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…

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.


Summary of Boys in the Boat
-Inspired Rowing Field Trip
by Dylan Dow
We started reading this amazing book about rowing, The Boys in the Boat. It’s about a U.S. Olympic rowing team from 1936. They won the gold. We liked the book so much and we wanted to learn more about rowing, so our amazing reading teacher, Kelley, made a plan to go check out Great Bay Rowing in NH. We went to Salmon Falls Woodwork to meet Fred, a cabinetry maker and also a rower. He told us about how the boats were built back in the day and how they changed over the years. Fred had the fastest kind of boat. Then we went to the boat house and met Andrew who is GBR coach. He was very polite and nice and very detailed on teaching us how to row. We all tried rowing in the Cochecho River and only one of us fell in the water. After, we went to Fiesta Pizzeria. Then we met Jennie, who led us back to her house to show us her flag and medals from the 1986 Goodwill Games and 1988 Olympics.