Literacy block

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  1. otterpop

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    For all things literacy related (reading, writing, phonics, etc.), how much time is allotted in your school day? Is it not enough, just right, or too much? What grade?
     
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    In the primary grades it's about 3.5 hours, which includes a 30 minute intervention block (all students go to different groups with a specialist or gen ed teacher, depending on skill need). This year we had one grade level that was so high needs across the board that they made the intervention block 60 minutes, meaning they were spending 4 hours on literacy every day. Science and Social Studies aren't taught separately; the standards are integrated through nonfiction. Some grade levels have a tiny time set aside each week (maybe like one or two 20-30 minute blocks) for more hands on Science stuff.

    It definitely feels like overkill, but on the other hand, even with all of this time our kids still struggle SO much with reading. This is a low SES area and it's very rare for children to come in with any skills or get any kind of meaningful support at home. They need so much direct instruction and repetition to learn every little thing. Over the past couple of years we have noticed significantly smaller numbers of kids going into the intermediate grades not being able to read/still really struggling with decoding, but it's kind of crazy the amount of effort it takes them to get there.
     
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    We have roughly 1.5 hours for reading (it varies by 5 min here or there depending on the grade-level and transitions on either end of the block). We have another block for writing, spelling, grammar, and handwriting that is roughly 75 min long. Intervention is pull-out during science or social studies, so that is an additional 30 minutes of literacy for some students. This is the same for all grades 3-6.

    Personally, I’d like a little longer for reading, but I do think it’s adequate. It includes an interactive read aloud, mini lesson, and independent reading/conferences/groups. Writing/ELA is departmentalized, and I don’t teach it. So I can’t speak to whether or not it is enough time.
     
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    That's an amazing amount of time!
     
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    As you know, literacy is a prerequisite for success in all academic subjects. School leaders that acknowledge the fact that they have a high percentage of students who fall farther and farther behind with each passing year and wish to reverse the trend must consider all options - including extending the literacy block. Unfortunately, our system doesn't seem to benefit from those who are successful - for most, it's just business as usual.
     
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    I absolutely agree. I feel that reading should take up the largest portion of instructional time.
     
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    2 hours and 10 minutes. That includes reading workshop, word work, and writing workshop.
     

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