Our reading program is comprised of two major components. The foundational part of the reading program is Lucy Calkins “Units of Study for Teaching Reading” published by Heineman Publishers. The second is “Daily Five”, a K-5 supportive curriculum to enhance literacy instruction.
What is “Daily Five”?
Daily Five is a literacy framework which allows students to select from five reading and writing literacy tasks that also teach students independence. The five choices include Read to Self, Work on Writing, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading and Word Work.
What is “Units of Study for Teaching Reading”?
This curriculum is the culmination of the work of Lucy Calkins, an author, researcher and educator. It’s instruction is organized around grade specific units of study. In grades K-2 units include one foundational unit and three other units to address reading fiction and informational texts. In grades 3-5, units include two in reading fiction and two in reading informational texts.
What is the “Units of Study” Philosophy?
It is grounded in balanced literacy and abides by a workshop philosophy. It provides a structure to implement the “Reading Workshop” method which includes mini-lessons, conferences, whole group and small group strategy sessions. Children are explicitly taught the skills and strategies of proficient reading and offers extended reading time.
4 Key Priorities of the Reading Workshop
Read Aloud – Teachers model teaching points or ask prompts with books they choose to read to the class.
Whole Group Instruction – Teachers teach a specific teaching point that makes up the “mini-lesson”. Next, they provide active engagement for the students to share and apply the lesson with the class or partners, then the students apply the lesson in their own independent work.
Small Group Instruction/Conferences – Teachers observe, assess, question and listen. They coach, demonstrate and encourage.
Shared Reading – Students share and extend their learning with partners or the class.
Reading and Writing Connections –
The Reading Units are planned to support the Units of Writing - Opinion, Narrative and Information. The Units of Writing are also based on the “Workshop” method. Writing is emphasized in every grade and every unit. Reading and Writing strategies are often connected across the units.