English Language Arts (ELA) Curriculum

ELA instruction is guided by South Carolina ELA standards. We believe a balanced approach to literacy instruction is needed to meet all the needs of our students. A balanced literacy model includes instruction in phonics, reading comprehension, interpretation of literature, writing and reading fluency.  

The balanced literacy model at Mitchell Road Elementary includes best practices from: Fountas and Pinnell Guided Reading, Pat Cunningham’s Four Blocks, and Ruth Culham's, 6 + 1 Traits of Writing

Response to Intervention (RTI) is used to assist students in 5 year old kindergarten and first grade who are having difficulty meeting standards in reading instruction. The goal of the program is to prevent failure through early intervention, frequent progress measurement, and increasingly intensive research-based instructional intervention.

Read to 100,000 Minutes

Mitchell Road Elementary wants to encourage our students to read because good readers achieve greater success!  Therefore, during the months of November, December, January, February, and March a calendar will be sent home for you to help your child track his or her nightly reading.  Here at school teachers of each grade level will record the sum of minutes read each month.  Our goal is to read 100,000 minutes as a school during this five-month period.  

Here’s What You Do
Students:  Record your number of minutes read Monday-Thursday on the calendar each week.

Parents:  After your child has recorded the number of minutes he or she read, initial the corresponding box on the calendar.

Read to 100,000 Parent Letter

Read to 100,000 Reading Log

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

The ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Program serves students who speak other languages. ESOL services are provided to qualifying students through a pull-out program. 

A syllabus for each grade level is available on teacher websites.