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5th Grade ELA Syllabus


5th Grade ELA Syllabus


This syllabus is designed to be a general guide for our English Language Arts classes. Please note that the components and pacing may change at any time based on the needs of our students.


Tentative Curriculum

Unit 1 “We Shall Overcome”- Theme, character challenges, summarizing texts, figurative language, text organization, and narrative writing.  (7 weeks)

Unit 2 “Science, History, and Me”- Main idea, supporting details, compare and contrast text structure, quote accurately, drawing inferences, and informational writing. (5 weeks)

Unit 3 “Can You See it My Way”- Drawing inferences, theme, character challenges, summarizing, compare and contrast story elements, author’s perspective,  and opinion writing. (5 weeks)

Unit 4 “All About Perspective”-  Explaining relationships between people and things, compare and contrast text structure, analyzing events and topics from the author’s perspective, reference materials and informational writing. (6 weeks)

Unit 5 “Where I Stand”- Quote accurately, drawing inferences, main idea, supporting details, summarizing, real life text (nutrient labels, flyers, pamphlets and etc.), writing review. (6 weeks)

*Vocabulary and Language mechanics will be a focus throughout each unit. 

All units have been developed based on fifth grade common core standards listed in the following link:                         http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy

Grading Scale Grade Breakdown

100-90 A

89-80 B

79-70 C

69-60 D

59 & below F



Unit Tests are administered at the end of the unit and will be announced in advance. Vocabulary quizzes will be given weekly.  It is an expectation that students spend adequate time studying for tests and quizzes at home.



Homework is designed for students to practice and review the concepts taught in class. It is also a way for students to discover problem areas within those concepts. Homework will be given for added enrichment at the teacher’s discretion, and may include projects, reading logs, or incomplete classwork.



Classwork/Participation is expected on a daily basis. This includes, but is not limited to, notes, vocabulary, flashbacks, centers, games, and exit slips. Part of being an active participant in the classroom is taking accurate notes, keeping materials organized, and using class time wisely.


Teaching Style

To enhance our ELA instruction, there will be a strong emphasis on student centered learning, including hands on learning, small group activities, and writing/explaining their understanding of English Language Arts concepts.


Daily Materials:

Each day students are expected to come to class with all of the following: agenda book, notebook, folders, pencils, and paper.


Questions or Concerns

We are dedicated teachers who are here to help you whenever possible. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. You can email us at:


kayla.epperson@montgomery.kyschools.us,                      kelli.sparks@montgomery.kyschools.us,

ilana.kline@montgomery.kyschools.us ,                 chris.shaw@montgomery.kyschools.us,

erin.lueker@montgomery.kyschools.us ,                paige.brown@montgomery.kyschools.us


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