Dayton Junior High has been growing a culture of literacy for many years. The literacy leadership team and instructional coach provide guidance and support for teachers who teach a School Support Literacy class. Every student in the school takes an SSL class in addition to their language arts class. Classes are tiered according to ability and focus on nonfiction reading and technical writing. Learning targets and common formative assessments were first developed for the SSL classes before expanding to all subject areas. They are based on the Oregon’s Common Core State Standards.

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The School Support Literacy classes unite once a year for an all-school book study. In 2010 they read Three Cups of Tea and in 2011 they read The Color of My Words. Books are carefully selected for a multi-cultural theme. After the guided book study, a capstone day of guest speakers, break-out activities, food, visual and expressive arts culminates the collaborative reading experience. The SSL book study has become a much-anticipated tradition at Dayton Junior High.

Bringing the Boy Home by N. A. Nelson is the book for the 2012 novel study. On March 16, 2012, students, staff, and special guests took part in the book study celebration, transforming the school hallways into the Amazon rain forest.

Lisa Thomas, Instructional Coach,