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A Coeducational, College Preparatory School for Ages 3 Through Grade 12
Episcopal School of Dallas
A Coeducational, College Preparatory School for Ages 3 Through Grade 12



Beginners adopt and practice their literacy skills through learning to listen to stories, building stamina, looking for story patterns, recognizing characters, forming letters, discovering capital letters and sounds, and rhyming.


Early literacy skills are taught and reinforced daily.  Students learn how to form and recognize letters, identify letter sounds and blending sounds, recognize rhyming, practice storytelling, and develop story stamina. Writer’s Workshop helps facilitate growing young authors, telling stories through pictures and eventually words.


Reading and Writing Workshops focus on growing readers and writers.  Exploring a variety of genres, building decoding and comprehension skills, actively working with letters and sounds and gaining confidence with their own reading ability are key components of Kindergarten literacy.


A workshop approach to reading and writing is used to meet the growing needs of individual students. Primer reinforces phonemic skills, “Just Right Books”, increasing comprehension and building stamina. Mentor texts across a variety of genres help children see the connection between reading and writing.

First Grade

Reading and Writing Workshops  Units of Study: Small Moments, Poetry, Nonfiction, How-To Books Reading Workshop: Building Good Reading Habits; Reading Nonfiction, Readers Have Big Jobs: Fluency, Phonics, and Vocabulary; Meeting Characters and Learning Lessons: A Study of Story Elements Handwriting Without Tears: Printing

Second Grade

Writing Workshop Units of Study: Small Moments, Memoir, Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction Reading Workshop: Second Grade Reading Growth Spurt; Becoming Experts: Reading Nonfiction; Bigger Books Mean Amping up Reading Power (Fluency, Figurative Language, and Comprehension); Series Book Clubs Handwriting Without Tears: Introduction to Cursive

Third Grade

Writing Workshop Units of Study: Poetry, Mysteries, Nonfiction, Persuasive Essay, Fiction, Memoir Reading Workshop: Building a Readerly Life; Reading to Learn: Grasping Main Ideas and Text Structures; Character Studies; Research Clubs: Synthesizing Learning Handwriting Without Tears: Cursive

Fourth Grade

Writing Workshop Units of Study: Literary Essay, Poetry, Nonfiction, Persuasive Essay, Graphic Novel Reading Workshop: Interpreting Characters: The Heart of the Story; Reading the Weather, Reading the World; Historical Fiction Clubs; Handwriting Without Tears: Cursive

Fifth Grade

Strategies authors use to develop voice in literature employed to allow students to develop their own; build an understanding of the intersection between text, self and culture.

Sixth Grade

Exploration and analysis of an author's style to include word choice, sentence structure, figurative language and sentence arrangement and the impact on mood, imagery and meaning in the text; student experiment an array of style choices in their own narrative and expository writing.

Seventh Grade

The choices we make create the stories of our lives; elements of literary criticism in a variety of genres; impact of media and personal manipulation of the truth.

Eighth Grade

Development and analysis of literature within a historical context: students explore aspects of social justice by evaluating experiences that clarify and fortify core values; literature becomes a springboard for the ways change is enacted via receptive and expressive language skills.

Ninth Grade

All freshmen take English I.

Tenth Grade

All sophomores take English II or Honors English II.

Eleventh Grade

All juniors take English III or AP Language and Composition.

Twelfth Grade

All seniors take English IV, AP Language and Composition, or AP Literature and Composition.


Creative Writing: Poetry and Drama, Creative Writing: The Short Story, Intro to Critical Identity Studies, Journalism I, Journalism II, Journalism III, Journalism IV

Lower School

4344 Colgate Avenue
Dallas, Texas, 75225

Middle & Upper School

4100 Merrell Road
Dallas, Texas, 75229

Wolf Run Ranch

located near Anna, Texas

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