1st Grade Literature

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Course Summary

In First Grade Literature, students read a variety of culturally relevant and diverse texts that are strategically placed into thematic units in order to build a deeper understanding of an idea or concept. Over the course of the year, scholars will realize that authors often write texts for enjoyment and entertainment but that authors also write texts to help a reader learn and make sense of the world around them. Within the different thematic units, scholars will explore the various lessons they can learn from folktales and stories and how those lessons relate to their own lives, the different roles that reading and books play in people’s lives in communities around the world, and how authors write books that reflect what they are passionate about. Students also consider what it means to be part of a family.

At Match Elementary School, our model for teaching reading in lower elementary is a hybrid of an interactive read aloud and a reading workshop mini-lesson. Our 45- to 60-minute lessons include the strategic teaching of the habits and strategies of good reading while also pushing for deep comprehension of the text. Target tasks are a central part of each daily lesson and offer opportunities for writing and discussion that both deepen students’ understanding of the content and target reading strategy and build their writing and discussion skills. Reading, writing, and discussion strategies learned during the reading block are practiced and supported by other reading blocks during the day (e.g., word study, shared reading, writer’s workshop, guided reading, independent reading, and play-based learning labs).

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English Language Arts at Match

At Match Education we have ambitious goals for our ELA program. Through our teaching, we strive to transform our scholars into critical readers, writers, and thinkers, and we seek to widen our students’ perspectives and deepen their character so that they can better understand themselves and the world around them.

Our ELA curriculum is designed around several core beliefs about how students learn best. These beliefs drive the decisions we make about what to teach and how to teach it.

  1. Text First vs. Skills First: We believe in the power of rich and nuanced texts to spark students’ thinking.

  2. Content Selection: We believe selected texts must both affirm our scholars’ cultures and expose them to great literature.

  3. Writing Instruction: We believe writing instruction should teach scholars to construct and convey persuasive arguments, and express their own voices.

  4. Discussion: We believe discussion is a powerful tool for testing ideas out and strengthening thinking.

  5. Word Knowledge: We believe in the importance of building word knowledge through both explicit instruction and exposure to content knowledge.

  6. Lifelong Learning: We believe that teachers should cultivate voracious, inquisitive readers, writers, and thinkers.

For more information, view our full English Language Arts Program Overview.