Curriculum Guideposts PreK-2
Where we are and
where we are headed…
Primary House
Tracy Carrigan
Tina DiStefano
Tina Hoyt
Patti Mackay
Lory Rollman
Nancy Shaul
Patty Taverna
Michelle Terry
Donna Eaker
Loretta McCarthy
Debbie O’Neill
Nancy Morgan
• As a house we are working to emphasize the English/
Language Arts (ELA) Learning Standards (reading,
writing, listening, speaking) in all grade levels and all
subject areas. We are linking our newly adopted writing
and reading programs, resulting in a comprehensive
standards-based ELA curriculum Pre-K-2nd Grade.
• We are also working to create strong home-school
•Discussed uses of curriculum guideposts
•Met with ELA specialist
•Discussed ways to integrate the ELA standards into our new
reading and writing programs
• Discussed and selected model
•Established guideposts by grade level
•Shared and reviewed material as a house to insure a continuum
of skills
NYS ELA Standards
Students will read, write, listen, and speak for:
• Standard 1: Information and
• Standard 2: Literary response and
• Standard 3: Critical analysis and
• Standard 4: Social interaction.
Standard 1
Examples of Language for Information and Understanding
•Reading of: anthology (daily reading instruction
incorporates phonics, spelling, grammar and
comprehension), textbooks, non-fiction books, magazines,
newspapers, encyclopedias, CD ROM encyclopedias, and
web sites
•Writing of: lists and outlines, summaries, research reports
•Listening to: classroom instruction, group discussions,
directions, news broadcasts, CD’s and DVD’s
•Speaking for: group discussions and presenting research
Standard 1
Grades PreK & K Samples
Standard 1
Grades 1 & 2 Samples
Standard 2
Examples of Language for Literary Response and Expression
•Reading of: picture books, stories, myths, fables, legends,
poems, plays, novels
•Writing of: personal responses, interpretations, literary
analysis, explications of texts, original stories, sketches and
•Listening to: oral readings of literature, stage plays, CDs
and DVDs
•Speaking for: oral readings, recitations of literary passages,
dramatic presentations, groups discussions of literature
Standard 2
Grades PreK & K Samples
Standard 2
Grades 1 & 2 Samples
Standard 3
Examples of Language for Critical Analysis and Evaluation
•Reading of: literature, advertisements, public documents,
book and movie reviews
•Writing of: opinions, persuasive writing, book and play
reviews, peer editing, literary critiques
•Listening to: book discussions, advertising, commercials,
political speeches
•Speaking for: story comparisons, play reviews, interviews,
opinion surveys, persuasive speeches
Standard 3
Grades PreK & K Samples
Standard 3
Grades 1 & 2 Samples
Standard 4
Examples of Language for Social Interaction
•Reading of: notes, friendly letters, email, journal entries
•Writing of: notes, e-mail messages, friendly letters,
•Speaking/Listening for: greetings, introductions,
conversations, group discussions
Standard 4
Grades PreK & K Samples
Standard 4
Grades 1 & 2 Samples
Looking ahead...
• We will continue as a house to refine and
enhance our balanced literacy program to
support the ELA standards.
• We recognize that our curriculum
guideposts are a work in progress.
• We look forward to our continued
collaboration with special area teachers to
provide an exciting and integrated
Language Arts program.
Resources Used
New York State Learning Standards
Macmillan McGraw-Hill Reading Series
Empowering Writers Resource Materials
New York State Early Literacy Guidelines
Teacher Plan Books and Year-Long Plans
Consultations with ELA Specialist, Dr.
Robert Fulmer

Primary House Presentation