PreK-4: While each classroom teacher may vary the organization of their “literacy block”, all classrooms provide direct instruction in reading, writing, and language and word study skills. There is a strong reading –writing connections evident in all classrooms. For example, if students are writing informational articles about the animals of the arctic, then students may also be reading informational articles, attending to author’s craft. How does the author create
an article that is interesting to read? Vocabulary, language skills, and word study skills are embedded in this work in meaningful and relevant ways.
Grades 5-8: Teachers at this grade level are departmentalized, with each teacher as a content specialist.
· Grade 5: Stephen Heney –Literacy
· Grade 6: Angela Galyean- Writing
. Paul Lasher and Angela Galyean - Reading
· Grade 7/8: Tom Darling -Literacy
Reading Instruction includes:
• Read Aloud: The teacher Reads Aloud across a variety of genres; modeling and discussing what was read. This usually happens with the whole class. The goal is to introduce students to genres, good literature, and models of fluent reading
• Teacher-Guided Reading: Teaching reading comprehension strategies with instructional-level text - across a variety of genres. This usually happens in small, flexible groups. The goal is to teach students strategies for reading a variety of genres.
• Independent/Self-Selected/Silent Reading: Students read independently every day. The goal is to increase breadth and depth of reading, strengthen ownership/interest in reading, build stamina as readers, and build a community of readers.
• Literature Study: Students learn to use literary devices and tools to analyze literature across a variety of genres. The goal is to help students become familiar with and appreciate a variety of types of literature - and use knowledge of literary devices and features to analyze and interpret
quality works of literature (grades 3 and up).