Reading Language Arts Program



  • This year we will continue to lay the groundwork for literacy success in years to come. We will focus on all areas of literacy including phonemic awareness, phonics, listening comprehension, vocabulary development, sight word knowledge, spelling, reading comprehension, fluency, and writing.



    Proficient reader research tells us that active, thoughtful readers construct meaning by using the following strategies:

    • Activating relevant, prior knowledge (schema) before, during, and after reading text (Anderson and Pearson 1984)
    • Creating visual and other sensory images from the text during and afer reading (Pressley 1976)
    • Drawing inferences from text to form conclusions, make critical judgments, and create unique interpretations (Hansen 1981)
    • Asking questions of themselves, the authors, and the texts they read (Raphael 1984)
    • Determining the most important ideas and themes in a text (Palinscar and Brown 1984)
    • Synthesizing what they read (Brown, Day, and Jones 1983)

     

    It will be a year of astounding progress. We are readers! We are writers! We are thinkers!

     

    Reading Strategies Song
    (to the tune of "I'm a Little Tea Pot)

    Look at the pictures, still no clue?
    Read it again all the way through.

    When you get to the place where you are stuck,
    Get your mouth ready and the word pops up!

    (AND NOW... let's check it)
    Think about the word you're trying to say.
    Does it make good sense? Does it sound okay?

    Do all the letters look right to you?
    These are the things good readers do!

    (STILL CAN'T GET IT?)
    Read it again all the way through.
    When you come to the tricky part, don't get blue.

    Get your mouth ready but go on by.
    Read to the end then give it a try.

    (AND NOW...let's check it again)
    Think about the word you're trying to say
    Does it make good sense? Does it sound okay?

    Do all the letters look right to you?
    These are the things good readers do!