Writing

In 5th grade we do a lot of writing as part of the CKLA curriculum, but we also have a few additional writing assignments designed specifically to measure our progress as writers.  Some of these “assignments” are not graded but are put into each student’s file as markers of writing progress.  In addition to the CKLA writing assignments and our “crate” writing, we also are working on an exciting writing project–the Autobiography.  By the end of 5th grade each student will have written their life story.

I will try to put up resources and guidelines on this page for some of the bigger writing assignments (see below):

  • Visualization Assignment (due April 23). This is a two page (1000-1250 word) essay projecting or describing what a normal M-F workday will be like for you in 20 years. You may format the document in essay style or more like a daily schedule (see examples below).  This document will be graded but will not be shared with classmates.  You may center your title but please DO NOT resize or format your text in any way.Grading: Title: Centered and with your Name and “Title” text applied (5 points) Body: 1000-1250 words (-1 for every 100 words over or under the assigned range) Total: 20 points
  • Personal Narrative (CKLA, Unit 1).  The first unit in CKLA includes the reading and analysis of several personal narratives (e.g. Summer for Pegasus).  After reading a few personal narratives written by others each student will select an event from their own life and write about it.  Due September 10.
  • The Codex Project (CKLA, Unit 2).  This is a writing assignment students have been working on for most of September.  They completed exercises in their CKLA workbooks to generate ideas, utilized lined paper and/or their writing journals to paraphrase those ideas and draft their writing, and then constructed their essays utilizing Google Docs.  The assignment is due Monday, October 1st at the beginning of class (Download the grading criteria).
  • Autobiography, Chapter 1 – Heritage (due Oct. 1).  The first chapter of the autobiography is about the family history or heritage of each student.  Students are expected to ask parents and other relatives about their lives and how they became who they are.  The students will take notes on these interviews and then type them up as part of this first chapter.  Chapter one due Friday, October 5th. (download assignment overview).
  • Autobiography, Chapter 2 – Childhood (due Nov. 1). While the first chapter of your autobiography focused on other people (your ancestors), this chapter (two) starts to delve into your own life and experiences.  This chapter focuses on your “childhood”, which I am defining as anything between birth and preschool (probably age 5-6).  If you, like me, can’t remember much (or anything) about your childhood you may have to talk to others (e.g. parents, grandparents) to see what they remember about you during this period of your life (see tips for suggestions of questions to ask).
    (download assignment overview). I’ve also create an example of this chapter which you can download here.
  • Autobiography, Chapter 3 – K-4 (due Dec. 19). You’ve now written about your ancestors, your birth, and your childhood and it’s time to get into what you can actually remember about your life from the last few years.  In Chapter three you will write about the experiences, milestones, and highlights of your elementary school years (except this year).  Who were your teachers?  What were your favorite things about school?  What did you do during your summer vacations and/or other holidays?  Simply make a list of whatever has been most memorable for you in the last five years. (download assignment overview).
  • Autobiography, Chapter 4 (5th Grade)
  • Autobiography, Chapter 6 (Goals for future)

Note: More resources will be added throughout the year.