Writing Skills – 5th Grade

Research.& Reasoning Skills – 5th Grade

Speaking & Listening Skills – 5th Grade


We use :

Mr. D’s Class Parts of Speech iBook

Mr. D’s Class Punctuation iBook

Mr. D’s Class Sentence Help iBook

Core Knowledge Curriculum – Amplify



Student Forms:

Book Review Examples

Before writing a book review, you need to have your parent sign an Independent Reading Slip.  You can either print it off or just write down the same information on lined paper.

Indep Reading slip

Our Writing Checklist

Our Writing Rubric


Handwriting –




Our Revising & Editing Procedure

1. Read it

2. Sub-vocalize it

3. Spelling – finger-point backwards

4. Use the checklist!

5. Slow down!

6. Double-check your work


Writing Submission Process

  1. Finish editing
  2. Print a hard copy & edit
  3. Final edit & print
  4. Submit to Mr. D


When to Start a New Paragraph:

Start a new paragraph whenever you change the time, person, topic, or place.

Remember TiPToP:







Types of Writing:

Expository Writing – writing to inform or explain

Expository writing is structured writing. Writers use expository writing to give directions, sequence steps, compare things, explain causes and effects, or describe things. Students following an organized structure, as we do, will create better writing.

Our Expository format:

One Paragraph:

T.S. – Topic Sentence

K. I. – Key Idea

E- Explains

More K. I. & E

C – Conclusion Sentence


Intro. paragraph – Topic sentence & plan sentence

K. I. paragraph

         – Explains

More K.I. & E. paragraphs

Concluding paragraph – Use a concluding starter word ( In conclusion, All in all, Clearly, …). Restate topic sentence & plan sentence


Persuasive/Opinion Writing – Writing to convince the reader – nonfiction with opinions

Similar to the expository format. The topic sentence will let the reader know the writer’s purpose and opinion on a topic.

Persuasive writing prompts

Persuasion Essay Writing Format/Plan

1st Paragraph –

– Attention catcher

– Topic Sentence (Thesis) – Opinion

– Plan Sentence (Preview)

2nd Paragraph – (KI & Explains)

– Explain one view with supporting explains

3rd….. Paragraphs – Same as 2nd

Concluding Paragraph –

– Restate your opinion

– Restate the plan sentence in a different way

– Clinching Statement – Call to action


Narrative Writing – writing to tell a story – fiction or nonfiction

Narrative writing is more free form and less structured than expository multi-paragraph writing. Students retell familiar stories, write stories about their own lives, or create original stories. These stories can be fiction or nonfiction. They include a beginning, middle, climax, and end in the narratives to develop the plot and characters.

Our Narrative format:

O – Opening – Where the characters and setting is revealed

M – Middle – Where the events in the story become complicated and the conflict in the story is revealed.

C – Climax – The highest point of interest and the turning point of the story. The reader wonders what will happen next; will the conflict be resolved or not?

E – Ending – The part of the plot that concludes the falling action and reveals  the outcome of the conflict. Characters grow from experiences.


Story Starters

Words to use instead of SAID

Example of great narrative writing:



Personal Narrative Writing

Tips for writing a personal narrative

Writing a personal narrative example


5th Grade Autobiography Project


Poetry Writing

Writers create word pictures and play with rhyme and  figurative language. Through unstructured wordplay, students learn that poetic language is powerful and concise.

What is the difference between a poem and a paragraph? Click:

25 Most Popular Poems for kids

50 Must-Share Poems

Analyzing a Poem:


Letters & Journals

Students write to themselves and to specific audiences. Their writing is personal and often less formal than other genres. They share news and explore new ideas. Students learn the special formatting that letters and envelopes require.

Business Letter & Friendly Letter examples –

Journals – Personal and informal writing


Answering Questions






1. Read the whole question carefully more than once.

2. Think about what the question is really asking you, and where the information is in the text.

3.  Write your answer:

  1. Write in complete sentences
  2. Restate the question
  3. Include evidence from the text ( In paragraph two it stated, for example, according to the text, the author stated,  based on what I read, the graphic showed,…)
  4. Reread the question to make sure you fully answered it
  5. Reread your answer to be sure you fully covered it and edited it




– These are in addition to your iPad iBook practice apps and web pages!

Punctuation Practice Sheets


 Punctuation saves lives!

Capitalization Practice Sheets

Capitalization- 2




Capitalization Practice Test 1


We’re going to learn to cut and paste kids!

I like cooking my family and my pets.

(Commas matter!)

Commas Practice Sheets

Comma Practice 1

Comma Practice 2

Comma Practice 3.

Commas Practice Quiz


Apostrophes Practice Sheets

Apostrophe Practice 1

Apostrophe Practice 2

Apostrophe Practice 3

Apostrophe Practice-4

Apostrophe Practice-5

Apostrophe Practice-6


Colon Practice Sheets

Colon Practice 1

Colon Practice 2

Colon Practice 3

Colon Practice 4


Semicolon Practice Sheets

Semicolons – Practice





Quotation Marks Practice Sheets

Quotation Marks Practice 1

Quotation Marks Practice 2

Quotation Marks Practice 3

Quotation Marks Practice 4

Quotation Marks Practice 5

Quotation Marks Practice 6

Quotation Marks Practice 7

Quotation Marks Practice 8


Parts of Speech Practice Sheets

Nouns Practice Sheets

Nouns Practice 1

Nouns Practice 2

Plural Nouns Practice


Pronouns Practice Sheets

Pronoun Practice 1

Pronoun Practice 2

Pronoun Practice 3

Pronoun Practice 4

Verbs Practice Sheets

Verb Practice 1

Verb Practice 2

Verb Practice 3

Verb Practice 4

Linking Verb Practice

Helping Verbs Practice

Verb Tense Practice

Noun & Verb Practice

Adjective Practice Sheets

Adjective Practice 1

Adjective Practice 2

Adjective Practice 3

Adjective Practice 4

Articles Practice Sheets

Articles Practice 1

Articles Practice 2

Articles Practice 3

Adverbs Practice Sheets

Adverb & Adjective Practice 1

Adverb & Adjective Practice 2

Adverb & Adjective Practice 3

Prepositions Practice Sheets


Preposition Practice 1

Preposition Practice 2

Prepposition Practice 3

Interjections Practice Sheets

Interjections Practice 1

Interjections Practice 2

Interjections Practice 3

Conjunctions Practice Sheets

Conjunction Practice 1

Conjunction Practice 2

Sentence Practice Sheets

Subject/Predicate Practice Sheets

Subject:Predicate Practice1

Subject:Predicate Practice 2

Subject:Predicate Practice 3

Subject:Predicate Practice 4

Subject:Predicate Practice 5

Kinds of Sentences Practice Sheets


Kinds of Sentences Practice 2

Kinds of Sentences Practice 3




Our iPad Apps:
Fluency Timer
Grammar Fun
Grammar Jammers
Strip Design

Laptop or Desktop Computer Games:

What is so interesting about this phrase? A man a plan a canal panama.
Email Mr. D the answer and win a prize! Please don’t tell anyone about this puzzle, let them find it themselves.

Funny cartoon:  Why is this funny?

 Let’s eat Grandma!


Let’s eat, Grandma!


Fun fact:

“I never said she stole my money” has seven different meanings depending on which word you emphasize when you speak it aloud.

Vanity Plate