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Elementary Literacy

Elementary Literacy

MPS Instructional Vision K-5

Balanced Literacy means a balance of modeled, shared, guided and independent practice of standards-based instruction in:
  • Reading (vocabulary, fluency and comprehension)Writing 
  • Viewing, Speaking, Listening 
  • Oral Language Development 
  • Foundational Skills/Word Work (phonemic awareness and phonics)

What Do We Need for Accountability and Fidelity?

Because of these values and beliefs around literacy instruction, we see:
  • A Balanced Literacy Framework of instruction using Benchmark Advance/Adelante curriculum following the pacing schedule
  • Students engaged in cognitively demanding tasks and complex texts
  • Teachers spend more time questioning and less time showing and telling
  • Students engage in daily collaborative conversations 
  • Teachers create a culture in the classroom where all students see themselves as readers and writers
  • Students using reading and writing as a tool to be critical consumers of texts and media
in our Minneapolis Public Schools balanced literacy classrooms. See MPS Read Well by Third Grade Plan

What Do We Need for Implementation?

Balanced Literacy is included in MPS four priorities (K-5):
  • All teachers identify themselves as literacy instructors
  • Teachers believe our students’ unique backgrounds and experiences are the foundation for their literacy
  • Classrooms are print rich and provide culturally relevant materials where students see themselves and their experiences and are inclusive of social emotional learning
  • Teachers understand expectations for student work that meets and exceeds standards
  • Common message around progress monitoring and intervention in alignment with special education and school psychologists
Together, we can build a community of literate citizens who can and will read in order to deepen their understanding of themselves and the world around them, and effectively communicate their unique perspectives.
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