Students will address the literary elements of fiction in order to examine the narrative subject as a primary means
of expression in oral and written communication. Genre study connects reading and writing throughout
the year to allow students to become better writers and strategic readers who approach text meaningfully and
purposefully, while optimizing understanding and communication. Students are immersed in a variety of fiction
to comprehend and communicate authentically about reading and in their writing. Traditional, historical, and
contemporary fictional texts provide the avenue for students to learn how to make inferences, summarize, analyze characters, and provide textual evidence during their reading experiences. Understanding is communicated through
oral and written expression. Students examine teacher selected and self-selected literature and media based
on individual interest and abilities providing opportunities to make important personal and world connections
within and across different contexts.
Students will use oral and written expression to become more fluent, automatic, and purposeful as they examine
fictional text by sequencing and summarizing the plot’s main events, describing the interactions of characters, and
identifying various types of fictional literature. Students also paraphrase themes and supporting details in fictional
text. Students continue to use the writing process and the conventions of written expression to explore patterns of
language in different literary forms and genres providing a foundation for the formation of creative writing.
Sensory language is identified in text and explored in writing to create an experience that appeals to the senses.
Vocabulary development increases with the exploration of prefixes, suffixes, antonyms, and synonyms. Word
study is inclusive of genre specific vocabulary, literary terms, and appropriate vocabulary from the literature.
Students will describe how individuals, events, and ideas have changed communities, past and present. Students will also identify reasons people have formed communities, including a need for security, religious freedom, law, and material well-being. Students will identify reasons people have formed communities, including a need for security, religious freedom, law, and material well-being.