Toni Winston 5th Grade Literacy

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Sis. Toni

Welcome to the Mighty Middle School. I am both pleased and excited to walk with you and your child on their journey of new beginnings in Middle School.  This year we will discuss, analyze and critically think about text as we read.  The expectation is that we bring our best selves to school everyday.  Scholars are also expected to spend at least 20 minutes each night reading a book on or above level as part of their nightly liberation assignment. 

Essential Questions of Freedom:  What is Freedom? How has freedom-fighting been used to restrict, sustain or obtain freedom for various groups of people in the United States?

Course Description: The 5th grade Literacy course is aligned with the Mission and Vision of SFACS and Common Core Standards. It is designed to involve the scholar in applying reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing skills in a collaborative and independent manner through meaningful tasks that account for multiple different learning styles through culturally responsive practices.  

This year in Literacy the scholars will begin an intense journey through literature, grammar and writing.  
The curriculum is marked by an infusion of the literature, history, and culture of Afrikan people, a context that empowers scholars to transform themselves through engagement, identity development, meaning making, and the critical interrogation of symbolic representations. 

Scholars will also continue to apply the assessments anchors and common core standards of literacy in order to engage in all genres of literature and to increase reading comprehension and writing skills.


Weekly Literacy Anchors:  Scholars will be tested on each anchor at the end of each week.


Assessment Anchors

Textual Evidence

Drawing Inferences


Summarizing Texts




Comparing Points of View

Compare and Contrast

Multiple-Meaning Words

Context Clues

Root Words and Affixes

Figurative Meanings

Idioms, Adages, and Proverbs

Synonyms and Antonyms

Main Idea and Supporting Details

Events, Procedures, and Ideas

Cause and Effect

Text Structure

Using Evidence to Support Claims

Graphic Features

Academic Language

Introducing and Closing Topics

Organizing Ideas

Transitional Words and Phrases

Precise Language and Sensory Details

Relative Pronouns and Relative Adverbs

Progressive Tenses

Modal Auxiliaries


Prepositional Phrases

Fragments and Run-Ons

Frequently Confused Words