• Lower Dauphin School District


    Curriculum Guide


    Subject:  English/Language Arts                     Grade Level(s):  Fifth Grade


    Synopsis of Curriculum

    The English/Language Arts curriculum is divided into five general areas: Foundational Skills, Speaking and Listening, Reading Informational Text, Reading Literature, and Writing.  Fifth grade students will learn to identify two or more main ideas of a text, summarize the texts, cite textual evidence to explain the text explicitly, and explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or, concepts.  Students will use multiple print and digital sources to be able to locate information quickly or to solve a problem.   The student will learn to determine the theme of a text from details in the text.  The students will compare and contrast two or more characters, settings or events in a story.  Fifth grade students will learn to analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic noting important similarities and differences.  The students will learn to compare and contrast text in the same genre on their approaches to similar themes and topics.  Fifth grade students will write informational/explanatory pieces using facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations and other information and will link information within and across categories of information.  The students will learn to write an opinion piece that is supported by facts, details and draws from credible sources.  Fifth grade students will learn to write with an awareness for style, using sentences of varying lengths.  The students will learn to expand, combine or reduce sentences for meaning, reader/listener interest, and style.  The students will learn to use narrative techniques such as dialogue, description and pacing to develop experiences or events in their writing or to show the responses of characters to situations.

    Units of Study Titles

    Foundational Skills

    Speaking and Listening

    Reading Informational Text

    Reading Literature