Academic Reading & Writing (Gr3-6)


Little Mountain’s Academic Reading and Writing program, Deer, is intended for students in grades 3-6. This program has been designed for students who demonstrate proficiency in English communication and literacy skills. Meeting for two hour lessons twice a week, students in the Deer stream will participate in engaging activities that will develop the major areas of English communication: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.


This program will give students the opportunity to improve their critical thinking, awareness of global issues, and knowledge and application of key English skills. In the reading component of the Deer stream, students will read fictional pieces from a variety of genres, as well as non-fiction texts covering a range of history and science topics. In the writing and presentation component, students will first learn how to craft a strong paragraph, then how to extend their writing to create and share well-written essays. Together, these branches of learning enable students to gain a well-rounded Language Arts education.


Through project-based learning, Deer students will apply their knowledge and interests to consider problems set before them and present solutions. By the end of this program, students will become independent critical thinkers with a strong awareness of social justice and world issues.





Learning Objectives

Deer Level 1

  • • Writing: craft a well-written paragraph; introduction to essay writing.
  • • Reading: explore a large vocabulary from a wide range of topics; enhance reading comprehension and fluency through thematic texts.
  • • Speaking: prepare and present on relevant topics; participate in formal and informal debate.
  • • Further Skills: logical organization of personal schedules and academic resources; develop and maintain responsibility to personal goals and commitments.

Deer Level 2

  • • Writing: development in various essay formats; practice self-editing skills.
  • • Reading: enrich knowledge of history and science; make relevant personal and universal connections to theme-based texts.
  • • Speaking: improve confidence and fluency through presentation and debate.
  • • Further Skills: perform research; develop an awareness of what it means to be a global citizen.




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