Students in the Framingham Public Schools participate in a balanced literacy program which consists of 8 components:
- read aloud
- guided reading
- shared reading
- modeled writing
- shared writing
- guided writing
- independent reading
- independent writing
Students will ...
- learn the skills necessary to participate effectively in class and small group discussions.
- understand and acquire new vocabulary using the dictionary and thesaurus with independence.
- use knowledge of correct mechanics in writing.
- read fluently, accurately, and with comprehension.
- understand the meaning of words through breaking them down into prefixes, roots, and suffixes.
- write legibly in cursive.
- identify and use correctly adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections.
- enjoy a variety of literary genres.
- read and understand the elements of fiction: setting, character, plot, problem, and solution.
- read, write, and analyze poetry.
- use the follow comprehension strategies:
- Previewing / Predicting
- use knowledge of nonfiction text structures for comprehension: description, sequence, problem/solution and comparison.
- find evidence in text to support understanding.
- read aloud with phrasing and comprehension.
- read and understand elements of myths, fairy tales, fables, tall tales, legends, biographies, plays, fantasy, mysteries, realistic fiction, autobiography, magazines, newspapers, diary, journal passages, and letters.
- read nonfiction and identify author’s purpose – to inform/describe, persuade, or entertain.
- participate in the writing process: generate ideas, write, revise, edit, and publish.
- write for different audiences and purposes in a variety of genres.
- use correct spelling of 500 high frequency words.
- practice strategies to increase ability to spell correctly in written work.
- generate questions, gather information from a variety of sources, and share research in writing.