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Course Outline

Language and Word Study (Block 1): During this block we will be doing the Sitton Spelling Program and focusing on language and word study skills. We will practice editing, learn new vocabulary, and read and discuss short stories, articles and poetry.

Reading Workshop (Block 2): Reading workshop has three major components:Independent Reading, Guided Reading and Literature Study. We will spend the beginning of each reading workshop block with a minilesson on a specific skill. The students will get time each day for independent reading. I will go around the room to conference with the students and provide brief, individualized instruction. Small groups of students will be pulled for guided reading.  The groups are based on the students' needs and they will receive small group instruction on those skills. The groups will change throughout the school year. Literature Study involves a group of students who will read a book on their own and meet with their group to discuss the book and complete activities and projects about the book. The students will have different roles and responsibilities in the group.  

Writing Workshop (Block 3): Writing Workshop has three major components:Independent Writing, Guided Writing, and Investigations. Each day the writing block will begin with a minilesson. The students should take the skill that is taught and try it out on their writing that day. Students will get independent writing time each day. Some days they will be given a prompt to follow, some days they will choose their own topic, and some days they may work on an assigned essay. During guided writing, the students will be given instruction based on their specific needs. This will be small group instruction and the groups will be changed throughout the school year. Investigations will usually be based on social studies and science; however, a literature investigation may also be assigned. The students will spend time completing a project based on social studies, science, or literature. They will have time to do research during computers and  library as well.

Social Studies and Science: We will be doing social studies and science throughout our literacy program. We will be reading, writing, and completing projects on the topics covered in social studies and science. Our focus for social studies is the Western Hemisphere and we will focus on nutrition and major body systems for science.

Math: Go Math is our math program. We will be providing you with information on how to give your child support at home. We will cover a wide variety of skills such as, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, geometry, algebra, and much more. Students will need to be able to sovle multi-step word problems for each chapter. 


Dover Union Free School District   2368 Rt 22   Dover Plains, NY 12522   Phone: (845) 832-4500   Fax: (845) 832-4511

The Dover Union Free School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.  
The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Donna Basting, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Staff Development, and Technology
2368 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY  12522
845-877-5700 x1233 

Genie Angelis, High School Principal
2368 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY  12522
845-877-5700 x1143

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

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