Year Long Strategies

South Middle School

2012-13 Literacy Initiative

Literacy Goal:  At South Middle School our Literacy focus is getting students to access and interact with 21st Century information presented to them through: text, data, charts/tables, and visual media.  Using this information, students will be able to generate original ideas, evaluate information, and communicate their thoughts effectively through Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Reasoning.

Objectives:  This are specific objectives are to:

  1. Create a vocabulary rich environment for our students,
  2. Implement literacy skills (i.e., word walls, 2-3 column notes, top-down webs) across all subject areas,
  3. Implement new content area literacy classes in grades six and seven, and
  4. Improve the quality of students writing skills and answers to open response questions and writing prompts.

Monthly Targeted Strategies & Skills

MONTH

FOCUS

STRATEGIES & SKILLS

August

Review of SMS Literacy Initiative & 2012-13 Priorities

Vocabulary rich environment.

Active Reading Skills. Clarity of the writing process. Staff Personal Action Plan for Literacy.

September

Vocabulary Skills

Word of the Week & Word of the Day.

Creating & Interacting with Word Walls.

October

Active Reading Strategies

Reading Strategies & RCURRA.

Note Taking, & Highlighting.

November

Designing Higher Order

Writing Prompts

Higher Order of Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Designing Open Response Questions and Tasks.

Quadrant D Performance Tasks.

December

RCURRA  Active Reading Process

Breaking down the question/problem/task.

Outlining a Response.

January

SMS Writing Process & Rubric

Writing for a Purpose & Technical Writing.

Answering Open Response Questions.

February

Identifying Exemplars by Analyzing Student Work

Collecting & Reviewing Samples of Work.

Defining Exemplars.

March

Open Response Writing &

Short Answer Responses

RAFT Writing Process.

Provide Supporting Evidence & Summarizing.

April

Reading & Writing in Math and Science

The difference between ELA Open Response questions and those in Math & Science.

Integrating Math & Science Vocabulary.

May

Analyzing Student Work

 

Collecting & Reviewing Samples of Work.

Defining Exemplars.

June

Pulling it all Together

Where do we go from here?

Identify Strengths & Weaknesses.

Assessing the year.

Recommendations for 2013-14.