Grade 5

"My 5th grade students recently wrote short stories during writing workshop, and I was so excited to see the transfer of skills learned from Daily Language Instruction into their authentic writing.  The ability for students to punctuate dialogue correctly and to start a new paragraph for each speaker improved the overall quality and readability of their work."

L. Farzam, Hunters Glen Elementary, Grade 5

“I’ve recently begun using DLI with my 5th grade classroom, and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am with your materials!  DLI is written in such a user-friendly manner, both for teachers and students alike. I especially like that each week focuses on a particular thread and that the following week, in turn, picks up the next thread and weaves it with the last. This is such a wonderful way to build skills while reviewing what we’ve learned so far. What a beautiful fabric we’re creating! I also like the student reference pages, which my students keep in their writing notebooks. The activities that you present along the way are engaging and so easy and fun to do. I only wish I had discovered your materials years ago!! I’ve now ordered your materials for my daughter, a first year teacher in Washington.”

P. Wick, Traut Core Knowledge Elementary, Grade 5

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Daily Language Instruction

DLI for Grade 5 is a focused, stand-alone resource that specifically addresses writing conventions: capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and usage.
DLI knits all of the elements of the learning cycle into one cohesive resource and supports your instruction from start to finish.
DLI provides strong support to address the increased rigor in your district and state standards, including the Common Core State Standards.


DLI offers five distinct advantages when compared to other language resources:

1. DLI focuses on one new skill each week.
2. It includes mini-lesson strategies that make it a snap for you to introduce the new skill.
3. It offers short, daily practice which allows you to build the new skill as well as spiraling review.
4. DLI includes a weekly assessment with a format that mirrors formal assessments to support your test preparation.
5. It includes pre-post assessments at six-week intervals to support intervention and celebration.

DLI is quick and effective.

Plan 5-10 minutes a day to complete the daily practice Monday-Thursday. 
On Day Five, the assessment and mini-lesson to introduce the new focus skill require 30-45 minutes.

DLI is the perfect complement to Writing Workshop.

The quick DLI tasks allow you to keep authentic writing center stage. 
DLI plays a vital role in supporting your writing conferences. The 5-10 minutes you spend each day on DLI is a great investment in scaffolding your students' time in conference with you or serves as an effective follow-up. DLI student reference pages summarize key concepts and are perfect for your students to glue into their writers' notebooks for reference.




Grade 5 Book




30 weeks of mini-lessons to launch the skill instruction
30 weeks of daily tasks to support skill development
30 weeks of correlated spelling lists
Pre-post assessments at six-week intervals


The Grade 5 Book-686 spiral bound pages



of the teacher’s edition is dedicated to supporting YOU in implementing the curriculum.  These copyrighted teacher resource sections create the ENGINE that powers the DLI program; they are not reproducible.


of the teacher’s edition is dedicated to student practice tasks, weekly and pre-post assessments, and spelling lists.  Student items have LIMITED reproduction rights for one classroom.

Click on the links below to download the following documents.


Week 2 Sample
Week 14 Sample
Week 2 Mini-lesson Sample
Spelling Sample
Product Details
Scope and Sequence
Table of Contents
DLI Grades 1-6 Scope and Sequence
How Much Time Does DLI Require? Weekly Focus Skills
Week 2 Student Reference Page I Week 2 Student Reference Page II
DLI Overview What you need to know about DLI
State Assessment Data


Grade 5-DLI Educator Bundle (DLI Book + DLI Smartboard CD)

Enhance your instruction by adding a CD to your DLI book.
Project daily tasks on any interactive whiteboard or use the CD with an LCD projector.

Included: the CD correlates with the print edition. It includes all Day One to Day Four student practice tasks in pdf format.
Not included: teacher resource sections (mini-lessons), assessments, keys, and spelling are not included; they are all available in your DLI book.
Copyright: The single-use license allows the CD to be installed on one computer. Files on the CD may not be uploaded to teacher or school websites or transmitted via the Internet.  CDs are not sold separately.

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