September Reading: Readers Build Good Habits Essential Question: How can I be the kind of reader who reads and rereads for the whole time during reading, while getting ready to talk to my partner? Writing: Small Moment Essential Question: How can I write a true story about one moment across pages?
October Reading: Being a Word Detective Essential Question: How can I use all the strategies I know in ways that let me understand and figure out words in the books that I read? Writing: How-to Essential Question: How can I write many books that teach people about how to do something?
November/December Reading: Learning about the World by Reading Essential Question: How can I use everything I know about reading to read books which teach me information about different topics?
Writing: Non-Fiction Chapter Books Essential Question: How can I write about topics I am an expert on to teach others? January/ February Reading: Getting to Know your Characters Essential Question: How can I get to know the characters in my books by paying attention to what they say and do? Writing: Writing Reviews Essential Question: How do writers state and defend their opinion?
February/ March Reading: Readers Have Big Jobs Essential Question: How can I find ways to get through the hard parts in books, all on my own, so that I can be in charge of my reading? Writing: Writing like a Scientist Essential Question: How can I write a lab report through the use of the Scientific Method?
March/ April Reading: Non-Fiction Book Clubs Essential Question: How can I read non-fiction books and learn about different topics? Writing: Scenes to Series Essential Question: How can I create characters and write different stories that include a setting, problem and solution?
May Reading: Meeting Characters and Learning New Lessons Essential Question: How do readers get to know characters and understand the central message or life lesson as they read? Writing: Writing From Sources Essential Question: How can we gather information from non-fiction books to write about a topic?
June Reading: Independent Reading Projects Writing: Poetry/ Songs