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Language Arts Mrs. Buchanan 2013 -2014 1 Language Arts Mrs. Buchanan 2013 -2014 1

 2013 -2014 • TCAP Test • TN State Standards • Paper/pencil test • 2013 -2014 • TCAP Test • TN State Standards • Paper/pencil test • Multiple Choice • Online Writing Test 2014 -2015 • PARCC Test • Common Core State Standards • All testing online • Assessments that go beyond multiple choice 2013 -2014 is a transition year for us here at MRIS. This is our last year for giving the TCAP Test. Starting in 2014 -2015, all students will be taking the PARCC Test as we move totally to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This year we feel as though we have a foot in each world. We must prepare for TCAP but have the students ready to fully engage with the CCSS during the following year.

Expectations…. In LA class, students are expected to: §Set individualized goals §Use accountable talk Expectations…. In LA class, students are expected to: §Set individualized goals §Use accountable talk in the learning community §Be diligent about daily at home reading (AR book) and other homework assignments §Often work independently to complete assignments §Come to class ready to learn and prepared with all materials needed 3

Language Arts Components Reading Workshop English/Writing Grammar Usage Writing Content Mechanics Spelling/Vocab. Workshop Language Arts Components Reading Workshop English/Writing Grammar Usage Writing Content Mechanics Spelling/Vocab. Workshop

§English/Writing – 30% §Reading – 40% §Spelling/Vocabulary – 20% §Homework Completion – 10% 93 §English/Writing – 30% §Reading – 40% §Spelling/Vocabulary – 20% §Homework Completion – 10% 93 -100 A 85 -92 B 75 -84 C 70 -74 D Below 70 F 5

Reading Genres - Choices Realistic Fiction: Bridge to Teribithia, Phillip Hall Likes Me, Walk Reading Genres - Choices Realistic Fiction: Bridge to Teribithia, Phillip Hall Likes Me, Walk Two Moons, The Secret Garden Mystery: True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, The Westing Game, The Egypt Game, Dovey Coe, Hoot Overcoming Obstacles: So Be It, Al Capone Does My Shirts, Rules, Small Steps Survival: My Side of the Mountain, Julie of the Wolves, The Terrible Wave, Hatchet Traditional Literature: fables, legends, folktales, myths, tall tales 6

Genre Requirements § Teacher introduces new genre with discussion of genre characteristics and “Book Genre Requirements § Teacher introduces new genre with discussion of genre characteristics and “Book Talks” about available choices – student choice within structure § Timeline – usually 2 weeks (same book read at school and at home) § When finished reading, take AR test (70 or higher to pass), color earned quilt patch upon teacher approval § Choose a second book from same genre. Student should always have a book to read. 7

 • Reading 40 books this year is a goal set for all students! • Reading 40 books this year is a goal set for all students! Encourage your child to “stretch” himself/herself as a reader and read more books than in any previous year. • Page count requirements – differentiated according to placement level • All students should read his/her AR book at least 20 minutes each night. Additional reading time is provided during E & I on “green” days. • 40 Book Challenge Celebration - held at the end of the year for those students who achieve this very impressive goal.

Hist. Fiction Civil War #___ Science Fiction #___ Mystery #___ Hist. Science Newbery Poetry Hist. Fiction Civil War #___ Science Fiction #___ Mystery #___ Hist. Science Newbery Poetry Fiction Mystery Multicultural Fiction Honor Civil War #___ #___ Newbery Hist. Fiction Poetry Honor WWII #___ Animal Overcoming Traditional Story Obstacles Literature #___ Animal Story # ___ Teacher Graphic Documentary Multicultural Choice Novel #___ #___ Sports Traditional Overcoming Fiction Literature Obstacles #___ Fantasy #______ 40 Book Challenge Biography # ______ Biography #______ Free Survival Choice #______ Realistic Fiction #___ Nonfiction #___ Realistic Fiction #___ Free Choice #______ Free Choice #______ 9

TCAP Writing Assessment § Test date – Week of Feb. 3 rd § 5 TCAP Writing Assessment § Test date – Week of Feb. 3 rd § 5 th Grade – narrative, opinion, expository § Timed Writing – 60 minutes The students will encounter a reading stimulus and prompt that they are required to read before they begin to write. A reading stimulus can be a work of fiction or an informational piece. The students will have to utilize information from the reading stimulus to write their response. Text evidence is huge!

Writing/Typing Practice at Home This year students will be required to type their responses Writing/Typing Practice at Home This year students will be required to type their responses to the writing assessment prompt. Please help your child improve his/her keyboarding skills by using one of the suggested sites below. § Dance Mat Typing http: //www. bbc. co. uk/schools/typing/ § Alpha Attack http: //www. gamequarium. com/alphattack/ alphattack. htm § Free Typing Games http: //www. freetypinggame. net/default. asp § Timed Typing Test http: //www. typingtest. com/

Parent Involvement ü Please help your child get to school with his/her AR book! Parent Involvement ü Please help your child get to school with his/her AR book! ü Daily Spelling/Vocabulary Practice – spellingcity. com ü Monitor your child’s at home reading – at least 20 min. daily ü Help your child organize time and tasks for genre deadlines, projects, etc. ü Remind students that our library day is Wednesday – bring library book to return or renew. ü Help student remember to return signed Friday folder on Monday. ü Check MRIS website for LA information: School Wires ü Check grades online regularly.

The End Do not hesitate to call, send a brief email, or set up The End Do not hesitate to call, send a brief email, or set up a conference if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for taking the time to come tonight! Together we can help your child have a successful year in 5 th grade language arts! 13