... a literacy expert in every classroom
Aspen View Public Schools is committed to ensuring students have a great start to Literacy learning, therefore, it has made Literacy a system priority for 2016-17.
All grade K-8 classes have a balanced approach to Literacy instruction, where teachers use a variety of strategies to meet the learning styles of all students. All grades 1-3 classes have between 1.0 – 1.5 hours of uninterrupted Literacy time daily. The components of the Literacy instruction are:
Reading Instruction. Read aloud, guided reading, independent reading and shared reading are all used to model and support the development of reading skills. After explicit instruction with a whole class mini-lesson, students are given an extended amount of time to read and apply their learning. High accountability, small group instruction and opportunities to share critical thinking are essential in the development of our students’ reading skills.
Reading Assessments. Reading Assessments are administered to each grade K-8 student at intervals throughout the year. Reading Assessments are used to a) determine the progress of each student’s reading skills over time, b) determine the reading skills that each student has mastered, c) determine how to best differentiate reading instruction in the classroom and d) identify students who are reading significantly below grade level in order to implement reading intervention.
Reading Interventions. Students reading significantly below grade level in reading skills development receive small-group reading intervention through the Levelled Literacy Intervention (LLI) program. The goal of this pull-out program is to accelerate student learning in order to meet grade level expectations.
Students learn high frequency words for word recognition and spelling; they work on visual and sound patterns with an emphasis on word meaning.
Aspen View believes in the importance of providing students with opportunities to write with an authentic purpose and audience in mind. Students are given explicit instruction in writing, learn from mentor texts, use graphic organizers and are provided with opportunities to share their writing with others.
As part of our instructional focus, teachers encourage students to read at home. The goals of home reading are to help students develop the habits of a lifelong reader and to share their Literacy learning achievements at home.
Teachers gather, analyze and interpret evidence of each student’s Literacy learning over time, using a variety of tasks, assessment strategies and documentation. Please check with your child’s teacher to understand how your child is being assessed.
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