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Daily 5

Daily 5 Curriculum

The Daily 5 is a framework for structuring literacy time so students develop lifelong habits of reading, writing, and working independently. Students select from five authentic reading and writing choices, working independently toward personalized goals, while the teacher meets individual needs through whole-group and small-group instruction, as well as one-on-one conferring. These choices include

  • Read to Self,
  • Work on Writing,
  • Read to Someone,
  • Listen to Reading, and
  • Word Work.

The Literacy CAFÉ System helps students understand and master
the four key components of successful reading:
omprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding Vocabulary. The CAFE Menu breaks each component into significant strategies that support each goal. The strategies are posted on the classroom wall and built throughout the year; it serves as a visual reminder of whole-class instruction as well as individual student goals.

** Click on the links to the right to view the reading strategies taught in class and displayed on our CAFE board. 



Metacognition can be defined as "thinking about thinking." Good readers use metacognitive strategies to think about and have control over their reading. Before reading, they might clarify their purpose for reading and preview the text. During reading, they might monitor their understanding, adjusting their reading speed to fit the difficulty of the text and "fixing" any comprehension problems they have. After reading, they check their understanding of what they read.