The American Reading Program supports students in targeted skill development during guided reading groups. Teachers work with students in small groups to reinforce particular reading skills based on students’ individual levels. Students put these skills into practice by reading informational texts and literature at their designated reading level. The Independent Reading Level Assessment (IRLA) is the assessment tool utilized in the American Reading program. The tool initially measures what students can do. Teachers then select the one skill/standard that student needs to move up a reading level, and focuses on that in small group instruction. For more information, visit www.americanreading.com/.
Making Meaning is a program for whole-class literacy instruction that integrates cooperative learning, discussion, and vocabulary development to help support students’ growth as readers. The program integrates authentic texts to support students to develop the literacy skills to be successful. For more information visit: www.collaborativeclassroom.org/making-meaning.
Ella Risk started using a new writing curriculum in the 2016-2017 school year: Being a Writer. This program integrates academic and social-emotional learning to support students to develop their voices as writers. Building off of themes from children’s literature, the program focuses on developing the writing community and teaches students how to exchange ideas and share their writing in a supportive environment. For more information on Being a Writer, please visit their website at www.collaborativeclassroom.org/being-a-writer.