Language Arts Curriculum

The D97 K-5 literacy curriculum is based on a balanced literacy framework. Balanced literacy is a model for instruction and a framework for organizing literacy instruction. In balanced literacy, teachers provide high expectations while students are able to work on their individual instructional levels. It includes activities in reading, writing, and speaking using models from quality literature, and the responsibility for learning is shared between students and teachers. Teachers provide a variety of genres and teach reading and writing across the curriculum, with explicit instruction, guided practice, collaborative learning, and independent reading and writing. Balanced literacy draws from a variety of curricular materials, strategies, and resources. In 2017-2018, the following common curricular materials will be utilized:

Reading Instruction

  • Treasures Read Aloud, Anthology texts, and other Treasures materials
  • Leveled and Classroom Libraries
  • K-5 ELA Resource Guides for Close Reading
  • K-5 ELA Written Curriculum
  • Reading Units of Study (K-2) curriculum

Word Study/Foundational & Language Skills

  • Treasures Diagnostic Assessments, Phonics Scope and Sequence, Fluency, Decodable Texts (K-1), Leveled Readers
  • Heggerty-Phonemic Awareness
  • Words Their Way (Print Shop)
  • 95% Group
  • Greek & Latin Roots

Writing Instruction

  • Writing Units of Study (WUOS)

For a more comprehensive overview of balanced literacy in D97, view the K-5 Balanced Literacy Google Slide presentation, and for a suggested UOS scope and sequence, view the TCRWP Suggested Sequence for Units of Study.