updated Aug. 10, 2011
Language Arts (Reading, Writing, Spelling) skills are taught
in accordance with Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
A variety of
programs used at Parsley help us meet these goals and objectives.
Each teacher has an uninterrupted 90 minute reading block included in her daily schedule. Instructional delivery should match student needs and is differentiated across the classroom. Teachers use formal and informal assessments to differentiate their instruction while focusing on the Five Big Ideas of Reading: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension. Typically teachers start off with whole group instruction where they introduce grade-level objectives and strategies to all students. They then move to small group instruction which allows students to work on their instructional level while practicing targeted objectives and strategies. While the teacher is working with small groups the rest of the class is working in literacy stations.
For more information, visit the Reading Coach's '90 Minute Reading Block' page or talk with your child's teacher.
From the Beginning is a developmental writing program for students
in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. Teachers within a school
develop a common, targeted focus and shared accountability for
school wide writing performance.
Purpose: To give students
and teachers in grades K-5 the knowledge and skills necessary
for age-appropriate writing instruction and achievement. Teachers
at each grade have expectations for their particular grade level.
Teachers use Improvement Rubrics and focused mini lessons to help
establish a solid foundation in the writing process.
Implementation: Teachers have
received training in Write From the Beginning and Thinking
Grade level specific introductory workshops were given and followed
up by additional training.
of Program: Success in writing achievement is determined at the individual
student level through the use of an Improvement Rubric to evaluate
overall success. The Improvement Rubrics use a twenty-point scale
to assess both skills of conventions and content proficiency.
The goal for each child is to score a minimum of 16 points. This
is a developmental program that builds on the successes of each
student. Our goal is to have all students proficient in writing
as they reach the fourth grade writing test, which is used as
a gateway in the NC Student
Words Their Way gives each student a hands-on approach to word study through phonics, spelling, and vocabulary. Words Their Way emphasizes learning spelling rules and patterns. The words are grouped by a variety of characteristics (short/long vowels, Vowel/Consonant/Consonant/Vowel (VCCV), etc. Through Words Their Way, students are encouraged to look closely at words to discover the regularities and conventions of written English needed to read and spell. Spelling words are individually assigned based on your child's literacy progress.