Stow-Munroe Falls City School District values authentic reading experiences for students, explicit instruction in word recognition and comprehension, and a balanced literacy approach that includes guided reading, independent reading, shared reading, and reading aloud. We differentiate instruction for students using methods such as multisensory phonics, word sorting, small group reading instruction with leveled texts, and specific comprehension strategies taught through the gradual release of responsibility. The gradual release of responsibility allows for explicit instruction through teacher modeling of strategies, followed by student practice of the strategies with feedback.
A writing workshop curriculum is used across grades to explicitly teach writing standards and strategies. Writing is assessed and student progress is tracked through pre- and post-unit assessments. Instruction takes the form of mini-lessons, with teacher modeling and student practice included. Following the mini-lessons, students are provided time to write, implementing the strategies that were taught in the minilessons. Teachers provide further instruction through individual conferences with students about their writing.