How long do you spend on Language Arts?

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  1. stampin'teacher

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    I'm in a new classroom and I'm trying to create my weekly schedule. I know I want to spend an hour M-Th on Math, but I was wondering how many minutes each day everyone spends on Language Arts?

    At my last school where I was a co-teacher most of the schedule was already set in place, and "Language Arts" time was typically used writing rather than reading. I was thinking about trying to devote an hour each day to LA, and just change what we do (writing, grammar lesson, reading, etc.) based on whatever unit we're on, or what they need more time on. My question is-is this too much time? I'm looking at the previous teacher's schedule, and daily she only devoted 35-40 minutes to LA. The times where students are out with a specialist (drama, library, p.e...) are different this year, so I can't just use the previous teacher's schedule.

    Thoughts? I feel like her schedule was so much better because she had mornings free! My kids are gone every morning for something-I'd hate to put something like LA or Math in the afternoon!
     
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    Our regular ed teachers do Literacy for 90 minutes in the morning. Writing is considered a different subject and they usually do that for about 30 minutes in the afternoon. Math is an hour.
     
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    Our entire school has a 120 minute block each day for Reading/ELA
     
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    We have 100 minutes/day for all 4 strands of our Language--Reading, Writing, Media Literacy and Oral Communication.
     
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    I would block out at least 90 minutes to teach all of ELA, more if you have the time.
     
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    15-20 minutes for word work/word sorts
    30-40 minutes for writing workshop
    45 minutes for reading workshop
     
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    Depending on the classroom, my school has 90-120 minutes of literacy instruction, not including writing. Writing is a separate 30-45 minute block. We have a 60 minute block for math.
     
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    Oh gosh! I'm trying to incorporate writing, but with the day I just don't know how I can schedule it for every single day! My old school, we really only focused on reading 2X a week, so it was easier to focus on writing.

    I really want to focus more on reading this year than my previous school...but I feel like I need an extra 2 hours in my school day! Anyone else feel that way???:dizzy:

    Does responding in writing to literature count as writing time? I feel like it was so intertwined at my previous school... nothing is concrete in private schools:lol:
     
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    Wow! Students should be reading in school everyday! They should also be writing daily.
     
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    I know! I was shocked that the school had such little emphasis on reading, but expected so much of them in writing.

    I want my kids doing both each day, but I have a feeling their writing is going to be more of a response to literature rather than daily, ongoing work on an essay...I just don't know how to schedule it unless I neglect SS or Science...which I feel gets the boot too often. I'd hate to not have any each day...as it is I have to rotate the two daily.
     
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    They can write in both sci and ss as well.
     
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    We have 90 minutes for Communication Arts. In addition, we have 3 periods (45 minutes) for writer's workshop.

    We have 90 minutes of mathematics everyday. We alternate SS and Science depending on how much time we have left during the day.
     
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    I've been teaching for a long time, and this is the first year that my English/Language Arts classes will all average about 60 minutes! That's going to be really tough for me.
     
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    My dilemma is that with the way my specialist classes are scheduled (p.e., music, art, library, drama) there are a few times where I have only 20-30 min with kids before something interrupts class (break, lunch, end of day) and I can't utilize that time well. :(

    I need larger chunks of time, because I really wanted to incorporate writers workshop..but I guess I may have to settle for writing within the subject area...which is fine, but I was really looking forward to having extended periods of writing time.:unsure:
     
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    3.5 hours as is required in my district. 75 minutes of small group time, and the rest is whole group. (Just fyi, we are also required to do 2 hours of math daily-45 minutes small group and the rest whole group). Plus 1 hour of Science/Social Studies.
     
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    At my parochial school, I have reading, language, or spelling every day. Some days are longer, others shorter because of my whacked specials schedule. We shoot for three days of scheduled reading "class" and try to work in silent reading times the other two days of the week. The writing/spelling is more fluid and is more effected by the time available.

    Good luck
     
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    Reading = 60 minutes
    Read aloud and discussion = 20 minutes
    Word Work = 20 minutes
    Writing = 50 minutes
    Math = 70 minutes

    Now, I writer's workshop and word work 4x a week. There is always something I don't do on one day in order to fit it in.

    I do Daily 5 for the reading and word work, but only daily 3 one day a week. I don't incorporate writing in my daily 5.

    I do social studies for 60 minutes 2x a week, and science for 60 minutes 2x a week.
     
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    I am surprised that the other class wasn't reading and writing as much. I have about two class periods devoted to language arts, so about 90 minutes. It's really hard to fit in all the aspects of language arts in 90 minutes, but like someone else posted, integrating subjects is the best way. I also teach Bible, so my kids get to do a lot of writing and and reading during that time. It's really like language arts, just using the Bible as the content.
     
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    We have periods and I can choose when to schedule them, but the number of periods that are spent on each subject is not up to me.

    We do two periods of reading, one of writing per day. Each period is roughly 45 minutes although sometimes it might go a bit over/under depending on what else we're doing.

    In the reading periods it usually consists of a mini-lesson then a good chunk of independent reading/conferencing. 3 periods a week are devoted to ELA test prep. After independent reading the kids might meet in literacy groups, I might do a shared reading or guided reading lesson, it varies.
     
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    Wow:dizzy:

    Do your schools not have specialist classes? I can't imagine having time in the day for 90 min of LA, 60 min of Writing, 75 min of Math, etc. and still try to fit in Science, SS, and all the specialist classes!

    What is your schedule for when students are at their specialist classes? Mine are gone for:

    30 min of P.E Daily
    45 min of either Art or Music Daily
    45 min a week for Drama
    45 min a week for Library

    Each day almost 2 hours are taken away due to students being at a specialist class.:eek:

    How does it work in your school?
     
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    This year my kids will have 90 minutes for math, 90 minutes for reading, and 90 minutes for language/writing. Then we have one hour a day for social studies/science.
     
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    Wow you have 2 preps everyday?? My kids only have 1 prep per day for 45 minutes. 1 day a week that have 2 preps but that's only because I have a grade study meeting for 1 of the preps. I wish my kids had 30 mins of PE daily- they need it! Instead they get 45 mins a week if we're even on the schedule for PE. (Not all classes are scheduled for each special, so its possible they might not have PE at all for a semester.)
     
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    Reading- 60 minutes
    Word Work- 30 minutes
    Writing- 60 minutes

    It's still not long enough!
     
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    Yes! Once a week I have THREE specialist classes! I basically have two hours with my kids. That's why I'm so baffled that everyone is able to spend all this time on reading and writing and here I am trying to cram in what I can. I feel like there's never a long enough span of time to really get into anything. :(
     
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    Last year I had:
    Monday - 45 min Spanish
    Tuesday - 30 min music, 45 min phy ed, 30 min computer
    Wednesday - 30 min library
    Thursday - 30 min music, 60 min art, 45 min band (most students)
    Friday - 45 min phy ed, 45 min Spanish
     

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