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English Language Arts at SBCA

At SBCA, teachers use a balanced literacy approach with students.  Students are engaged in both reading and writing workshop everyday. 
 
An important component of students' reading instruction is to have students reading a high-volume of books.  There is a great amount of research that states that students must read a large volume of texts with high comprehension to be able to read books at higher complexity levels. In addition to independent reading, students also read a mixture of literature and informational texts. Students are not only learning how to read, but they are learning content through reading 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 engage in 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 with 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 everyday. 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