When writing our district reading curriculum, we do use the F&P continuum to guide our writing. It was helpful for us to know what skills readers should have in their repertoire at each grade level and what features of text they will encounter at the various reading levels. We actually created "I can" statements that reflected what a "typical" third grade reader should be able to do and used those documents to plan the necessary units of study and mini-lessons that would be taught within the units of study.
We are still not finished completely, but we have been writing mini-lessons for each day in each unit of study. As we implement Reading Workshop in our district, however, we are constantly reminding teachers that our students should also guide our instruction. This means that the mini-lessons are a guide, but teachers should also alter the units of study when necessary to best meet the needs of the readers in their classrooms.
We also take into account our state's grade-level content expectations (GLCE) for reading. These benchmarks also indicate the genres that should be studied in each grade level, so many of our units of study are specific to a certain genre.
Good luck with the writing of your school's reading curriculum. It is certainly a big job!
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