Fifth Grade Reading and Writing

    The District uses a Balanced Literacy approach to the teaching of reading and writing. In this approach reading and writing are not compartmentalized but are combined to support student learning comprehensively. Literature is the mainstay of the reading program. Students read fiction and nonfiction materials that encompass all content areas. Instruction occurs in whole class, small group and individual settings.

    Reading instruction is based on assessment information and delivered within a workshop structure. The District uses the Fountas and Pinnell Reading Assessment and STAR as its primary assessment tools. The information from various assessments helps the student and teacher to identify the level of reading material that is "just right" for the student and the skills and strategies that the student needs to work on. We will  be using a workshop approach to reading this year. This model emphasizes student growth through instruction being presented in many forms. These forms include, but are not limited to:
    • mini lesson
    • small group instruction
    • partner work
    • individual conferences
    • independent practice 
    • writing about reading 
    Readers are exposed to both fiction and nonfiction text. Texts are presented in different modalities including audio, digital, and print so students learn how to read in a variety of formats. They are encouraged to develop skills that analyze texts in a deep and meaningful way. They are provided with consistent opportunities to practice, to converse about reading while building a large repertoire of expressive language skills, and define themselves as readers in a way that is motivating to them. Mentor texts are used to model specific reading behaviors and teacher modeling provides students with explicit instruction.
    We use a workshop approach to the teaching of writing. The model helps build a community of writers within the classroom in which individuals are supported by the teacher as well as other students. This approach allows students to write about topics of their own choosing, to experiment with their writing style and to practice their revision and editing skills. Similar to the reading program, differences may exist from grade to grade and class to class, but the primary elements of the writing program remain the same in all classes. 

    What does the writing process look like in Writer's Workshop?



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