English/Language Arts

Reading Workshop

The Balanced Literacy approach to teaching reading is used at Longwood Middle School with the guidance from the Reading and Writing Project of Teacher’s College.  Students are provided with approximately sixty minutes of uninterrupted time to receive reading instruction. A mini-lesson is presented to the class. The class then is provided with an opportunity to apply the learned material to their current reading assignment. Small group instruction is given to students based on their reading needs.  While the teacher provides small group instruction other students are reading and working independently, applying the newly taught skills.  Students’ needs drive small group instruction.  The students use a Reader’s Notebook which is designed to be used in class and to last throughout the school year. It also provides a method for students to have ongoing written dialogue with their teachers concerning the books they are reading independently.

Writing Workshop

The writing workshop is also being taught utilizing the methods of Balanced Literacy under the guidance of the Reading and Writing Project of Teacher’s College. Students will be provided with a wealth of writing opportunities, which will incorporate all academic areas. Students will be provided with mini-lessons and will have the opportunity to develop those skills through their writing journey. Vocabulary or word study is incorporated into our students’ reading and writing experiences as well as using the Rebecca Sitton Spelling Series.


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