4th grade literacy program will follow the Literacy Collaborative
Intermediate model, which includes time for Word Study, Reader’s
Workshop and Writer’s Workshop. The word study component will include
vocabulary building activities, a focus on how words are put together in
order to spell them better, activities to help students with
conventions in writing, as well as some handwriting for students who
need support in this area.
The Reader’s Workshop includes a whole class lesson, independent
reading and small group instruction called guided reading groups. These
groups will be homogeneous and will change periodically throughout the
year. Writer’s Workshop also includes a whole class lesson, a read
aloud, independent writing, and small group instruction. The students
will continue to benefit from the WEX writing model that elicits student
writing through a series of prompts with an emphasis on focus, showing
and sentence mechanics. A Poetry Workshop will replace either a reading
or writing workshop every other week.