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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 toCKMSCurriculum Night!

Jan Formisano

1st & 2nd Period

Language Arts


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

My Family

And you are?

  • Your name

  • Your student’s name

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?

  • “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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


  • 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

  • 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?

  • Thanks so much for coming tonight.

  • I look forward to our partnership!

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