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
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
- 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
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
- Models and examples
- Independent Writing
- Conferencing with teacher and/or peers
- Idea Development
- Word Choice
- Sentence Fluency
The Writing Process
- Prewriting (a variety of graphic organizers will be utilized)
- Revising (extremely important for adding clarifying details, improving word choice and organization)
- Editing for mechanics and grammar
- Final Draft
- 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
- word meaning
- 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.
National Common Core Standards Site Link
- 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.