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LITERACY PLAN 682 RATIONALE

Background
The comprehensive literacy plan was a project where I evaluated data given
by the instructor and put together a literacy plan to help increase literacy in
the school. In this project I addressed the struggles students were having
with reading by assessing different reading inventories, running records,
spelling tests, and comprehension questions. From the data I compiled a
comprehensive literacy plan to increase the literacy rate among the
students. I discussed the importance of engaging lesson planning, the use of
phonological awareness activities and skills to increase reading rate allowing
students to focus on meaning of the passage instead of decoding single
words. My literacy plan incorporates reading and writing workshops to give
students ample opportunities to learn grow, and practice what is learned in
whole group instruction. The literacy plan uses whole group instructions and
small group mini lessons to help build phonological awareness and reading
comprehension. The mini lessons consists of working with small groups
using explicit instructions to increase the children’s skills where they might
be struggling.
Rationale
I created this literacy plan to improve the literacy development of the
students in the case study. This project helped me address the needs of
students based on data of results from various work samples and tests. I
gathered all the data and place a plan in place that addresses all the
students’ needs and will increase their literacy skills. This project gave me
practice assessing students work and determining what they need to be
successful. I can now put together a plan addressing student needs
increasing literacy rate.
Teaching Standards
Standard #7: The teacher plans instruction based upon knowledge of
subject matter, students, the community, and curriculum goals. In this
project I developed a plan that would increase literacy amongst students by
using scientifically prove teaching strategies. The strategies I used was the
mix of whole group instruction with small group mini lessons. The whole
group instructions is for me to instruct my lessons and model for the
students what is expected. The mini lessons gives me a chance to provide a
more individualize lesson to students who are struggling in certain areas,
addressing their weaknesses. In this project the data showed students
struggled with phoneme substitution, phoneme segmentation, phoneme
deletion, and syllable segmentation. Increasing these score involves explicit
instruction building phonological awareness skills to increase ability to
decode words, and increase comprehension.
LITERACY PLAN 682 RATIONALE

Standard #8: The teacher understands and uses formal and informal
assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual,
social, and physical development of the learner. While I am implementing my
literacy plan I will continue to evaluate their growth through formally
assessing the student’s work and informally observing their behavior and
understanding. In my plan I have designated goals for my students to reach.
I will monitor my student’s growth by observing their engagement and their
ability to demonstrate their understanding. In this plan I have formative and
summative assessment in place to judge the success of the literacy plan. My
assessment strategies are done during the reading and writing workshops,
through the use of observations of their work and official rubrics to grade
their assignments.

CEC Standards
Standard 1: Foundations. In this project I have addresses the CEC
Standards by creating a strong foundation of reading and writing
development in my literacy plan. I developed a literacy program that
addresses beginning reading skills, phonological awareness. I use activities
and games to help build phonological awareness, even songs or rhymes to
help build the beginning strategies. From there we work step by step
increasing their phonological awareness skills by recognizing letters and
letter sounds, blending letter sounds, isolating letter sounds, segmenting and
substituting letter sounds. Learning directionality of a book, beginning
writing skills, being able to write letters, words, or names. These are all
different building blocks to develop strong foundations of reading. My
literacy plan states if students cannot decode words well they cannot focus
on the meaning of the passage. I created a plan to help students decode
words better and develop a balanced literacy program for students.
Standard 7: Instructional Planning. I fulfilled this standard in my project by
providing an in-depth comprehensive literacy plan, proving I can plan lessons
to build literacy and address student needs. The time to put into my literacy
plan was built explicitly to help students develop literacy. My planning was
research based and included scientifically proven strategies to build students
literacy. The instruction strategies in my plan included modeling for students
doing read aloud, think aloud, and group discussions. I have planned for
these instructions to model for the student what good readers do through
metacognitive strategies, and reading fluency. The instructional planning
also incorporates projects such as book making, to mix writing and reading
strategies for a balanced literacy program.
Alverno Abilities
LITERACY PLAN 682 RATIONALE

Coordination. In this project I coordinated the data from the students,
assessed their weaknesses and strengths then took the data and created a
literacy plan that would address the needs of all students and continually
building their strengths. The whole group instructions coordinates with the
student’s developmental need by giving instructions/introductions to the
lesson that is being taught. The mini lesson coordinate with the students’
needs of addressing their weaknesses to build into strengths. The activities
with in the lesson are coordinated to address the topics being taught and
increase student awareness and engagement. The instructional model I
used for teaching was a gradual release model: I do, we do, and you do. I
coordinate with my students when I can start letting go of control based on
their ability to develop their literacy skills from the lesson being taught.

Educational Framework
The educational framework that assisted me in my literacy plan is Albert
Bandura’s Active Learners, and Social Learning Theory. Both of these
theories developed by Albert Bandura focus on the students’ needs to be
active in their learning and their ability to learn by watch other actions. I
applied Bandura’s Theories by modeling for my students exactly what I want
to see from them. I show my students how to engage with books, how to
write, directionality, reading, pronouncing words, and good reading skills. I
also keep my lessons active for students to actively engage in the materials
to keep moving and building strong relationship to the work. My literacy plan
include projects and active learning opportunities to use the teacher as a
guide. The teacher is a coach for the child and allows them to direct their
own learning but guiding them in the right direction.