• Self-Selecting books on own level
  • Strategies for decoding unknown words
  • Reading is Thinking strategies (Predicting, Visualizing,
Connecting, Clarifying, Summarizing, Author's Message)
  • Story Elements (Characters, Setting, Problem, Solution)
  • Personal and critical response to literature through
discussion and writing
  • Author's Studies: Cynthia Rylant, Leo Lionni, Chris Van Alsburg,
David Adler, Gail Gibbons, William Steig
  • Genre Studies (Biographies, Nonfiction, Poetry, Fiction)


  • Capitalization and Punctuation
  • Steps in the Writing Process
  • Domains of Writing: Focus, Content, Organization, Style,

and Conventions

  • Leads and Endings
  • Parts of Speech (Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives)
  • Four Square Writing
  • Narrative, Informative, and Persuasive Writing Genres