English Language Arts / Mr. Elmasri

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Open up your mind and open up a book

A primary goal upon completion of 5th grade ELA is to foster the love of reading. Learning to read helps reading to learn. Weekly homework consists of 20-30 minutes of independent reading at home whether it be from a comic, magazine, newspaper, blog, or books from library. Parents and guardians, please encourage your child to read or if possible, read along with them. This is crucial for the students' development as they progress through grade-level content. A log will be kept and singed by parent or guardian. Also, here at MMS we use Accelerated Reader (AR) to accumulate points from each book that is read. Also, an online quiz will be administered asking questions pertaining to that particular book. Moreover, books can range in points according to level and accommodate the students' many different reading levels. Here is a link for the AR homepage to use as a resource: http://www.arbookfind.com/UserType.aspx

Congratulations to the top 3 AR points leader for quarter 3: Anglelique Lacourse (70), James Welsh (40), Emma Burns (38)

 

 

Collins Writing Program

  • MMS ELA rooms also believe in increasing students' proficiency and motivation as writers. In order to achieve this, we use the proven approach known as the John Collins Writing Program.

  • Simply put, the Collins Writing Program works! Featuring practical, sustainable strategies, high student engagement, and efficient use of teacher time, the program has a truly remarkable record of success. With the new standards, our writing and thinking across the curriculum approach is precisely what K−12 schools need−no matter what the classroom circumstances are.

Current Text: 

"Promises To Keep" - Sharon Robinson

 

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Author Sharon Robinson shares memories of her famous father in this warm, loving biography of the man who broke the color barrier in baseball. Jackie Robinson was an outstanding athlete, a devoted family man and a dedicated civil rights activist.

The author explores the fascinating circumstances surrounding Jackie Robinson's breakthrough. She also tells the off-the-field story of Robinson's hard-won victories and the inspiring effect he had on his family, his community, and his country. Includes never-before-published letters by Jackie Robinson, as well as photos from the Robinson family archives.

The overarching theme for quarter 4 is our American history regarding the civil rights movement, the events, and the people who led the Civil Rights Movement.

Topics to be read, discussed, and studied:

  • Prejudice / Discrimination

  • Breaking Barriers

  • Segregation / Integration

  • Sports Heroes

  • Equality and Justice

Here is a quick introduction to the novel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZ46R75tNFA

5/26/19* Latest Update:

Link to slide show of our first learning targets: I can describe what a Historical fiction is, Historical setting, and a geographical setting. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1JGAYdeipeXI5xb9XEi53dWYAlxm0UuRGrwUdu9JIj78/edit?usp=sharing

Quote Starters resource page: https://docs.google.com/document/d/15zaA62Z54Kvmmm1VawvrVe1J8MIUOs21APodKTlH_7k/edit?usp=sharing

10% Writing summary strategy resource page: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1D1OESlP1AP83f5Gy06s-OfDUlH5RXC93XNzZ0FzDS44/edit?usp=sharing

Explanation Starters resource page: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1geV1XvKGT4QUgZWrfzxXVlJS1lLM1flSgDPnZ9_eTA4/edit?usp=sharing

Transition Words Graphic Organizer: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-U-JA8IWqPjslWER1VTL5HqTE_vYuu51GyT5SE46-FM/edit?usp=sharing

Fourth Quarter Long Term Learning Target based on CCS:

I can make inferences about why sports are important to american culture. (RI.5.1)

I can produce clear and coherent writing that is appropriate to task, purpose, and audience (w.5.4)

I CAN USE BIOGRAPHICAL TEXTS ABOUT INDIVIDUALS TO LEARN ABOUT A DEEPER MEANING.

I CAN LEARN ABOUT DIFFERENT BARRIERS THAT ARE UNJUSTLY PLACED ONTO INDIVIDUALS.

I CAN LEARN ABOUT DIFFERENT CHARACTER TRAITS THAT INDIVIDUALS USE TO BREAKTHROUGH BARRIERS WHILE HELPING SHAPE AND CHANGE SOCIETY.

Unit Started on 4/26/19

VERY IMPORTANT—> Quarter 4 Performance Task Narrative begins 5/25/19

STANDARDS: (RI.5.1 RI.5.9 W.5.1 W.5.4 W.5.7)

If any student is in need of extra help, please contact me (my contact information is found on the site), to arrange a time to meet with your student.