The Wydown Literacy Program integrates reading strategies and literature appreciation with formal and informal writing assignments and small and whole class discussions. Each year students study three core texts through the lens of an essential question(s), engage in independent reading opportunities, and explore different genres (including poetry, non-fiction, and short stories). In addition, with the help of the building’s Writing Interns, students draft and conference a variety of writing pieces including poetry, literary essays, personal narratives, and creative writing.
1. Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins
2. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
3. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
1. Why do people behave the way they do?
2. How can a person's decisions and actions change his/her life and affect the lives of others?
1. The Giver by Lois Lowry
2. Maus I by Art Spiegelman
3. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
1. Who is considered to have value?2. How are some people considered more valuable than others?
1. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
3. Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose
1. What is the role of a responsible citizen within his/her own society?