Reading / English Language Arts

  • Books Philosophy

    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


Curriculum

  • Read Aloud
    Implicit modeling of comprehension strategies using "Think Aloud" techniques

    Shared Reading
    Explicit modeling and direct teaching of strategies and skills using instructional text materials

    Phonics/Word Study
    Instruction on decoding strategies to help students understand how phonics and words work

    Guided Reading
    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

    Independent Reading
    Students read a self-selected text and apply learned strategies and skills

    Writer's Workshop
    Students build writing skills and fluency through authentic, repeated use of the writing process

Assessments

  • 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)

Initiatives

  • Comprehension Initiative
    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.

    Vocabulary Initiative
    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.

    Fluency Initiative
    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.

Staff Development

  • Grades PK-6

    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

    Grades 7-8

    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

Resources

  • 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.