Literacy: Junior Great Books, Jacob's Ladder, William & Mary, Enriched Literacy Curriculum-Gr. 4, Lucy Calkins Writing Program
Junior Great Books:
Junior Great Books is a strong,
inquiry-based language arts program that refines and extends students’ skills
in reading, thinking, and communicating. The program is a model of student-centered
learning in which students work with complex ideas and rigorous texts. The
program uses well-crafted, multicultural reading selections that are rich in
ideas and invite a number of interpretations. Through consistent use of the
program students develop their reading and thinking skills by asking questions,
formulating and sharing their opinions, and supporting their ideas with
evidence from the selections they read.
Jacob's Ladder Reading Comprehension
Program: Grades K-2 The program targets reading comprehension skills. The
program includes stories and ladder tasks carefully selected for young children
to develop oral communication and listening skills. Students in grades K–1 and
1-2 will learn to comprehend and analyze any reading passage after completing the
activities in Jacob’s Ladder, including stories focused on picture analysis,
read-alouds, classics, and original works.
Example of Jacob's Ladder experience for Grades 1-2
Jacob's Ladder Reading Comprehension
Program: Grade 3-5 The program targets reading comprehension skills, by using
skill ladders connected to short stories, poetry, essays, and nonfiction.
Students move from lower order, concrete thinking skills to higher order,
critical thinking skills. The ladders reinforce the multiple skills necessary
for academic success, covering language arts standards such as sequencing,
determining cause and effect, classifying, inferencing, and recognizing main
Example of Jacob's Ladder experience for Grades 4
William & Mary
The William and Mary Language Arts
Program was specifically designed to meet the needs of high ability learners.
It is a thematic literature-based program in which students read and respond to
a collection of above-grade level texts in order to enhance their understanding
of underlying themes. Through consistent use of the program's specific teaching
models, students strengthen competence in reading, writing, and critical
thinking. There are specific William and Mary Language Arts Units for grades
two through eight.
Enriched Literacy Curriculum: Grade 4
The program was created using best
practices in gifted education research utilizing components of Junior Great
Books, William and Mary, and Lucy Calkins Unit of Study in Writing. The course
is built around the core Grade 4 reading language arts curriculum standard and
is designed for students that need advanced, rigorous instruction parallel to
the learning experiences of students in the Centers for Enriched Studies. The
program provides instructional opportunities with complex literary and informational
texts, and writing instruction based on developing the writer through writing
process and writing workshop. It establishes an instructional atmosphere that
promotes critical and creative thinking.
Lucy Calkins Writing Program
The mission of the Lucy Calkins program
is to build children’s confidence in expressing themselves through writing. It
is a systematic workshop approach, kindergarten through fifth grades, which
provides students with the time and support they need to become lifelong writers.
Writing is not only texting, emailing
and social media. In the Lucy Calkins program students become proficient in
generating ideas and organizing their thoughts to create narrative, opinion and
Students learn to love writing and feel
the power of writing well.