Brighton Area Schools uses the Lucy Calkins Teacher College Reading and Writing Workshop model for reading. Students will read every day from books that are at their current reading level. A reading level is determined after a student has been given a reading test which will test them in fluency, retelling and comprehension of the story. Students will increase their reading stamina, fluency and engagement at the beginning of the year. They will also strengthen their inferring, synthesizing and reasoning skills with this program.
Each day students will meet in the reading area for a mini-lesson. The lesson will teach them reading strategies good readers use. These lessons will give students the tools they need when they head back to their seats for independent reading.
The IDR or independent daily reading is the time in class students are reading silently and practicing good reading skills from the mini-lesson. Students often stop and jot thoughts, predictions, wonderings on Post-It notes for sharing with peers during a book talk.
Sharing with peers will help students develop a deeper understanding of story elements, characters and author's craft. Being able to talk about books takes reading to a new level. Peer discussion will occur daily as lessons come to a close. These share times are a conclusion to the mini-lesson taught at the beginning of class.
Click below to see our district rubric for reading. These are used to mark the report card.
Click on the link below to read about the units of study for 4th grade.