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Picturing Writing: Fostering Literacy through Art
My students need sets (40 each) of 3 leveled texts about weather to read during the second grade Picturing Writing: Fostering Literacy Through Art project that will be taught in October 2011.
Elizabeth Hardwick said, "The greatest gift is a passion for reading." Do you enjoy reading books that are too hard for you? Many of our students are reading below grade level and would greatly benefit from reading text on their instructional level. Help them develop a passion for reading.
During the 2009-2010 school year our elementary school had 680 students.
Of these students, 458 of these students participated in Free and Reduced Lunch, and 186 students were English Language Learners. (ELL) In addition, out of the 333 students that were tested in English Language Arts portion of ISTEP, only 68.2% passed. Our school has performed below state standards on the literacy portion of ISTEP for two consecutive years placing our school on AYP. It is imperative that we provide our students with opportunities to improve their literacy skills.
The leveled texts will be used in a multidisciplinary program called Picturing Writing: Fostering Literacy Through Art (Created by Beth Olshansky) to our second grade students with the intention of expanding the program in the future. This program utilizes crayon resist art techniques and quality literature in a progression of mini-lessons that teach essential literacy skills to students with diverse learning styles.
With these books, students become fluent in two different languages: the language of pictures and the language of words. As students become fluent in the two languages, they are able to approach reading and writing from a position of strength according to their individual learning style. The program will be integrated into the second grade International Baccalaureate unit called How the World Works. In addition, nonfiction text correlating with the IB unit will be used to insure that each student is provided with text based on his or her instructional level.
Sponsoring this project will have a lasting effect on the confidence of our students.
These books will give our students the opportunity to read nonfiction text on their own reading level helping them to become successful readers.
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