Reading groups are based on ongoing assessments and appropriateness. While we have seven classrooms, we have had as many as 19 reading groups. While a student may be in one classroom for their daily instruction, they may be working with a different teacher and different students for reading. This adds another element of resilience for our students, encouraging students to step outside their comfort zones and work with different teachers and alongside other students.
In addition to the academic curriculum, this method allows students to develop strengths in critical areas such as a renewed trust in teachers and other adults and consideration of others’ points of view. It also gives students another opportunity to practice their transitions as they shift between activities, environments and people.
Reading groups are established based on the following curriculums:
- Developmental Language and mathematics (DLM) Early Childhood Express—A comprehensive, research-based program that develops student’s minds and bodies through carefully selected and sequenced learning experiences. DLM delivers flexible lessons that reflect cutting-edge research, materials and extensive training to facilitate teachers as they implement the program.
- Wright Group Guided Reading—A K–5 guided reading program that includes carefully leveled books designed to help students learning and practice skills appropriate for each stage of reading development. These innovative student books are accompanied by comprehensive lesson plans, which include explicit skill activities for phonological and phonemic awareness, phonics, word study, comprehension and oral reading fluency.
- Wright Group Fast Track—an intervention program for delayed readers in grades 3–8 who are reading at least two years below grade level. This comprehensive and intensive program is based on current research into theoretical models of reading, instructional design and methodologies, and the needs of delayed readers.
- Glencoe: Reading with Purpose—High interest selections and an inquiry-based approach within a unique workshop lesson format offers students a purpose and meaningful context for their reading. Each lesson can be adapted and enriched to meet each student’s needs. The skills developed throughout the program provide a foundation for strong and necessary language arts program.
- Glencoe: Reader’s Choice—Glencoe Literature “makes new things familiar and familiar things new.” Genre focus introduces students to the elements and characteristics of the major genres of literature highlighted in each unit. Active Reading Strategies show students the kind of thinking and questions skilled readers use when reading a particular kind of literature. Students apply and practice the reading strategies that they have learned throughout the program.