Literacy - Year 1
Literacy 1 provides intense instruction in writing and reading in a
90-minute daily block. Coursework incorporates academically rigorous
instruction within a series of investigations and units of study that
focus on in-depth inquiries into genres, authors, topics, and problems.
Units of study in Year 1 include Representation in Popular
Culture and Literature Study: To
Kill a Mockingbird. Students will read and write texts in a range of
genres as they think carefully about issues that shape the world around
them. Comprehensive, genre-specific instruction and guided practice in
writing for specific audiences is a central feature of the course.
Writing investigations focus on making use of writing resources,
studying style, and preparing a writing portfolio. Reading
investigations focus on developing strategies to solve problems in
reading independently as well as within the learning community.
books and most materials for the Studio Literacy-Year 1 course will be
provided in class. In the case of lost books and/or supplies, students
may be responsible for replacement of items. In addition, students
should always come to class with the following:
are also asked to bring the following supplies:
names beginning with A-H
200 sheets lined paper
supplies may be required throughout the school year.
Studio Literacy-Year 1 provides many opportunities for students to improve their writing and reading skills through instruction and practice. Students will earn grades based on several factors essential to the success of the course:
Except for final course assessments, all work will be completed in class. Grades will be determined based upon assessment of student work using rubrics we design together in class. A standards-based approach to learning provides students with the option of continuing to work on any project until a desired grade is earned. A weekly progress report will highlight how each student is doing and offer suggestions for improvement, if needed.
Most assignments will be completed in class. Weekly progress reports and student reading logs are counted as homework assignments. A student who is excused absent will have two days to make up assignments for each day missed. It is up to the student to find out what work has been missed, to complete the work, and to turn it in within the required time period. Near the end of each semester, students will be required to complete a published assignment by a specific due date. Work at least one day and no longer than one week late will result in a 50% deduction in credit on any assignment. Extra credit opportunities will be available only to students who are up-to-date on all required assignments.
See tardy policy information on page 13 in the Student Handbook.
attendance policy information on page 12 in the Student Handbook.
will arrive at class on time and prepared to learn, and the teacher will
be prepared to teach. Students and the teacher will respect each other
and stay focused on course objectives. Students will ask for assistance
when needed and offer assistance whenever possible. Students and the
teacher will work collaboratively to meet learning goals.