Do you aim to inspire, teach, and motivate your students using award winning literature as recommended by CCSS? If so, don't overlook this amazing 2016 novel: The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Shovan (her first novel and already gathering awards: Winner of the Cybils Award in Poetry 2016, NCTE 2017 Award: Notable Verse Novels, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, ILA-CBC Choices Reading Lists, Children’s Choices, and Nerdy Book Club Award Winner). The main feature of this packet is a student booklet that guides the student in reading and understanding what is going on in the lives of students in a transformative school year while becoming familiar with a plethora of poetry styles. You will end up with a concrete assessment of their learning and they will end up with both inspiration and greater understanding.
This product is a ready-to-use, 56 page packet designed for teachers to use with students in grades 4-6 who are reading The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary. It contains a 38-page student booklet that divides the text into 4 reading assignments with several pages of questions and tasks that go with each one. A separate answer key is provided. There are three culminating activities at the end of the booklet. Included also is a list of CCSS covered in the student booklet and a list of vocabulary words that the teacher may want to introduce.
The student booklet provides questions and activities for students to complete after each of the reading assignments. The activities are aligned with CCSS and are designed to be enjoyable, instructive, and able to be completed independently. Reading and writing skills/crafts that are introduced and/or reinforced include: glossary use, demonstrating comprehension, summary writing, inferring, explaining, describing, recognizing simile, onomatopoeia, & personification, compare/contrast, and describing setting. In addition many poetry styles are introduced and practiced: haiku, tanka, free verse, parody, couplets, concrete poems, Fibonacci, diamante, ode, limerick, and acrostic. (Created by Jean Martin)
The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary School in a Nutshell:
Told in a variety of poetry formats through the voices of eighteen fifth graders, this is the touching, sometimes sad, sometimes funny story of a fifth grade class whose school will be demolished at the end of the school year to make way for a supermarket. Ms. Hill has her class keep a poetry journal and through that we learn about the individual lives and challenges these students are facing in their personal lives as well as their relationships and worries as students. The classroom is made up of students from all races and of a variety of religious beliefs. Readers will readily relate to them. It is a fun and ingenious way to teach poetry in the classroom. Students, whether or not they think they like poetry, will love this!