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MODEL SCHOOL READING
Trinity strives to strike a balance between classical and modern methods of teaching literacy. Through extensive research by our literacy team leaders, we have identified common strands of data which have proven most effective at helping young learners achieve the most from a literacy program.TLS incorporates the absolute best practices of teaching literacy Kindergarten through eighth grade.
Classical resources include the following direct instruction resources:
Great Books Curriculum
Explicit and Direct Phonics Supplements / Phonics for Reading
Reading Street Curriculum
High - Frequency Word Mastery
Classic Novel Studies
Latin Club Grades 1-3 Primary
Latin 1 Club Grades 4-7
Modern Resources & Structures Include the Following:
Did you know? The Daily 5 Workshop serves as a model for structuring a solid, well-balanced literacy program, and it evolves from grade to grade as students grow and require greater challenges? The Daily 5 Workshop has features which all teachers practice, yet some elements change to foster students' development and self-sufficiency over time.
Daily 5 Workshop features all teachers observe:
Read To Self: Research over time has proven that the strongest readers have simply read self-selected, best-fit books for extended periods of time daily. A best-fit book is one that a student knows and can read 99 - 100% of the words.
Read To Someone: Called Guided Reading by teachers, this is a time where students read books in small groups which are considered at their instructional level, in other words, books where they know at least 90% of the words.
Work On Writing: Called 6-Trait Writing Workshop, Trinity values both creative and informational writing. Even in the primary grades, an emphasis is placed on the process of writing, and teachers across the grades strive to use a common language to better support students as they navigate through the challenging, yet rewarding currents of writing.
Listen To Reading: Whether it's in the form of listening to a book being read on CD or online while following along with the text, or hearing a teacher read a book aloud [read alouds], students experience on a daily basis hearing fluent readers simply read stories out loud.
Daily 5 Workshop features that change as students grow:
Word Work: In Kindergarten through second grade, explicit instruction in phonemic awareness [study of sounds and word parts as we hear them] and phonics [study of sounds and word parts as we read them] constitute a special Word Work portion of the Daily 5 Workshop. Spelling is also emphasized during Word Work as students grow.
Write With Someone: Aimed at our older students, Write With Someone engages students in the complex and challenging task of peer-revising [modifying ideas in writing] and editing [checking for and changing grammatical and spelling errors in writing] to extend thinking and learning as writers. Write With Someone was created by Trinity's fifth grade students because they desired a way to communicate their thinking through writing with peers.
AUTHENTIC TEXT BASED LITERATURE STUDIES
Texts include a variety of genre from the classics, contemporary, fiction, non-fiction, and excerpts that match student’s readability levels. Authentic texts and high quality literature are the foundation for the TLS English Language Arts Programs. Students use authentic texts at every corner through self-selection, assigned reading, novel studies, text excerpts to help them master essential reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar, and vocabulary skills. We view basal readers as a supplement to reading instruction, and prefer students read books they love to build knowledge and gain background knowledge about critical topics, as well as master literacy skills. Group and peer discussions about texts are frequent and inspire critical and independent thinking, and frequent questioning in each class. Additional research based text resources may be integrated from sources such as Read Write Think, and Read Works.
Engaging Read Alouds
TLS staff foster a love for reading rich and interesting literature. Read Alouds include a variety of genre,
and serve as anchors for writing and vocabulary expansions. K-8
Multiple measures are used to assess progress in reading. Measures include the following: Diagnostic Screenings, Developmental Reading Inventories, STAR Assessments, DIBELS Fluency Measures K-8
Technology reading resources such as ISTATION and RAZ KIDS.
New! Spelling Connections
K-8 Cross-trains the brain to connect spelling with thinking, phonics or vocabulary, reading, and writing. Is based upon a blend of phonics and whole language philosophies. Incorporates research-based learning techniques such as self-testing, self-evaluation, and the Look-Say-See-Write-Check word study method. Spelling connections also includes Latin and Greek root studies. https://www.zaner-bloser.com/spelling-connections