Literacy Program: Journeys/Collections


Grade K-5

Sterling Community School has adopted Journeys for its literacy curriculum which is closely aligned to Connecticut Common Core Standards.  Sterling Community School has a reading program for grades kindergarten through grade eight. It is a research based, common core aligned literacy program used to meet the needs of our students includes the essential five pillars of literacy instruction; phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.  That program is Journeys, a complete language arts program, published by Houghton, Mifflin, and Harcourt. Our professional community of teachers, paraprofessionals, support staff and administrators are learning together the benefits of having a quality whole school language arts program. Some of the student advantages that we have already identified are:
  • Common Core aligned where each lesson addresses common core objectives. The Common Core State Standards provide guidelines to mastery of learning expectations for each grade level. The CCSS does not provide a curriculum, or how to teach the standards. Journeys provides the lessons along with the materials to teach to the Common Core.
  • Journeys is vertically aligned. This is important for the continuation of students’ learning. This ensures that what is taught in each classroom is built upon in the next grade level.
  • Journeys is a comprehensive language arts program that includes all the components: reading, writing, handwriting, grammar, literature (both fiction and nonfiction), listening, speaking, spelling, and vocabulary.
  • Journeys provides integrated technology for students and teachers. Both will benefit from the interactive whiteboard lessons, eBooks and ePlanners. Teachers are able to assess students and track their progress. Teachers can access writing rubrics, additional resources, plan instruction and watch professional development videos.
  • Journeys integrates differentiated instruction by including reading material on three different reading levels. The vocabulary and content are identical in all three readers, the reading level is different.
  • Journeys provides assessments so that teachers can evaluate their instruction. Journeys’ lessons are based on the Gradual Release of Responsibility model beginning each lesson with a review of past instruction followed by teacher-led instruction of new material and then guided practice where students practice what has been taught either individually or in small groups. The final step is a student applying what has been taught.

 

Louisa Cook Moats, a leading researcher in literacy writes in her book, Speech to Print, Language Essentials for Teachers, “Reading programs that are well designed and well implemented are the best guard against reading failure.”

Please do not hesitate to bring any questions you may have about Journeys or any literacy instruction to members of the literacy support team.

Grade 6-8

Sterling Community School has adopted Collections for its literacy curriculum which is closely aligned to Connecticut Common Core Standards.  Sterling Community School has a reading program for grades six through grade eight. It is a research based, common core aligned literacy program used to meet the needs of our students includes the essential five pillars of literacy instruction; phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.  That program is Collections, a complete language arts program, published by Houghton, Mifflin, and Harcourt. Our professional community of teachers, paraprofessionals, support staff and administrators are learning together the benefits of having a quality whole school language arts program. Some of the student advantages that we have already identified are:
  • Common Core aligned where each lesson addresses common core objectives. The Common Core State Standards provide guidelines to mastery of learning expectations for each grade level. The CCSS does not provide a curriculum, or how to teach the standards. Collections provides the lessons along with the materials to teach to the Common Core.
  • Collections is vertically aligned. This is important for the continuation of students’ learning. This ensures that what is taught in each classroom is built upon in the next grade level.
  • Collections is a comprehensive language arts program that includes all the components: reading, writing, handwriting, grammar, literature (both fiction and nonfiction), listening, speaking, spelling, and vocabulary.
  • Collections provides integrated technology for students and teachers. Both will benefit from the interactive whiteboard lessons, eBooks and ePlanners. Teachers are able to assess students and track their progress. Teachers can access writing rubrics, additional resources, plan instruction and watch professional development videos.
  • Collections integrates differentiated instruction by including reading material on three different reading levels. The vocabulary and content are identical in all three readers, the reading level is different.
  • Collections provides assessments so that teachers can evaluate their instruction. Collections’  lessons are based on the Gradual Release of Responsibility model beginning each lesson with a review of past instruction followed by teacher-led instruction of new material and then guided practice where students practice what has been taught either individually or in small groups. The final step is a student applying what has been taught.

 

Louisa Cook Moats, a leading researcher in literacy writes in her book, Speech to Print, Language Essentials for Teachers, “Reading programs that are well designed and well implemented are the best guard against reading failure.”

Please do not hesitate to bring any questions you may have about Collections or any literacy instruction to members of the literacy support team.
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