Literacy
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 English 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
Penmanship


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.