A year of Essential Literacy will include the following components: Reading (an emphasis on reading fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, and phonemic awareness/phonics will be individualized), and Writing. Intertwined within each quarter will be a focus on reading comprehension strategies, differentiation of curriculum, novels that the students will read at their independent reading level, written expression, and informal presentations. The teacher will keep a portfolio of student work and will evaluate progress on an independent basis.