How 'bout a story, Shmoopers?
Once upon a time, there was an educational website that wanted to go to its local soiree but couldn’t because of a lack of glittery pumps (and feet). Instead of waiting around for a fairy godmother, this educational website decided to learn the tenets of writing, analysis, and story telling—so they could just rewrite their own story to change their situation. But once they unlocked the magical secrets of textual construction and analysis, they had so much fun that they decided to skip the soiree and teach their newly acquired and standards-aligned skills to fifth graders.
In case you couldn't tell, that educational website in our tall tale was yours truly, Shmoop, and we've got all kinds of excellence in store for you. In ELA 5, we've done our humble best to pick an all-star team of stories and storytellers. Starting from Unit 1, where we closely examine thoughts and ideas about the educational system, the instant classics just keep on coming. We'll cover works of fiction, non-fiction, environmental issues, human nature, dolphin nature (aw), the art of storytelling itself, and more. Shmoop has picked the best of the best for your reading, writing, and analyzing purposes.
Truth: we've also hidden some special goodies like grammar, spelling, how to construct an argument, and speechwriting. But you'll be tackling them in such hands-on formats (spelling bees, filmmaking, and debates, anyone?) that you'll be clamoring for more phonics to go with your Roald Dahl analysis by the time this course is through. And that's ELA for you: a whole lot of technical stuff, a whole lot of whimsy, and a whole lot of Shmoopiness.
Let's get reading.
These are year-long elementary courses with 90-day-long semesters, made up of themed, standards-aligned units. You can follow the course verbatim in its day-by-day progression, or cherry-pick specific lessons by previewing the curriculum maps and seeing which standards, skills, or texts you'd most like to teach. Courses also include teacher scripts, differentiation and extension, videos, worksheets, and answer keys.