• Language Arts

    A Balanced Literacy Program

    The goal of the English Language Arts Curriculum is to teach learners how to use language purposefully as they comprehend, construct, and convey meaning. 

    Reader's Workshop

    A quiet, productive time in which students read self-selected books silently for sustained periods. 
    The teacher may confer with individual students or work with small groups in guided reading and literature study.
    During this time, students will learn:
            -  to use the classroom book collection
            -  to self-select books
            -  to record their reading and thinking
            -  to think of themselves as readers by reading books they enjoy and participating in the choices and decisions readers make. 

    Reading is thinking!

    I guide students to talk, think, and question their way through a book

    Students leave “tracks of their thinking”

    Students discuss the themes and meaning of a story, share strategies they are using, and make personal connections 

    Guided Reading

    • Small reading groups based on interest, theme, or teacher selection
    • Explicit instruction focus
    • Different texts may be utilized for group instruction
    • Focus on reading strategies
    • Text selections read silently with a specific purpose and focus
    • Students reconvene to discuss and share
    • Allows for more personal interaction and discussion of text 
    Reader's Notebooks

    Students will respond to literature in their Reader’s Notebooks to:
    •  demonstrate comprehension of books read
    •  share knowledge of story elements, such as characterization, plot, problem, and setting
    •  identify reading strategies they are using 
    Writer's Workshop

    • Mini-lesson
    • Models and examples
    • Independent Writing
    • Conferencing with teacher and/or peers
    • Sharing
    Writing Traits

    • Idea Development
    • Voice
    • Word Choice
    • Organization
    • Sentence Fluency
    • Conventions
    The Writing Process

    • Prewriting (a variety of graphic organizers will be utilized)
    • Draft(s)
    • Revising (extremely important for adding clarifying details, improving word choice and organization)
    • Editing for mechanics and grammar
    • Final Draft
    • Publishing
    Word Study

    • Based on Words their Way
    •  Flexible study groups based on developmental spelling level
    •  Focuses on visual skills, patterns, and strategies used to spell and define words
    •  Includes work with:
      •  spelling rules
      •  vocabulary
      •  word meaning
      •  derivation
    • Students receive a group of words that they will sort to explore spelling and meaning patterns.
    • Weekly practice in their Word Study booklets for homework.
    • Assessment in the form of a quiz that will require students to demonstrate knowledge of spelling and meaning.
    Vocabulary Development

    • Promoted through the introduction and study of words found in the material and resources we are using across all content areas.
    • The use of context clues is explored and discussed to enhance meaning.
    • The understanding of base words, prefixes, and suffixes introduced and developed to enhance meaning and build vocabulary.
    National Common Core Standards Site Link