October K-2 Literacy Coach Newsletter

K- 2 Universal Literacy Reading Coach

A Glimpse into PS 8’s K-2 Reading and Writing Units


Reading: The students are learning how to establish good reading habits.

Writing: The students will focus on learning how to write personal narratives across pages.

First Grade:

Reading: The students will become word detectives to help build upon strategies they could use for high- frequency words and decoding.

Writing: The students will begin to write personal narratives using a favorite author’s craft.

Second Grade:

Reading: The students will focus on studying characters and stories that surround their specific character.

Writing: The students will create gripping fictional stories with meaning and significance.

Literacy Tips to Help YOur CHild AT Home

If your child gets stuck on a word while reading a book. Please try these strategies:

  1. Look at the pictures.
  2. Say the first few sounds of the new word.
  3. Stretch the word out slowly.
  4. Look for a chunk that you know (-at, -an)
  5. Skip the word, read to the end of the sentence, hop back and READ IT, READ IT!
  6. Try to re- read the sentence, try a word that makes sense
  7. Ask for help (after you have tried all the other strategies)


I will be hosting Parent Workshops during the month of October

Friday, October 12, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.- Literacy Workshop for Kindergarten Parents

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.- Literacy Workshop for First and Second Grade Parents


If you have any questions, please reach out to me, via email at cblackwood@schools.nyc.gov or stop by room 202. I look forward to working with you!



Ms. Camille Blackwood

Universal Literacy Reading Coach

Supporting Grades: K- 2