Teachers in grades K-5 are implementing a new reading resources from Lucy Calkins. Our new Reading Units of Study provides each grade level with additional strategy lessons that promote comprehension in different genres. In the primary grades, these new lessons teach students multiple ways to attack unfamiliar words and determine deeper meaning, such as the author's message. Students in the intermediate grades are analyzing text and writing more about what they are reading. Students are being asked to use evidence from the text to infer themes and complex character traits.
On Tuesday we were fortunate to have a trainer share additional strategies for implementing this new resources. Teachers in all grade levels learned instructional tips and tools to push students' thinking in both whole group instruction and one on one conferences. We all left our training energized! We are excited to continue to try these new lessons and grow our already strong practice.
Here are a few research-based practices that serve as the foundation of this resource.
10 Things That Matter When Teaching Reading
* Provide a Balanced Approach to Reading
* Read Aloud Daily
* Provide Children with Feedback
* Have Children Read Fiction & Non Fiction
* Have Children Talk About What They Read
* Provide Explicit Instruction
* Expose Children to More Difficult Books
* Give Students Choice within "Just Right Books"
* Give Students Long Stretches of Time to Read
* Ensure that Students Have Good Teachers