ELA Curriculum Overview

North Hanover Township School District

Overview of K-6 Reading and Writing Curriculum



Kindergarten

Reading

Writing

Unit 1: Readers Build Good Reading Habits

Unit 1: Launching the Workshop:  Building Good Writing Habits

Unit 2: Readers Explore Story Elements through Shared Reading and Emergent Texts

Unit 2: Crafting Pattern Books

Unit 3: Readers Use Reading Strategies to Read Just Right Books

Unit 3: Writing Personal Narratives

Unit 4: Readers Use Nonfiction to Access Information

Unit 4: All About Books: Community Helpers

Unit 5: Becoming a Class of Reading Teachers

Unit 5: How -to-Books: Writing to Teach Others

Unit 6: Readers Make Connections Between Self, Text, and the World Around Them

Unit 7: Readers are Resourceful: Tackling Hard Words and Tricky Parts

Unit 6: Author Studies

Unit 8: Bringing it all Together - Responding to Books We Love

Unit 7: Book Reviews

First Grade

Reading

Writing

Unit 1: Readers Establish Classroom Habits and Routines for Reader’s Workshop

Unit 1: Writers Build Good Writing Habits

Unit 2: Readers Use Print Strategies to Read Just Right Books

Unit 2: Building Foundational Skills in Writing


Unit 3: Readers Get to Know Their Characters


Unit 3: Writing Personal Narratives


Unit 4: Readers Learn About Their World Through Reading

Unit 4: Informational Writing About Science: Space Systems: Patterns and Cycles (Sun, Moon, and Stars)

Unit 5: Readers Can Be Their Own Teachers, Working Hard to Figure Out the Tricky Words and Parts in Books

Unit 5: We Write Our Opinions About Places and Things We Love

Unit 6: Reading Across Genres to Learn About a Topic: Information Books, Stories, and Poems

Unit 6: Nonfiction Chapter Books: American Symbols

Second Grade

Reading

Writing

Unit 1 - Readers Set Goals and Routines

Unit 1: Writers Establish Goals and Routines


Unit 2: Getting to Know Characters and Their Stories: Reading Fiction

Unit 2: Writers Write Personal Narratives

Unit 3: Reading Books to Gain Information: Natural Phenomena

Unit 3: Shared Informational Research and Writing: Natural Phenomena

Unit 4: ​​Fairytales​ ​and​ ​Folktales

Unit 4: Gripping Stories

Unit 5: Books in a Series

Unit 5: Writing about Reading

Unit 6: Reading Information Books, Reading the World

Unit 6: Heroes In History

Unit 7: Poetry, Songs, and Stories

Unit 7: Writers - Make Your Case! Writing Opinions About Books and Authors

Third Grade

Reading

Writing

Unit 1: Readers Establish Routines and Work with Partners:  Reading with Stamina and Meaning

Unit 1: Writers Set Routines: Launching the Workshop

Unit 2:Readers Follow Characters in Series Books  

Unit 2: Craft Small Moment Narrative Writing

Unit 3: Reading and Thinking About Nonfiction:  Habitats and Adaptations of Plants and Animals

Unit 3: Writing to Explain:  Plant and Animal Adaptations

Unit 4: Traditional Literature: Fables, Folktales, and Myths from Diverse Cultures

Unit 4: Literary Essays

Unit 5: Mystery Book Clubs

Unit 5: Writing Realistic Fiction

Unit 6: Reading Biographies of Historical Figures that Shaped the United States History

Unit 6: Writing Biographies of Historical Figures in the United States

Unit 7: Readers Use a Variety of Comprehension Strategies to Interpret Stories, Dramas, and Poems

Unit 7: Writing Reviews

Fourth Grade

Reading

Writing

Unit 1:  Building a Community of Readers: Being an Active Reader

Unit 1:Launching with Small Moment Narrative

Unit 2:  Realistic Fiction Book Club

Unit 2: Realistic Fiction: Using Figurative Language, Symbolism and Point of View to Highlight Themes

Unit 3: Informational Reading in Social Studies: New Jersey


Unit 3: Writing Informational Texts: New Jersey


Unit 4:  Readers Explore Literature from Different Cultures

Unit 4: The Literary Essay

Unit 5: Readers Think and Talk About Nonfiction: How Natural Earth Processes Shape the Earth

Unit 5: Writing Informational Texts:Earth Systems: Processes that Shape the Earth

Unit 6:Social Issue Book Clubs: Applying Analytical Lenses Across Literature

Unit 6: Personal Opinion Essays

Unit 7: Readers Use a Variety of Comprehension Strategies to Interpret Poems, Drama and Prose


Fifth Grade

Reading

Writing

Unit 1: Launching Reading with Experienced Readers

Unit 1: Launching Writer's Workshop by Summarizing Texts

Unit 2: Analyzing Characters, Settings, and Events Through Historical Fiction

Unit 2: Students Reflect on Their Life to Create Memoirs

Unit 3: Nonfiction Research: Teaching Students to Navigate Complex Informational Text With Critical Analytical Lenses

Unit 3:  Writing Reports to Convey Ideas and Information Around Science Topics

Unit 4: Readers Explore Literature:  Graphic Novels, Folktales, Myths, Poems

Unit 4: Literary and Comparative Essays


Unit 5: Reading Like a Historian:  Revolutionary War

Unit 5: Writing Reports to Convey Ideas and Information

Unit 6: Social Issues Book Clubs: Applying Analytical Lenses Across Literature and Informational Texts


Unit 6: Research-Based Argument Essay

Sixth Grade

Reading

Writing

Unit 1: Launching Reader’s Workshop with Experienced Readers

Unit 1: Launching and Raising the Level of Narrative Writing Through Reading Responses

Unit 2:Developing Critical Literacies: Reading for Perspective and Power Across Genres

Unit 2: Raising the Level of Narrative Writing Through Short Stories  

Unit 3: Historical Fiction, Biography, and Autobiography Book Clubs

Unit 3: Writing About Historical Events

Unit 4: Reading to Learn:  Synthesizing Nonfiction

Unit 4: Research Based Feature Article


Unit 5: Social Issues Book Clubs

Unit 5: Constructing Compelling Arguments Around Social Issues

Unit 6: Author Studies: Developing Analytical Reading Practices

Unit 6:  Literary Essay: Analyzing Texts for Meaning, Craft and Tone



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