We’ve been working to notice when authors make characters do unexpected things. These are called contrasts and contradictions. In this text, August and his dad have a surprising conversation about a treasured item.
We are starting a new reading unit. The unit will focus on the following common core state standards:
In this unit, we will review these topics that we have studied earlier this year or in fourth grade:
Readers use the author’s words to back up their claims about a text.
Readers use their prior knowledge and experience along with information from the text to draw inferences from the text.
Readers understand that stories are often written using a predictable structure called a story arc.
Readers summarize fiction by telling who, what, when, where, how, and why.
We will be covering new ground as well:
Readers can identify two or more themes in stories, drama, and poems.
Readers understand that characters respond to challenges in ways that help the reader understand the theme.
Readers can explain how setting shapes the theme of a story.
Readers use thinking maps to construct written responses to questions they are asked.
We work in small reading groups. Students are divided into groups based on their reading level. In groups, students read leveled texts and write and talk about their reading. The focus is on deepening comprehension and applying new ways of thinking learned in the small groups to our own independent reading.