First and Second Grade Literacy

Our literacy work includes Readers’ Workshop, Interactive Read Aloud, and Writers’ Workshop.

Reader's Workshop
In Readers’ Workshop, we begin with a focused literacy lesson that is followed by activities at centers. Some activities are teacher-directed, and others are independent. All centers connect to our current learning expedition and our spelling principle of the week. Examples of centers include:

  • handwriting
  • poetry at Poetry Center
  • specific word/spelling skills work
  • independent reading
  • listening center
  • reading games
  • teacher directed Guided Reading groups
  • Big Book or other art activity related to curriculum unit
  • Writing Center: journals, Reading Response Notebooks, Writing prompt related to unit

Interactive Read Aloud
During Interactive Read Aloud, teachers model reading fluency and comprehension strategies across a variety of genres. These read alouds promote enjoyment of literature and create opportunities for the whole class to participate in interactive discussions of a common text.

Writer's Workshop
Writers’ Workshop begins with a mini-lesson based on writing process and craft. We practice narrative, persuasive, expository and persuasive writing in a workshop model, conferring frequently with peers and teachers.

In addition to our integrated classroom literacy program, we provide specialized interventions for students who need additional support with emergent reading skills.

Reading Recovery
Reading Recovery is a highly effective short-term intervention of one-to-one tutoring for first graders who need support in literacy development taught by a trained Reading Recovery teacher. Students meet one on one with the Reading Recovery teacher for 30 minutes each day for 12-20 weeks.
Leveled Literacy Intervention
Leveled Literacy Intervention is a small-group, short term literacy intervention program taught by a trained interventionist to provide extra support to students needing help in reading, writing, and spelling. Students in grades K – 3 meet with the literacy interventionist 3-5 times a week for 30 minutes for 10-18 weeks.
Students are selected by a combination of teacher judgment and formal assessments.