The Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts and the SCSD ELA Curriculum have outlined the ways in which our instruction must “shift” in order to provide regular practice with complex text and its academic vocabulary, emphasize the building of knowledge through content-rich nonfiction and informational texts, and structure meaningful instructional tasks centered around reading and writing grounded in evidence from text. These shifts are evident in the curriculum units themselves and in the resources and professional development that are provided to support their implementation.
For those of you who attended Summer Literacy Institutes, you had the opportunity to immerse yourselves in the instructional components and focus areas for K-5 literacy instruction. If you were unable to attend an institute this summer, the resources here will provide an overview of programming and instruction in ELA at your particular grade level.
K-5 ELA: At the elementary grades, literacy programming components for this year include: Foundational Skills Instruction, Reading Comprehension Instruction through Read Aloud, Mini-lesson, or Close Reading, Targeted Small Group Reading Instruction based on Running Record Assessment Data, Structured Independent Reading in Just-Right Texts, and Writing. All of these components rely on effective instructional practices such as clear and accurate modeling, strong questioning and discussion techniques, varied methods of checking for understanding, and timely delivery of quality academic feedback.
Presentations and handouts from the Summer Literacy Institute for each of these components are available here and on each grade level page. Revised Instructional Diets are also available. The revised diets reflect the 30 minutes needed in grades K-2 to effectively implement Wilson Fundations as the core phonics program. Ongoing professional development and coaching will be provided to support this implementation.
SCSD Professional Development Resources 15-16 (NEW)
SCSD Professional Development Resources (2013-14, 2014-15)
Next Steps Guide: A Resource for Reading Level Analysis and Action Planning (Levels A-M)
6-12 ELA: At the secondary grades, the emphases for this school year include: Close Analytical Reading of Complex Texts, Text-Dependent Questioning, and Effective Classroom Discussion. Presentations and handouts from the Summer Literacy Institute are available here and on each grade level page.