Trish Long’s 5th Grade Writing Resources

Writing WGUM iconI’ve made some resources to help fifth grade teachers prepare for the test.  I have emailed them to several teachers upon request through #ELAOK. When I developed these resources, I did so with the idea that each prompt and the additional supporting forms would last one week with five consecutive writing process lesson periods.

Here are my suggestions for use:

Read the prompt packet (Trish’ Prompt Pack is linked below or access the OSDE Prompts: Narrative, Expository, Opinion). Complete the Pick Apart the Prompt page.
Review Pick Apart form and highlight three examples of relevant evidence from both passages that support the prompt’s purpose.  Use yellow for passage one and blue for passage two. (see Play-Doh and Glitter activity below) We discuss and decide the best way to plan the response by choosing a graphic organizer.  Give students blank copy paper and facilitate as they brainstorm/plan their response.  Since we have been practicing this skill all year,  I usually do only the first week’s planning page as a whole group.
Review the state rubric as a whole group lesson only looking at what it takes to receive a 4.  Students write their response.

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Moving Beyond Texts lessons

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In this time of transition, we have created lessons for teachers grades 5-12 that focus on moving beyond texts to foster interactive student learning. These lessons are adaptable for all teachers to use in their classrooms. We have based the lessons on NMSI’s (National Math and Science Institute) lessons “Moving Beyond Text”. This program focuses on integrating visual, literary, informational, and electronic sources in lessons for the ELA classroom. We have produced these sample lessons in hopes that ELA teachers around the state will use these models and develop even better ideas to share with others here on the ELAOKTeachers site.

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Writing Modes: Journalism

Journalism Writing

If it’s not on SnapChat, Kik, or Vine, most secondary school students don’t care about it. However, an integral part of their education is developing an understanding of the world around them. That’s where a journalism unit built into their language arts classroom can make an engaging connection between their lives and the news media.

Why study journalism?

Studies show that students who participate in journalism perform better in college than their peers:

Journalism Essentials

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