Mrs. McCarthy's Parent Newsletter

Reading and Writing with 5-M

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~This month, we'll continue to focus on nonfiction.~

Currently, in Reader's Workshop...

We are using strategies to help us read and analyze nonfiction. Our theme is Human Impact on the Environment. Our mentor texts are science-based and focus on this topic. We are learning to apply the following skills and strategies:

  • Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a scientific text based on specific information in the text
  • Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts
  • Use common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word
  • Summarize a nonfiction passage with the main idea and important details
  • Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources to answer a question
  • Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write about the subject knowledgeably

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...

This month, we are combining our newly practiced research skills with persuasive writing. We are learning to apply the following skills:

  • Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic

  • Gather relevant information from print and digital sources; summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide a list of sources

  • Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact with others

  • Write opinion pieces on topics, supporting a point of view with reasons and information

  • Link opinion and reasons using words, phrases, and clauses

  • Provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details

  • Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer's purpose

  • End with a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented

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.