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Welcome to CKMS Curriculum Night!. Jan Formisano 1 st & 2 nd Period Language Arts. Introductions…. A bit about me: Older than dirt Teaching – 17 years - LOVE it! TOSA – 6 years –coordinating intervention programs, teaching teachers, trainings Married 38 years to the same man…

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welcome to ckms curriculum night

Welcome toCKMSCurriculum Night!

Jan Formisano

1st & 2nd Period

Language Arts

introductions
Introductions…

A bit about me:

  • Older than dirt
  • Teaching – 17 years - LOVE it!
  • TOSA – 6 years –coordinating intervention programs, teaching teachers, trainings
  • Married 38 years to the same man…

am I insane or what?

  • 2 daughters – both age 35 – no – not twins!
  • 2 grandkids – light of my life
and you are
And you are?
  • Your name
  • Your student’s name
slide5
Language!Piloted last year and now adopted throughout the District in grades 6 – 12 in Special Education.
why the need for such a scripted structured curriculum in the middle and high schools
Why the need for such a scripted, structured curriculum in the middle and high schools?
  • “One in every four young students are struggling to read and comprehend grade level textbooks and subject matter materials as they enter middle and high school.” (NAEP)
  • Our kids have gaps… gaps that won’t be filled unless they get DIRECT INSTRUCTION in the areas they struggle in.
6 steps in this comprehensive curriculum
6 Steps in this comprehensive curriculum

Step 1: Phonemic Awareness & Phonics

Step 2: Word Recognition and Spelling

Step 3: Vocabulary & Morphology

Step 4: Grammar and Usage

Step 5: Listening and Reading Comprehension

Step 6: Speaking & Writing

6 units in each book: 10 lessons in each unit

6 levels ab cd ef
6 levels AB, CD, EF
  • 1st period – mix of 7th & 8th graders who are all at Level D
  • 2nd period – mix of 6th & 7th graders who are all at Level A
  • All of our students in these two classes are either one or two years behind their peers in reading or writing or both.
level a
Level A
  • Beginning entry point for those students who typically 2+ grade levels behind.
  • Move through each book, building skills each year until they get to benchmark
  • Gaps vary – might be phonemic awareness, comprehension, word attack, spelling, writing
level d
Level D
  • Entry point into program was at Level C for this class - they will continue to progress through levels until they reach benchmark in reading and writing or until they can succeed in general education classroom
  • Gaps vary by students – some have gaps in phonemic awareness, word attack, spelling, vocabulary, reading comprehension, or writing
  • Fluency and deep comprehension is our goal!
curriculum specifically designed for struggling readers and writers
Curriculum specifically designed for struggling readers and writers
  • Spirals …repeats concepts but stepped up to next level
  • Based on brain research and helps “rewire the brain” (non-surgical!!)
  • Hands on & participatory
  • Levels of text – Instructional, Independent, Challenge – blend of fiction and nonfiction
  • Critical Thinking questions and strategies for comprehension
  • Writing using 6 Traits and Step Up To Writing
adaptations for specific needs
Adaptations for specific needs
  • I-Books available for students – stories can be read to them
  • Pacing depends on needs of students
  • Spiraling curriculum allows for deeper concept internalization
  • Co-Writer available on netbooks
  • Netbooks for writing
grading
Grading
  • 30% = classroom participation and daily work
  • 50% = assessments during the unit, end of unit, end of book
  • 20% = homework – either VocabJourney or reading at home
mrs maralack is your child s case manager
Mrs. Maralack is your child’s Case Manager
  • She will do IEPs with my input and I will be at IEP meetings.
  • I am happy to meet with you with any questions regarding language arts.
  • My contact number is 831-8424 at District Office or email me at [email protected]
  • Sharepoint site http://sharepoint.snoqualmie.k12.wa.us/ckms/formisanoj/default.aspx
questions for me
Questions for me?
  • Thanks so much for coming tonight.
  • I look forward to our partnership!
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