As a fifth-grade language arts and social studies teacher I have high expectations for all my students. Being able to write clearly to communicate with others is an essential skill that is needed in middle school, high school, college and beyond. Students in my classes will be writing every day... to inform, to explain, to give opinions, to tell personal stories, and to have fun! We will be exploring many different writing styles to help improve our own writing, and we will be reading some great examples of various writing styles also. Since reading is another essential skill, we will be reading every day... students will have the opportunity to read texts that interest them. I plan to not only teach, mentor, and guide my students, but to also have lots of fun while we are learning. Students should come to class prepared to work hard every day and put in their very best effort into reading and writing. We will have a great and successful year!