The district’s ELA curriculum consists of a balanced literacy approach, including daily focused instruction and practice in reading, writing, and word study within a workshop model. Through the implementation of explicit modeling, guided practice, independent and group work, and academic conversations, students are taught at their specific level of development. Teachers confer with students to provide students with feedback and gather data to guide instruction and promote student achievement. A variety of fiction and nonfiction texts is employed by teachers and students to teach reading and writing. Genres include real and historical fiction, poetry, mystery, biography, and content-area subject texts for research.
Students should not only be reading widely and deeply at school, but also finding books they love to practice their new skills at home. In addition to texts, students use Raz-Kids on the computer to practice reading and answering questions about what they read. This continued practice helps students practice decoding tricky words, paying attention to what they read so they can answer questions, and thinking more deeply about what they are reading.
Wilson events and activities throughout the year foster a literacy rich learning community. Students receive a free book through PTO funding every year to help students build their home library. During guest reader week, members of the school, district, and community come share their love of books with classrooms. Literacy night, summer reading events, and poetry readings also add to the school's love of reading.
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