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Common Core Curriculum


At the core of the after school program, they support our district’s goal of developing productive citizens and life long learners. One of the ways the after school program supports this is by incorporating Common Core focused instruction. In alignment with our district’s curriculum map, they have developed a pacing guide that targets writing and reading skills. In addition, specific focus areas are incorporated based on school site needs.


The after school program further believes in the importance of equipping students with skills in writing and reading. Their goal is to promote students’ critical thinking and overall literacy skills.


In today’s society, writing is a primary way to evaluate one’s work, learning, and intellect — in their academic, professional, and personal careers. Research has shown that nearly all professions require some form of writing on the job (


Writing promotes expanded reasoning, organization of ideas and information and elevates critical inquiry abilities. According to Lucy Calkins (2013), students should be able organize thoughts and express, in writing, their abilities to recall, synthesize, analyze and compare and contrast information and ideas. They are given the opportunity to do so through practicing Narrative, Opinion/Argument, and Informative/Expository writing.


Using Lucy Calkins’ Writing Pathways Workshop, the after school program will implement and monitor students’ progress focusing on three types of writing:

Narratives: Telling or retelling of a fictional story or real event in their lives.
Opinion/Argument: Expressing thoughts on a topic in a logical or persuasive manner.
Information/Expository: Researching, analyzing and summarizing multi-media, as well as reporting scientific and historical facts.


Congruently, writing is supplemental to building strong reading skills and a very important part in literacy development ( The goal of the after school program is to integrate both reading and writing in an effort to help our students reach at or above grade level in reading (9 out of 10 students reading at grade level).


To support student reading, the after school program incorporates:

Close Reading: Careful and purposeful re-reading of a text that requires the reader to be thoughtful and active in understanding the text and provide text based responses.
Read Naturally: Consistent practice and exposure to common words and elevated vocabulary to build fluency in reading.
Guided Reading: Teacher guided small group practice and modeling of reading behavior and strategies to help students break down text for understanding and use clues to understand words.
Directed Reading and Thinking Activity (DRTA): A comprehension strategy that guides students in asking questions about a text, making predictions, and then reading to confirm or refute their predictions.
i-Ready: Continuous practice during after school on an individualized computer based reading program that supplements the Common Core standards.
The after school program plans to strategically monitor student reading with Read Naturally and i-Ready assessments.