5th Grade Literary Suite

The 5th grade literary suite focuses on analyzing story elements to interpret literature. 5th grade students are required to quote accurately from the text to support their responses to questions as well as their own opinions and conclusions. This includes both citing and paraphrasing key details. Determining a theme continues to be a focus like in the 4th grade suite, however, students will be giving more thought to characters’ actions, perspectives, motivations, and changes in a text.

Students will be asked to compare characters, settings, and events within and beyond the story. Their analysis will help them clarify their understanding of each concept and understand what the author wants them to learn.

The 5th grade literary menu and 16 formative tasks have been aligned to the following learning targets:

Using evidence from the text:

  1. Write a clear, concise summary using key details from the text.
  2. Identify, describe, and track the stages of plot development: introduction/exposition, rising action, problem, climax, falling action(s),
    and resolution.
  3. Track when the setting (time and place) changes in a story.
    - Decide if the setting is integral to the story.
  4. Compare and contrast two characters in a story using specific details about each character’s thoughts, words, actions, decisions, and physical attributes.
  5. Describe the relationship between characters based on their interactions with one another.
  6. Explain how a character’s experiences in a text impact the theme of
    a story.
  7. Explain the overall lesson the main character learned and how this lesson connects to the theme(s).

The Family Resource Guide (which also comes in Spanish) supports families who are coaching students at home. Each formative task has a family resource page that includes:

  • Learning targets
  • Essential question
  • Task success criteria
  • Identified strategies
  • Examples and exemplars

Mentor text lessons plans are provided including guiding questions and prompts based on grade-level standards. The eToolkit uses one mentor text per grade level to lower the cognitive demand of the text to teach and launch the formative task. Exemplars have been created by our teacher design team and formative assessment experts for each task.

Formative tasks integrate and utilize Pear Deck platform, which allows students to:

  • Draw, write, or respond directly on the slides
  • Self-assess and set goals
  • Listen to audio from teachers for review and coaching
  • Extra video resources embedded for further support

All tasks have been designed to be Google Suite (Slides, Docs) and Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint).

Along with the grade level specific tasks, this suite also includes The EmpowerED Learner eToolkit Field Guide Bundle which includes:

  • Comprehensive literary field guide ebook explaining how to use the resources and why they work
  • Slide decks with strategies for core learning, literacy, gradual release of control, well-being, self-assessment, and goal setting
  • Goal setting checklist for students
  • Weekly schedule template with subject/activity icons to help students visually align the task with expectations
  • Blank documents and slide templates to expand and personalize your collection of tasks


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