In Language Arts, we are working on strengthening analysis skills as readers and writers, and strengthening our independent learner skills.

Units of Novel Study

All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg

Breaking Through by Francisco Jimenez

If you Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson

Scrawl by Mark Shulman

Expectations for Independent Reading


  • Read regularly at home in addition to reading in class.  Our goal is at least 2 hours each week.  To earn an exceed grade (5-6), read 2.5 hours or more.  I suggest at least 30 minutes five nights per week.
  • Find books, authors, subjects, themes, and genres that matter to you, your life, who you are now, and who you might become.
  • Try new books, authors, subjects, purposes, and genres. Find stories that make you happy and feed your soul.  Life is too short to read a book you don’t like.
  • Read the whole time.  Read as much as you can.