Links to Literacy

LINKING EDUCATORS TO LITERACY - HSSD 2017-18 Vol. 2

CHOICE - VOICE - PATH - PLACE - PACE

Choose Your Own Adventure

This volume of Links to Literacy encourages you to "Lead Your Learning."

Create your own learning path by choosing from the topics below.

Adventure 1: Engagement

Adventure 2: Teaching Moves

In Reading


In Writing


Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System (BAS) Clarifications

In response to the BAS Running Record system update, all K-8 schools participated in an Inter-Rater Reliability training for the new comprehension rubric and scoring during the November Early Release. Below are points of clarification based on our feedback that day:


Be sure to consult the new Scoring at a Glance and Comprehension Rubric (yellow laminated papers) for updated criteria.


Comprehension Conversation:

  • Use conversational language to facilitate the discussion and give credit for acceptable responses any time during the comprehension conversation.

  • You do not need to ask a question if the student has already provided that information.

  • Use prompts for any information not given. You are able to rephrase prompts one time.


White Folder Expectations:

  • Protocol sheets

    • Only include the current year’s spring protocol sheets for all students. Additional sheets can be shredded.

  • Writing samples

    • Include the 4th UoS post On-Demand.

    • You may include an additional piece.

    • Any writing being removed from the folder should be sent home.

  • PALS (K-2)

    • Include the student summary form for the current year.


F&P Benchmark Assessment System Changes

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Twitter Chats

Teachers College (TCRWP) host weekly Twitter chats on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM #TCRWP.


Upcoming Topics:

  • 1/31: Writing Chat: History of Writing Workshop Across the Day 3-8
  • 2/7: Helping Kids Use Technology to Read, Write, Reflect and Recommend Books K-8
  • 2/21: The Power of Learning: Tips for Maximizing the Reading and Writing Progressions 3-6
  • 2/28: Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities in Reading and Writing Workshop 2-8

2017-2018 HSSD Literacy Team


  • Bay Harbor- Mandy DeQuaine
  • Forest Glen- Mary Huberty
  • Howard Elementary- April Padalino, Julie Ditty, Kathy Pludeman
  • Meadowbrook- Janice Huhtala
  • Suamico- Susan Tegen, Kathy Pludeman
  • Lineville Intermediate- Tracy Coopmans, Sherry O’Neil, Katie Williams
  • Bay View Middle School- Danielle Bemmels, Katie Williams

Team Contact information