Reading comprehension is a complicated process that requires intentional and thoughtful interaction between the reader and the text. Readers must monitor their understanding, engage in problem solving and apply strategies to gin meaning from text. They construct meaning from the combination of information they acquire from the text with their background knowledge.
The process of student entry into Literacy is based on two/three years of NWEA scores that show a student below grade level and other assessment data, along with teacher recommendation from classroom observations and failing grades on assignments. Students can be picked up for Literacy Support at any time during their junior high experience. Teachers and I consult regularly to monitor progress.
Students in fifth grade are covering both science and social studies topics through non-fiction reading during the school year supporting classroom curriculum. Sixth graders are covering just social studies through non-fiction reading and are integrated several times within the school year with a social studies class.