BPS District English Standards Book

K-12 Grade Levels

Grade 05


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Fifth GradeIn 5th grade, your child will read widely and deeply from a range of high-quality, increasingly challenging fiction and nonfiction from diverse cultures and time periods. Building knowledge about subjects through research projects and responding analytically to literary and informational sources will be key to your child’s continuing success. Your child will write stories or essays that are several paragraphs long. By devoting significant time and effort to producing numerous written pieces over short and extended timeframes throughout the year, he or she also will gain control over many conventions of grammar, usage, and punctuation as well as learn ways to make himself or herself understood.

ELA-05.RL Strand:

[RL] Reading Literature

    • ELA-05.RL.01 Quote accurately using textual evidence when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text; summarize the text.
    • ELA-05.RL.02 determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic.
    • ELA-05.RL.03 Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text.
    • ELA-05.RL.04 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
    • ELA-05.RL.05 Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.
    • ELA-05.RL.06 Describe how a narrator’s or speaker’s point of view influences how events are described.
    • ELA-05.RL.07 Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text.
    • ELA-05.RL.08 Not applicable to literature
    • ELA-05.RL.09 Compare and contrast stories in the same genre on their approaches to similar themes and topics.
    • ELA-05.RL.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, on grade level independently and proficiently.

ELA-05.RI Strand:

[RI] Reading Information

    • ELA-05.RI.01 Quote accurately using textual evidence when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text. Summarize the text.
    • ELA-05.RI.02 determine two or more main ideas of a text and Explain how they are supported by key details.
    • ELA-05.RI.03 Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
    • ELA-05.RI.04 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
    • ELA-05.RI.05 compare and contrast the overall structure of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts
    • ELA-05.RI.06 Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.
    • ELA-05.RI.07 Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
    • ELA-05.RI.08 Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence supports which point(s).
    • ELA-05.RI.09 Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
    • ELA-05.RI.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, on grade level independently

ELA-05.RF Strand:

[RF] Reading Foundational

    • ELA-05.RF.03 Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
      • ELA-5.RF.03.a Use combined knowledge of all letter-sound correspondences, syllabication patterns, and morphology to read accurately unfamiliar multisyllabic words in context and out of context.
    • ELA-05.RF.04 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
      • ELA-5.RF.04.a Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
      • ELA-5.RF.04.b Read grade-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings
      • ELA-5.RF.04.c Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.

ELA-05.W Strand:

[W] Writing

    • ELA-05.W.01 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
      • ELA-5.W.01.a Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer’s purpose.
      • ELA-5.W.01.b Provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details.
      • ELA-5.W.01.c Link opinion and reasons using transitional words, phrases, and clauses.
      • ELA-5.W.01.d Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.
    • ELA-05.W.02 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
      • ELA-5.W.02.a Introduce a topic clearly, provide a general observation and focus, and group related information logically; include formatting, illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
      • ELA-5.W.02.b Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.
      • ELA-5.W.02.c Link ideas within and across categories of information using transitional words, phrases, and clauses.
      • ELA-5.W.02.d Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
      • ELA-5.W.02.e Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.
    • ELA-05.W.03 Write narratives to Develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
      • ELA-5.W.03.a Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
      • ELA-5.W.03.b Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, description, and pacing, to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
      • ELA-5.W.03.c Use a variety of transitional words, phrases, and clauses to manage the sequence of events.
      • ELA-5.W.03.d Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.
      • ELA-5.W.03.e Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events.
    • ELA-05.W.04 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
    • ELA-05.W.05 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
    • ELA-05.W.06 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish grade-level writing using keyboarding skills/digital tools as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
    • ELA-05.W.07 Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
    • ELA-05.W.08 Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide a list of sources.
    • ELA-05.W.09 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
      • ELA-05.W.09.a Apply grade 5 Reading standards to literature.
      • ELA-05.W.09.b Apply grade 5 Reading standards to informational texts.

ELA-05.SL Strand:

[SL] Speaking and Listening

    • ELA-05.SL.01 -Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions, one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
    • ELA-05.SL.02 Summarize a written text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
    • ELA-05.SL.03 Summarize the points a speaker makes and explain how each claim is supported by reasons and evidence.
    • ELA-05.SL.04 Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
    • ELA-05.SL.05 Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.
    • ELA-05.SL.06 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, using formal English when appropriate to task and situation.

