Ridpath Literacy Collaborative


Literacy Collaborative
The Ridpath Literacy Collaborative is modeled on the Literacy Network, is a search-based, school-wide, long-term, professional development program that focuses on the successful literacy of every child. It provides a comprehensive language and literacy program that is dedicated to meeting the needs of all students.The Literacy Network framework provides our students with many opportunities to experience literacy instruction in all aspects of the curriculum. Teachers are trained and coached in all components of the framework. Thus, they are equipped to provide our students with many opportunities to become successful readers and writers.

Components of the Literacy Network Framework include:

Reading Instruction

Interactive Read Aloud
The teacher reads aloud to the whole class using texts that go along with the core curriculum, favorite authors, and/or favorite characters. Students are encouraged to respond before, during, and after the reading. Read aloud books are reread many times to increase critical thinking and vocabulary knowledge. During this time the teacher focuses on modeling fluent reading and comprehension strategies.

Guided Reading & Managed Independent Learning
The teacher works with a small group of students who have similar reading levels and strategy needs. This instruction is at the child's instructional level. The rest of the children in the classroom work independently in literacy stations practicing skills that have been previously taught and modeled.

Shared Reading
The teacher uses a common text that all students can see. This might include a big book, chart with a poem or song, or an overhead of a page from a science or social studies text book. The teacher involves the students in reading chorally and teaches explicit reading and comprehension strategies that the students will use during guided reading and independent reading. Another aspect of shared reading focuses in on letter and word knowledge. This is a time that a focused lesson will be taught on a phonemic skill that is new or being reviewed.

Independent Reading
Students read on their own from a wide variety of materials. These books may include re-reads from guided reading books, favorite authors, shared readings, class books, etc. The goals is to develop fluency, confidence, and the opportunity to practice previously taught reading strategies.

Writing Instruction

Interactive Writing
The teacher and students compose messages and stories that are written using a "shared pen" technique that involves the students in the writing process. The students write what they can and the teacher writes what they can't and sometimes what they have already mastered. The teacher and students negotiate what the message will be, the form of the writing project, and who the audience will be. The projects produced during interactive writing are hung in the classroom and hallways and become independent reading material during managed independent learning time. These projects are also used for shared reading and for mini-lessons during writing workshop. A lot of word work and phonics skills are reviewed during this time.

Writing Workshop- Independent Writing
The students engage in writing a variety of texts. The teacher guides the process and provides instruction through a focused mini-lesson and through individual conferences with the student writers.

Shared Writing
Shared Writing is similar to Interactive Writing with the difference being that the teacher is the scribe. The students still may help negotiate the message and help get the message down orally while the teacher does the writing. A lot of word work and phonics skills are reviewed during this time. Shared Writing is used more toward the end of first grade and in second grade.