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Grade 5 English Language Arts
Common Core Learning Standards

‚ÄúThe Common Core asks students to read stories and literature, as well as more complex texts that provide facts and background knowledge in areas such as science and social studies. Students will be challenged and asked questions that push them to refer back to what they√≠ve read. This stresses critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills that are required for success in college, career, and life.‚ÄĚ Engageny.org

The modules below consist of three units of study.  
The goal is to cover one module during each marking period.
The table below includes a summary of each module,
as well as resources that you can access to support your child.




Module 1
Becoming a Close Reader and Writing to Learn

Watch a video on close reading.
Focuses on:
  • human rights
  • selected articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • an extended study on the book ‚ÄúEsperanza Rising‚ÄĚ
  • writing an analytical essay describing how a character responds to a challenge
  • comparing novels and readers theater as two forms of narrative writing
  • a readers theater performance


MODULE 2 & 2B
Researching to Build Knowledge and Teach Others


(Teachers will have the option to select one of these)

2. Focuses on:
  • reading scientific and technical text
  • writing to inform and explain
  • study of rain forest through scientific field guides and journals
  • production of their own report and field journal
2b. Focuses on:
  • how technologies and inventions have changed people√≠s lives, specifically the television
  • the scientific method
  • structures and visual elements used by authors to convey complex ideas
  • a culminating research project on an invention in graphic novel format

MODULE 3 & 3B
Considering Perspectives and Supporting Opinions
(Teachers will have the option to select one of these)

3. Focuses on:
  • importance of sports in American culture, with a focus on Jackie Robinson
  • argumentative writing
  • biographical and informational texts
  • writing a persuasive letter to a publishing company explaining the need for a biography about a selected athlete
3b. Focuses on:
  • native Inuit and other people of Canada, and their use of natural resources
  • use of graphs, charts and maps
  • how resource industries affect physical environment
  • writing an opinion piece in the form of a four paragraph editorial essay







MODULE 4
Gathering Evidence and Speaking to Others
Focuses on:
  • natural disasters,
  • point of view, literature, opinion writing and public speaking
  • research using primary source documents
  • an opinion speech presented to the class

























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