Reading & Writing - Elementary
Evelyn Hickman, Supervisor
Loudoun Pathways to Reading and Writing Program is an explicit staff-development model, provides kindergarten, first through third-grade teachers, and instructional specialists with a consistent, research and strategies-based framework of reading and writing instruction. The program incorporates the skills of spelling, writing, reading comprehension, phonics, and vocabulary. The Pathways multi-approach literacy framework helps teachers provide their students with specific skills to become better readers and writers. Books and educational supplies are used to support the elementary teachers and reading specialists in their implementation of a balanced and multi-approach literacy framework. In addition, personnel include literacy facilitators who provide professional development and support for classroom teachers and specialists.
Each school has the services of a reading specialist who assumes multiple roles such as coordinating the literacy program in the school, supporting teachers with instructional expertise, co-teaching with content teachers, coaching teachers, overseeing literacy assessment, and providing direct instruction to students in grades K-5 who are experiencing difficulty in reading.
How is this Literacy Program Conducted in the Classroom?
The students participate in large group, small group, and independent activities during reading and writing time. The students work on skills such as:
- Letters and Sounds: Letters have distinctive features and may be identified by names or sounds.
- Word Study: The phonetic and structural features of words.
- Comprehension: The process of constructing meaning while reading.
- Phonics: Letter and sound relationships and how they are used in reading and writing.
- Independent reading: Students read texts independently with teacher support as needed.
- Shared reading: Teacher and students read text together concentrating on targeted skills.
- Guided reading and strategy lessons: Teacher guides the reading of small,differentiated student groups with appropriate leveled texts.
- Read aloud: Teacher reads text aloud to students in order to model and focus on skills.
- Writers Workshop: Students are engaged in the writing process and produce pieces of writing in many genres.
The links below will take you to recommended lists of suggested summer reading for students. These books were selected and recommended by student readers, teachers, and librarians. Each title is followed by a description of the book so that students and their parents can make informed choices about which books to read for pleasure this summer.Each year the International Literacy Association compiles lists of recently published books that children have enjoyed reading. This year's list is divided into three sections:
The American Library Association provides links to various book lists for children and young adult. Check them out!