• Grade 4       Unit 1 - Becoming a Community of Readers 

    This reading unit will establish classroom routines and responsibilities during the Reading Workshop.  Reading assessments will be given and the children will learn to make good independent reading book, IRB, choices.  Children will keep track of their reading and thinking on post-it notes and in their readers' response notebooks.  They will set personal reading goals and begin to build increased reading stamina, a grade-level goal for all students.  In this unit, students will also work on strategies such as inferring, questioning, making connections,  synthesizing, and visualizing. Children will participate in strategy lessons, guided reading on individual levels in small groups, shared reading, and read-aloud using a mentor text. 

    Unit 2 - Realistic Fiction - Characters and Theme

    In this unit, we will read realistic fiction in both guided, shared, and individual reading books as well as in read- alouds. The children will learn how to study characters and to grow an idea about the theme of a text.  They will describe in depth a character the setting and the events in the text, and determine the theme based on the details and the characters.  Readers will continue to record their responses in their readers' response notebooks, as they relate to their ideas, opinions, inferences, predictions, and connections.  Children will write summaries about their reading and continue to synthesize the text. The children will grow in their ability to work independently and to read with focus and stamina.

    Unit 3 - Nonfiction Informational Text  
    In this unit of study, the children will read nonfictional text and determine how the text looks and how the information is organized.  They will examine the different text structures which allow the reader to anticipate the type of information presented.  Children will work on setting schema before reading to activate prior knowledge and will be working on chunking text into smaller parts to monitor comprehension.  We will read narrative nonfiction in guided reading groups.  Students will work on answering questions using text evidence, make predictions and inferences, main idea, sequence, cause and effect, and description.
    Unit 4 - Non-Fiction Narrative Text
    The children will read a variety of different narrative non-fiction texts, fact-based stories, in a book club format. Text will be read both online and with a hard copy, discussion questions will follow, and specific skills relating to the main idea, story summary, and locating textual evidence will be covered.

    Unit 5 - Historical Fiction

    Unit 6 -Fantasy

    Grade 5 - First Trimester - Knowing Ourselves as Readers 

    During this beginning unit, we will reinforce classroom routines and procedures of reading workshop.  Students will learn how to use their reading log, and begin to set individual reading goals.  Reader's notebooks and post-it notes will be used to track our thinking.  As we progress in the unit, students will respond to literature and write longer about their reading.  Children will set individual reading goals and increase their ability to read with stamina and meaning. We will begin reading short science fiction stories together, and move onto My Teacher is an Alien, by Bruce Coville, in a guided reading format. Specific reading strategies practiced with short text as well as with read aloud mentor texts, will set the groundwork for independent reading.

    Trimester 2 - Supporting Our Ideas with Text - Literary Essay
    Students will use reading strategies to construct the meaning of the text.  They will develop a thesis that communicates their idea about a book.  Using evidence to support their ideas, they will complete the unit by writing a literary essay.  We will read both short stories and a novel for our essays.  Students should continue to read nightly from their IRB, record their reading in their reading log, and write a one or two-sentence summary of what they read.
    Trimester 3 - Interpreting Themes
    In this unit, students will have the opportunity to compare and contrast themes in both short stories and novels.  Students will learn to use literature and their interpretations of texts to think about important truths that can be applied to the real world.  Students should continue to read nightly from their IRB, record their reading in their reading log, and write a one or two-sentence summary about what they read.
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