Language Arts/Literacy Program

Windsor Prep offers a three-tier reading program which consists of the Jamestown/McGraw-Hill Reading Program: Goodman’s Five-Star Stories, Jamestown/McGraw-Hill Reading Program: Jamestown Literature: An Adapted Reader, and the Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Reading Program: Literature: The Reader’s Choice and Writer’s Choice. These research-based series emphasize strategy-based instruction delineating reading as a process of constructing meaning from written text.

Goodman’s Five-Star Stories is specifically designed for the struggling reader who is significantly below grade level and has not acquired the foundational skills necessary for reading fluency. This series motivates students with high-interest text and adapts well-known short stories by traditional authors to entice the reader. It builds five important reading skills: key story elements using a cloze procedure, literary elements, critical thinking, vocabulary in context, and analyzing the writer’s craft. Students must also write in response to reading. The assessment component is designed to measure student progress using charts and graphs, providing motivation to succeed.

Jamestown Literature: An Adapted Reader is designed for those students who are marginally below grade level who have comprehension difficulties and limited vocabulary. Jamestown Literature provides collections of literature adapted to lower reading levels. All genres are represented, including short stories, myth-folktale, drama/epic, and nonfiction. The innovative “My Workspace” feature provides an interactive environment in which students answer questions and fill in graphic organizers while they read. These interactive side-margin notes help students monitor reading comprehension, reinforce vocabulary, and build background knowledge. End-of-selection assessments measure student growth and provide practice for state tests.

Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Reading, a research-based program, features Glencoe Literature: The Reader’s Choice and Writer’s Choice which is an integrated language arts series incorporating literature, writing, grammar, and composition, The Reader’s Choice is a contemporary anthology with a rich mix of classic and modern collections of poems and plays, stories and songs, letters and essays, and myths and folklore which enable students to explore literary voices, culture, and times to develop their interpretive skills. Through the text’s varied and active instructional strategies, students are given ample opportunities to engage in responsive reading, interpretation, and literary analysis through selections arranged by both theme and genre.

Students explore writing as a purposeful and flexible means of expression, reflection, and critical and creative thinking. The multiple forms of assessment provide students with an experience that is responsive to local, state, and national standards of achievement.