Fifth grade has just completed their novel study in the genre of Historical Fiction and will now end the year with reading Mysteries.
This year our literature and informational reading has centered around the major genres of literature: Realistic Fiction, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Informational, Biography, and we will culminate with the genre of Mystery.
Iowa Core’s Standard #10 for both Reading Literature and Reading Informational text states:
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry at the high end of the grades 4-5 text complexity band independently and proficiently. ( RL.5.10)
By the endof of the year, read and comprehend information tets including history.social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4-5 text complexity band independently and proficiently. (RI.5.10)
One way we as fifth grade teachers have tried to help children to succeed with this standard is to focus on “real texts.” This means reading whole novels instead of just short passages which never give children the sense of reading a whole book.
The students have enjoyed this and always when nearing the end of the current level ask in anticipation, “What is the next genre and what are the books?” In order to help bring the text to life many of the novels we have read have been made into movies. This has allowed the students to meet other common standards with compare and contrast, multi-media comparisons, and many others.
When the students are enjoying their learning, it deepens the understanding and allows them to develop that passion for literature.
Tracy Jarrett – 5th Grade/Van Allen