English Language Arts
Harper-Archer Elementary School uses Pearson ReadyGen for the ELA core curriculum, with supplemental support from Hienemann, Bookworms, FUNdations Phonics, Orton Gillingham, Write Score, Renaissance Learning, Fountas & Pinnell, Scholastic Books, ReadWorks, and Reading A-Z.
7 Components of a Strong Balanced Literacy Program
- Shared Reading- Shared reading (grade level text) is an interactive reading process in which a teacher and student share in reading a text and the teacher models the skills of a proficient reader.
- Read Aloud- Read aloud (above grade level text) is a process by which teachers select a text to model specific reading strategies often used by readers as they silently read.
- Guided Reading- Guided reading allows teachers to create differentiated small groups to deliver reading instruction at a student's instructional reading level.
- Word Study/Vocabulary Instruction- Word Study in balanced literacy can involve phonics extension or practice. For example, if studying digraphs or vowel-vowel-consonant rimes, you can give students opportunity for practice during word study. Vocabulary instruction can involve studying the meaning of a word with the support of graphic organizers or semantic maps for a deeper understanding of content vocabulary. Students can have additional practice with the four ways to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words and with word parts activities.
- Interactive Writing- Teachers Interactive Writing is a process by which teachers and students share the pen, essentially modeling parts of the writing process.
- Reader’s Workshop- Reader’s Workshop includes:
- a mini-lesson,
- independent reading time in which students are expected to practice a specific reading strategy taught during the lesson,
- teacher-student conferencing,
- small group instruction, and
- a close/share, in which students have an opportunity to model or express how they used the strategy during the workshop time.
- Writer’s Workshop- Like Reader’s Workshop, Writer’s Workshop includes a mini-lesson and independent writing time in which students are expected to practice a particular strategy during a phase of the writing process (generating ideas, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing). Writer’s Workshop also includes teacher-student conferencing, small group instruction, and a close/share in which students have an opportunity to model or express how they used the strategy during the workshop time.