This year in English Language Arts we will be using the textbook series: EMC Mirrors and Windows. Using this program addresses Common Core Standards in all English Language Arts areas. Students will have access to the text on line using their Chromebooks. In addition to the text, your student will also be reading a variety of genres including: Realistic Fiction (2) Fantasy (2) Historical Fiction (2) Biography (2) Informational (1) Traditional Literature (1) Chapter Choice (7) Students will be required to read SIX books per trimester (18 books for the year). These books WILL BE COUNTED toward student AR goals. Use the link below to view the Student Reading Log. docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/15MyEuEa7wuUwdk76VJ59iHZYghV3oi7CLaJypt_1kdU/edit#gid=1777270756 Students must read a MINIMUM of 30 minutes each night as part of their nightly homework. Students must also bring a reading book to class EACH DAY! I have a very large selection of books in my classroom in each of the assigned genres which students are more than welcome to borrow! Students will also be writing narrative, informational, and argumentative pieces. They will keep a Writer's Notebookat school including all of their notes on writing styles and mechanics as well as drafts of writing. Final copies will be written in Google Docs.