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Shifting from Reading Units of Study to Common Core

Jan 1, 2014 2:09am

This is my fourth year teaching 5th grade, and my third year teaching reading. My school used to be a die hard reading units of study school, and now things are changing and there doesn't seem to be a clear expectation of the reading block. So far, there has not been a distinguished structure to my 90 minute literacy block, and I believe it is taking away from student's independent skills. Any ideas??

  • English Language Arts


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    • Jan 6, 2014 2:41pm

      Hi Mallory-

      The teachers in my district use the following time breakdown, and it seems to work well. Maybe it will help you out. (:

      Instructional time for Reading
      Reading Strategy Instruction 15 minutes: Mini-lesson on reading comprehension strategy and/or reading skill using anthology, and/or mentor texts with whole class.

      20 - 40 minutes: Guided reading/strategy groups/independent reading (40 minutes is adequate time for 2 guided reading groups per day).

      5 min: Comprehension whole class summary/sharing.

      Phonics/Phonemic Awareness Instruction
      5-10 min: Spelling, Words Their Way

      10 min: Phonics/Phonemic Awareness
      Lively Letters (K-2)
      Journey’s decoding strategies (3-4)

      Instructional time for Writing and Language Instruction
      5-15 min: Grammar/language focus – Journey’s, Think Central, Six Traits materials on Language Conventions or other supplemental materials.

      10-15 min: Writing mini-lesson on one of six traits using Trait Crate, Traits Writing, Journey’s or other supplemental materials (or) instruction on one of the writing genres.

      Writing Practice
      25 min: Revisions on formative prompt or writing workshop, focused on trait or grammar focus. This is time for application of the day’s lesson. This time should not include worksheets, but extend writing.

      • Jan 3, 2014 1:35am

        I appreciate your feedback!