Literacy Block

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Dear Parents,
Welcome to our middle school literacy block.  Our time will be spent with novel units, working on writing, read to self, word work and read to a partners.  Students will be reading self-selected books independently.  As students read their books, they will be asked to use post-it notes to record the thinking that they are doing as they read.  The topic for the notes will be determined at the beginning of the class during our teaching point.  During the teaching point a mini lesson is taught and the students practice this skill or strategy while they read and record their thoughts.
  Students will be using a reading log to organize their reading workshop information.  Each student will have a book bin to keep their log, books and a pencil.

I will be using The Daily 5 by Gail Boushey & Joan Moser in our classroom. This is a literacy structure that teaches independence and gives children the skills needed to create a lifetime love of reading and writing. Students will have the get to choose when they want to work on the 5 tasks throughout our rotations. It consists of the following five tasks.

      1. Read to self
      2. Read to someone
      3. Listen to reading
      4. Work on writing
      5. Word study

. Research shows that good readers use a variety of strategies when successfully reading and comprehending a selection of text. I feel it is not only important to teach these strategies, but to post them as a reference for readers in the classroom. 

Our classroom has a Literacy CAFÉ Menu posted that contains strategies good readers use when reading. Our Literacy CAFÉ Menu can be compared to a menu at a restaurant.  Food we order at a restaurant depends on the time of day, how hungry we are, and what we like to eat. This compares to our classroom CAFÉ menu because as readers we use the strategies we need at the time to help us successfully read and comprehend text.  The menu is based off the book, The Cafe Book by Gail Boushey & Joan Moser

CAFÉ is an acronym that stands for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding vocabulary. These become our goals and the strategies we use to be successful with our goals are posted below them. Each child has goals and strategies specific to his/her individual needs and therefore will get the direct instruction needed to move forward and become a successful reader and writer.