Fifth Grade Literature

  • NYS Grade 5 ELA Modules, and selected titles from the Modules, but not limited to, Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz, The Most Beautiful Roof in the World: Exploring the Rainforest Canopy by Kathryn Lasky, Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America by Sharon Robinson, Eight Days: A Story of Haiti by Edwidge Dantica, Dark Water Rising by Marion Hale, The Diary of Anne Frank the Play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, The Hidden Girl by Lola Rein Kaufman and Lois Metzger, Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse, TheYear of the Hangman by Gary Blackwood, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor, Wordly Wise 3000 , Test Ready in Reading, and in conjunction, the blending in of units and materials from the Buffalo District Grade 5 Curriculum: The Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Journeys Reading Program. In addition, student texts and materials will be online for the Journeys reading program.

    General Overview:

    The City Honors Middle School Literacy/Language Arts Program is structured to align with the NYS Grade 5 Common Core Curriculum and the rigorous expectations of the IBO Middle Years Program. The focus of this class builds upon the progression of literacy skills using data driven instruction and complex texts, while having a connection to and building knowledge in the sciences and humanities, developing a more in-depth knowledge of the real world. With the mastery of this challenging and expeditionary learning, we will motivate students to become a community of lifelong readers and writers, and encourage students to be more thoughtful about the world in which we live.



    The goal of the fifth grade Literacy/Language Arts curriculum is to engage and encourage students to become risk-takers so they will be able to use their inherent and learned skills to make a difference in the global world. At the completion of fifth grade, students should be able to demonstrate working knowledge in the fifth grade CCSS of reading, writing, listening, and speaking through the following major areas of study: 



    The Big Picture:


    Marking Period 1

    Guiding Question: What are human rights, and how do real people and fictional characters respond when those rights are challenged? “Through close reading, interpretation, and analysis of fiction and non-fiction texts, students will synthesize their understanding of human rights.”


    Marking Period 2

    Guiding Question: What is our role and responsibility in the Rain Forests of the Western Hemisphere in regards to research? “Through close reading, interpretation, and analysis of scientific and technical texts, students will synthesize their understanding of scientist’s responsibilities in the Rain Forest of the Western Hemisphere.”


    Marking Period 3

    Guiding Question: What is the role of sports in American culture? “Through close reading, interpretation, and analysis of biographical texts, students will synthesize their understanding of an individual’s culture, time, place, geography, interaction with groups, influences from institutions, and lived experiences.”



    Marking Period 4

    Guiding Question: What is a natural disaster? “Through close reading, interpretation, and analysis of scientific and historical texts, students will synthesize their understanding of how a narrator’s point of view influence how events are described and portrayed by the writer.”






    Please Note: The Literacy/Language Arts block is scheduled each day in the morning with Mrs. Luongo for one hour as well as an additional period at the end of the day with the homeroom teacher. Additional texts may be added to the course as the year progresses if there is such a need. Passwords and usernames will be distributed to the students for the use of the online district texts and materials in the coming weeks.