The PreK-5 Literacy Curriculum features an interdisciplinary approach across instructional areas:
Science – Next Generation Science Standards
Social Studies – C3 Standards (College, Career, Civic Life)
The curriculum is designed to meet the developmental needs of early readers using two approaches in particular:
* An in-depth foundational skills component aimed at teaching students concepts of print, letter and sound recognition (phonics), and other basic grammar and conventions, such as punctuation.
* A balanced literacy approach aimed at using foundational skills – putting letters and words together – to access and comprehend texts.
Students are exposed to culturally-relevant literature and texts that increase in complexity throughout the year using a variety of genres, including prose and poetry, and instructional strategies that increase student participation and discussion are at the heart of the curriculum.
- All students will read rich, complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently using the K-2 Literacy Curriculum.
- All students will be engaged in rigorous literacy instruction through this student-centered, comprehensive and balanced literacy approach.
- Students will think creatively as they individually and collaboratively build knowledge and analyze concepts, issues, events and themes from diverse perspectives.
The process of writing the K-5 Literacy Curriculum was unique, with teacher leaders within classrooms serving as curriculum writers and developers. These individuals provided ongoing feedback, recommendations and revisions during implementation to ensure that all aspects of the vision statement were visible in K-5 Literacy instruction. As we continue to refine the work as we move forward with implementation