English Language Arts includes reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language.
In reading, I will be utilizing a model called Reader's Workshop. Reader's Workshop provides students with a supportive environment that involves them in authentic reading experiences that focus on the strengths and needs of each individual student.
Reader's Workshop helps kids develop strong reading skills through the use of a mini-lesson, shared reading, read aloud, conferencing, independent reading, paired reading, and literature response.
The basic philosophy behind the Reading Workshop is to allow students to spend an extended amount of time reading authentic texts that interest them on a daily basis and to provide opportunities to talk about literature. The ultimate goal of a Reading Workshop is always to develop life-long passionate readers.
Read-A-Long Websites (Listen to stories being read aloud!)
For writing, we use the Units of Study curriculum. Students will learn to write narrative, informational, persuasive, and poetry. They will write every day to build their stamina. There is also an emphasis on writing complete sentences, using correct punctuation, and penmanship.