Katy Motley

Literacy and Writing at Prairie Hills Elementary

Kate Motley, Disciplinary Literacy Coach and Interventionist



For reading, the students Prairie Hills Elementary establish routines that developing independence and reading/writing stamina in each of the Daily 5: Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, Word Work, and Work on Writing.

With this structure in place, students work on finding good fit books that are appropriate for their own reading level and setting an individual goal in reading: to COMPREHEND what they read, to read with ACCURACY, to read with FLUENCY, or to EXPAND VOCABULARY.  See the following link for more information on each of these goals and the specific strategies students learn and use to meet the goals. 


 Lucy Calkins is a modern-day guru of teaching writing and has developed the Units of Study in Writing  for each grade level that are connected to our standards.  Every student learns how to plan for, write, edit and revise their writing in three modes: informational, opinion, and narrative.  Students use their grade-level checklists, built off of their grade level standards, to set individual goals and assess their own writing.  You can access these grade-level checklists on the grade level's team page. 

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Florida Center for Reading Research
Colorado Academic Standards
PARCC practice tests