5th Grade Literature
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In fifth-grade literature, scholars explore the different factors that can both positively and negatively influence a community as they read and analyze a set of carefully selected, culturally relevant texts. Over the course of the year scholars see how war, immigration, civil rights, and poverty both shape and inspire individuals and the communities in which they live.
At Match Elementary School, we structure our 70- to 90-minute fiction block so that over the course of the week scholars have a chance to grapple with the text and themes of the unit in multiple ways. We aim to ensure that scholars spend the majority of class time deeply engaged with the text, either individually or as a class, annotating, writing, and discussing key themes and questions. Target tasks are a central part of each daily lesson and offer opportunities for writing and discussion that both deepen students’ understanding of the content and build their writing and discussion skills. These writing target tasks and the longer more focused writing tasks embedded in the units are the primary focus for writing instruction at Match; students do not have a separate writing block. Starting with unit 2, students also begin daily practice with answering multiple-choice questions that require deep consideration and analysis of the texts and themes.