Pathways to Reading and WritingPathways to Reading and Writing….A Balanced Literacy Approach
The reading program at Ashburn Elementary, called Pathways to Reading and Writing, applies a balanced literacy approach. This approach to instruction involves teaching children to use the three cueing systems (meaning, sentence structure, and letter sounds) all together, in learning to read. Instruction integrates reading with thinking, writing, listening.
How is this literacy program conducted in the classroom?
The students are involved in large group, small group, and independent activities during the reading and writing time. Lessons are conducted in the classrooms. 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 children read text together concentrating on targeted skills.
· Guided reading: Teacher guides the reading of small differentiated student groups with appropriate leveled texts.
· Read aloud: Teacher reads text aloud to students to model and focus on skills.
· Writers Workshop: Students are engaged in the writing process and produce pieces of writing in many genres.