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Language Arts / Artes Del Lenguaje

2018At the Amigos School, our ongoing goal has been to build a strong and sustainable bridge for biliteracy. We are committed to a curriculum that includes deep engagement with complex texts and writing in both Spanish and English.

The Amigos School language arts curriculum is based on best practices and methods for teaching biliteracy. Teachers use a flexible framework that integrates the range of reading, writing, and word study activities essential for building proficiency in two languages. Language arts in K-5 consist of three blocks (Language and Word Study, Reading Workshop, and Writing Workshop) built around a foundation of oral language. The teacher provides direct instruction through very specific mini-lessons and guided learning in whole group and small group settings.

The Language and Literacy framework is particularly suited to a dual-language school, where teachers must take into consideration their students’ native and second language proficiency and tailor instruction to meet individual students’ needs. This structure is the instructional design for best practices in language and literacy teaching and learning. It provides a structure within which teachers can accommodate the varying needs of their students.

The Reader’s Workshop block includes instruction in phonological awareness, letter-sound correspondence, fluency, and comprehension within the context of reading meaningful, authentic texts in Spanish and English. At least once a week, students participate in a bridge lesson where they engage in contrastive analysis of vocabulary and language structures between the two languages. Teachers receive training for these biliteracy practices through participation in workshops lead by the Biliteracy coach and other experts in dual language.

The Writer’s Workshop block focuses on the development of the writing process. Students write narrative stories, persuasive letters and essays, informational research, and poetry through a series of guided mini-lessons and independent writing. Starting in Kindergarten, all students at Amigos are expected to write in both English and Spanish. Students learn the craft and convention of writing in two languages.

Language Workshop is generally a shorter block of time devoted entirely to mastering phonics and grammar. A common K-5 practice in Spanish is El Dictado. This is one approach to helping children learn concepts about phoneme/grapheme relationships in Spanish and English. The approach consists of weekly dictation tasks that include spelling, grammar, and metalanguage. For the English component, students participate in explicit phonics and word study lessons tailored to their individual needs.

Our Amigos Upper School students receive language arts instruction daily in both English (ELA) and Spanish (ADLE). A key component of our Upper School program is the careful pairing of texts in both languages to allow for a bridged connection between themes, genres, and writing styles, as well as the reflection of and extension of students’ cultural identity and competency. Students analyze texts by authors such as Julia Álvarez, Jorge Ramos, García Márquez, Federico García Lorca, Sandra Cisneros, and Esmeralda Santiago. These Spanish texts are purposefully selected and taught in tandem with the English texts required by the CPSD Upper School Curriculum.

Our goal is that all students achieve mastery in two languages through carefully planned lessons that celebrate our student’s bilingualism and multiculturalism.


El Currículo de Artes del Lenguaje Inglés (ELA) en la Escuela Amigos está basado en el Marco Colaborativo de Lenguaje y Alfabetización en asociación con la Universidad de Lesley. Este marco es el diseño de instrucción para la mejor metodología en la enseñanza y el aprendizaje de lenguaje y alfabetización en los grados K-8.  Provee una estructura en donde los maestros pueden acomodar las necesidades variadas de sus estudiantes. Es un marco flexible que integra la gama de actividades de lectura, escritura y estudio de palabras esenciales para promover la alfabetización. Consiste en tres bloques (Lenguaje y Estudio de Palabras, Taller de Lectura y Taller de Escritura) estructurados alrededor de una base de lenguaje oral. El/la maestro/a provee instrucción directa mediante mini-lecciones bien específicas y aprendizaje guiado en entornos de salón de clase completo y grupos pequeños. 

El Marco de Lenguaje y Alfabetización es particularmente apropiado para una escuela de doble lenguaje, donde los maestros deben tomar en consideración la competencia de los estudiantes en su lengua materna y su segundo idioma y deben ajustar la instrucción a las necesidades individuales de sus estudiantes. 

La Escuela Amigos es un miembro de la Colaborativa de Alfabetización, un programa profesional de desarrollo con sede en la Escuela de Educación de la Universidad de Lesley.  En la Colaborativa de Alfabetización, los maestros aprenden estrategias de salón de clase y actividades que ayudan a desarrollar las destrezas del habla, la lectura y la escritura dentro de un marco de artes del lenguaje y a través del currículo. En los grados K-6, parte del día escolar se utiliza en los Talleres de Lectura y Escritura. El programa de lectura de la Colaborativa de Alfabetización enfatiza el conocimiento fonológico, la correspondencia de sonido a letra, la fluidez y la comprensión dentro del contexto de la lectura de texto significativo.  

Como parte de La Colaborativa de Alfabetización, la Escuela Amigos tiene un/a “Coordinador/a de Alfabetización” que participa en un programa de entrenamiento en Lesley y colabora con otros maestros de la Escuela Amigos para repasar y poner al día la instrucción y la alfabetización según sea necesario. El Centro para la Recuperación de la Lectura y la Colaborativa de Alfabetización en Lesley apoya el programa con oportunidades de desarrollo profesional  y materiales.  

Para más información acerca de La Colaborativa de Alfabetización, clika aqui.

Elika Fredrickson
JK-8 Biliteracy Coach
Email Elika
Phone: 617.349.6567 x203
Mail:
15 Upton Street
Cambridge, MA 02140

Please visit the English Language Arts website for more information about common district expectations.