Reading Skills utilizes Read 180, an individualized reading program that provides intense, differentiated instruction to teach the unique learning levels of each student.
Reading Skill students are involved in a 90 minute class (2 class periods) consisting of the following four sessions:
Whole Group Instruction(20 minutes)
Large class setting that introduces and covers reading skills presented in one of six Workshops throughout the school year.
1. New Americans
main idea/ details, expository paragraph, sentence fragments, and end punctuation2. When Disaster Strikessequence of events, narrative paragraph, sentences and fragments, capitals
3. Identity Crisis
story elements, literature response, run on sentences, correct word order
6. Poe: The master of Horror
summarize, expository summary, correct verb tenses, commas in a series5. Under Pressureproblem and solution, persuasive paragraph, irregular verbs, commas with introductory words
story elements, literature review, subject = verb agreement, possessives
Independent Reading(20 minutes)
Independent reading provides students with 20 minutes daily of quiet time to read text on their individual reading level. Each novel is accompanied with daily journal reflections and an end of the book quiz.
Students spend 20 minutes daily focusing on four (4) key areas for successful readers. These areas include:
Out -Of-Class Reading Log
Students must have at least three (3) out-of-class readings each week. In order for these readings to count, students must read continually for 10 minutes. Log entries must include a date and description of what was read. Sources of readings may include:
Students will be assessed on a daily basis through computer software, workbook instructions, teacher observations, reading logs, homework, quizzes and tests. Some scores, such as those generated through computer software, accumulate over the course of the grading period. Unlike a traditional class, these grades WILL NOT appear on Progress Book until the end of the nine week grading period.
Periodically, a report will be sent home with your child. This report is to inform you of your student's in-class progress. These reports should be signed and returned to assure home/ school communication.
Software assessments along with teacher assessments, class participation and homework will all be averaged at the end of the nine weeks to determine an overall average for the student for each grading period.