Reading Consists of…

  • Shared Reading
  • Literature Study
  • Guided Reading
  • Independent Reading
  • Word Study/Spelling

Emphasis will be placed on these areas:

  • Comprehension
  • Critical Thinking
  • Exposure to Varied Genres
  • Reading Strategies
    • Determine Word Meaning Using Context Clues
    • Fluency
    • Inferring
    • Summarizing
    • Connections
    • Point of View
    • Figurative Language
    • Theme
    • Author’s Purpose
    • Text Features
    • Draw Conclusions
    • Main Idea

What Writing consists of...

When we talk to our students about English we are talking about writing and penmanship. 

Writing Workshop

Our district is using Writing Units of Study developed by Lucy Calkins.  This is a writing curriculum aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Students will write in three writing genres.  The genres we will be addressing are: 

  • Narrative
  • Informational
  • Opinion/Argument

Writing Process

Emphasis on instruction will include these areas:

  • Structure: lead, transitions, ending, organization, paragraphing
  • Topic Development:  overall fluency of the paper, personal involvement of the author, a paper that shows reflection, elaboration and craft
  • Elaboration:  good use of supportive details
  • Sentences:  sentences that vary in length and type
  • Grammar/Usage: correct use of standard grammar, word usage and vocabulary
  • Mechanics: correct spelling, capitalization and punctuation
  • Penmanship: correct letter formation


The district’s adopted penmanship program is Handwriting Without Tears. Correct placement, spacing and formation of manuscript penmanship on lined paper is expected by all students.