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School District of Fort Atkinson

201 Park St.

Fort Atkinson, WI 53589

(920) 563-7800

Wednesday
Apr162014

Grades 3-5 Nonfiction Guided Reading Core Text Team - HARD AT WORK!

In response to the changes with text complexity benchmarks and the rigor of the Common Core State Standards, we are committed to teaching from high-quality text to facilitate purposeful guided reading instruction to accelerate students' reading achievement.  To help us accomplish this, the district recently purchased 40 new titles of nonfiction texts to be used by readers in Grades 3-5 and will be available in every book room in each of the four elementary buildings.

To enhance instruction with these texts, a group of educators volunteered to serve on a curriculum team to develop guided reading planners.  These planners align with our guided reading instructional framework and help to scaffold and ease the process of planning.  This way teachers can spend more time reflecting on formative data and select pertinent teaching points that are responsive to students' needs as readers.   When creating the planners, teachers used three Fountas & Pinnell resources to guide their work: the Continuum for Literacy Learning, Prompting Guide 2 for Comprehension, and the Nonfiction Prompting Guide.  Each guided reading planner includes the following features:
  • text level
  • genre, theme, text structure and language/literacy features to highlight and provide scaffolds as needed
  • 100-word count for running records
  • a summary/gist of the text
  • vocabulary to preview
  • 3 more possible teaching points for within, about, and beyond the text linked to Common Core State Standards
  • 3 writing prompts for phase 2 / day 2 
Special thanks to Jennifer Soehner, Barb Martin, Lindsey Carey, Holly Andrews, Denise Engstrom, Bobbi Recob, Lucas Springstroh, Ashley Stevens, Melissa Zwiebel, and Candice Johnson for serving on this curriculum team.  Special thanks also to Corey Fritsch from the district technology department for creating a special database to write and store the planners.  The new database will be unveiled to staff at the beginning of next school year and will provide teachers with the ability to search for texts and literacy planners based on teaching points, genres, or text levels.  Many exciting things continue to happen with literacy and CLM in Fort Atkinson!
Wednesday
Apr162014

A Visit from Western Dubuque Community School District: Spotlighting CLM!

On Tuesday, April 15th, Rockwell Elementary hosted the Western Dubuque Community School District so their staff could see how the Comprehensive Literacy Model functions in our district.  They were especially interested in observing the instructional components of Writer's Workshop, so we had some wonderful classroom observations in grades K-4 to see interactive writing, writing mini-lessons, writing conferences, and share time in action.  They also had the opportunity to see guided reading and literacy integration with social studies content.  Special thanks to Linda Rice, Shawn McDonough, Ambyr Lemke, Jessica Hansen, Nicole Schafer, Lori Held, Meg Tindal, Megan Eske, and Julie Keating for spotlighting the great teaching and learning that happens in their classrooms every day!  Vicki Wright, principal, is very proud of her students and staff and celebrates the amazing learning experiences that occur at Rockwell Elementary daily!


Thursday
Mar132014

A Second Visit from Belleville Schools: Spotlighting CLM!

On Wednesday, March 14th, Purdy Elementary hosted the Belleville School District for another site visit so more of their staff could see the Comprehensive Literacy Model in action.  We had another great morning of classroom observations to see the Reader's Workshop components of word study/phonics, shared reading, mini-lessons, guided reading, and literature discussion groups as well as writer's workshop mini-lessons and conferencing take place in our K-5 classrooms.  Special thanks to Becky Johnson, Andrea Kratz, Barb Nyland, Lisa Perkins, Pam Gustin, Missy Peters, Heidi Wegner, Ashley Stevens, Lucas Springstroh, Jamie Hahn, and Josh Twedt for spotlighting the great teaching and learning that happens in their classrooms every day! Dr. Rick Brietzke, principal of Purdy Elementary, is very proud of his students and staff!   


Monday
Mar102014

Another Day of Spotlighting CLM!

On Monday, March 10th, 2014 the Belleville School District visited Fort Atkinson to see our CLM model in action.  We had a great day focused on observing a variety of instructional frameworks in grades K-5 to see how explicit teaching accelerates student learning in reading and writing.  We were able to reflect upon many teaching and learning interactions that also included the integration of technology as students read electronic texts on iPads and drafted writing on Google Chrome Books!  It was another great day of learning in the books for our students and for the Belleville staff!  


Thursday
Feb202014

WSRA Convention Honor

On February 6th, the School DIstrict of Fort Atkinson was honored at the WSRA Convention (Wisconsin State Reading Association) for being the Wisconsin receipient of the IRA Exemplary Reading Program Award in 2013.  Mr. Dave Geiger, Luther Elementary Principal, and Mr. Brent Torrenga, Barrie Elementary Principal, attended the convention and participated in the recognition on behalf of our Comprehensive Literacy Model program.