Reading - 5th Grade


  • Analyze word structure and apply decoding strategies: suffixes y, ous, ly, ful, ness, less, tion, and ment; prefixes re, un, dis; synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, contractions with "have". Use context clues (e.g. known words, phrases, structures) to infer the meanings of homonyms, homographs and homophones.  Understand that there are many exceptions to phonics rules ( e.g. rough and through).  Use knowledge of sentence and word structures, word origins, visual images and context clues to understand unfamiliar words and clarify passages of text


  • Infer the meaning of unfamiliar words in a selected passageIdentify cause and effect relationships
  • Analyze the use of organizational features of text such as headings, subheadings, captions, etc. 
  • Understand print variations ( e.g. italics, bold face, underlining)
  • Read with fluency, accuracy and expression from a variety of genres and poetry.
  • Demonstrate the following strategies: connecting, predicting, inferring, and visualizing (text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world)
  • Compare and contrast the accuracy and usefulness of informationIdentify main idea and supporting details to demonstrate comprehension
  • Make, confirm, and revise predictions about what will be found in a text.
  • Use the various parts of a book (e.g. index, table of contents, glossary, appendix) to locate information.
  • Use strategies to identify topics for investigation (e.g. brainstorm, list questions, use idea webs)Use strategies to compile information into reports or presentations


  • Know the author's viewpoint in a text (predictions, find support/evidence, read journals) and know how an author's choice of language and style contribute to the quality and enjoyment of a selection.
  • Differentiate between types of fiction
  • Read and develop familiarity among a variety of genres appropriate to age and reading level
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of Catholic teachings when interpreting the meaning of various literary works
  • Explain critical opinions about a text informally in conversation with others
  • Provide interpretive responses to literary and non-literary texts, representing the diversity of American cultural heritage and cultures of the world (in Social Studies)
  • Draw upon knowledge of themes, ideas, and insights found in classical literature and across literary works while reading, interpreting and reflecting on contemporary texts.
  • Apply the teachings of the Catholic Church to issues/themes found in various literary works
  • Evaluate text for purpose. Read for a variety of purposes (e.g. to answer a specific question, to skim for facts)
  • Investigate appropriate materials for research.  Use note-taking strategies to gather information from resource materials (e.g. record important concepts, paraphrase, summarize, create charts and graphs, identify information sources)
  • Acquire information about Catholic Social Teachings through religious, catechetical, and spiritual texts usually selected teacher reads aloud
  • Analyze the effect of characters, plot, setting, language, topic, style, purpose, and point of view on the overall impact of literatureInterpret and use technical resources such as charts, tables, travel schedules, timelines and manuals 


  • Choose appropriate material based on purpose for reading
  • Demonstrate understanding of human experience through discussion of literary and non-literary texts and historical, social, cultural themes and issues
  • Use personal criteria (e.g. personal interest, knowledge of authors and genres, text difficulty, recommendations of others, book reviews, projects, lesson-how to pick a book) to select reading material


  • Identify defining features and structure of literary texts, such as conflict, representation of character, and point of view
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes
  • Describe how a narrator's or speaker's point of view influences how events are described
  • Compare and contrast stories in the same genre on their approaches to similar themes and topics
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories at the high-end of the grades 4-5 text complexity band independently and proficiently


  • Identify and explain information, main ideas, and organization found in a variety of informational passages
  • Determine two or more main ideas of the text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text
  • Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences 
  • Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which points
  • By the end of the year, read, comprehend and summarize informational texts, include history/social studies, science and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4-5 text complexity band independently and proficiently