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Old 08-18-2019, 09:31 AM
 
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Hi! I am a new teacher this year in a 3/4 resource room. I will be teaching reading and writing through the Journeys curriculum. Does anyone have any experience with this curriculum in special ed? The book seems overwhelming and ALOT even for a gen ed class. I don't even know where to begin in looking at this book. I am used to Lucy Calkins and this is so different. Please help me.


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Hi Jessica,
I'm a reading specialist, not in SPED, but our K-5 building uses Journeys.
There are 3 components that I'd suggest looking at first. Your best bet for instruction from these will depend on your students.

In the main TE, towards the back there is a tab called "Intervention". That includes a daily lesson that ties to the gen ed classroom material. It's intended to be 30-45 minutes. The students would then use the "Write In Reader" workbook. It has stories that are connected in terms of concept and theme but is written slightly below grade level and the text is chunked to read a paragraph or two and then answer a question. Our resource teacher uses this for comprehension instruction if the kids are 1-2 years below grade level.

There is a Tier 3 resource called Decoding Power that is a separate spiral bound TE. I personally hate it but some of the elementary schools in our district use it and love it. The TE includes that target grade level and everything before it, so if you need K or 1 content (phonics) for your students, it is a resource you can use. The reason I don't like it is because each skill has 1 lesson and I don't really understand how people use it with kids that need way more repetitions than typical, but obviously other people have figured that out!

Another resource I'd suggest is the Language & Literacy Guide. It has word cards for word study, modified spelling lists, and other resources that connect to the gen ed core curriculum but are more geared towards small group and hands on instruction. It also has a key in the back with the leveled readers for the grade level including the reading level and target skill/strategy. That's nice because if your third graders are reading at a 1st grade level, you can pull the 1st grade L&LG and find leveled readers that have the matching skill/strategy to what they are doing in gen ed that week.

You are right - the curriculum includes way too much for everyone. I'd be happy to answer any other questions you have. Feel free to PM me.

Also, if your 3rd/4th graders need phonemic awareness or phonics remediation, you won't find much in Journeys outside of Decoding Power. We don't use Journeys after 1st grade for those interventions.
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