Literacy at Two Rivers...

The Two Rivers reading and writing program is closely aligned with the Common Core standards. We teach reading both through the use of authentic, compelling pieces of literature and informational text and through direct instruction in fluency and decoding skills. To learn more about this approach, explore our Two Rivers Dimensions of Literacy Proficiency. We use literature in four distinct ways during the school day:

  • Reading aloud models fluent reading and comprehension strategies through aligning what we are think with what we read
  • Shared reading further enhances fluency through reading shared text with students
  • Guided reading (elementary school) with students at similar levels and a teacher allows our teachers to connect students with interesting, meaningful literature while also explicitly teaching reading skills
  • Book clubs and Socratic seminars (in upper elementary and middle school) help students to develop and extend complex text analysis skills for older students
  • Source-based writing enables students to both construct and demonstrate their understanding of a variety of topics and hone evidence-based communication

In addition to the practices listed above, we place a heavy emphasis on vocabulary development at all of the grade levels. Students build background knowledge and work with vocabulary in the context of real text, as well as build grade-level vocabulary and word solving knowledge through our Wordly Wise Vocabulary curriculum.