Grade One Literacy Instruction
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Phonemic Awareness instruction occurs in small group lessons. Lessons include rhyming as well as isolating, segmenting, adding, deleting, substituting and blending sounds.
Phonics instruction occurs in both whole group and small group lessons. Multi sensory instruction incorporates letter tiles, cubes, decodable text, white boards and visuals which help students construct and deconstruct words. Children apply letter sound knowledge to decode texts. Children are also taught to recognize sight words automatically as they occur in texts.
Fluency instruction occurs in a variety of settings throughout the school day, including whole group and small group lessons. Instruction involves read alouds, music, poetry, decodable text, repeated readings, partner reading and independent reading.
Vocabulary instruction is embedded throughout the school day, focusing on both oral and written language. Instruction involves the intentional use and teaching of high level language as well as previewing and teaching content specific vocabulary.
Comprehension instruction occurs whenever students interact with text. Instruction involves repeated readings of high interest text grounded in a variety of genres, cultures and perspectives. In addition, instruction involves continuous teacher modeling and various opportunities to read, such as partner reading, book clubs and independent reading. Teachers work with students to build background knowledge, predict, infer, and conceptualize text.
Writing instruction across all grade levels involves direct, systematic instruction in responding to text and writing across genres. In addition to continuously responding to text, first grade writers author a variety of pieces throughout the school year, including personal narratives, informational writing, and opinion pieces.