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Grade 5 Writing Syllabus

Instructor:  Rachel Miller                                                             Room:  E118
Contact Time:  8:50-9:30 am, M-F                                             School Phone:  918-478-2465
Email:  r_miller@fortgibsontigers.org                                      Website:   www. fortgibsontigers.org

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to provide students concepts through writing in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and reasoning in preparation for college and career readiness.  The content will include, but is not be limited to, the following: 

  • Students will develop and apply effective communication skills through speaking and active listening to create individual and group projects and presentations.
  • Students will develop and strengthen writing by engaging in a recursive process which includes planning, prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.
  • Students will write for varied purposes (narrative, opinion, and informative) and audiences in all modes, using fully developed ideas, strong organization, well-chosen words, fluent sentences, and appropriate voice.
  • Students will apply knowledge of vocabulary to communicate by using descriptive, academic, and domain-appropriate abstract and concrete words in their writing.
  • Students will demonstrate command of Standard English grammar, mechanics, and usage through writing and other modes of communication.
  • Students will summarize and paraphrase, integrate evidence, and cite sources to create reports, projects, papers, texts, and presentations for multiple purposes.
  • Students will create multimodal texts to communicate knowledge and develop arguments.
  • Students will write independently for extended periods of time. Students will vary their modes of expression to suit audience and task.

Fort Gibson Schools has been a state leader in transitioning to a more relevant and rigorous form of instruction.  In this course the following will be expected:

  • Reading: Students will use active reading strategies to read various materials and text. 
  • Speaking: Students will express his/her original thought verbally in a clear and concise manner.
  • Reasoning: Students will analyze charts, graphs, or diagrams and make inferences about the data.
  • Writing: Students will express their original thoughts in writing through quick writes and/or formal writing.

Students will be taught using the following category of techniques

  • Quadrant A-Students will know key ideas and details from a text.
  • Quadrant B-Students will apply knowledge from multiple sources to explain, write, or speak about a subject knowledgeably.
  • Quadrant C-Students will compare and contrast events, ideas, concepts, or information from multiple texts.
  • Quadrant D-Students will debate different points of view on topics from multiple texts.

Class Expectations:
To be a successful school takes the cooperation of all involved.  A handbook will be provided to each student that explains the most pertinent information and rules that each student should know.  A more detailed policy book is available for view in our library.  Specific expectations for our classroom include:

  • Bring pencil, books, and all needed materials to class every day.
  • Be in your seat when the tardy bell rings.
  • Keep hands, feet, books, and objects to yourself.
  • No profanity, rude gestures, cruel teasing or put-downs.
  • Follow directions.

Required Materials:

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Red Ink Pen
  • Highlighter
  • Writing Folder
  • Tablet/Laptop

Grading Policy:

  • Test/Quizzes      60%
  • Daily Work          40%

Make-Up/Late Work

  • Students are expected to turn in all homework and assignments on the date set by the teacher.
  • If the assignment is incomplete or missing, an Incomplete/Missing Assignment sheet must be filled out and stapled to the assignment. The student will miss recess to finish/redo homework and 10 points will be deducted from the assignment if it is turned in by the end of the school day. If the assignment is not turned in by the end of the school day, half credit will be given if the assignment is turned in at the beginning of the following school day. If the assignment is not turned in, a zero (0) will be recorded in the grade book.
  • Students who are absent are given one (1) day for each day they are absent to turn in their work.
  • For school related absences, students must coordinate with their teacher to get their work in advance.

Progress Reports will be sent out on the fourth and eight week of each trimester.


Report Cards will be sent out at the end of each trimester.


Parent Teacher Conferences will be as follows:

  • October 15 and October 16 from 4-7pm
  • March 11 and March 12 from 4-7pm