Learning List has reviewed McGraw Hill’s Reading Wonders, a comprehensive reading and language arts program for students in grades K-6. Instruction focuses on the close reading, collaborative discussion, and analytic writing strands of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), including the California CCSS. Materials are available in print and digital formats.
Wonders uses a variety of student materials, such as the Reading/Writing Workshop, Your Turn Practice Book, Close Reading Companion, Leveled Readers, a Literature Anthology, and Grammar Handbook, and WonderWorks for Response to Intervention. The Reading/Writing Workshop is at the center of instruction and addresses the CCSS Anchor Strands for close reading of complex texts, collaborative conversations, and analytic writing, as well as foundational skills (e.g., phonics) as appropriate for a particular grade level. At each grade, Workshops present six-week thematic units (e.g., New Discoveries) organized in weekly instructional blocks.
Wonders focuses on the reading of literary and informational texts, rereading for specific purposes, and the use of textual evidence to support conclusions and opinions in spoken and written formats. Lessons are structured using the Gradual Release of Responsibility (i.e., GRR) instructional model. Instruction relies on a set of instructional routines (i.e., introduction, modeling, and guided and independent practice) that are applied to specific learning task (e.g., sound categorization). Optional technology-based activities are provided.
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