Studio Literacy - Year 1
Literacy 1 - Second Semester continues to provide 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-Second Semester include
Literature Study: To Kill a
Mockingbird, CSAP preparation, development
of a writing portfolio, and the art of reading and writing fiction.
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
and studying style. Reading investigations focus on developing
strategies to solve problems in reading independently as well as within
the learning community.
books and most materials for Studio Literacy-Year 1-Second Semester
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 for the second semester
are also asked to bring the following supplies:
names beginning with A-H
supplies may be required throughout the school year.
Literacy - Year 1 provides many opportunities for students to improve their
reading and writing skills through instruction and practice. Students
will earn grades based on several factors essential to the success of
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.
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 two independent writing projects and submit one piece of writing for publication 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. Weekly progress reports and reading calendars are homework assignments. Extra credit opportunities will be available only to students who are up-to-date on all required assignments.
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.