This is the first year I have run my literacy program according to the Daily Five (well, loosely, anyway). During "Work on Writing" this morning, I had the tudents write me letters telling me what they liked most about how the literacy block was set up this year, an what they might suggest changing for next year, if possible.
Here are a few words from my Grade 3s:
"My favourite thing about Literacy this year has been fun reading different books."
"My favourite thing has been Work on Writing because you can write down all your feelings and theings you're going to do or did. Something I would like to do differently if possible is during Work on Writing go to the computer lab and working on creating comics or using Bitstrips."
"My favourite thing about literacy
is when you read in little groups."
"My favourite thing about Literacy this year has been Read to Self because I don't like working with other people or reading with others because sometimes they bother me or not listen to me!"
"What I liked about Literacy is reading in small groups like when we read Charlotte's Web."
"My favourite thing about Literacy is Read to Someone because when I make mistakes, he or she helps me, and if they need help I help them and I have turned a better reader."
"One thing I liked about reading is the quiet -- it helps me read."
It really is amazing how this way of structuring one's literacy block offers something for everyone. This summer, I plan to read the next book in the series, "the Literacy Cafe". I am looking forward to refining the process for next year to make it even better!