Public PK-12 School District in Dalton, Georgia


Andrea NajeraLiteracy is fundamental for success in all pursuits and necessary for lifelong learning. Our goal in Dalton Public Schools is to provide students with a literacy-rich environment where they acquire the knowledge and skills needed to become effective communicators and critical thinkers who value literacy in their everyday lives.

Dalton Public Schools utilizes a balanced literacy approach that includes Readers’ Workshop, Writers’ Workshop, and Language and Word Study. The workshop model allows for grade-level, standards-based instruction in reading and writing to every student in the whole-group mini lesson. Small groups and leveled texts are used to meet the instructional needs of all students. Individual reading and writing conferences help tailor instruction to the individual needs of students.

Our literacy framework provides students with multiple opportunities for reading and writing across a variety of genres, in all content areas, and utilizes a range of text difficulty. At Dalton Public Schools, we are building a community of joyful, engaged, and successful readers and writers.

Readers' Workshop

Readers' Workshop

Mini Lesson, Guided Reading, Independent Reading, Reading Conferences, Writing about Reading and Share Time
Teacher giving a mini lesson

Grade level standards are taught using a brief, explicit lesson format. This includes modeling guided practice and an expectation of application of the lesson.

Students Independently Reading

After the mini lesson, students have the opportunity to apply their learning during independent reading.

Group of Students reading independently

During Readers' Workshop, students have the opportunity to choose books on their own and read independently. 

Student writes response to his book

Once a week, students write about what they are learning from the books they are reading. 

Primary Writing About Reading Notebook

Reader’s Notebooks are used to give students an opportunity to share their thinking about the books they are reading.

Class does Share Time

Readers’ Workshop ends with a time for sharing the work and learning that happened that day.

Writers' Workshop

Writers' Workshop

Mini Lesson, Guided Writing, Independent Writing, Writing Conferences and Share Time
Example of an Anchor Chart

Anchor Charts are often used to create a resource for the class to remember and use the strategies that are taught.

Student showing his narrative planning

Writers plan their stories before they begin writing. After a writing conference with his teacher, this second grade student has planned his narrative story across several pages. 

Teacher conferencing with students about writing

Teachers talk with individual students about their writing and give individual feedback and instruction.

Student shares her work with her classmates

At the end of Writers' Workshop, students share their work and what they are learning as writers.

Language and Word Study

Language and Word Study

Phonics, Grammar, Vocabulary and Language
Teacher gives phonics lesson.

Students receive whole-group and small-group instruction in phonics. These skills help build word solving strategies.

Students building words

After a whole group lesson on word parts, students practice putting parts together to build a word.

Students talking to their partners

During interactive read aloud, students share their thinking with a turn-and-talk partner. This helps develop speaking and listening skills.

An example of a primary word wall.

A word wall helps students build independence as readers and writers.

Example of a k-1 work station.

Workstations are utilized in the Primary Readers’ Workshop as a way for students to independently practice the skills they are learning in reading, writing and phonics.

Teacher reads together with her students

Shared Reading is a tool used to move students forward as readers. Reading together helps with fluency and allows students to read more complex texts.

Alice Ensley works with kindergarten students

Students in all grades work on developing vocabulary-solving strategies.

Student practicing %22close reading%22

Our students practice "close reading" by reading and re-reading a difficult text to gain a deeper understanding. Students learn to use annotation marks to guide their thinking.

Student Annotation

This is an example of a third grade annotation. Close reading helps students with comprehension and vocabulary.

An example of a middle school word wall.

The use of word walls continues into the middle school, including more academic vocabulary.

Statue of Liberty Project demonstrating a class practicing Interactive Writing

Interactive Writing allows young students to share the pen with teachers to compose and create writing pieces.


2019 Info

Below is the summer schedule for Big Red READS. Big Red READS is a mobile library that brings books to our K-12 students during the summer months. It is a very rewarding experience to connect with our students in the summer and to promote their continued growth as readers!

Reminder: Parent Resources will also be available for checkout.

This summer marks the 10th anniversary of Big Red READS! We have distributed more than 12,000 books to our community and checked out 4,500 bags of leveled texts to our elementary students. None of this would be possible without the many wonderful volunteers we have had over the years!

If you would like to volunteer during the summer please contact Alice Ensley with the dates you are available. Volunteers meet at the location and help load and unload the bus. Volunteers help students select books and manage check out.

Thanks so much for supporting our students ALL year!

Cat Reading Book Logo

Look for Big Red READS between 11:30-12:30 and get books to keep you reading all summer!

Monday, June 3Roan School1116 Roan St, Dalton, GA 30721

Wednesday, June 5Blue Ridge School100 Bogle St, Dalton, GA 30721

Monday, June 10Lakeshore Park70 Crescent St, Dalton, GA 30720

Wednesday, June 12Park Creek School1500 Hale Bowen Dr, Dalton GA 30721

Monday, June 17Civitan Park519 Shugart Rd, Dalton, GA 30720

Wednesday, June 19Westwood School

708 Trammell St, Dalton, GA 30720

Monday, June 24Roan School1116 Roan St, Dalton, GA 30721

Wednesday, June 26Blue Ridge School100 Bogle St, Dalton, GA 30721

Monday, July 8Lakeshore Park70 Crescent St, Dalton, GA 30720

Wednesday, July 10Veterans ParkCorner of Veteran's Dr. and Mitchell St.

Monday, July 15Civitan Park519 Shugart Rd, Dalton, GA 30720

Wednesday, July 17Westwood School708 Trammell St, Dalton, GA 30720

Story time & Free Books

First Presbyterian Story Time at Joan Lewis Park

700 4th Avenue

Thursdays, 11:30-12:30

June 6

June 13

June 20

June 27

Book Clubs for Grades 4-8

Join us at Sonic on Cleveland Highway for Book Club and snacks! Bring any book that you have read and want to discuss with friends!

June 25th

3 - 4 p.m.

July 11th

3 - 4 p.m.

Young Georgia Authors

View details from our 2019 Young Georgia Authors Event Here!

We even had a state winner: Cate Norwood! Watch a video of her reading her award-winning story Here!