Language Arts


What Are We Learning?

  • Reading: Our next focus in reading is on craft and structure, which is how the author organizes his/her text to convey their message as well as the language he/she uses. Students will explore the following skills:

    RL.2.4: Students will determine the meaning fo words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as similes and metaphors.

    RI.2.4: Students will determine the meaning of academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.

    RL.2.5: Students will explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fit together to provide the overall structure of a particular story.

    RI.2.5: Students will compare and contrast the overall structure of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts.

    RL.2.6: Students will describe how a narrator's or speaker's points of view influences how events are described.

    RI.2.6: Students will analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences between the point of view they represent.

    Writing: We shift our focus in writing to opinion writing in which students will be asked to write about their opinion on a topic and will support their opinion with evidence from a text. This writing unit will focus on the following writing standard:

    W.1.1: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

    Language: Students will be studying the different types of figurative language, and we will continue to focus on basic grammar, including punctuation, capitalization, and basic spelling. The students will explore the following skills:

    L.1.1: Demonstrate a command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

    L.1.2: Demonstrate a command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

    L.3.4: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases.

    L.3.5: Demonstrate an understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

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Vocabulary Words

  • The students will have a quiz on the following words on Friday, October 30.

    1. cause and effect: a text structure in which an author explains causes, things that make other things happen, and effects, the things that happen as a result of the causes.

    2. characteristics: a distinguishing quality or feature that someone or something has

    3. compare and contrast: a text structure in which an author explains how topics are similar and different

    4. description: a text structure in which an author tells about a topic and its characteristics with details and adjectives

    5. informational text: a type of nonfiction that teaches the reader about a topic related to the natural world or society

    6. nonfiction: writing that describes facts and real events; not fiction

    7. problem and solution: a text structure in which an author explains a problem and how it was solved

    8. sequence: a text structure in which authors tell about events in the order they happened. It's also called "time order" or "chronological order."

    9. text structure: the way an author organizes information in a text

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