English Language Arts Grade 5
Reading: Informational Text Standard 1
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Analyzing Texts: "Text Talk Time"
This Teaching Channel video shows students participating in large group discussions before writing. (7 minutes)
Analyzing Texts: Brainstorm Before Writing
This Teaching Channel video shows students participating in small group discussions before writing. (5 1/2 minutes)
Balancing Three Branches at Once
This page contains 4 EDSITEment lessons in which students use primary source documents to investigate of how the three branches of the American government can check each other.
Current events are published monthly. The site includes a story of the event, a word game (usually a printable worksheet), a short quiz, and a forum for students to respond to the event. The teacher's guide provides ideas for using it in the class, background information, as well as additional sites for reinforcement.
Developing a Living Definition of Reading in the Elementary Classroom
Students investigate the reading process and end up with a working definition of reading using different types of books. Each student brainstorms what it means to be a successful reader. Based upon shared findings and discussions, students then create a living definition of reading. This definition can be posted and revised as more is learned about reading during the year.
Engaging Students in a Collaborative Exploration of the Gettysburg Address
This lesson plan invites groups of students to learn more about the historical significance of President Abraham Lincoln's famous speech as well as the time period and people involved. Students will work together, participating in inquiry projects based on the speech, using the words and phrases of the speech itself.
If You Were a Pioneer on the Oregon Trail
In this lesson from EDSITEment, students compare imagined travel experiences of their own with the actual experiences of 19th-century pioneers. After creating, as a class, oral stories about contemporary cross-country journeys, students learn about the experiences of the emigrants who traveled on the Oregon Trail. They then create works of historical fiction in the form of picture books, drawing upon the information they have learned.
On the Home Front
This page contains 4 EDSITEment lessons in which students investigate how non-combatants contributed to the war effort during World War II and are then invited to reflect on how young people can contribute to the solution of contemporary national problems. Students will also investigate how posters were used to encourage home front efforts during World War II.
Strategic Reading and Writing: Summarizing Antislavery Biographies
In this lesson, students practice writing effective summaries using biographies.
Student Interactives: Bio-Cube
Students can use the Bio-Cube to summarize a person's life after reading or before writing a biography or autobiography. If students create these bio-cubes on the lives of famous Americans, it would welcome the comparison of historical figures.
The Omnivore's Dilemma: Close Reading of a Non-Fiction Text
In this Teaching Channel video you will learn a variety of ways to help readers interact with non-fiction, especially as they learn to annotate the text in order to hold and concentrate their understanding.
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