Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts
This year we will be implementing a framework called “Daily 5” and CAFE as a part of our literacy block.
Daily 5 is the structure we will use to plan our literacy time. Children will be busy completing meaningful literacy tasks. The choices will be:
- Read to self
- Respond with writing
- Word Work
- Listen to reading
- Read to Someone
Right now, we are focusing on increasing our stamina to work independently during Read to Self. Within the next few months, the other choices will be introduced. While the students are completing their literacy tasks, I will be meeting with small groups and conferencing with individual students. Daily 5 is how we schedule our language block.
CAFE is what we study during this time. I have changed the acronym in our room to stand for “FACE” as in the FACE of a reader. The strategies in FACE are a combination of the four major components of reading. They are:
- F for Fluency
- A for Accuracy
- C for Comprehension
- E for Expanding Vocabulary
The children will learn reading strategies within each category. These strategies will become tools for the children to use to help themselves become better readers and writers. I will keep you informed when new strategies are introduced to the whole class through weekly posts on our class website and your child’s individual strategies through phone calls or individual messages. Both of these communications will give you clear directions as to how to reinforce these concepts when you read with your child at home.