Part 1: Step by Step Guide to Organizing Literacy Curriculum for the Year-Getting Organized

Updated: Oct 8, 2021

It’s important to be thoughtful and intentional when planning literacy instruction. You don’t want to get caught in that “what am I going to teach next?” cycle. You want your literacy instruction to help foster and grow readers, writers and problem solvers.

I am reposting updated versions of previous entries about planning a year’s instruction. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this updated series for a step by step guide for planning out your literacy instruction with tips and tricks for getting your year organized.

When teachers think about instruction throughout the school year they must be intentional in the planning. It’s easy to look at the state standards that are required by the school district and lesson plans, if any, set out by the school district. Many times, those plans are broad and general and need additional specificity to meet the needs of each unique classroom of students in the school district.

Teachers must thoughtfully plan their own year of instruction. Let’s face it, if the plans are made to include student active engagement, authentic responses and student choice centered around comprehension and understanding, the lessons are going to follow the district’s state aligned plan and you won't get caught in that "what do I teach next?" cycle.

Setting out a curriculum calendar for the year specific to your grade level and campus needs will create a BIG PICTURE and provide a self-created document to keep you and your students on track for the year.

Create an Outline