In 2/3 grade, students receive 80% of the instruction in Spanish. We structure our Spanish literacy time with mini-lessons and writer’s/reader’s workshop.
Writer’s Workshop: This teaching technique gives students the opportunity to develop expression, revision strategies and writing skills. The main components of the Writer’s Workshop include a mini-lesson based on one of the 6+1 Traits, independent writing, conferencing, peer sharing, revision and publishing.
We also focus on writing units of study, such as repeated phrases, fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, poetry, author studies, etc. Within a particular unit of study, students will explore a wide variety of children’s literature that focuses on learning to read like writers. They will then write their own pieces using the structures and styles they learned and read about.
Reader’s Workshop: The teacher explains the reading strategy to be integrated into the mini-lesson and independent work time. In the read aloud, the teacher will explain how the strategy fits into the passage. The students will have a chance to discuss the specific skill. In shared reading, students visually see the piece that the teacher is addressing. Guided reading is when the teacher meets with small groups to do a guided lesson while other groups work on literacy centers.
Silent Reading: The students read from their own texts for 20-30 minutes while the teacher confers with other students. Some students may break off into groups to address strategies needed to improve comprehension.
Writing Responses to Reading: Students will write responses about what they have read. They will respond to reading in different ways: letters, summaries, graphic organizers, etc.
Language Centers: When students finish reader’s and writer’s workshop, they have different language centers to choose from. These centers include activities such as sight word activities, vocabulary/dictionary activities, and partner reading.
Assessments: Students will be formally assessed with a writing prompt twice each year. Each grade has a distinct rubric designed to focus on skills specific to that grade. They will also take the DORA (Developmental Online Reading Assessment) two times throughout the year. Students will be informally assessed by the teachers frequently through writing prompts and running records.