The Reading/Literature Curriculum in 4th and 5th grade shifts from learning to read to reading to learn. Students read both stories and novels and investigate the 10 important elements of a story; setting, character, character attitude, major events, problem, 3 main events, solution, and conclusion. Students read both fiction and non-fiction text. In order to interpret informational text students will employ the use of active reading strategies such as Annotation of Text, Double Entry Journals, Outlining, Graphic Organizers and T Charts. Discussion is key to comprehension and in order to facilitate this skill students engage in Flexible Cooperative Learning Groups and the Socratic Discussion Process.
Students are encouraged to read independently for 20 minutes a day and maintain a log of this reading. This reading log is maintained in their Reader/Writer Folders.