• Literacy Supply List

    Please come to class within the first week prepared with :

    • A pencil and eraser

     

    The following is a suggested supply list

    • A 2 pocket folder (1 to bring home important papers, homework dittos, graded assignments, and any information necessary to be sent home) and (1 for writer's workshop)
    • A zippered soft pencil case (that will fit in the desk)
    • A highlighter, pen, post-its
    • (2) 1 gallon ziplock bagS-ONE WHICH WILL HOLD YOUR MATERIALS AND ONE WHICH WILL HOLD ANY NOVELS YOU'RE READING, and 2 books.

    If you're unable to gather these materials please let me know and I will be happy to assist.

    **** Parent/Guardians please check their folder and planner every night and send it back with them for the next in-person learning day. The students are required to write their homework in their planner everyday. I will not be checking the planners daily unless your child has a note written in it, in which they should show me first thing in the morning. This will help to foster independence for middle school.

     

    Spelling

     The Words Their Way Spelling program is a differentiated spelling curriculum that fosters growth in student spelling and orthographic development. Students will continue to develop their spelling skills through the Words Their Way program.


    Reader's Workshop 

    Students will continue to grow as readers through the Reader's Workshop program this year. The Reader's Workshop method of instruction allows students to build their confidence as independent readers by strengthening their reading comprehension skills. We will begin our year with Unit 1: Interpretation Book Clubs: Analyzing Themes, where students will be learning reading comprehension skills to assist in their analysis of fictional literature. As we progress through the year, we will be learning and practicing skills and strategies in Unit 2: Tackling Complexity: Moving Up Levels of Nonfiction ,Unit 3: Argument and Advocacy: Researching Debatable Issues, and Unit 4:Fantasy Book Clubs: The Magic of Themes and Symbols   to assist in the analysis of nonfiction and fiction works. Throughout the year, it is important that students exercise these skills learned from the Reader's Workshop, so its is recommended that students read 30 minutes per night.  


     

    Writer's Workshop

    In Writer’s Workshop, students write daily studying author's texts to see how they can strengthen their own writing techniques by following the author. Teachers work to help students develop greater writing stamina with daily writing. Our students are demonstrating great enthusiasm with Writer’s Workshop.

    Pre- and Post On Demand Writing Assessments

    For each Unit of Writing’ Workshop, students complete a Pre-on Demand writing sample at the onset of the new unit and then a Post On Demand piece upon completion of the unit. The Pre On-Demand piece is a formative assessment used to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the student(s) before beginning the unit of study. The Pre On-Demand sample does not count toward the student’s grade. This assessment equips the teacher with an understanding of the student(s) needs while preparing instruction to meet the needs of his (her) learners.

    At the end of each unit, the students will complete a Post On-Demand sample which is a summative assessment counting toward the student’s performance on the unit. The teacher analyzes each piece to identify the growth the student has made since writing the first sample.

    Each assessment is scored on a rubric that analyzes development of ideas, organization, elaboration as well as conventions including sentence structure, punctuation, capitalization, and grammar. It is expected that the child will show growth from the onset.

    The rubric is scored on a scale of 1 - 4, with four being the highest score. It should be noted that the rubric used is set on a June expectation.

    4= writing exceeds grade level expectations

    3= writing is on grade level and meets the expectations of the grade level.

    2= writing is approaching grade level expectations.

    1= writing is below grade level expectations