I always try to bring in all four literacy strands daily. At the beginning of the period, there is a do-now to activate prior knowledge and allow students to practice. This is a great time for a mini lesson on grammar, a reading strategy, reading skill, writing trait, etc... Then I usually spend about 10 minutes actually teaching new content and then students work individually or collaboratively completing work that usually incorporates reading and writing (i.e, text based narrative prompts). On Friday, it's formative assessment or rewrite day, which students can join skill based groups in an RTI model (similar to guided reading but with writing.) Because I blend the literacy skills together, it's hard to say how much time I spend on each. As long as you review your standards at the end of the week and can help students work toward all the standards throughout the year, the time can be flexible.
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With language, I like to have some structure to my week but I am not tied to it. I do grammar once a week but use errors in the students' work to shape my lessons. At the beginning of the other days they either do a speed writing exercise or journal on two of the days and silent reading(novel of their choice unless we are doing a class novel) on the other two. During these four days, I follow the writing or reading with my main lesson (e.g., unit on short stories or essay writing etc.). I hope that helps.
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