To master many of the Common Core Reading Standards, students must learn several specific skills within a standard. We call these “component skills.” The KIPP Wheatley curriculum defines, teaches, and provides opportunities for students to practice these component skills across grades. The TRG gives all teachers a common starting point for skill instruction.
Specifically, the TRG includes anchor charts from the KIPP Wheatley lessons, which show the core instruction for a given component skill at each grade level. For each skill sample, the TRG also includes criteria for success, potential student misconceptions, and scaffolding ideas.
Teachers can use this content to reinforce skills when students are struggling and/or to redirect instruction in a lesson where they prefer to emphasize a different skill.
Use the charts as follows:
- Identify the standard for which you wish to provide instruction.
- Identify a component skill of that standard.
- Make an anchor chart of the reading/thinking steps for students.
- Choose a text for students to use to practice the skill. This text should be a familiar text so that students’ attention is on the skill and not on basic decoding.
- Choose an early section of that text, or a separate text, for modeling. When possible, use the same text with which students will practice. Note that you will need to model with a different text that students can only those skills that can only complete once in a text (such as determining the message or structure).
- Model the steps.
- Have students practice the skill replicating the reading/thinking steps.
For more support on using Reading Thinking Steps see Ways to Use the Reading Thinking Steps.