similar structures and ideas, the Literacy Collaborative uses
literature across genres to focus on thinking about, within and beyond
texts. Furthermore, it challenges students to think as readers and
In addition to the reading program, students will learn
grammar (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs) and formal writing skills
such as writing complete sentences, paragraphs and stories with a
beginning, middle and end. Some writing will be assigned to assess
certain skills. A lot of writing will be done across the curriculum.
Students also keep a Writer’s Notebook where they are encouraged to do
creative writing and reflective writing. Students are assessed according
to a 6 Trait Writing Rubric (Ideas, Organization, Word Choice, Sentence
Fluency, Voice, and Conventions) and these traits are taught across the
school year. Students use these 6 traits to better understand their
development as writers.