The K-5 ELA Curriculum/Common Core Alignment: Reading and Writing Guide is intended to help educators teach from the specific body of knowledge that students in grades K-5 must acquire in order to become highly effective users of oral and written language. The Common Core Learning Standards in English Language Arts form the basis for the development of the instructional units. Each unit is designed to target all components of the Common Core Standards presented through a reading and writing workshop instructional strategy.
Readers’ workshop and Writers’ workshop are phrases that describe a particular structure that maximizes students’ learning. This structure does not require prepackaged curricula or specialized materials. Instead, the workshop model relies on teachers’ deep understanding of the skills and strategies that reading, writing, listening and speaking demand. It acknowledges that skillful reading and writing are developed through experience, practice by explicit teaching of the habits and techniques of accomplished readers and writers, and by giving students sufficient time to practice with authentic texts at increasingly higher levels of text complexity.