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5th Grade Curriculum Concepts

Communication Arts


Reading Process

  • Read instructional level text with fluency
  • Develop vocabulary by using root words and affixes, context clues, glossary and dictionary
  • Apply comprehension strategies before, during and after reading
  • Compare, contrast and analyze connections between text

Reading Fiction, Poetry, and Drama

  • Recognize text features of poetry, fiction, and drama
  • Make inferences and predictions, identify cause/effect, compare and contrast, and identify author’s purpose
  • Explain examples of figurative language especially simile, metaphor, and personification

Reading Nonfiction

  • Apply information in format, graphics, maps, diagrams, chart and index
  • Use details for the text to restate main idea, to sequence events, to explain cause/effect, to evaluate the accuracy of the information, and to interpret the author’s purpose.
  • Read and follow multi-step directions to complete a task


Writing Process

  • Follow a writing process in prewriting, drafting, editing, revising, publishing
  • Independently use a graphic organizer to generate a 3- paragraph draft
  • Check for clarity, accuracy, logical order of ideas, consistent voice, and 5th grade conventions

Writing Conventions

  • Use grade level appropriate punctuation, capitalization’s, and spelling
  • Write and edit compound and complex sentences
  • Identify and eliminate fragments in writing
  • Use a variety of sentence structures
  • Identify noun, verb, adjective, adverb, pronoun, preposition, interjection, conjunction, and direct object

Forms of Writing

  • Write a 4 paragraph personal narrative
  • Use note taking system to organize information
  • Write expository paragraphs, emphasizing compare/contrast
  • Write an expository piece with an introductory paragraph, supporting paragraphs and concluding paragraph
  • Write well-organized communications to different audiences, including friendly letters, business letters, and invitations
  • Write poetry, emphasizing simile, metaphor, personification