Subject: Language Arts

5th Grade Memorization

Each 5th grade student is expected to memorize a poem during the months of February and March. Students will recite one of the following poems, as assigned by Ms. Heuett:


  • “If,” by Rudyard Kipling
  • “A Psalm of Life,” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • “Casey at the Bat,” by Ernest Lawrence Thayer
  • “All the world’s a stage,” from As You Like It by William Shakespeare
  • “Mother to Son,” by Langston Hughes
  • “Sympathy” by Paul Laurence Dunbar


Important Dates:

  • Students should rank their top four preferences by Wednesday, February 14th, after which students will be assigned their poems.
  • Students should have their poems memorized and well-rehearsed by Wednesday, March 7th, when poetry recitations will begin during language arts class.


Contact Ms. Heuett at with any questions regarding our poetry memorization.

February in Language Arts

The beginning of February was spent saying goodbye to the March girls as we finished part one of Little Women. Some students have even chosen to keep the book a little longer in order to read part two on their own! February now brings us into our poetry unit, during which students will explore figurative language such as similes, metaphors, and personification. Students will also be assigned a poem to memorize and recite in front of the class, so they should plan to spend a little bit of time every night memorizing and rehearsing their poem throughout the coming weeks.

Language arts–September overview

The beginning of September in language arts will be focused on introducing and practicing literary devices that we will explore all year, specifically the dramatic story arc, theme, mood, foreshadowing, and hubris. The remainder of the month will be spent jumping into our first book, Gilgamesh the Hero, which is an adaptation of the ancient text The Epic of Gilgamesh. While reading this story, we will explore whether Gilgamesh should be considered heroic and whether or not he displays hubris. Our first writing assignment will involve writing a paragraph which highlights how Gilgamesh changed throughout the text.