5th Grade CCSS: Reading: Literature

For fifth graders, this Common Core area helps students gain mastery of the deeper tasks involved in reading a fictional text. No matter what they are reading, the standards require students to increase the complexity in the texts they read and deepen their understanding of the connections within and between texts. Among the complete standards for this grade, fifth graders will be asked to: explain a text explicitly and accurately, using quotes, understand the theme of a piece of literature, be able to compare and contrast two or more part of a literary text such as characters, setting, or events, understand the use of similes, metaphors and other figurative language in a literary text, describe how narrator’s or character’s point of view is conveyed through the text, analyze the role of multimedia elements like graphics, illustrations or web based media contributes to a literary work, compare works in the same genre, read text appropriate to grade level while increasing in the level of text complexity throughout the year.

Cielito Lindo Pretty Darling Reading Activity

The famous Mexican folk song, Celito Lindo, became popular in the late 19th century. It is now considered the official anthem of Mexico, and it has been recorded by many popular artists. In this printable Hispanic Heritage activity, students will read through an English translation of the words and answer comprehension questions about the passage.

Classic Literature: The Road to Oz: The Deadly Desert

Students read this passage from L. Fank Baum’s The Road to Oz and work on accompanying reading worksheets. A great set to help with comprehension, vocabulary and more.

Classic Literature: Through the Looking-Glass

Help your students improve their reading skills with this activity set about the Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll.

Find the Rhyme Scheme

Ready for some rhyme scheme practice?

Jack and Jill: A Village Story — Sledding

This activity provides a great opportunity to practice reading comprehension skills. The worksheet asks students to read a passage in Louisa May Alcott’s, Jack and Jill and answer related questions.

Little Women: Helping Father

Students read a passage in Louisa May Alcott’s celebrated book, Little Women. After reading the passage, students answer related comprehension questions.

Narrator and Point of View

Here is a worksheet where students will learn the differences between a narrator and point of view,

Story Elements Form

This is a more detailed story elements form template that includes boxes for character, setting, theme, problem, solution and plot/actions.

A Christmas Fairy Reading Comprehension

“The Christmas Fairy” gives students a story to read and questions to answer. A great comprehension activity for the holiday season!

Casey at the Bat Reading Comprehension Set

Fun word search, idiom, and order of events are just a few of the worksheets students will do with this poem! “Casey at the Bat” is sure to be a favorite among students.

Change the Point of View: Third Person to First Person

In this activity, students will read the story told in 3rd person and then rewrite a part to make it a first person narrative.

Character Traits Worksheet – Black Beauty

In this passage from Black Beauty, students will read an excerpt from Chapter 7 and list 10 character traits of Greer.

Classic Literature: Aesop’s The Fox and the Stork

Students will read one of Aesop’s fables and complete the accompanying worksheets. Included are comprehension and vocabulary activities.

Classic Literature: Black Beauty

Black Beauty is the story of a black horse in England in the 1800s. Written in 1877 by Anna Sewell, it tells the story from the horse’s viewpoint. Students read a passage from chapter 12 and then complete a series of worksheet activities.

Classic Literature: Captains Courageous

Help your students improve their reading skills with this activity set about Rudyard Kipling’s Captains Courageous.

Classic Literature: Lad: A Dog

Encourage your students to read and write with this fun “Lad: A Dog” worksheet series!

Classic Literature: Little Women

Here is a literature packet based on the novel “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott. Students will read an excerpt and complete the activities.