At Evergreen Charter School our mission is to nurture the intellectual, physical and social development of all of our students. Our overarching literacy belief is that every student can become a competent reader and writer. To that end we have developed a program of balanced literacy instruction that allows students to have meaningful and rigorous literacy experiences. This approach helps students increase their proficiency in the five interrelated processes of reading, writing, speaking, listening and thinking, while integrating these processes within all teaching and learning experiences.
Our balanced literacy framework is a flexible organizational and planning model used to engage students in literacy experiences that motivate them to be life-long readers. This framework uses current research on evidence-based best practices in literacy. Classroom teachers use an approach that allows scaffolding and differentiation of instruction based on the students’ instructional levels. Through skillful questioning techniques, our students are taught to think critically at high and complex levels. Our program of study is aligned to the NYS Common Core Learning Standards and based on NY State curricula guidelines.
Students are immersed in literacy through a daily three period ELA block. Students are exposed to a wide range of genres and materials that include fiction, non-fiction, narrative, poetry, chapter books, text-books, newspapers, encyclopedias, journals as well as electronic sources. Technology is integrated throughout the literacy program as a support and means of enrichment through the use of smart boards, a MAC computer lab and a portable computer lab. The focus of our program of study is to teach students to become thoughtful and strategic readers. In order to teach these strategies, we use high-quality children’s literature that aligns with the Common Core Standards and that allows students opportunities to apply strategies in contexts that will make them life-long learners. Complex texts are used as anchor and mentor texts for both reading and writing instruction.