5th Grade Language Arts Syllabus

Welcome to 5th grade language arts! Language arts skills are interwoven across the curriculum. Please be aware that the following skills will be covered throughout the year using a combination of resources.


  • Use context to clarify meaning of unfamiliar words
  • Use knowledge of root words, prefixes, and suffixes
  • Use dictionary, glossary, thesaurus, and other word-reference materials
  • Describe the relationship between text and previously read materials
  • Describe character development in fiction and poetry selections
  • Describe the development of plot and explain how conflicts are resolved
  • Describe the characteristics of free verse, rhymed, and patterned poetry
  • Describe how an author's choice of vocabulary and style contributes to the quality and enjoyment of selections
  • Use text organizers to predict and categorize information
  • Identify structural patterns found in nonfiction
  • Locate information to support opinions, predictions, and conclusions
  • Identify cause and effect relationships
  • Identify compare and contrast relationships
  • Skim materials to develop a general overview of content and locate specific information
  • Identify new information gained from reading
  • Develop notes that include important concepts, summaries, and identification of information sources
  • Organize information on charts, maps, and graphs


  • Choose planning strategies for various writing purposes
  • Organize information
  • Demonstrate awareness of intended audience
  • Use precise and descriptive vocabulary to create tone and voice
  • Vary sentence structure
  • Revise writing for clarity
  • Use available technology to assess information


  • Use plural possessives
  • Use adjective and adverb comparisons
  • Identify and use interjections
  • Use apostrophes in contractions and possessives
  • Use quotation marks with dialogue
  • Use commas to indicate interrupters and in friendly letters
  • Use hyphens to divide words at the end of a line
  • Edit for fragments, run-on sentences, and excessive coordination

Oral Presentations

  • Participate in and contribute to discussions across content areas
  • Organize information to present reports of group activities
  • Summarize information gathered in group activities
  • Maintain eye contact with listeners
  • Use gestures to support, accentuate, and dramatize verbal message
  • Use facial expressions to support and dramatize verbal message
  • Use posture appropriate for communication setting
  • Determine appropriate content for audience
  • Organize content sequentially or around major ideas
  • Summarize main points before or after presentation
  • Incorporate visual aids to support the presentation
  • Use grammatically correct language and specific vocabulary