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5th Grade ELA/Humanities

Summary of Learning

This week the students took an in depth look at the way that literature is structured. They are aware that in fiction, all events of the story are compiled into a plot. This plot is composed of the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. I encourage you to keep these conversations going while your students are reading nightly.

Next Week's Learning Target

I can use cause and effect to analyze how characters' interactions lead to conflicts within the plot.

Daily Learning Targets:

  • I can describe 3 literary conflicts.
  • I can identify a conflict in the context of a narrative.
  • I can analyze how the interactions of characters lead to specific conflicts.

Students will be discussing the conflicts that exist in a work of literature including character vs. character, character vs. self, and character vs. society. There are many more, but we thought these to be the most important to One Crazy Summer.

Character vs. Self is a conflict between the main character, the protagonist, and themselves, which could include self esteem issues, abandonment,etc.

Character vs. Character is a conflict that exists between two characters battling one another. The protagonist vs. the antagonist. The simplest example of this is the book Green Eggs and Ham-a conflict between Sam-I-Am and the character who did not want to try green eggs and ham.

Character vs. Society is a conflict that exists when the protagonist is battling societal pressures, norms, stereotypes, etc. In fact, the entire plot is based on the conflict between the two.

Next Week's Vocabulary

We will continue our focus on antonyms, words that have opposite meanings. The last couple of words are Tier 3 words, found in their readings.

  • common
  • rare
  • problem
  • solution
  • similar
  • different
  • harm
  • benefit
  • jujitsu
  • gesture

Social Studies

I can make an argument for what strategies are best to use when people are fighting for their rights.

Students will be writing essays and creating visual representations that show which strategies they believe are best for fighting for human rights.


Nightly Reading

Students should continue documenting their reading on their reading logs with a book of their choice.


At least three times a night, students should be logging onto i-Ready. My amazing team teacher, Ms. Fryer, has written all user names on bookbags of students. All passwords are: monarchbalt. Finally, the website is


There will be a vocabulary aspect to homework starting next week. Next week's focus will be antonyms. However, there will be some content based words infused, as well as fifth grade level words. Students should study words nightly and choose one of the words to represent through a small project by the end of the week.

Middle School Choice

There are many middle schools within Baltimore City. If you are interested in other middle schools besides Monarch Academy, please make sure you complete an application to participate in Middle School Choice.


Students will display their learning on Thursday, December 17th from 9:00-10:00. Please ensure that if your student is in 5-03 that they are memorizing their 2 voice poems being sure to display the appropriate tone, passion, and emotion needed to convey their personal messages.

If you are a parent of the student that is in 5-04, please make sure they are rehearsing their dance to Sarafina. The song has been recorded on disks and given to students in the month of November.

We look forward to seeing you there!