St. Louis Language Immersion School (SLLIS)


Literacy: The Daily 5 and 6+1 Writing Program

The Daily 5
SLLIS has officially adopted and successfully implemented The Daily 5 model across all of our elementary schools for our reading time. The Daily 5 is a literacy structure that teaches independence and gives children the skills to create a lifetime love of reading and writing.

The Daily 5 consists of five tasks that are introduced individually. As each task is introduced, the children practice increasing their stamina until they can successfully complete each task independently. When students are fully engaged in their reading and writing activities, teachers are able to confer with small groups of children about their work.

The five tasks are:

  1. Read to Self
  2. Write to Self
  3. Word Work
  4. Listen to Reading
  5. Read to Someone

The Daily Read Aloud
A “read aloud” is a literacy strategy in which a teacher orally reads text above students’ independent reading level but at their listening level. By exposing students to texts above their reading level on a consistent basis, teachers provide a strong foundation of background knowledge and vocabulary to better prepare students for independent reading at this level.

Daily reading aloud allows teachers to model fluent and expressive reading, to think aloud, to model the reading process, to review text structure, to provide interactions with a variety of texts, to make connections and to expand vocabulary.

Benefits of a daily read aloud include:

  • Listeners increase their vocabulary foundation by hearing words in context.
  • Listeners build listening and comprehension skills through discussion before during and after reading.
  • Listeners hear fluency, voice, drama and interest in the written word.

6+1 Traits of Writing
The 6+1 Traits of Writing Model is an instruction and assessment tool based on 6+1 key qualities that define quality writing.

The qualities are:

The 6+1 Traits of Writing Model gives us a shared vision and vocabulary for describing the qualities of writing in order to provide students with precise, complete feedback on their writing performance. It also helps us prioritize, focus, and individualize our writing instruction.

For more information, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAp5w-ZKeXk