ERIC Number: ED395288
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Improving the Literacy Program: A Journey toward Integrated Curriculum. Literacy Improvement Series for Elementary Educators.
Santa, Carol Minnick
This booklet describes a school district's evolution from a neatly compartmentalized language arts curriculum to a curriculum integrated around broad topics and themes of study. Sections of the booklet discuss the mounting tensions in the school district's language arts program; committee work that formed the foundation for change; the 5 target behaviors or skills which form the "spine" of the language arts program; the need for defining some priorities for thematic studies; teacher support; the "critical moments" during the evolution of the curriculum to thematic studies; and what the future holds. Throughout the booklet, set off in italic print, are the researcher's current reflections about school change. An appendix provides a list of trade books (one for each of the grades K-6) on the topics of personal feelings and growth; friends and family; social issues and culture; imagination, thought, and humor; folklore, heroes, and legends; yesterday; my world and others; environment; and living things. (RS)
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Change Strategies, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Elementary Education, Integrated Curriculum, Language Arts, Literacy, Thematic Approach
Northwest Educational Research Laboratory, Document Reproduction Service, 101 S.W. Main St., Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204 ($4.80).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR. Literacy, Language, and Communication Program.