Grade 5/6 Ignited Literacy OCTOBER


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Ever wondered how to get your students to love reading and writing? Love Genius Hour or need a differentiated approach that gives students more voice and choice in what they read and write. Keep students engaged in writing all year long while meeting curriculum standards.

Ignited Literacy is your answer ⭐

Use research-based strategies for teaching writing including

→ gradual release of responsibility

→ student led inquiry

→ teaching spelling and grammar in context

→ using mentor texts

→ teacher conferences which support the cycle of assessment

Get started with this implementation guide and in 15 days your class will be ready to love reading and writing in your classroom.

These resources will:

  • ✐ Give you a detailed schedule of what to do in your literacy block, including reading and writing
  • ✐ Provides you with a read aloud guide that includes discussion and questioning prompts and teacher think aloud suggestions.
  • ✐ Includes original shared reading texts each week.
  • ✐ Teach spelling, grammar, and conventions in context with an ‘essential skills’ checklist
  • ✐ How to use mentor texts as models to support good writing
  • ✐ Writing mini-lesson guide that highlights effective instructional strategies
  • ✐ Student writing organizers for narrative, non-fiction report, persuasive report, and poem.
  • ✐ Guide to making flexible writing groups that foster peer support and feedback
  • ✐ Establish independent work skills in your students to prepare them for independent reader’s and writer’s workshop centers.
  • ✐Engage your students in reading and writing

October Activities

The theme this month is RESPECT. Students will develop skills over time through practice and repetition. These weekly lessons provide integrated teaching and learning so that all aspects of language are related and in context. Using a spiraled approach to teaching students will learn a variety of skills which are revisited throughout the year as they master different skills and goals within their literacy journey to become stronger readers and writers.

Week #1 – Orange Shirt Day

Week #2 – The Little Yellow Bottle by Angèle Delaunois

Week #3 – Lotus and Feather by Ji-li Jiang

Week #4 – Red by Michael Hall

Weekly Differentiated Readings

In each package, there are 4 different texts that can be used for shared, guided or independent reading. Each text is provided at three different reading levels from grade 3-6. With this resource, you can assign the same story for many different students who are all reading at different levels.

Original Differentiated Reading Texts Included in October:

  1. The Haudenosaunee – People of the Longhouse
  2. Children of War – The Worldwide Impact
  3. The Ugly Duckling
  4. Juanita’s Day Back

✍ With ‘Ignited Literacy’ your students will finally cheer when it is language arts instead of groan. And you as the teacher will have a solid plan to teach language, and fit it all in. ✍


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Grade 5/6 Ignited Literacy OCTOBER