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Every day, every child


reads independently,

reads with support

& works with words


Through various writing experiences, students develop writing strategies and skills, learn about the writer's craft, and use writing as a tool for learning and communication. Students write for sustained periods, compose a variety of texts, and explore different genres and formats for a range of purposes and for a variety of audiences.
Writing can include but is not limited to:
- Writer's Workshop
- Interactive Writing
- Shared Writing
- Being a Writer
- Journaling and Reflections
- Writing in the content areas
- Writer's Notebook

Independent Reading:

Students read a variety of self-selcted texts for extended periods of time. Students construct meaning and make personal connections as they learn about and from reading. Opportunities are provided for children to share and respond to what is read. Teachers hold individual conferences with children about their books.
Independent Reading can include but is not limited to:
- Reader's Workshop
- Independent Reading/Self-Selected Reading

Word Work:

Students explore the particulars of language across multiple genres including literature, informational texts, and poetry. They investigate the meaning and structure of words and the conventions and forms of written language through authentic text and a variety of word study strategies.
Word Work can include but is not limited to:
- Preparing to Read section in Imagine It!
- Letter Study
- Phonemic Awareness Activities
- Phonics Activities
- Word Study (ex. Words Their Way (Bear et al.), Month by Month Phonics (Cunningham & Hall)
- Vocabulary Work

Supported Reading:

Students read teacher-selected or self-selected text. The teacher or reading partner sets the purpose for the reading and then guides them to use appropriate reading strategies. Teachers provide guidance in a variety of whole class, small group, and partner formats. Students learn effective comprehension strategies they apply to fiction and nonfiction texts.
Supported Reading can include but is not limited to:
- Reading and Responding Section in Imagine It!
- Guided Reading/Reading A-Z
- Literature Study (Book Clubs, Novel Studies, Lit Circles, etc.)
- Comprehension Work
- Shared Reading
- Read Alouds
- Interactive Read Alouds
Balanced Literacy Power Points