Grade 5 ELA Letter – January 24

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January 24, 2014


Dear Grade 5 Families,

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. we focused on a story about Mahalia Jackson.  Students learned how the music of blues was influenced by slavery.  They also learned about how Jackson was one of the leading gospel singers of her time and that she often incorporated the feelings of blues within her singing.  Not only was Jackson’s a well-known gospel singer, she was also a close friend of Martin Luther King, Jr.  In fact, she was asked by him to sing at the March on Washington right before he would give his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.  Through this story, students differentiated statements that were factual versus statements that contained the author’s opinion.  Also, they worked on writing a paragraph that explained the author’s purpose.

Due to Chinese Years Performance on Friday, there will be no spelling for next week.  We will continue spelling the following weeks.  Attached is the reading log for students.  Please make sure your student is reading nightly as it benefits their overall education.

Enjoy the warm weather today as it is once again supposed to be bitterly cold by Monday.



Mrs. Jesperson

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