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5th Grade ELA (Section 5B)

Course Description

Welcome to 5th grade ELA. I hope you had a great winter break and that you are ready for what surprises 2021 holds. For now we will continue the year virtually. All classes and assignments will be online, students will not be in the building until it is determined that this option is safe for both students and staff. Important information about class times, Zoom invites, assignments, and any other pertinent details will be contained on each teacher's class page. 
This fall we began by studying and writing short personal narratives. As we enter the new year and brace ourselves for the chilly winter season, we are switching gears a bit and we will begin studying the novel Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan. It is a timely story of a Mexican family trying to make a better life for themselves in the U.S. but doing so by entering the country illegally. Hard copies of the novel are available for pick up at Phoenix should you need them, but I will also have a digital copy that will be available in our class's virtual library for students to access electronically. Other sites that students can expect to frequent are Zoom, NearPod, Study Island, ReadWorks, and CommonLit. If ever you need additional information or assistance, have questions, or need to reach me, the best way to do so is via email at  

Upcoming Assignments See all


NearPod: Developing Research Questions

Lesson for 05/12/21:
Today we will do a NearPod lesson on doing research and developing new questions to research for writing an informational text. Students will practice using a KWL chart for organizing their thoughts and ideas. (This is meant to help students with their research on their future career portfolio assignment.)


NearPod: Add Examples & Stories to Informational Writing

Lesson for 05/13/21:
Today we will continue with our NearPod series on topics related to informational writing. Students will explore how to add interest to their body paragraphs by weaving in more examples and/or stories into their essays.


Work Day: Catch Up & Portfolios

Lesson for 05/14/21:
Students will have the opportunity to catch up on anything they are currently behind on, or, most will likely use this time to work on their portfolios. Reminder: Time is quickly running out to complete all of their work for the year. Note that I (& all 5/6 teachers) have tutoring sessions twice a day, every day, (except on testing days) - feel free to stop by for help on your portfolio assignments during any session.


Learning Targets for 05/10 - 05/14

  • I will be able to cite examples of where human rights were upheld or challenged in “From Kosovo to the United States.” 
  • I will be able to explain how specific articles of the UDHR relate to this firsthand account
  • I will be able to create a strong opening for an informational text by hooking my reader and telling them what to expect.
  • I will be able to review my research notes and summarize what I already know.
  • I will be able to generate research questions to guide my research.
  • I will be able to add detail to an informational text by including stories and examples in body paragraphs.