English Language Arts at SBCA


Students participate in daily Reading Workshop in which students are taught a strategy and then are able to choose books based on interest and at appropriate reading levels to practice and enjoy reading. In addition to independent reading, students also read a mixture of literature and informational texts and taught how to think critically about texts. Not only are students engaged in reading a high volume of texts, but they engage in word study and phonics instruction daily as well. Teachers use multiple strategies to support students in reading.

Close Reading of Complex Texts
Shared Reading
Guided Reading
Read Alouds
Think Alouds
Foundational Reading Skills: Phonics and Phonemic Awareness


All students participate in Writing Workshop.  Students use the writing process: pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. The Common Core State Standards are met as students write narrative texts, informational texts and opinions texts (6th grade argumentative texts) throughout the year.  Like reading, it is important for students to develop stamina with their writing. 3rd graders are expected to type a single page in one sitting, 4th graders should be able to type 2 pages in a sitting, and 5th and 6th graders 3 pages in a sitting. In order to build up to this, students write every day and in every content area. Teachers use multiple strategies to support students in writing.

Shared/Interactive Writing
Modeling Writing
Mini-lessons about craft/style, structure/organization, grammar/conventions
Small Group Lessons
Individual Conferences