This week in Mrs. Rourke's class...In Reading Workshop we are wrapping up our unit on analyzing and interpreting literature and moving into an extensive unit on nonfiction. This new unit is an investigation into the ways nonfiction texts become increasingly complex and the ways students' reading should shift in response to those complexities. This unit also focuses on tackling increasing vocabulary demands, reading analytically, looking at the relationship between parts of a text, and crafting concise summaries. In Writing Workshop, we will utilize the skills used in the reading unit to research nonfiction texts within the content area. Students will learn to write focused informational pieces and how to make effective choices about writing structure.Homework for Language Arts is to read for 30 minutes each night. It is important for your child's reading development that the reading is truly happening each evening. The best way to become a better reader is by reading! It is also essential for vocabulary development and to become a better writer. As the work level in fifth grade increases, students may need to finish some assignments as home if work is not completed during class time. This should not happen too often if class time is used wisely and students remain on task. Thank you so much for your help with this.We will be using a TEAM Remind account for announcements and reminders. Please text @rbjteam to the number 81010 to join the group. This is our primary form of communication so it is very important that you take care of this as soon as you are able.For updates in the classroom, you can follow me on Twitter @zipfan. To keep updated on East Woods happenings, please follow our school Twitter account @EastWoodsPride.