What is Being a Reader?
Learning to read is a developmental process that begins even before children enter school and proceeds at different rates for different students, creating a range of reading abilities in every classroom. To meet the needs of all readers, the program offers a strategic mix of whole-class and small-group instruction.
We all aspire to provide our students with the strategies and skills they need to learn in order to read well and to love reading. We want students to approach reading with motivation and confidence, to deeply comprehend text, and to grow as readers and thinkers and as caring and collaborative citizens. Being a Reader, part of Collaborative Literacy, is an early reading curriculum that supports students in achieving these goals through whole-class and small-group instruction.
Whole-class Shared Reading lessons (grades K–1) foster oral fluency and a love of language while building classroom community. Shared Reading lessons also develop concepts of print, phonological awareness, letter and high-frequency word recognition, and understanding of author’s craft through repeated readings of stories, songs, and poems.
During whole-class Word Study lessons (grade 2), students explore how words are put together using spelling-sound correspondences, inflectional endings, and strategies for analyzing and reading polysyllabic words. Meaningful prefixes and suffixes are introduced throughout the year along with common syllable types. Ongoing whole-class and pair work build students’ ability to work together, explain their thinking, and come to agreement.