Literacy Throughout the Day


"My reading door is super-glued open! (Jonah shared this quote with me shortly after a talk about the parts of the brain being like rooms with doors!)

Choice Reading starts every day. This is a time when your child enjoys a book at any level. He/she chooses it. Your child may partner read.  Often the children engage in research to answer questions that come up as they engage in nonfiction. I am reluctant to ring the bell on some mornings and transition to Morning Meeting because all of my chlldren are engaged with text! 

Every day, students read books at their Independent Level during the Work Period of Readers' Workshop.  They are to record at least one book that they have read in their Reading Log.  Sometimes students will have to respond to text in their Reading Response Journals.  During the Work Period, we have Guided Reading groups Tuesday - Friday;

this is when students are taught at their Instructional Level.  Thanks to a PTA Grant, we have a Mr. Washington, a Teacher Emeritus, who comes Tuesday - Thursday and meets with the reading groups, too.  This allows for a lower class size during this crucial time. 

During Opening Meeting and Closing Meeting of Readers' Workshop, the large group reading instruction, the Good Habits Great Readers program is used to teach the "7 Habits of Great Readers".  These are: 1. Great readers see themselves as readers; 2. Great readers make sense of text; 3. Great readers use what they know; 4. Great readers understand how stories work; 5. Great readers read to learn; 6. Great readers monitor and organize ideas and information; 7. Great readers think critically about books.

On Mondays and Fridays during the Work Period, I confer with individual students to make sure they are progressing.  I also use this time to assess.

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