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Fifth Grade

Reading Foundations

Critical Content

Power Standards

  • Know and apply word analysis skills and use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and adjust reading rate or reread as necessary in order to support comprehension of grade level text. (RF 5.3 & 5.4)


Power Standards Critical Content

In the language of instruction, students will…

  • Read grade level text (i.e. prose, stories, poetry) fluently and show comprehension through accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression
  • Independently decode, read and understand multi-syllabic words
    • Using knowledge of structures of words by finding compound words, roots, prefixes, suffixes, and syllables
    • Using knowledge of syllable patterns, consonant blends, and digraphs to decode words
  • Self monitor comprehension and fluency through
    • Self-correcting miscues using context or word recognition
    • Rereading for clarification


Concept-Based Connections

Essential Understandings

  • Understanding the features, structures, and characteristics of print can facilitate the reader’s ability to make meaning of the text.
  • Fluency helps the reader process language for meaning and enjoyment.


Factual Guiding Questions

  • What is fluency?
  • How do sounds and letters create words?
  • What strategies can a reader use to understand unfamiliar words?
  • What is morphology? (roots and affixes)
  • How does morphology affect words?
  • How does a good reader monitor comprehension?
  • How does a reader know when to adapt the speed of reading?


Conceptual Guiding Questions

  • Why does fluency matter?
  • How does fluency help with comprehension?


Engaging/Debatable Guiding Questions

  • How are fluency and comprehension dependent an each other?


Language Considerations

Language General Transfer-Students must draw upon the following…

Reading as a process

  • Punctuation
  • Capitalization
  • Concepts of words, syllables, sentences, paragraphs
  • Rule governed aspects of reading
  • Directionality


Non-cognitive transfer

  • Attention
  • Listening
  • Concentration
  • Persistence
  • Task Completion


Self-esteem transfer

  • Being literate
  • Feeling capable
  • Possessing specific competencies
  • Achieving
  • Believing in one’s ability to learn


Common among all languages

  • Develop Oral Language
  • Match speech to print
  • Contextualized literacy instruction
  • Meaningful
  • Active
  • Comparative
  • Recurrent


English language specific

  • Consonant blends
  • Digraphs
  • Affixes
  • Semantics
  • Syllable patterns (control R, open, closed, VCe, 2 vowels, consonant +le)


Spanish language specific

  • Word order
  • Verb conjugation and inflection
  • Verb and adjective and number agreement
  • Articles reflect number and gender
  • Tú and Usted


English language development

  • Alphabets
  • Symbol sound associations
  • Inflectional endings
  • Stressed syllables


Russian language specific

  • See critical and additional content


Polish language specific

  • See critical and additional content



Informal Assessments are used during the process of brainstorming, drafting, revision and editing or class discussions.

In the language of instruction students will participate in…

  • Retelling (student created rubrics)
  • Graphic Organizers
    • Word webs
  • Anecdotal records
    • Monitoring comprehension through high-level questioning
    • Use of context clues to increase understanding
    • Miscue analysis
    • Cold and hot reads
    • Breaking words into parts
  • Cloze passages
  • Sorts


Formal Assessments are used as a measure of student achievement towards mastery of a skill and Power Standard. Often a formal assessment will result in a grade.

In the language of instruction students will participate in…

  • DRA2 (English) or EDL2 (Spanish)