On this page you will find oodles of resources to help you make the most of your literacy program. Check out the Houghton Mifflin tips in the FAQ section of The Literacy Circle Teacher Resource Page.
Literature circles guide students to a deeper understanding of what they read through structured discussion and extended written and artistic response. Students can apply what they are learning about reading and writing in literature circles.
The anthology is used to teach reading skills and strategies, including phonics/decoding, word learning and comprehension strategies. The teacher models the strategies and skills and leads the class in guided practice using a variety of shared reading techniques including teacher model, partner read, popcorn read, SQRR (Scan, Question, Read, Respond), pyramid read, numbered heads and cloze read.
How do the Leveled Readers fit into my literacy program?
The leveled readers are used during guided reading to practice the skills and strategies introduced in the anthology lesson. If students are below benchmark in decoding, they should use the phonics readers, instead of the leveled readers to work on phonics/decoding skills and be brought up to grade level.
When do I use the HM student practice books?
The student practice pages include a wide variety of materials. Some of the pages are designed to be used as guided practice, others are designed to be independent work. The pages vary in difficulty, too. Before assigning a page, ask yourself the purpose of the assignment. Is it for review? Extra practice? Assessment? Are the instructions clear, or do you need to guide students through the material? Remember, you do not need to do all or even most of the pages. Pick and choose wisely, according to the abilities and needs of your students.
Instead of using the practice book pages, consider using reading and writing journals, graphic organizers, literature response activities and student projects.
Where do I find out about the Handwriting Without Tears Program?
The ASD Language Arts Department is in charge of the handwriting program. Here is the HWT website: http://www.hwtears.com/
Who can give me information about the Kindergarten Profile?
Glen Nielsen, elementary supervisor, is in charge of the ASD Kindergarten Profile program. Inquires can be directed to his office. Brian Sheridan can provide technical assistance with the ASD assessment database.
Who can answer questions I might have about my classroom literacy program?
Your literacy support teacher is ready, willing and able to help you find the answers to your questions. The best way to notify your literacy support teacher is through district email.
Here are a few of the books that inspire us as Literacy Support Teachers. For more good reads, see our Reading and Writing pages.
"Making the Most of Small Groups," "Practice with Purpose and Spaces" and "Places" by Debbie Diller.