5th/6th Grade Complete ELA Quarter, Greek Mythology - The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief is our jumping-off point for a dive into mythology and adventure in this comprehensive Language Arts quarter. (Literature/English/Reading Comprehension/Writing/Essay/Creative)
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55 minutes

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4x per week

over 8 weeks


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Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
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Class Experience

Students will do the following things throughout the course of this course:

- Use skills and practices of close reading

-Use context clues to determine meaning of unfamiliar words
-Use a variety of strategies to determine the meaning of unknown words and phrases in literary and informational texts

-Cite text-based evidence to support answers to questions about text, inferences about characters, and literary analysis 
-Use evidence from a variety of texts to support analysis, reflection, and research
-Use evidence to make a claim about the theme of "Prometheus"

-Make inferences about characters by looking at their responses to challenges
-Describe how characters change throughout a literary text
-Analyze how an author develops a narrator or speaker’s point of view
-Describe how plot evolves throughout a literary text
-Determine a theme based on details in a literary text
-Make comparisons between two literary works
-Determine and explain how themes in two literary works are connected
-Understand the difference between a clarifying and a probing question
-Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the
development of the ideas
-Analyze how an author's word choice affects tone and meaning in a literary text
-Identify the argument and specific claims in a text.
-Explain why an author chose particular details to support a claim
-Analyze the structure of an analytical mini essay

-Cite text-based evidence to support an analysis of informational text
-Determine the main idea of an informational text based on details in the text

-Produce clear writing to explain my ideas about a text
-Produce clear and coherent writing that is appropriate to task, purpose, and audience
-Adjust writing practices for different time frames, tasks, purposes, and audiences.
-Use writing process to produce clear and coherent writing
-Use a variety of sentence structures to make my writing and speaking more interesting.
-Use feedback to set goals for myself as a writer. 

-Write a paragraph (with a partner) to describe how excerpts from one text align with another, citing evidence from both texts.

-Write informative/explanatory texts that convey ideas and concepts using relevant, carefully selected and organized information

-Write a literary analysis describing how a theme is communicated in a myth, in The Lightning Thief, and how the myth contributes to the theme in the novel
-Self-assess my end of unit literary analysis against a Writing Rubric

-Write a narrative text about imagined experiences, establishing a context for my narrative and using relevant details and event sequences that make sense
-Explain in writing how my plan for a hero’s journey narrative aligns with the archetype of “The Hero’s Journey.”
-Establish a context for my hero’s journey that engages and orients the reader
-Use precise words and phrases and sensory language to convey experiences and events in my narrative to develop imagined experiences or events
-Use effective narrative techniques, relevant descriptive details, dialogue, pacing, and well-structured event sequences to develop imagined experiences or events and characters
-Use transitional words and phrases to move my story from one moment to the next
-Use my draft to write a final, best version of my hero’s journey narrative.

Working in Groups:
-Use norms and expectations for working in collaborative groups
-Prepare myself to participate in discussions
-Collaborate with peers to determine the theme of a literary work
-Collaborate with peers to create word models for vocabulary
-Use a Writing Rubric to provide kind, specific, and helpful feedback to my peers

Language Skills:
-Use correct grammar and usage when writing (focus on pronouns)   
-Use correct punctuation and paragraph structure when writing      

I'm a certified teacher with years of experience teaching English Language Arts to middle school students. Language Arts content is definitely fully in my wheelhouse! Also, fifth and sixth graders are my absolute favorite ages to teach!
Homework will mainly involve: 1) reading The Lightning Thief and student's independent reading selection, and 2) continuing work on writing assignments we have begun in class. I will individualize homework expectations based on each learner's needs. Generally it will be expected for students to read one chapter of The Lightning Thief per night until that book is finished, (in addition to reading the independent reading book.) This will be important so your student is prepared to discuss the novel in class. The amount of time homework will take to complete will vary depending on the learner, but in general should require an hour or less per class period. I recommend that students engage in a minimum of 15 minutes (30-60 minutes is much better!) of independent reading per day as this has been strongly correlated with strong literacy and cognitive skills, and good school and professional performance.
-a copy of The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan
-book/s from the list of recommended books (for independent reading within the content area of the course) (can come from library)
-a keyboard for writing
-a pocket folder for storing papers for class
-a printer
-square sticky notes as well as the ones that are approximately 2"x1/2"
-lined paper to write on
-unlined paper and art supplies for artistic response to content (if time allows)
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
  • Google Forms/Docs
I will provide written feedback on each completed writing assignment. Parents can request other feedback if desired. If I have concerns about a student's progress, I will discuss this with the parent/guardian.  
3 hours 40 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 4+ hours per week outside of class.


Teacher Lia, M.S.Adventures in Learning
35 total reviews
44 completed classes

About Me

In my classes we focus on high quality literature, reading for meaning, writing, and the natural world. My approach is warm, friendly, and investigative. I see students as fellow adventurers in this fascinating world we share. There's nothing more... 
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