Literacy @ 29
PS 29 is known as a model literacy school. Literacy work at PS 29 is supported through the collaboration with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project of Columbia University. As a TCRWP Project School, PS 29 benefits from part-time staff developers, workshops throughout the school year, yearlong study groups for administrators and teachers, and summer institutes. Literacy units are aligned with Common Core State Standards.
Our Literacy program is embedded in a student-centered literature-based workshop curriculum. The structure of Reader’s Workshop, which takes place daily in kindergarten through fifth grade, includes a mini-lesson (brief whole class teacher-directed instruction which may be based on a read aloud or shared reading); a time when children are reading (independently, with partners, in reading centers, in book clubs or in guided reading groups) while teachers are conferring or meeting with small groups; and a shared time.
Classroom libraries are filled with a variety of books organized in bins on shelves by topic, author, series and by level of difficulty. Teachers use a variety of tools to assess the abilities and needs of individual children throughout the course of workshop teaching. Reader’s Workshop is taught in units of study.
The structure of Writer’s Workshop, which also takes place daily in grades kindergarten through fifth, includes a mini-lesson; a time when children are writing and the teacher is conferring; and a shared time.
From kindergarten through second grade, children keep their writing in folders. Starting in third grade, children keep writer’s notebooks. Writer’s Workshop, like reading, is taught in units of study, including some genre studies as well as other studies such as craft or a revision study. Each unit culminates in a publication/writing celebration.