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PRIMARY (K-2)

Students in K-2 uses a balanced literacy approach to language arts instruction using Wit and Wisdom.  Students are assessed three times per year with the STEP assessment and instruction is differentiated based on the data.  Students engage with text through guided reading and centers to develop a wide range of knowledge and skills, including sight word recognition, phonemic awareness, and comprehension.  K-2 uses the Daily Five framework, which is a way of structuring literacy time so students develop lifelong habits of reading, writing, and working independently.


SECONDARY (3-4)

Students in 3-4 use the Oakland Schools Curriculum for language arts instruction.  The curriculum is aligned to the Common Core Standards.  Students are assessed three times per year with the STEP assessment and the data is used to differentiate instruction, form small groups, and lead book clubs. Students engage with text through guided reading and centers to develop a wide range of knowledge and skills, including sight word recognition, phonemic awareness and comprehension. 3-4 uses the Daily Five framework, which is a way of structuring literacy time so students develop lifelong habits of reading, writing, and working differently.


MIDDLE (5-8)

Students in 6-8 use the Engage NY curriculum for language arts instruction. The curriculum is aligned to the Common Core Standards. Students are assessed using Fountas and Pinnell and the data is used to differentiate instruction, form small groups, and lead book clubs. Writing instruction is delivered through a variety of resources, including ThinkCERCA and 6 + 1 Traits.

STEP: STEP™, or Strategic Teaching and Evaluation of Progress, is an acclaimed system designed to help students learn to read.  The system provides tools to help teachers assess students' literacy levels. Each level within STEP is organized into a developmentally sequenced set of tasks that help teachers understand the developmental status of each student, or each class, at any point during the school year. STEP’s data management tool allows teachers to analyze their progress over time. STEP assessments are woven into classroom practice as part of regular literacy instruction, rather than stand as a separate activity external to teaching.