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Common Core Standards - ELA

Reading Instruction in the Elementary

Wausaukee Elementary School is using the Developmental Studies Making Meaning program.  The lessons are directly linked to the Common Core State Standards.

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Independent Reading

Students who read on a regular basis have an educational advantage:

Reading Gr4-6 presentation

Reading GrK-3  presentation

 

Reading Measures

Lexiles

One of the scores that students receive as a result of the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments a LEXILE range. 

Using your LEXILE score:

  • To find a book based on your LEXILE scores, go to: Visit the “Find A Book” Website 
  • To find out what the LEXILE score is for a book you want to read, enter the book name in the "Quick Book Search" box on the Find a Book page    

You can use your Lexile score to help you find materials for research projects:

  1. Go to: BadgerLink and click on Resources for: Students
  2. For grades K-3, use the "SearchaSaurus" link.
  3. For students in grades 1-12 click on the "Student Research Center" link

 

Zone of Proximal Development - ZPD

Reading books that are in your ZPD range helps you achieve optimal growth in reading skills without experiencing frustration.  Your ZPD range is calculated when you take the STAR Reading Test.

Web 2.0 Tools for Writing

Web 2.0 Tools to Boost Writing Proficiency

In this article in Teaching Exceptional Children, Jill Olthouse and Myriah Tasker Miller (West Virginia University/Morganton) list the characteristics of exceptionally proficient writers:

  • They often seek out intellectual peers with similar talents.
  • They are precocious in their use of language.
  • They are intrinsically motivated.
  • They write in new and varied formats.

Olthouse and Miller recommend the following online tools to encourage and develop these qualities:

Elementary:

  • Kidblog: Students can post short entries on current topics and comment on other students’ submissions.
  • Glogster: Students create online collages with a mix of photos, text, sound, and video and can share them and comment on other students’ work.
  • Storybird: Students create storybooks using illustrations on the website; they can work with a partner writing a book, comment on others’ writing, and print final copies.

Elementary and secondary:

  • CTY and EPGY:  Offers students writing courses and detailed written feedback on writing.

Secondary:

  • WritingKid:  A newsletter with publication and contest opportunities for young writers.
  • NaNoWriMo: Students can compete with others as they write a novel.
  • Figment: Discussion groups, contests, news about recently published novels, Facebook updates, and social rewards.
  • Teenink: Students can publish nonfiction, poetry, and fiction on the website and in a national print magazine.

 “Teaching Talented Writers with Web 2.0 Tools” by Jill Olthouse and Myriah Tasker Miller in Teaching Exceptional Children, November/December 2012 (Vol. 45, #2, p. 6-14); 

Independent Reading Program

1. Read on a regular basis

2. Select books from different categories rather than always reading the same type of book
     A list of possible categories

3. Select books from a variety of genres
     Genre posters

4. Keep a reading record: Independent Reading Record

5. Set goals  for your independent reading.

6. Conference with your teacher, write in your reading log, and/or take an Accelerated Reader quiz 

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