Ryan Mason

5th Grade English Language Arts (E.L.A.) Syllabus

All students attending BCPSS have an assigned email address provided by the schools. Students are required to check Email account daily. If you do not have access to a smart phone, tablet, iPod, iPad, or computers please see your teacher. We have computers in our classrooms and if time permits you can check it at school. (Username Students ID #: 1234567@bcpss.org Password: – Students: see your teacher if you forget

Grading Scale

Assessments 70%, Classwork 20%, Participation 5%, Homework 5% *Curriculum specific breakdown attached below

Curriculum We have adopted Great Minds’ ELA curriculum, Wit and Wisdom, this year for our Kindergarten-8th grade students and I am eager to get started. Details about the curriculum can be found on their website https://greatminds.org/english/parents. Students and parents will be sent home information at the start of each module; there are four modules that outline what the students are being taught.

MODULE 1: Cultures in Conflict Explore the impact of United States’ territorial growth through the eyes of one Native American tribe, the Nez Perce. The module examines the cultural conflict between Native American and European American societies by asking students to consider how the beliefs and values of a culture, specifically the Nez Perce tribe, guide the actions of its people. (Greatminds.org)

MODULE 2: Word Play The English language, with its rich, hybrid history and innumerable sounds and word choices, is ripe with opportunity for wordplay. It almost begs for it! But why play with words? Writers like Lewis Carroll and Norton Juster prove that wordplay can be a worthy and thought-provoking challenge, a source of fantastic amusement, and a splendid avenue for conveying meaning. (Greatminds.org)

MODULE 3: A War Between Us With no common ground to be found between the North and South on the issue of sovereignty over slavery, the nation plunged into civil war. Through the eyes of young soldiers who experienced the Civil War, students learn about this transformative period of American history. (Greatminds.org)

MODULE 4: Breaking Barriers History is filled with examples of individual athletes, teams, and coaches who have overcome adversity and challenged barriers of race, gender, culture, and class. This module explores the power that sports and individual athletes must tear down social barriers and to strengthen individuals and communities. (Greatminds.org)

Word Processed/ Typed Writings – Students are responsible for improving typing skills and speed. We placed a high focus on digital submissions towards the end of last school year. ALL final drafts will be submitted digitally beginning second quarter. Classroom computers and computer lab are available for students without technology access at home. Additionally, please visit and utilize your local library as a resource.

Cursive Writing– Students are responsible for practicing what they learn in class throughout the year. All my writing will be in cursive beginning Third Quarter. I encourage students to practice in hopes of become more familiar with reading and writing without assistance.


Assignment deadlines will be posted on ClassDojo. This year’s book list was provided via ClassDojo. Students must have read or listened to the first book (Thunder Rolling in the Mountains by: Scott O’Dell and Elizabeth Hall) by the first day of school. Below is the required literature list for 5th grade E.L.A. students. Students must purchase the books prior to beginning the lesson in which it is used. Students will be reading in class and annotating/writing in their books; it is part of the curriculum. No eBooks please. If students are unable to purchase the text students will receive a loaner. The student/parent will be responsible for loaner material and must be returned in original condition.

Module 1:

  • Thunder Rolling in the Mountain By: Scott O’Dell

Module 2:

  • The Phantom Tollbooth By: Norton Juster

Module 3:

  • A River Between Us By: Richard Peck • The Boys War By: Jim Murphy

Module 4:

  • We are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball By: Kadir Nelson


Cellphone policy

Students should turn in their phones upon entering the classroom. Student may charge their phone in the designated area if they arrive to class on time. The phones will be locked up and accessible only by the fifth-grade team and administrators. If phones are seen or heard by an adult it MUST be turned in to the main office and picked up from

ELA Classroom Supplies Required

Student must bring their own supplies to class daily; refer to the following supply list.

