On our literacy voyage, we will be visiting several “Ports of Call”.
* Port Word Study – During our voyage, we will develop our word study, vocabulary, and spelling skills through exercises
focusing on components of words such as roots, prefixes and suffixes; patterns of how words are spelled; and how parts of
words often give hints to the meanings of words, as well as their spellings and pronunciations. We will apply these skill in our
daily reading and writing.
* Port Reading – While in Port Reading, we will explore a treasure trove of books and skill standards through a Reading
Workshop model. Our long-term goals are to increase stamina (the ability to remain engaged in reading for longer periods
of time) and to increase the quantity of books read. On many occasions, buccaneers will have a choice of what they read
within a specific genre. While they may have the choice of what to read, they will not have a choice of whether to read or not.
During the designated workshop time, crew members will be reading, working in small groups, and conferencing with the
Captain. It is imperative that each pirate comes aboard with adequate supplies of reading material EVERY DAY. Please plan
ahead by visiting the public library, the school library, ordering from Scholastic Book Club, etc. Additionally, pirates are required
to complete a required amount of self-selected reading per week (the amount of time will increase as the year progresses), and
they will log their time on a program called Reading Rewards.
* Port Writing – This booty-full port will consist of grammar skills, journal writing, letter writing, writing units, open-ended
questions, timed writings, etc. Grammar and writing skills will be assessed through the consistent application of skills in daily writing, formative and summative assessments, and writing units. Our writing units will focus on increasing the development of ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation.