Message from the Coordinator
Literacy is an integral part of daily life. In the coming years, our students will need to be literate in ways we cannot yet imagine. It is therefore imperative that we teach our students how to think critically and solve problems, both collaboratively and independently.
Literacy instruction in the Plymouth Public Schools focuses on teaching students to construct meaning from texts and compose texts to convey meaning. We have developed the following departmental goals:
- Students will demonstrate proficiency in the literacy skills of reading, writing, listening, speaking, critical thinking, and problem solving.
- Students will communicate through their own distinctive writing and speaking voices.
- Students will effectively utilize current and emergent forms of technology to demonstrate and enhance literacy skills.
- Students will demonstrate proficiency in evaluating, synthesizing, and citing information sources.
- Students will demonstrate facility in working independently and collaboratively.
At the elementary level, we have implemented a balanced literacy approach to instruction through reading and writing workshop. This approach to instruction balances the explicit teaching of skills and strategies through demonstration with ample opportunities to apply these skills and strategies to authentic reading and writing experiences. Ongoing assessment allows us to identify students’ strengths and goal areas and monitor progress and performance over time, differentiating instruction to best meet the diverse needs of our students.
At the secondary level, we continue to provide students with explicit instruction through a gradual release model, targeting specific skills and strategies based upon individual needs. Students read increasingly complex literary and informational texts to determine themes and main ideas and analyze author's craft, using textual evidence and research to support their conclusions. Students collaborate with one another to share ideas and gain knowledge. They write for various purposes and audiences, conducting research and utilizing all forms of technology to present their findings.
As a district, we have established common structures, language and resources to ensure consistent literacy experiences, with the Massachusetts ELA Standards as our guide. Our goal is for all students to achieve literacy success and to develop a lifelong love of reading and writing.
Education is a public endeavor and communication between students, teachers, parents, and administrators is vital to any program's success. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments that you may have.
Lisa M. White, PhD
English Language Arts Curriculum Coordinator
Plymouth Public Schools