Mrs. McCarthy's Parent Newsletter

Reading and Writing with 5-M


~This month, we'll focus on reading closely and writing about our reading.~

Currently, in Reader's Workshop...

We are using strategies to help us read and analyze text and images closely. Students will be reading and discussing Native American folktales, poems, and nonfiction texts related to Native Americans. We are learning to apply the following skills and strategies:

  • Use text evidence in the form of direct quotes from the text to explain inferences
  • Think about point of view and how events are described depending on the character or person telling the story
  • Compare and contrast characters, settings, and events
  • Compare and contrast stories in the same genre on their approaches to similar themes
  • Summarize a story or article
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes
  • Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text

Just a reminder:

  • Students are expected to read at home regularly. Reading logs are sent home Monday and handed in Friday. The goal is 100 minutes of reading a week.
  • Weekly reading responses are posted on Edmodo on Wednesday and are due on Friday.

Currently, in Writer's Workshop...

We created a Writers at Work display in the hallway for our final drafts. Our memoirs are currently on display.

This month, we will focus on analyzing literature and informational text. We will use parts of the text to explain our ideas and claims about what we are reading. Our focus is on writing about what we are reading.

About Mrs. McCarthy

Mrs. McCarthy is a 5th grade Reading and Writing teacher, Literacy Coach, and 7th grade Integrated Curriculum and Reading Enrichment teacher. She is currently completing post graduate work at Rutgers University toward her Reading Specialist certification.