Students in grades 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 aloud, shared reading, guided reading, independent reading, and word work. Writer’s Workshop consists of independent writing, guided writing, shared writing, and conferring.
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 Common Core Standards, as well as to individual student literacy strengths and needs. Lastly, during both workshops students learn specific content in science and social studies as they explore text through reading and writing.