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Storytown. Harcourt School Publishers. Our New Literacy Program. Storytown is our District reading and language arts program for grades K-4. This program has explicit, systematic instruction in reading, phonics, spelling, vocabulary, grammar and writing.
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Storytown

Harcourt School Publishers

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Our New Literacy Program

  • Storytown is our District reading and language arts program for grades K-4.

  • This program has explicit, systematic instruction in reading, phonics, spelling, vocabulary, grammar and writing.

  • Assessments are included to track student progress and drive instruction.

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Focuses on traits of good writing

Organization

Ideas

Sentence Fluency

Word Choice

Voice

Conventions

Develops writing forms

Sentences

Descriptions

Responses

Personal Narratives

Shared, Modeled and Independent writing tasks

Writing

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Whole group Instruction

Student hard cover book

Fluency through repeated readings and reader’s theater

Focus skills and strategies build Comprehension

Small group Instruction

Leveled readers (paperback)

On-level

Below-level

Advanced-level

Flexible groups

Target skills/difficulties

Targets High Frequency words

Reading

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Grade 1 Students

First graders will work with Ms. Haskell in Room 28.

Students will work on Grade 1 lessons in reading, vocabulary, phonics, grammar, writing and spelling.

Homework will be assigned by Ms. Haskell.

Grade 2 Students

Second graders will work with Miss Smith in Room 30.

Students will work on Grade 2 lessons in reading, vocabulary, phonics, grammar, writing and spelling.

Homework will be assigned by Miss Smith.

Primary MAC Students will be divided by grade level for Whole group reading instruction.

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Small group Instruction will be ability based and flexible.

  • Students may work in small groups with Miss Smith or Ms. Haskell.

  • Groups may change at any time.

  • Students reading above grade level will be challenged. Students reading below grade level will receive additional instruction and help.

  • Small paperback books will be sent home for rereading and sharing with the family. Please return them the next school day!

  • Reading at home to a family member is expected nightly as support for this program.

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Literacy Centers

While the teacher is providing direct instruction to small groups, the children will work in literacy center activities.

Listening & Speaking

(Listen to a story and retell it with pictures or words)

Reading

(Read a story and record information in a chart)

Writing

(Make a K-W-L chart for a research report on Lions)

Letters & Sounds

(Build word puzzles with

Common letter patterns

Such as long /u/ silent /e/)

Word work

(Sort words you know by how many letters they have)

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Phonics and Spelling Connections

  • Connecting letters to sounds

  • Word blending

  • Word building

  • Spelling lists with nightly homework in either Phonics or Spelling (practice books/pages)

  • High frequency sight words

  • Spelling tests

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Vocabulary

  • “Robust” vocabulary builds your child’s listening and speaking vocabulary

  • Student friendly explanations

  • Practice and varied experience with new words.

  • Students are not expected to spell the words.

deserve

usually

peaceful

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Grammar

  • Grammar practice book

  • Daily proofreading tasks

  • Concepts such as nouns, verbs, adjectives are introduced, practiced and applied in real writing.

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Storytown

  • We appreciate your support in the transition to our new Literacy program.

  • Storytown is research based and prioritizes skills and strategies at each grade level according to this confirmed research.

  • Additional help for struggling students will be available from your child’s teacher and the basic skills support teachers, as in the past.

  • Please feel free to provide feedback to us at anytime during the school year regarding the Storytown program.


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