•              Literacy Overview              
    The district follows the Balanced Literacy approach to reading and writing. The three main elements of this approach are the Reader's Workshop, Writer's Workshop and Word Study.  Students are engaged in authentic reading and writing experiences each day.
    Reading comprehension strategies are emphasized while students are learning to interact meaningfully with text during Reader's Workshop. Students learn strategies to facilitate deep thinking about text. Through the exploration of several genres of literature, comprehension is enhanced through peer conversations, conferring, and writing. Strategies will be modeled, students will practice and articulate these strategies and strategies will be written on class charts. Students will be able to refer to anchor charts in the classroom as they continue to develop as readers throughout the year.

    Below are examples of some of the strategies students will be exposed to throughout the year:


    Strategies to help students linger over their reading
       Thinking About Big Ideas in Historical Fiction Text
     Thinking About Big Ideas in Text
    Post-its for Narrative Texts
    C(connection to earlier part of book)
    Q(write a question that comes to mind. Then predict the answer or find the actual answer as you read, and write it)
    V(vocabulary- write a new or interesting word from the book. Define it either by using context clues, or a dictionary)
    CT - Character Trait with evidence
    CF- Character Feeling with evidence 
    CM- This post-it should be about what the character wants or what is motivating the character 
     Post-its for Expository Texts
    - main idea and details
    - interesting, new vocabulary
    - interesting information from text features
    - what you notice about text structure - techniques the author used to write (imagery, specific examples)
    -facts that you find interesting and WHY - new (your own!) ideas you grew after reading the text
    - write a question that comes to mind. Then predict the answer or find the actual answer as you read, and write it
    Click below to learn about strategies to enhance reading comprehension:
    Reading Strategies

    For tips on how to monitor your comprehension while reading:
    Qualities of Great Post-its

    During Writer's Workshop students practice sound writing strategies in their Writer's Notebook and apply these strategies throughout the writing process.

    Aspects of the Writer's Workshop
    Mini-lessons: writing strategies, author’s craft, grammar
    Independent Practice: 30 minutes
    Collecting entries in the writer’s notebook 
    Drafting outside the notebook
    Revising, editing, publishing
    Partner/Group Share

    Types of Writing in 3rd Grade : personal narrative, fiction, expository, persuasive, literary essay, informational, poetry, letter writing

    The Writer's Notebook
    Students will be required to write in their Writer's Notebook daily. Entries will be completed  in class and will also be completed as a homework assignment several nights per week. Students have learned and practiced many strategies for generating entries. The Writer's Notebook is a place for students to record their seed ideas for written pieces. Entries in the notebook should not be corrected for spelling, grammar or content. This will happen during the editing phase of the writing process when an entry is selected to be published.

    PublishingLives as Writers

    Click below for strategies to generate ideas for Writer's Notebook Entries:
    Writing Ideas

    Student refer to our Writing Process Board for useful tips
     Students refer to our class "Writing Process Board" for helpful tips. We frequently update it with newly learned strategies.
    Click below for useful narrative writing tips:
    Word Study

    Word Study
      is a developmental spelling, phonics, and vocabulary program.  Based on assessment results, students are given words to study in order to discover their common attributes. Students learn features by completing activities such as word sorting, word hunts, games and drawing and labeling.  Students work individually, with partners, and in small groups to encourage cooperative learning and individual responsibility.