Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade
Idlewild ELA integrates reading, writing, and word study in one course. We study authentic literature in many genres, such as poetry, stories, biography, informational nonfiction, and others. In addition to reading and discussing literature, we practice close reading and analysis, producing paragraphs and well-organized response essays. For each unit, we read 2-3 texts of a particular genre and produce a written work related to each text. Along the way, we study vocabulary, conventions, and grammar in context. Students are supported with graphic organizers and other tools to assist in planning and organizing writing. Key Learning Goals include: being able to read and discuss a variety of age-appropriate literature, supporting ideas with text evidence, and producing original essays, stories, and poems.