Learning List recently reviewed Savvas’s Texas myView Literacy, which was submitted for state adoption in Texas in response to the Texas Education Agency’s Proclamation 2019 call for K-8 English language arts and reading (ELAR) products aligned to the new ELAR Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Texas myView Literacy is a comprehensive English language arts and reading product for grades K-5. Content is available in print and digital formats. This review is of online materials only. Instruction is organized using sets of mini-lessons that facilitate flexible instructional planning and a variety of instructional models.
Across grades, myView Literacy is organized in five 6-week units. Each unit addresses a cross-curricular theme focused on an essential question, such as a grade 4 unit titled “Diversity” that integrates social studies topics and asks: “How can we reach new understandings through exploring diversity?” Each unit features a “Spotlight” genre that is the focus of instruction (e.g., informational texts) and includes works from additional genres. Across units, instruction provides a balance of authentic literary and informational texts. Students learn to read different types of content, such as maps, infographics, and timelines. [Read more…]
Units are organized in instructional weeks. Each week centers on an essential question and an authentic text linked to the unit’s theme. Weekly instruction incorporates predictable routines. For Weeks 1 through 5, routines include Reading Workshops, Reading-Writing Bridges, and Writing Workshops. The sixth week of each unit is focused on an inquiry-based project, reflection, and assessment activities. Project activities incorporate the unit’s theme and ask students to make connections between the unit’s texts, conduct research, work collaboratively, and create a final product in written and/or spoken format. For example, the unit addressing diversity at grade 4 ends with a project in which students study the importance of inclusive playgrounds and write an argumentative letter to the principal requesting accessible playground equipment.
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