledge.

    Essential Questions:

    1.    How do strategic readers create meaning from informational and literary text? What is this text really about? How does interaction with text provoke thinking response?

    2.    How do readers know what to believe in what they read, hear, and view and how does interaction with text provoke thinking and response?

    3.    How do learners develop and refine their vocabulary, what strategies and resources do they use to figure out unknown vocabulary, and why learn new words?

    4.    Why do writers write; what is the purpose; and what makes clear and effective writing? Who is the audience and what will work best for them?

    5.    How do grammar and the conventions of language influence spoken and written communication?

    6.    How does interactions with text provoke thinking and response?

    7.    How does one best present findings? What does a reader look for and how can he or she find it? How does a reader know a source can be trusted?


    Pre-Assessments: Pre-assessments will be given at the beginning of each unit to gain an understanding of individual preparedness for new learning, specific learning differences amongst students, and where to begin curriculum goals. Teachers will differentiate instruction, guide whole-group instruction, plan learning activities that address varying level of readiness, determine which students have/have not achieved mastery of specific objectives, identify problems that might cause students difficulty with mastery of an objective, form flexible groups, and determine master level of individuals or small groups based on pre-assessments.


    Formative Assessments: Formative assessments will be incorporated daily into classroom instructional practices, which will include quizzes, daily work, demonstrations, work samples, sketches, drawings, diagrams, logs, records, journals, drafts, graphic organizer, exit slips, preview, review, direct questions, systematic observation, and discussions. Formative assessments provide information needed to adjust teaching and learning while they are occurring in order to get direct, constant feedback. Feedback will be given based on product, process, and progress. Providing feedback allows students to be a part of the learning environment and to develop self-assessment strategies that will help with their own metacognition.


    Summative Assessment: Summative assessments are used to evaluate student learning at the end of an instructional unit by comparing it against the pre-assessment. Summative assessments can include end of unit tests, papers, projects, or presentations.


    Grading Policy:

    A+       97-100%          B+        87-89%            C+       77-79%            D+       67-69%            F          0-59%

    A         96-96%            B          83-86%            C         73-76%            D         63-66%                       

    A-        90-92%            B-         80-82%            C-        70-72%            D-        60-62%


    Responsibility Grades:

    ·         Everyone starts each marking period with 100/100 (participation grade)

    ·         Students will lose responsibility points for not following directions, turning in assignments late, or if they are given more than two copies of something.


    ·         Informational Skills

    ·         Literature Skills

    ·         Writing (Narrative, Informational, Opinion)

    ·         Conventions

    ·         Vocabulary

    ·         Participation

    Make-up Work Guidelines:

    Students will be given the opportunity to make up missed work and tests after being absent. It is the responsibility of the student, upon returning to school, to contact the teacher for make-up work and to complete that work. Students will have one school day for each day they were absent to make up assignments. It is the responsibility of the teacher to provide make-up work for absences. A student will be given a reasonable amount of time for make-up work. Teachers will use their discretion to further extend that time when necessary. If the student has been absent for more than one day, he or she will be given one additional day to prepare before he or she takes a test. They may be given more time if their absences were extended. If a student fails to complete a test/assignment that has been re-scheduled by a teacher due to absences, the grade automatically becomes a zero. If a student arrives late to school, he or she is responsible for contacting his or her teachers that day to take any scheduled tests or to submit due work that day.  Failure of the student to contact the teacher or to make up the work within the time allotted will result in a zero for a grade. Students are to make up all work missed during a suspension or absence from school. Grades will not be lowered for disciplinary reasons. A “class participation” grade may be lowered if the student’s lack of attendance prevents him or her from making a meaningful contribution to class. Both students and parents will be informed of this circumstance, as well as the principal.



    It is the student’s responsibility to keep up with class work and ask the teacher about his or her progress. It is the teacher’s responsibility to notify the student first, prior to notification of the parents or guardians, when the student’s class average falls below a C. Progress reports will be sent home to all students midway through the marking period. They must be signed by a parent or guardian and returned within 5 days, or by the date assigned. Teachers are granted flexibility with the procedures they use for grading the students in the classroom. In order to truly measure each individual student’s understanding and mastery of the material, it may be necessary to alter grading procedures and assessment options. Authentic and informal assessments will be used, along with formal assessment procedures, to ensure that all students are given equitable opportunities to demonstrate understanding and mastery of class material, taking full advantage of all learning modalities. Curving of grades may occasionally be necessary to equalize the playing field, not in lieu of creatively assessing student understanding.

    Placement Criteria

    Placement for English Language Arts

    Students were placed based off of the Grade 4 end of your assessment given last year.  A classroom may have different ability groups at different levels.  Students will review fourth grade skills until the iReady beginning of the year assessment is taken. Once Grade 5 students complete the beginning of the year assessment, students may be placed with different teachers to accommodate each reading level. At this point, student will be working on different skills to meet their individual needs, as well as the needs of a large group.

    Movement throughout the Year

                Student’s data is reviewed throughout the year teachers to ensure students are placed to meet their needs.  Based on data and teacher feedback, students may be subject to a different group placement. This can happen more than once during the school year.