Reading- Figurative Langauge and Poetr

5.4 The student will expand vocabulary when reading.

a) Use context to clarify meaning of unfamiliar words and phrases.
b) Use context and sentence structure to determine meanings and differentiate among multiple meanings of words. d) Identify an author’s use of figurative language.

5.5 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of fictional texts, narrative nonfiction, and poetry. c) Describe the development of plot and explain the resolution of conflict(s).
d) Describe the characteristics of free verse, rhymed, and patterned poetry.
e) Describe how an author's choice of vocabulary contributes to the author's style.
g) Identify main idea.
m) Read with fluency and accuracy. 

Thinking Questions

1. How do readers construct meaning from poetry?
2. How does understanding a text's structure (e.g., free verse, rhymed,

and patterned poetry) help me better understand meaning of

3. How does understanding the development of plot help to

understand, identify and explain resolution of conflict(s)?
4. Why do readers need to pay attention to a writer's choice of words?
5. How do I figure out the meaning of unknown vocabulary?
6. How does fluency affect comprehension?
7. What are the theme(s) of poems? 

Geography- Southwest Region

NAG 5.6  The student will explore the Southwest region of the United States by

a.  Locating the Southwest region on a map and identifying key political features

b. Explaining the physical and climate characteristics of the Southwest region

c. Analyzing the natural resources and economic activity of the Southwest region

d. Describing the population of the Southwest including: early settlement, historically significant events, and cultural characteristics

e.  Examining life in Southwest today by focusing on significant features and representative landmarks

Thinking Questions

1. What are the locations of some of the places in the Southwest region?
2. What are some of the region’s physical and climate characteristics?
3. How have natural resources contributed to the economic development of the Southwest?4. Who are the people and events that have shaped the Southwest region?
5. What significant features and representative landmarks could you visit to learn about the importance of the Southwest today?