ELA Units and Topics

ELA Expectations


Reading Logs:  Each 3rd-grade student will read for 20 minutes each evening.  Students will record the title of the book that they read. Parents must sign student reading logs each evening.  Students will bring their reading log to school each day and take it home each evening. 


Reading Units of Study (Listed in order) 


Common Curriculum:  3rd - 5th grade students are using a curriculum designed to teach students to be critical readers and thinkers.  The structures of reading that your child learns in 3rd grade this year will be carried to 4th grade next year and then to 5th grade. 


Becoming a Close Reader

During the 1st weeks, students will learn the structures that will be used in our classroom all year.  They will learn to read a text for meaning multiple times. They will learn how to justify their answers with details from the text.  They will learn about how children around the world access books. 


Elements of Literature

Magic Treehouse Book Study- Students will be reading novels from the Magic Treehouse series paired with a non-fiction book that allows students to learn about the culture of the country presented in the book.  Students will compare the culture as it is discussed in current times and in historical times. 


Folktales- Students will read and analyze different Folktales (Fables, Fairy Tales, Myths, and Legends) to find the moral of the passage.


Elements of Nonfiction

Becoming a Researcher/Reading for Information-During this quarter students will be researching and learning about Native American tribes and the Lewis and Clark expedition.  This is part of the Missouri History standard for 3rd grade. Students will learn how to read for the purpose of explaining a non-fiction text.  Students will complete their research writing in writing class. Students will also read a biography as a part of their study. 


Figurative Language and Poetry

Students will identify different types of figurative language, as well as writing their own examples. Students will analyze figurative language in various pieces of literature and determine how the author used it to enhance the story. In addition to these activities, students will also determine the meanings of figurative phrases in context of various texts. Students will have another opportunity to use figurative language in writing poetry. 


Drama

Students will learn about the different elements of drama- the elements of plot, setting, and character as presented through dialogue in scripts.Then, they will read and analyze short plays. Eventually, they will have the opportunity to write their own.


Writing Units

(These will be embedded with the Reading curriculum)

Narrative Writing

Research Writing

Opinion Writing

Poetry and Drama

Procedural Writing


Guided Reading: Students will be grouped daily based on ability to receive intervention where needed based on the following standards:

Fluency: Students must be able to read and comprehend text on-level – accurately, at the appropriate rate and with the correct expression. This is best accomplished by repeated readings of text passages of increasing complexity while tracking the reading rate and accuracy.

Nonfiction Text: If students are to better comprehend science, social studies, and math text - as well as meet the common core reading and writing requirements for graduation - then we need to increase their exposure to informational texts early in their formal schooling.

Text Complexity: Text complexity is what the term implies: how challenging is the material for the child at their specific grade level.

Close Readings: When students are taught to read a text closely they become more skilled at locating evidence within a sentence or a paragraph or a page of a text or story. Then orally or in writing, they can justify answers to text-dependent questions based on evidence.

Text-Dependent Questions: Text-dependent questions are those that can only be answered by referring back to the text being read.

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