• Reading


    Why Lucy Calkins Reading & Writing Workshop?

    The Reading and Writing Project approach to instruction recognizes that “one size fits all” does not match the realities of the classrooms and schools in which they work. When you walk into a workshop classroom at any given moment, you’ll see instruction that is designed to:

    • help teachers address each child’s individual learning,
    • explicitly teach strategies students will use not only the day they are taught, but whenever they need them,
    • support small-group work and conferring, with multiple opportunities for personalizing instruction,
    • tap into the power of a learning community as a way to bring all learners along,
    • build choice and assessment-based learning into the very design of the curriculum,
    • help students work with engagement so that teachers are able to coach individuals and lead small groups.

    The routines and structures of reading and writing workshop are kept simple and predictable so that the teacher can focus on the complex work of teaching in a responsive manner to accelerate achievement for all learners.


    Accelerated Reader (AR)

    We will be using the Accelerated Reading (AR) program to encourage children to read and take AR quizzes.  Students will earn points as they read and take AR quizzes.  The points will add up to prizes at every grade level.

    Each month Dr. Waller will come around to give children prizes for reaching each benchmark.   The top scorers in each grade level will win a trip in a limo with Dr. Waller to Chick-fil-A for lunch and Barnes and Noble for a book shopping spree!  The classrooms with the highest points for the year will win a party in the media center!

    See our Reading Incentives here for 2019-20 - Click Here - English      Click Here - Spanish

    We want to create a culture of reading in our school and develop a love for reading in our students!

    To find Accelerated Reader books go here

    AR Tests may only be taken at school.  The children are given time throughout the day to take AR tests.  Students may come to the media center in the morning before school to take AR tests. 


    Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

    Ms. Boston and Ms. Reed coach a group of 4th and 5th students every year to compete in the annual Helen Ruffin Bowl.  Students are asked to read 10 books this year (2019-2020) and know the facts of the books for the reading bowl competitions.  The list of books are as follows: 

    2019-2020 Georgia Children’s Book (Gr. 4-8) Award Nominees Grades 4-5

    Anderson, John David. (2018) Granted. New York: NY: Walden Pond Press.

    Applegate, Katherine. (2017) Wishtree (Illus. Charles Santoso). New York, NY: Feiwel and Friends.

    Bundy, Tamara. (2017). Walking with Miss Millie. New York, NY: Nancy Paulsen Books.

    Connor, Leslie. (2018). The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle. New York, NY: Katherine Tegen Books.

    Glaser, Karina Yan. (2017). The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

    Johnson, Varian. (2018). The Parker Inheritance. New York, NY: Arthur A. Levine Books.

    Kelly, Erin Entrada. (2018). You Go First. New York, NY: Greenwillow Books.

    Saeed, Aisha. (2018). Amal Unbound. New York, NY: Nancy Paulsen Books.

    Williams-Garcia, Rita. (2017). Clayton Byrd Goes Underground. New York, NY: Amistad.

    Yang, Kelly. (2018). Front Desk. New York, NY: Arthur A. Levine Books.

    If your child is interested in joining the HRRB, please email Mrs. Boston at pboston@atlanta.k12.ga.us.