• Reading
    In order to improve comprehension we will be identifying the "big idea" or literary theme present in our reading. Please click on each theme to find out more about them.




    1st Quarter Skills
    • Three types of sentences: statement, questions, exclamation and related punctuation
    • Parts of a sentence: subject and predicate in simple and compound sentences
    • Using contractions
    • Nouns: common and proper nouns
    • Capitalization
    • Punctuation: commas
    • Singular and plural nouns
    2nd Quarter Skills
    • Pronouns
    • Using colons, dashes
    • Verbs: action, helping, regular, irregular
    • Punctuation: quotation marks
    • Answering questions in complete sentences
    3rd Quarter Skills
    • Prefixes
    • Suffixes
    • Alphabetizing to the third letter
    • Dictionary skills: guide words, entry words, definitions
    • Reading and using an index
    4th Quarter Skills
    • Glossary
    • Table of contents
    • Paragraphs
      • Main idea
      • Topic sentence
      • Supporting details
      • Closing sentence
    • Possessives: singular and plural
    • Analogies
    Weekly Spelling
    • Pretest given each Monday,
    • Homework in notebook and due on Thursday
    • Final test on Friday


    Literary Themes

    Good vs. Evil
    Look For: care-taking, dishonesty, cheating, innocence, trustworthiness

    Ask:
    • What is the conflict between (character) and (character)?
    • Who represents good (protagonist)? Who represents evil (antagonist)?
    • How does (character)'s inner conflict test his/her values?
    • Will good always overcome evil? Explain.
    • Explain how the theme of good vs. evil is seen in this story. Give examples from the text to support your response.

    Love vs. Hate

    Look For: jealousy, friendship, family, loyalty, trust, betrayal, disappointment

    Ask:
    • Why did (character) feel betrayed by (character)?
    • How was (character) and (character) friendship tested?
    • What could (character) do to prove his loyalty to (character)?
    • Explain how the them of love vs. hate is seen in this story. Give examples from the text to support your response.

    Look For: rescue, sacrifice, heroism, independence, power, identity, heredity, esteem

    Ask:
    • In what way(s) did (character) demonstrate heroism in this reading?
    • Identify and explain the sacrifice (character) made throughout this story.
    • How is (character's) independence important in his/her ability to demonstrate courage in this story?
    • Explain how (character's) self-esteem/identity was a factor in the fear/courage he/she exhibited in this reading.
    • During the rescue in this story, both courage and fear were factors. Explain.
    • Explain how the theme of courge vs. fear is seen in this story. Give examples from the text to support your response.

    Look For: determination, having a dream or vision, perseverance, optimism, pessimism, cynicism, grief, higher belief system

    Ask:
    • Explain how perseverance is seen throughout the story.
    • What aspects of grief are seen in the story? Give examples from the text to support your thoughts.
    • How does the main character show determination?
    • Explain a point in the story where optimism is apparent.
    • Explain a point in the story where pessimism is apparent.
    • Describe the dream or vision of the main character. What does he or she do to achieve that dream?
    • Explain how the theme of hope vs. despair is seen in this story. Give examples from the text to support your response.


    Man vs. Nature

    Look For: victory at sea, survival of a catastrophe, rescue, overcoming natural elements, animal survival, endangerment of habitats, plants or wildlife

    Ask:
    • What did (character) learn about himself/herself while living in nature?
    • What adaptations did (character) us to survive in nature?
    • Explain how the theme of man vs. nature is seen in this story. Give examples from the text to support your response.


    Prejudice vs. Tolerance

    Look For: shame, racism, ignorance, difference, eccentricity, abuse of power, acceptance

    Ask:
    • How did (character) overcome racism to achieve his/her goal?
    • Explain a point in the story where shame is apparent.
    • What aspects of racism are seen in this story? How does this affect the plot of the story?
    • What differences, seen in the story, lead to conflict?
    • How does a (character) abuse power?
    • Explain how acceptance has come about in the end of the story.
    • Explain how the main character has shown acceptance
    • Explain how the main character has grown or changed throughout the story.
    • Explain how the theme of prejudice vs. tolerance is seen in this story. Give examples from the text to support your response.


Last Modified on September 21, 2009