Reading and Writing Department Blog

Once a child said, “Learning in schools is like listening to barking dogs.” This is a profound statement if we think about it and meditate upon it. Students, particu...

Vocabulary instruction plays an important part in the learning process. Vocabulary is related to areas such as listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Children acquire listen...

First grade has been working very hard on reading strategies.  This is an essential part of the curriculum in order to develop comprehension.  Also, it helps students ...

Hamilton Duel

March 2, 2020

Many of you have heard of Hamilton by Lin Manuel Miranda; the most successful musical Broadway history. Lin Manuel spent 6 years developing his work of art; he performed it...

Fourth grade is a time when students generally love poetry rather than fear it. Their reaction to poetry often depends on the styles of poems to which they are exposed. We intro...

One thing that we as educators do is consistently develop our professional approach to teaching.  In this way, we can give students more opportunities to think critica...

An article by Nurys Gisbert, Texas Certified EC-4, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher   How can we help preschoolers improve their listening and reading comprehension skills? ...

Current Events and Research

February 18, 2020

In third grade students are being exposed to current events and researching.  By researching they are being introduced to academic vocabulary and topics in order to build t...

  With a large number of Hispanics at our campus, Amigos Por Vida- Friends For Life Charter School has to cater to the diversity of its students by applying differentiat...

  Digital world or no digital world, communication is the mainstay of any civilization.  Without proper communication, we would head towards chaotic misunderstandin...

It is not a good practice to teach social studies in isolation, or to neglect the content instruction altogether.  As Amigos Por Vida educators, we continue to support soci...

Good readers are motivated to read, their interest in books is high and so are the connections they are able to make from stories to their own life experiences. Many students, h...

Expository Essays

December 4, 2019

7th grade has been working on expository essays. This is a genre of essays in which writers have to investigate an idea and explain the idea using evidence. The writer has to ex...

What’s been going on in kindergarten these last couple of months? You may ask yourself. Well in simple words, I would say a lot of reading and writing. However, these are ...

The Beauty behind Biographies

November 21, 2019

For the past two weeks our 5th graders have been learning about biographies and autobiographies. Biographies are written text used to inform readers about a real person. Th...

PK3 Learning

November 21, 2019

Welcome to our PK3 class, where we learn new things every day. Since it is the first year we are in school, learning is super fun! Maybe our parents wonder what we have learn...

American Revolution Projects

November 18, 2019

This week 8th grade has been working on projects over the causes and effects of the American Revolution. This is the first time most of the students have dived into th...

Daily Five

November 18, 2019

In first grade the students enjoy working in Learning Stations!  We use the literacy structure called Daily Five.  It is an integration of instruction and classroom ma...

Phonics and Reading

November 13, 2019

Phonics in Second Grade What is phonics? Phonics is teaching children individual sounds to help them decode words. Phonics is essential for students to learn because it he...

Expository Composition

November 11, 2019

When writing an expository essay, our students follow these basic steps: Select a topic  The topic is narrow enough to make it manageable within the space of an ...

PK4 Academic Vocabulary

November 11, 2019

ACADEMIC VOCABULARY INSIGHTS An article by Nurys Gisbert, Texas Certified EC-4, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher   How can we help preschoolers improve their academic voc...

Reading Theater in PK4

November 11, 2019

Fun Reading/Theater lesson in Pre-Kinder 4 with puppets.  We read "Goldilocks and the Three Bears". This is a great activity to help develop retelling s...

Writing Day in 3rd Grade

November 11, 2019

The students are enjoying a writing day using a birthday experience to create a past narrative composition. They used visuals, sentence structure cards, and even enjoyed a cupca...

Poetry, at times, can be challenging to many middle school students. Therefore, it is my duty to provide the necessary tools to aid students in comprehension. In poetry, devices...

Here’s a fun activity on ‘Word Meanings’ with a tweak to Frayer’s Model that is applicable to grades 3-8   Process & Material: Students...