So I have a new grade this year...teaching ELA to 2 fifth grade classes. We don’t have any specific curriculum we need to follow. I have two 40 min periods- so 80 minutes of ELA every day. We have our reading text book (basic Basile reader), a grammar workshop book and vocabulary workshop. I also want to incorporate 3 novels this year. I’m trying to put together my OWN “system” and am having a hard time! I obviously want to cover major skills and not just have the cookie cutter plans with our reading text. Im thinkinf I should try readers workshop which is all new to me too. I just wish I had a template or idea of someone else and then could take it and run with my own ways and ideas. Any thoughts on ways to put this together?