ELA Family Night. What we need to know in order to work together to help your child master the 5 th grade ELA Exam. Test date: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 – Thursday, May 5, 2011 (Three day exam). Last year’s 5 th grade ELA exam compared to last year’s 4 th grade exam…. 4 th Grade ELA.
ELA Family Night
What we need to know in order to work together to help your child master the
5th grade ELA Exam
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 – Thursday, May 5, 2011
(Three day exam)
4th Grade ELA
5th Grade ELA
Book 1: (60 minutes)
6-7 passages (literary and informational)
35 multiple choice questions
Book 2: (30 minutes excluding reading listening section aloud)
1 listening section (informational)
5 multiple choice questions
3 short-response questions
3-5 multiple choice (writing mechanics) questions
Book 3: (60 minutes)
2 paired passages
4 short response questions
1 extended response question
Total time allotted: 150 minutes
Multiple Choice Questions:
Constructed Response Questions:
Extended Response Question:
Extended Response Question:
Multiple Choice Writing Mechanics Questions:
Example: Choose the word or phrase that best completes the sentence.
In the sunshine, the wings of a butterfly _____________ like
c. is glowing
d. has glowed
Read with your child. Ask:
Some Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking Activities:
FANTASY: contains elements that are not realistic
o talking animals
o magical powers
o often set in a medieval universe
o possibly involving mythical beings
• feature common folks, such as peasants, and commonplace events.
• may have some "make-believe" elements, like talking animals, but the stories can sometimes sound realistic.
• usually explain things about life, nature, etc.
•Also called "magic stories,"
• filled with dreamlike possibility.
• feature magical and enchanted forces.
• usually have a "happily ever after" ending,
where good is rewarded and evil is punished.
• Short stories with a moral at the end
• usually teach lessons about life.
• based in history
• usually tell about the life of a real person.
• contain common themes and characters, often "gods."
• usually explain the beginning of the world, natural phenomena, the relationships between the gods and humans, and the origins of civilization.
• Myths, like legends, are stories told as though they were true.
• stories centered around the basis of a partially historical situation
• a novel set in a historical period
• a story involving:
o solving a puzzling event or situation
o something unknown
o solving a crime
o centered around a person who investigates wrongdoing
• stories that take place in modern times
• characters are involved in events that could happen.
• stories that often tell about science and technology of the future
o in the future
o in space
o on a different world
o in a different universe
• Introduce us to rhythm, rhyme, and literary devices such as:
o simile- comparing something using like or as
o metaphor- comparing something saying it IS it. Ex: Your eyes are shining stars.
o personification- giving a non living thing, human like qualities
o hyperbole- an exaggeration
NON-FICTION texts are informational:
• Help readers learn about real- life things
• Provide readers with information
• “Articles” are Non fiction
BIOGRAPHIES: About the life of a person written by another person
AUTOBIOGRAPHIES: About the life of a person, written by that person