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Literacy

An overview of our Units of Study in Literacy

Unit 1

The Reader and Characters

A study of fiction, focusing on distinguishing the reader’s point of view from that of the narrator or characters.

Launching Personal Narrative

Students will write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective techniques, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Unit 2

Signaling Connections

A study of informational texts, describing the connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in order to determine the main idea and its relationship to supporting details.

Information Writing

Students will write informative or explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
 

Unit 3

Illustrations Illuminate

A study of fables, folktales and myths from diverse cultures, explaining how specific aspects of illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story.

Opinion Writing

Students will write opinion pieces on topics supporting a point of view with reasons in which they introduce the topic, state an opinion and create an organizational structure that lists reasons to support the opinion.

Unit 4:

Structures & Features of Informational Text

A study of historical and scientific texts, using text features to locate information efficiently, and how illustrations such as maps and photographs support understanding.


Informational Research

Students will conduct short research projects, gather information from print and digital sources, take brief notes on sources, and sort evidence into provided categories in order to write informative or explanatory texts to examine topics and convey ideas and information clearly.


Unit 5:

Similar Stories and Structures

A study of multiple stories by the same author, comparing themes, settings, and plots using terms to refer to parts of stories, describing how each part builds upon earlier sections.

Narrative Writing

Students will conduct short research projects, gather information from print and digital sources, take brief notes on sources, and sort evidence into provided categories in order to write informative or explanatory texts to examine topics and convey ideas and information clearly.



Unit 6:

Double Vision: Comparing Points

A study of informational texts on the same topic, comparing the most import points and key details, distinguishing the reader’s point of view from that of the author.


Opinion Writing Using Textual Evidence

Students will write opinion pieces on topics supporting a point of view with textual evidence in which they introduce the topic, state an opinion and create an organizational structure that lists reasons to support the opinion.

High Frequecy Writing Words

Lexile Levels

 

Lots of great reading online!  Click on one of the links below.

  Epic- Instantly access 40,000 of the best books, learning videos, quizzes & more

PebbleGo - The emergent reader research solution!

 A different Tumble Book each day

 Lots of great picture books

 Nonfiction books from Scholastic

 Storybooks Online

 Storyline Online

 Just Books Read Aloud

 Short stories in fiction and nonfiction

 Lots of great nonfiction article and videos