This video documents the goals of our third year implementing the Comprehensive Literacy Model, along with thoughtful reflections from teachers, coaches, and principals about the positive impact this model is having in our district.
In mid-February, 2nd and 3rd grade teachers followed by 4th and 5th grade teacher met to learn more about writing within the Comprehensive Literacy Model. Jennifer Jaworksi led this workshop. Participants studied the protocols to strengthen mini-lessons and determine the focus of small-group/1-1 conferences within writer's workshop. At the end of each workshop, teachers silently wrote reflections about all of the positive changes made within their classrooms.
In October, grade level groups attended literacy workshops, led by Jennifer Jaworski. These workshops helped pull together literacy strategies our district has implemented, such as mini-lessons, guided reading groups, literature discussion groups and sharing. The workshops also included an introduction to writing within the Comprehensive Literacy Model.
Over the summers, teachers from various grade levels met to prepare lesson plans for each core-guided reading book purchased for all elementary schools. The Fountas and Pinnell Continuum guided the creation of the two day (phase 1 and 2) guided reading lessons. These lessons contain prompts for each book, identifying the 1st 100 words for running record purposes, identifying vocabulary, language devices, literary elements, text structures, etc. for teachers. The lesson plans are placed inside the front cover of the guided reading book so that teachers will be able to pick the books up and have lessons ready to go. Copies of the lessons are located on the J drive under Elementary/Literacy/guided reading by level.
A huge thanks to this team for helping save their collegues time and providing wonderful lessons for students!