ELA-05.L Strand:

[L] Language

    • ELA-05.L.01 Within the context of authentic English writing and speaking…
      • ELA-5.L.01.a Produce complete sentences, recognizing and correcting inappropriate fragments and run-ons.
      • ELA-5.L.01.b Produce complex and compound-complex sentences.
      • ELA-5.L.01.c Rearrange complete simple and compound sentences of a variety of lengths.
      • ELA-5.L.01.d Ensure pronoun-antecedent agreement.
      • ELA-5.L.01.e Explain and use linking verbs.
      • ELA-5.L.01.f Use verb tense to convey various times and sequences.
      • ELA-5.L.01.g Use relative pronouns (who, whose, whom, which, that).
      • ELA-5.L.01.h Use relative adverbs (where, when, why).
      • ELA-5.L.01.i Use correlative conjunctions.
      • ELA-5.L.01.j Resolve issues of complex of contested usage, consulting reliable references as needed.
      • ELA-5.L.01.k Use coordinating and subordinating conjunctions.
      • ELA-5.L.01.l Explain the function of coordinating conjunctions.
      • ELA-5.L.01.m Use possessive nouns.
      • ELA-5.L.01.n Explain the function of a noun.
      • ELA-5.L.01.o Form and use the progressive verb tenses.
      • ELA-5.L.01.p Form and use the perfect verb tenses.
      • ELA-5.L.01.q Use helping and modal auxiliaries to convey various conditions.
      • ELA-5.L.01.r Explain the function of a verb.
    • ELA-05.L.02 within the context of authentic English writing and speaking…
      • ELA-5.L.02.a Use commas and quotation marks in dialogue.
      • ELA-5.L.02.b Add prefixes and suffixes to base words.
      • ELA-5.L.02.c Spell grade-appropriate words correctly, consulting references as needed and/or using spelling patterns and generalizations.
      • ELA-5.L.02.d Form and use possessives.
      • ELA-5.L.02.e Use correct capitalization overall.
      • ELA-5.L.02.f Use a comma to separate an introductory element from the rest of a sentence.
      • ELA-5.L.02.g Use underlining, quotation marks, or italics to indicate titles of works.
    • ELA-05.L.03 Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
      • ELA-5.L.03.a Expand, combine, and reduce sentences for meaning, reader/listener interest, and style.
      • ELA-5.L.03.b Compare and contrast the varieties of English used in stories, dramas, or poem.
    • ELA-05.L.04 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple meaning words and phrases based on grade 5 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
      • ELA-5.L.04.a Use context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
      • ELA-5.L.04.b Use common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word.
      • ELA-5.L.04.c Consult reference materials, both print and digital, to find the pronunciation and determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.
    • ELA-05.L.05 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
      • ELA-5.L.05.a Interpret figurative language, including similes and metaphors, in context.
      • ELA-5.L.05.b Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs.
      • ELA-5.L.05.c Use the relationship between particular words to better understand each of the words.
    • ELA-05.L.06 Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal contrast, addition, and other logical relationships.

A Sample of What Your Child Will Be Working on in 5th Grade

  • Summarizing the key details of stories, dramas, poems, and nonfiction materials, including their themes or main ideas
  • Identifying and judging evidence that supports particular ideas in an author’s argument to change a reader’s point of view
  • Integrating information from several print and digital sources to answer questions and solve problems
  • Writing opinions that offer reasoned arguments and provide facts and examples that are logically grouped to support the writer’s point of view
  • Writing stories, real or imaginary, that unfold naturally and developing the plot with dialogue, description, and effective pacing of the action
  • Coming to classroom discussions prepared, then engaging fully and thoughtfully with others (e.g., contributing accurate, relevant information; elaborating on the remarks of others; synthesizing ideas)
  • Reporting on a topic or presenting an opinion with his or her own words, a logical sequence of ideas, sufficient facts and details, and formal English when appropriate
  • Expanding, combining, and reducing sentences to improve meaning, interest, and style of writing
  • Building knowledge of academic words with an emphasis on those that signal a contrast in ideas or logical relationships, such as on the other hand, similarly, and therefore
  • Producing writing on the computer