"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." William Butler Yeats
What will I learn in Language Arts this year?
Unit 1: Getting Started (9 days)
Unit 2: Reading Fiction and Writing Personal Narratives (12 days)
Unit 3: Explain This! Reading to Learn and Writing to Explain Your Ideas (23 days)
Unit 4: Words and Imagery-The Poet's Paintbrush (15 days)
Unit 5: Reading Literary Nonfiction and Growing Our Quality of Writing (19 days)
Unit 6: Looker Deeper at Once Upon a Time (18 days)
Unit 7: Reading for Meaning in Informational Texts; Raising the Quality of Writing to Explain (19 days)
Unit 8: Drama and Elements of Literary Texts; Writing in the Test Genre (15 days)
Unit 9: Imagine and Express Your Ideas (14 days)
Unit 10: Bringing it All Together; Analysis and Understanding in All Genres (15 days)
Unit 11: Ask, Argue, and Give Reasons: Taking a Look at Author's Persuasive Language and Position (18 days)
Round Rock ISD believes in a balanced literacy approach in the teaching of reading and writing. In balanced literacy instruction, the teacher’s goal is to support the reading/writing growth and development of students so that they are independent learners. The teacher uses a structure, gradual release of responsibility model of whole group, small group, and individual learning settings to identify and support the zone of proximal development* the specific area of challenge where rigorous instruction can support and expand the learning of each student.
* The difference between what students can do on their own vs.. what they can do with help; taking the student from the known to the unknown.
What are the components and structures of Balanced Literacy Instruction?
Interactive Read Aloud
Responding & Sharing
RRISD literacy instructional beliefs and practices are aligned with International Literacy Association (ILA) and National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Literacy Beliefs: