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5th Grade Reading Strategy and Curriculum Standards

An essential part of the 5th grade reading strategy is development of writing skill along with reading skill. Students use language arts worksheets created to help them write clear, coherent, and focused essays. These essays must contain formal introductions, supporting evidence, and conclusions. 5th grade reading strategy language arts lessons encourage children to consider the audience they write for, and to understand the purpose of their writing. The reading teacher guides students through stages of the writing process as needed. The 5th grade reading strategy students are expected to write narrative, expository, persuasive, and descriptive texts of at least 500 to 700 words in each genre and to edit and revise manuscripts to improve the meaning and focus of writing by adding, deleting, consolidating, clarifying, and rearranging words and sentences.

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5th Grade Reading Strategy and Curriculum Standards: Writing Applications

Genres explored in the 5th grade reading strategy using language arts worksheets and other language arts activities include narratives, responses to literature, research reports, compositions and persuasive letters. Students establish a plot, point of view, setting, and conflict, and will be expected to show, rather than tell, the events of the story. Another language arts activity will be to demonstrate their understanding of a literary work and to support their own judgments through references to the text and prior knowledge. Students are expected to develop interpretations that exhibit careful reading and understanding. They are given language arts lessons for writing research reports about important ideas, issues, or events. In doing this they must frame questions that direct their investigation, establish a controlling idea or topic, and develop the topic with simple facts, details, examples, and explanations. Part of the 5th grade reading strategy is for students to write persuasive letters or compositions. They should be able to state a clear position in support of a proposal, support a position with relevant evidence, follow a simple organizational pattern, and address reader concerns.

Good grammar is of vital importance for 5th grade reading strategy students. This year they will use language arts worksheets to identify and correctly use verbs that are often misused (e.g., lie/ lay, sit/ set, rise/ raise), modifiers, and pronouns. Punctuation lessons, another vital language arts activity, will include the use of a colon to separate hours and minutes and to introduce a list; and the use of quotation marks around the exact words of a speaker and titles of poems, songs, and short stories. Students learn to use correct capitalization when completing their language arts lessons. The 5th grade reading strategy also emphasizes the need for children to correctly spell roots, suffixes, prefixes, contractions, and syllable constructions.

Language arts lessons for 5th grade reading strategy students include development of reading skill by creating multiple-paragraph narrative compositions. 5th grade language arts activity requires that they establish and develop a situation or plot, describe the setting, and present an appropriate ending. Students create multiple-paragraph expository compositions. They establish a topic, important ideas, or events in sequence or chronological order, provide details and transitional expressions that link one paragraph to another in a clear line of thought, and offer a concluding paragraph that summarizes important ideas and details.

5th Grade Reading Strategy and Curriculum Standards: Speaking – Reading Strategy

The 5th grade reading strategy includes development of listening and speaking skills. This vital language arts activity adds to a student’s reading skill as they learn to listen critically and respond appropriately to oral communication. Language arts lessons help them deliver focused, coherent presentations that convey ideas clearly and relate to the background and interests of the audience. They evaluate the content of oral communication. 5th grade reading strategy language arts worksheets may be used to help children analyze the purpose of listening. They are expected to ask questions that seek information not already discussed, interpret a speaker’s verbal and nonverbal messages, purposes, and perspectives, and make inferences or draw conclusions based on an oral report.

5th grade reading strategy students deliver oral reports for which they select a focus, organizational structure, and point of view. They are expected to clarify and support spoken ideas with evidence and examples, and to engage the audience with appropriate verbal cues, facial expressions, and gestures. Part of this language arts lesson is to identify, analyze, and critique persuasive techniques, for example they should recognize promises, dares, flattery, and glittering generalities. They should also identify logical fallacies used in oral presentations and media messages. In addition to listening to fellow students speak, 5th grade students analyze media as a source for information, entertainment, persuasion, interpretation of events, and transmission of culture. Language arts worksheets may be used in completing these activities.

Using a grade level appropriate command of the English language, students deliver well-organized formal presentations demonstrating 5th grade reading skill and employing traditional rhetorical strategies such as narration, exposition, persuasion, and description. For narrative presentations, 5th grade reading strategy students establish a situation, plot, point of view, and setting with descriptive words and phrases, and show, rather than tell, the listener what happens. These language arts lessons require that 5th grade reading strategy students deliver informative presentations about an important idea, issue, or event by framing questions to direct the investigation. They establish a controlling idea or topic, and develop topics with simple facts, details, examples, and explanations.

Another part of the 5th grade reading strategy is for 5th grade students to deliver oral responses to literature. After reading articles and books assigned by their reading skill teacher, students summarize significant events and details, articulate an understanding of several ideas or images communicated by the literary work, and use examples or textual evidence from the work to support conclusions.

*Reading Standards are defined by each state. Time4Learning bases its use of 5th Grade reading standards on the national bodies that recommend curriculum and standards and the interpretations of it by a sampling of states notably Florida, Texas, and California.

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