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SD57 Vision Statement: Literacy

The schools we envision recognize every child’s right to grow up literate as a member of a dynamic learning community that values the richness of linguistic, ethnic, and cultural diversity.

Fountas, I.C., & Pinnell, G.S. (2018). The literacy quick guide: A reference tool for responsive literacy teaching. Heinemann.

Responsive Teaching
aka Balanced Literacy

What is Responsive Teaching?

[Responsive Teaching] involves a variety of activities provided consistently.  These activities include:

  •  reading and writing to/for students

  •  reading and writing with students

  •  reading and writing by students

  •  word work

  •  visual literacy

  •  oral language

  •  numerous forms of representing knowledge/understandings


[Responsive Teaching] involves a balance of:

  •  direct and indirect instruction

  •  whole class instruction

  •  small group instruction

  •  individual instruction

  •  work with various genres

Trehearne, M. (2016). Multiple paths to literacy: K-2. Miriam P. Trehearne Literacy Consulting.


The basic components of Responsive Teaching are:

(these links are SD57 only, log in to Office 365 to view)

Other possible contexts for learning to read and write:


SD57 Recommended Literacy Assessment Resources


Possible Formative Literacy Assessment Lenses and Tools


Literacy Assessment as Instruction

Running Record

  • TBD


Benchmark Assessment System (BAS)


Whole-Book Assessment


Writing Snapshot

  • District Protocol: protocol, graphic organizers, and sample lesson


"Putting on the Blitz"

  • Learning Opportunity: video and related documents

Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI)

Literacy Structures

The Daily 5

  • TBD

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