Mrs DeSimone's Classes



Nothing good to Read? Improve your motivation to read.

Doesn't matter what you read as long as you read. Pick a comic book, magazine or an adventure book. Try to read a minimum of 20 minutes a day...silently. The rest will fall into place.


Have trouble remembering what you read? Use Post-It-notes, write down a something every few pages. Summarize at the end of the chapter.

"Think Aloud"- ask questions out loud as you read. "I wonder why she did that?" "I can relate to that."

Reading Programs

Read Naturally- Repeated Leveled reading program to help improve Reading Fluency (rate, accuracy and comprehension). Students read expository text(Informational) and complete questions. Levels 1-8.

Lexia Reading- Web- based program to improved decoding skills (Word Attack).

Journey's Reading- Series of short stories both informational and narrative to help support struggling readers with embedded vocabulary building. ELL support.

Rewards Reading- Decoding program with emphasis on word attack, prefix and suffix study. Student workbooks.

Visualizing and Verbalizing- Lindamood/Bell- Emphasis is on using Imagery to support weak reading comprehension.

Seeing Stars- Lindamood/ Bell- Program to enhance phonics. Assessments for Sight Vocabulary.

Wilson Reading- Just Words is a multi-sensory decoding program for students who struggle with reading and spelling.

Motivation to Read- Students choose text to read silently in class for 20 minutes of silent sustained reading. Research shows that when struggling readers have a choice in books (text) they increase their time on task.

Larger Reading classes- Teacher will sometimes pick a book to read together, model reading strategies and use discussion to support comprehension.

Some of the books we have read together in class:

Reading success helps boost self-esteem.

From year to year depending on the make up the class we will read books to the Elementary students. This project consists of a trip to public library to choose children's' books, practice reading in class with teacher and group, visit to elementary school to read.....and lunch. Not sure who had more fun the little students or the big ones. GREAT EXPERIENCE!

Reading Assessments-

GRADE (Group Reading Assessment Diagnostic Evaluation) -All incoming 9th graders are assessed for Reading Comprehension. This is a group test usually administered within ELA class within the first few months of school. This is an untimed test. Upon scoring, results are shared with parents, Guidance and teachers if the students is At-Risk for Reading problems.

Other assessments would be used if students fall within Below Average scores. If you have any questions please contact your child's Guidance Counselor.