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Language Arts and Literature

SPPS uses the instructional frameworks of Reader’s Workshop and Writer’s Workshop to provide balanced, standards-based, differentiatedliteracyinstructionforallelementarystudents,including: ELL and Special Education. The workshop framework consists of:

  • Mini-Lesson: 10-15 minute explicit, focused direct instruction taught whole-group through shared reading or reading aloud
    • Literacy Work Period: 40 minutes of differentiated small group instruction (Oral Language-reading, Guided Instructional Reading, small Group Shared Reading, Read To, Reciprocal Reading) in addition to independent reading, independent writing, conferring, book clubs

2016-2017 Literacy Plan

  • Share: 5-10 minute review, reflection, clarification or celebration of mini-lesson focus

Multiple data points from the SPPS Core Reading Assessment Battery establish a stage of reading development as well as diagnostic profiles for each student that are used to establish starting points and pathways for individualized instruction during Reader’s Workshop. Each stage of reading development (Pre-emergent, Early-emergent, Emergent, Beginning, Transitional, Early-Established, and Established) aligns with appropriate small group instructional strategies and the frequency of instruction during the Literacy Work Period. Teachers use each student’s profile and stage of reading development to form instructional groups, determine small group rotations, and to plan instruction and intervention. Tier 2 supplemental small group instruction is aligned to each stage of reading development and includes Oral Language-Reading Intervention, Small Group Shared Reading, Read To, Guided Instructional Reading, Reciprocal Reading Intervention, and Phonics Skills/Word Study.

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