Reading Workshop

Reading workshop in ELA iSTEM is primarily built around independent novels, short fiction and non-fiction texts, and poetry.  We will be reading one class novel and another core text with an upcoming PBL unit.  Our workshop time is differentiated by need and interest and we will approach many of our workshop activities and tasks with STEM in mind.

I. Independent Reading.
Students are required to do three hours of outside reading each week.  We keep track of our reading with in-class reading logs that do not require a parent signature.  I confer with students during workshop time as part of their accountability.  Students are also expected to write a short literary analysis paper every few weeks. These papers are assigned on Mondays and due on Fridays.  The assignments will be posted on Schoology and/or Google Classroom and turned in electronically.

Parent Permission Books:  Over the years, I have built up a large classroom library in order to have enough books for all levels of readers in my classes.  I have a few shelves of books that require parent permission.  The books that require parent permission are generally books that have adult language and/or content.  Some of the titles on the "Parent Permission" shelves include:  The Help, World War Z, The Road, The Secret Keeper,  Peace Like a River.  I also have a growing collection of Stephen King novels as well as some Dean Koontz, Clive Cussler, and Tom Clancy. Obviously, I don't have titles that are ridiculously too mature in language or content for middle school readers.  I do understand that some parents won't want their kiddos to read adult level books for a variety of reasons and I appreciate your parental involvement in helping your child choose books you think are appropriate.  To that end, I have asked the kids to get permission to read books from the "Parent Permission" shelves.  You can send me an e.mail or write a note to send with your child letting me know it's okay to check those books out.

II. District Curriculum: Reading Units.
  • Analyzing the Influence of Characters, Settings, and Ideas
  • Examining Different Perspectives
  • Analyzing Patterns in Structure to Understand Characters, Events, and Ideas
  • Reading for Problem Based Inquiry and Research Desgin

Scholastic Book Club