The school uses a Balanced Literacy approach that ensures full alignment with CCSS for ELA.

 

NOTE: for the following School Year 2021-2022, the Balanced Literacy approach will transition to what it is called "Structured Literacy" 

Link to NMPED for more information about it. 

https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/bureaus/literacy-humanities/structured-literacy-new-mexico/

Five Main Components of the Balanced Literacy Framework

  1. Reader’s Workshop (RW) .- RW is a research-based approach that addresses the needs of all students in a classroom.  RW includes mini-lessons, independent reading, and guided reading components.

  2. Interactive Read-aloud .- Reading aloud is the best way we can immerse children in the love of reading, showing both how and why one reads.

  3. Shared Reading (Focus Poetry, Big Book) /Close Reading .- It is an instructional practice of reading with students.  It is an interactive experience.

  4. Writer’s Workshop .-  After the focus mini-lesson, the students write independently to practice the strategy or skill taught.  At the end of WW, the learning is summarized and students are given opportunities to share their writing piece.

  5. Word Study .- Word Study in Action Developmental Model (Pearson, 2012) covers the five developmental stages of word study: Emergent-Early Letter Name, Letter Name, Within Word Patterns, Syllables and Affixes, and Derivational Relations.