Great Lakes Academy
46312 Woodward Ave. Pontiac, MI 48342 Phone: 248‑334‑6434 Fax: 248‑334‑6457
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Curriculum

English/Language Arts (ELA)

READING

The Success For All Reading program (K-8) is aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Students are assessed every eight weeks and placed into reading groups based on their reading level. Students receive 90 minutes of reading instruction daily. Students are tutored during the school day for intervention.

Success For All Reading Program (SFA)

Success for All is a whole-school reform strategy that features research-proven tools, cooperative learning to engage students and collaborative leadership for continuous improvement. SFA’s elementary programs combine a cooperative-learning framework with detailed lessons that guide effective instruction in critical academic and social skills. Lessons incorporate multimedia, puppet skits, and videos to support classroom instruction and keep students engaged. Interactive lessons are fully aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

KinderCorner: KinderCorner is a comprehensive kindergarten program based on research indicating that young children learn best when material is delivered holistically rather than in isolation. Using a thematic approach to learning, KinderCorner addresses all key developmental domains for early learners. KinderCorner helps children make sense of the world around them, fostering the development of children’s language, literacy, math, and interpersonal and self-help skills and science and social studies concepts.  KinderCorner consists of sixteen thematic units that are designed to relate to children’s lives, interests, and surroundings and introduce them to concepts that are then explored and reviewed through concrete, integrated, theme-related activities. KinderCorner specifically targets language and literacy development through the discussion of thematic concepts to promote the children’s phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, and oral-language development. These activities include interactive story reading and storytelling, action songs and rhymes, and verbal guessing games. Each day, children choose learning labs and engage in reflection activities to promote their problem-solving skills. Students also read KinderCorner concepts-of-print books, which helps them to develop phonics and other readingreadiness skills.

Reading Roots: Reading Roots 4th Edition is a ninety-minute comprehensive program that targets the needs of beginning readers. Reading Roots is a research-based beginning-reading program that provides a strong base for successful reading through systematic phonics instruction supported by decodable stories, along with instruction in fluency and comprehension. Reading Roots also fosters students’ love of reading by providing rich literature experiences, extensive oral-language development, and thematically focused writing instruction. These objectives are embedded in a fast-paced, engaging, and highly effective instructional process. Students are assessed and regrouped according to their reading level every quarter to ensure that they receive the most focused instruction. Reading Roots is built around forty-eight lessons. Separated into four levels, it supports concept development in oral-language development, phonemic awareness, phonics, word skills, fluency, and writing. Second and third grade nonreaders can be regrouped into Reading Roots classes.  Reading Roots provides a strong base for successful reading due to its emphasis on systematic phonics instruction through FastTrack Phonics. This phonics instruction is supported by decodable stories, and instruction in fluency and comprehension.

Reading Wings: Reading Wings 4th Edition is a research-based reading curriculum that provides ninety-minute daily lessons over a period of five days and targets the needs of students reading on a second- through eigth-grade level who have successfully learned to decode but need to develop more sophisticated reading skills.  To ensure that students become proficient readers, Reading Wings uses Success for All’s core instructional structures to target vocabulary development, reading comprehension, fluency, orallanguage development, and written expression by providing students ample opportunities with both narrative and expository text.Targeted Treasure Hunts, a key component of the Reading Wings program, provides instruction focused on targeted reading skills and strategies. All the instruction accompanying each five- or six-day lesson cycle centers around a narrative or expository trade book or basal selection, allowing for background building, specific and technical vocabulary development, utilization of targeted skills, team discussion, relevant writing activities, and assessment. Reading Wings further supports reading comprehension through the Savvy Reader. The Savvy Reader provides intensive, engaging introductions to each of the four core comprehension strategies—clarifying, questioning, predicting, and summarizing. Additional Savvy Reader lessons provide comprehension strategy instruction throughout the year, and this instruction is reinforced through Targeted Treasure Hunts.

WRITING

Writing is taught using the Scholastic Traits Writing program by Ruth Culham.   This curriculum is organized as a spiraled sequence of the writing 6 plus 1 traits and their 4 key qualities. Key qualities define the traits in detail and give concrete concepts for targeted writing instruction. The program is structured so that all the traits are covered systematically and intermittently throughout the year rather than covering one trait at a time. Nine Units, including a "Getting Started" unit at the beginning of the year and a "Wrapping Up" unit at year's end, ensure comprehensive, well-rounded instruction.

Traits Writing Components:

Teaching Guide
Contains focus lessons, mentor text lessons, warm-up activities, differentiated small-group activities, tips for managing independent writing, and much more.

Comments Book
Contains 100 ”just -right” comments, correlated to the trait scoring guides. Write the comments  on papers or use them in one-on-one conferences, small groups, and whole class lessons to inspire your students!

Implementation Guide
Explains the instructional model, the research behind it, and ideas for scheduling instruction and managing the classroom. It provides detailed guidelines for assessing writing using the trait scoring guides, converting scores to grades, keeping records, and reporting progress to parents.

Student Handbook
Includes definitions of traits and key qualities, worksheets, writing activities, "Think Abouts", author previews, graphic organizers, tip sheets, publishing checklists and other tools that support instruction

Mentor Texts 
A collection of fiction and nonfiction books and “everyday texts” serve as models for teaching  the key qualities of the traits. Books and Everyday Texts align  to a lesson in the Teaching Guide     and most are accompanied by a video of the writer who created it.

Sing-Along CD (K-2)
Includes a wide variety of singwith each of the Traits and include both sing along and instrumental versions. -along songs that help your youngest learners become familiar

Trait Posters 
Cool and colorful posters, one for each trait, that remind students of key qualities to htibnk about as they draft, revise, and edit their work.  Each on showcases a "Trait Mate" from the Student Handbook. 

Traitspace
Every program comes with access to Traitspace, a password protected, easy-to-navigate website that includes:
Video interviews with author of Mentor Texts
Student Materials
Benchmark papers and assessment tools
Record Keeping Forms

 

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