Literacy and English Language Arts, K-5

  • In Baldwin Union Free School District, students, K-5, receive literacy instruction though a "Balanced Literacy" approach. "Balanced Literacy" is a style of instruction that intertwines authentic reading, writing, and word study strategies so students learn how to apply these strategies when reading and writing independently. 

    During the 90-minute literacy block, students learn literacy through a workshop model called Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop. Reader’s Workshop consists of five major components: read a-loud, shared reading, guided reading, independent reading, and word work. Students, grades K-2, study “foundations,” while students, grades 3-5, focus on “word study” or vocabulary development and comprehension.  

    Writer’s Workshop consists of independent writing, guided writing, shared writing, and conferring. Our students are busy writers and complete “How To” books, informational and fiction books, personal narratives, and original poetry throughout the year.

    During both workshops, teachers collect data on students individually and in guided reading groups. The collected data is analyzed to design specific teaching points that connect to the Next Generation Learning Standards, as well as to individual student literacy strengths and needs. Students also learn specific content in science and social studies as they explore text through reading and writing.