What kinds of reading materials are included in Wheatley Portfolio?
Many of the texts listed as exemplars in the CCSS Appendix B are included in Wheatley Portfolio. These texts take priority in our units and indeed shape unit themes. Like the exemplar texts themselves, the additional texts suggested in our curriculum include literary works and informational texts that have stood the test of time, as well as excellent contemporary titles. The suggested texts include novels, short stories, poetry, essays, speeches, memoirs, biographies, autobiographies, fables, folk tales, and mythology. Teachers will find texts written by authors of wide-ranging diversity: young and old, living and dead, male and female, American and international. In the early grades, our Portfolio prioritizes students’ exposure to traditional stories and poetry, Mother Goose rhymes, and award-winning fiction and nonfiction chosen for quality of writing and relevance to themes. They also emphasize concepts of print, phonological awareness, phonics, and text reading fluency. In upper elementary and middle school grades, students read a variety of fiction and nonfiction on science and history topics, as well as diverse selections of classic and contemporary literature. High school begins by establishing in ninth grade a common understanding of literary and informational genres, sub-genres, and their characteristics. Grades ten through twelve each focus on a different literary tradition, both American and international. Along the way, our Portfolio highlights numerous points of connection with history, science, and the arts.