Reading / English Language Arts
Reading is a complex process where meaning is gained from print through the reader's use of prior knowledge and learned strategies. Pearland ISD is committed to develop students' appreciation for reading and encourage independent life-long learners who are able to apply critical reading skills to function successfully in their world.
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Reading/ELA
Implicit modeling of comprehension strategies using "Think Aloud" techniques
Explicit modeling and direct teaching of strategies and skills using instructional text materials
Instruction on decoding strategies to help students understand how phonics and words work
Helping students orchestrate strategies and skills using their instructional reading level
Literacy Work Stations
Providing students with opportunities to practice authentic literacy activities alone or with a partner
Students read a self-selected text and apply learned strategies and skills
Students build writing skills and fluency through authentic, repeated use of the writing process
K-2 Observation Survey
The Observation Survey assesses literacy tasks necessary for describing a young child's emerging reading and writing behaviors: Letter Identification, Word Test, Concepts About Print, Writing Vocabulary and Hearing and Recording Sounds.
Developmental Reading Assessment
The DRA is an individual reading assessment that assesses students' reading performance in grades K-6. It provides data that enables the teacher to determine the student's reading level and group students effectively to provide appropriate instruction and opportunities to practice reading skills and strategies.
Writing & Reading Assessment Profile
The WRAP is a reading assessment used in 7th/8th grades to determine the student's reading level and group students effectively to provide appropriate reading instruction and opportunities to practice reading skills and strategies.
The Texas Middle School Fluency Assessment
TMSFA measures fluency in text reading and oral word reading as well as main idea comprehension.
State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR)
In the balanced literacy classroom, K-6 teachers use anchor lessons, mental models and strategy posters to teach reading comprehension strategies. These strategies include schema, visualizing, asking questions, inferring, determining importance and synthesis.
K-6 teachers use anchor lessons in the balanced literacy classroom to serve as models of effective vocabulary instruction. Teachers emphasize higher-level vocabulary words that appear frequently in texts and in written/oral language of mature users.
Teachers have been trained and provided with resources to target these attributes of fluency in a balanced literacy classroom: pacing, phrasing, smoothness, accuracy and attention to punctuation.
Phonics/Word Study Initiative
Instruction is provided for students in phonics and word study using whole-group and small-group instruction, which carries over into independent practice activities.
Literacy Course 1: Studies a balanced reading program, emphasizing the guided reading component
Literacy Course 2: Studies a balanced program with an emphasis on implementation in the classroom
Literacy Course Grades 3-6: Studies a balanced reading program teaching comprehension to enhance understanding at grades 3-6
Literacy Intervention Course 1: Helps special education teachers with a balanced literacy approach to teaching struggling readers and students with special needs
Six Traits: Develops an understanding of the Six Traits and how to implement these traits (ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency and conventions) into the writing curriculum
Reading Academy - Critical Components of a Comprehensive Literacy Program: Trains junior high teachers in the components of an effective reading program by helping them implement best practices such as supported independent reading, think-aloud modeling, shared reading, guided reading and discussion groups
Writing Training: Introduces junior high English teachers to the philosophy and structure of writing workshop. Topics include modeled writing, mini-lesson structure and the writing conference. Teachers gain mini-lessons on genres, the writing process, the Six Traits and the writing craft so they may implement the writing workshop components in their classrooms
The school, home and community work together to support and enhance students' development of literacy, a love of reading and competency in writing. Use Skyward to check your child's assignments and homework and to monitor grades.