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Pathways to Reading and Writing….

A Balanced Literacy Approach

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 The reading program for Loudoun County Public Schools is called Pathways to Reading and Writing. This curriculum applies a balanced literacy approach informed by research and best practices in literacy.  This approach to instruction involves teaching young readers to use the three cueing systems (meaning, sentence structure, and letter sounds) all together, in learning to read.  Instruction integrates reading with thinking, writing, listening. Our goal is to turn the children into readers through a high volume of high-success, and high-interest reading.

 
How is this literacy program conducted in the classroom?

 

The students are involved in large group, small group, and independent activities during the reading and writing workshop. Lessons are conducted in the classrooms. The students work on skills such as:

 

Letters and Sounds: Letters have distinctive features and may be identified by names or sounds.

 

Word Study: The phonetic and structural features of words.

 

Comprehension: The process of constructing meaning while reading.
 
Phonics: Letter and sound relationships and how they are used in reading and writing.

Independent Reading: Students read texts independently with teacher support as needed.  

Shared reading: Teacher and children read text together concentrating on targeted skills.

 

Guided reading: Teacher guides the reading of small differentiated student groups with appropriate leveled texts.

 

Read aloud: Teacher reads text aloud to students to model and focus on skills.

 

Writers Workshop: Students are engaged in the writing process and produce pieces of writing in many genres.  
 
Readers workshop: The students are explicitly instructed in reading strategies with ample opportunities for students to practice independently, with a peer, and in small groups.  
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