  • Parents purchase the required Literature for the school year-Students will be reading in class and annotating (writing in books) as part of the curriculum. No eBooks please. (If a loaner book is used student will not be able to annotate directly in text. Pencil Pouch: Students are responsible for replacing their items as they are used throughout the school year
  • Pencils (Please know if students choose to use mechanical pencils, they are required to bring lead) **
  • Red Pens (2)**
  • Post it Notes (100)***
  • Colored Pencils (Primary Colors small pack)**
  • Erasers** ☐Small Pencil Sharpener***
  • Dry Erase Marker*
  • Hole Reinforcements**
  • Highlighter**
  • Dictionary/Thesaurus***
  • Markers (small pack)***

* = To be collected; ** = Bring daily; *** = Keep home


Mr. Mason’s Class: A 2”, 3 ring-binder is required and will be checked and will be graded weekly

Inside Binder

  • Syllabus
  • Lined Paper, College Ruled, 3-Hole Punched, 500 count.
  • Avery Big Tab Write-On Dividers, 5-Tab Set
  • 20-page protectors in the back


Parents, if supplies are needed for projects teachers will send home prior communication, thank you for all you do.

If you are interested in assisting with classroom or school events throughout the year, please let me know. We do empower our students to run all events; however, parent support is value. Our students need a collection of villages in order to succeed.


Grading Scale Assessments 70%, Classwork 20%, Participation 5%, Homework 5%

• I will enter grades at least once a week.

• All grades are the average of the quarterly grade.

• You can find updated information about grades at www.baltimorecitypublicschools.org/campus-portal.

Component Definition • Assessments (70 Percent) – This category includes both formative (ongoing) and summative (culminating) of assessing student learning with the goals of supporting student growth and success. No single component should be weighted in a manner that it alone could cause a student to fail. Additionally, an adequate number of assessments must be given to allow a fair calculation of a grade. • Classwork (20 percent) This includes practice work completed in the classroom setting. • Participation (5 percent) This includes but is not limited to participation in classroom discussion, group work, and activities. • Homework (5 percent) This includes all work completed outside the classroom. Enter your homework practice here, referring to the district’s recommended practice, if that matches your philosophy.

Additional Information and Resources

• Make-Up Work – I will provide makeup work within three (3) school days of the student’s last absence, and students must turn in assignments within seven (7) school days after they are provided by me. The time allowed for makeup work may be extended on a case-by-case basis for extenuating circumstances.

• Reassessment and Supports – With my agreement, a student may take an assignment that covers the same content that was covered in a prior assignment, and that grade can replace the previous grade. The specific questions must be changed from the prior exam, and the reassessment must occur in the same quarter, prior to the midterm or final examination.


1) Student has 1 Binder for ELA-This binder may NOT have other subjects within. It GROWS! 2) All tabs must be clearly labeled-If not, it will be handed back with a zero grade as the students have been reminded for a month. a. Tab 1: Welcome b. Tab 2: Vocabulary c. Tab 3: Response Journal d. Tab 4: Knowledge Journal e. Tab 5: Notes f. Tab 6: Reflection 3) Students must have 10 Page protectors in the back of the binder to house important worksheets they will utilize for the next 3 years in ELA. 4) Students must have their syllabus packet placed in the front before all the tabs. 5) Your Galileo scores must be kept in the back to review throughout the year.
The following work is placed under each tab with the MOST CURRENT work on top. You may reference your online portfolio to view the assignments that are to be accounted for. If it is missing, you will have a challenging time answer your end of the module Essential Question. Tab 1: Welcome
• Welcome worksheets (weekly) • Responses to welcome work that require paragraph writing. Tab 2: Vocabulary
• All vocabulary study guides • Words to Know (printed out) • All vocabulary quizzes • Vocabulary notes • Vocabulary: Frayer Models Tab 3: Response Journal
• All Notice and Wonder Notes • Now starting per chapter in the book (for all books). • Responses to questions during class time. • Today’s Daily Questions (TDQ) worksheets. • Homework responses. Tab 4: Knowledge Journal
• All weekly exit tickets (in order by lesson) • 3-2-1 responses • Quick Write Responses. • All assessments that have been graded. • I will add as needed Tab 5: Notes
• Any additional work that is used as supplemental recourses to help students better understand a concept. This is added as needed. 10 Page Protectors • Routine and Learning Goals sheet • What is the “Painted Essay”? • Paragraph Example/Expectations • TO-SEEC Paragraph • Handout 12A: Four Types of Disagreements • Handout 2C: Transitional Words and Phrases • Speaking and listening Checklist • Summary Example Tab 6: Personal Reflection • Report Cards