5th Grade

Language Arts

Learning to read and write well is the mainstay of education at Moses Brown.  Every child’s journey is unique, and our language arts program integrates reading, writing, listening, speaking, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary development to help children to become strong, articulate communicators.

In reading workshop, students use strategies that will help them throughout school and beyond.  They learn to predict what to expect, identify and absorb new vocabulary, ask revealing questions, and compare the text with their own lives and other sources of knowledge.  We apply all of these skills to understand and enjoy novels, poems, non-fiction texts, articles, and essays.

From journal entries to long-form writing assignments requiring multiple rounds of revision, fifth graders at Moses Brown are constantly writing.  They will create written pieces in a variety of genres and forms–narrative fiction, expository and persuasive essays, and poetry.  Each project will use a process that includes (to varying degrees) collecting information, planning, drafting, editing, and revising (often more than once) to create a polished final draft.

Additionally, student collaborate with peers at the Henry Barnard School for the Rooster Games, a sort of ‘reading Olympiad’ that challenges students to retain and recall what they’ve read all year, while making new friends.  Our goal is to prepare students to feel comfortable in their ability to be clear, articulate, and creative on the page.

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Samantha Bradshaw ’85

Lower School Literacy Coordinator

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Samantha Bradshaw ’85

University of Vermont – B.A.
University of Rhode Island – M.A.

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