Literacy involves the four modalities of the language arts:
Reading Writing Speaking Listening
In literacy, students learn to use reading and listening to understand the world around them; they learn to use writing and speaking to negotiate in the world and to advocate in their own interest.
At Maplestone, literacy is completely individualized. The literacy instructor meets with students one-to-one. Students complete a reading assessment to determine if they need explicit reading instruction. Students are also referred to the literacy instructor for help with writing, test taking, or support with other academic work.
During the 2016-2017 school year…
- writing a letter to the editor (Click Here)
During the 2015-2016 school year, students working with the literacy instructor…
- wrote and designed picture books about cars and trucks;
- learned to read, write, speak, and understand French—achieving 20% fluency;
- learned the theoretical physics behind circuitry—i.e. Ohm’s Law, Kirchhoff’s Law, and the power formulas;
- completed Hour of Coding—learning basic computer programming using code blocks;
- learned how to use the online presentation tool, Prezi;
- used Discovery Education Puzzlemaker to create puzzles—about Dr. Seuss books—that were distributed to local libraries for Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss’s birthday);
- wrote a movie review that was posted online;
- wrote a Maplestone version of the folktale, “The Gingerbread Man”;
- and one literacy student read five different books in six months—including a graphic novel, a memoir, a classic horror story, and poetry.