Sometimes I’m asked how I incorporate all of the components of effective literacy instruction into one class. First of all, we’re lucky to have 90-minute classes, instead of the traditional 50 minutes. Here is a sample of the daily agenda for my English classes:
1. Inference Warm-up (5-10 Minutes)
2. Fluency (10 minutes)
Read and Graph
Complete Reciprocal Teaching
3. Words Their Way Sort or Activity (10 Minutes)
4. Core Literature/Novel, play, or poem (10 Minutes)
5. ELD Portfolio/Textbook (30-45 Minutes)
6. Game or Closing Activity (5-25 Minutes)
The students enjoy the agenda because it provides variety with enough structure that they are able to run portions of the class. I enjoy it because it gives me a break while they are leading the portion that they are familiar with. Additionally, the agenda encompasses the five domains of effective literacy instruction: phonics/phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension. Please post any questions/comments, and I’ll be happy to respond!
Ms. Young is a teacher who wants to keep a record of what works!