Reading

Overall...   

Reading class will include formal lessons on comprehension strategies and workshop sessions that will allow students to read books that meet their individual needs. Students will read novels independently, in small groups or pairs, and as a part of the class. This variety will allow for individual growth and develop a community of learners through discourse. 


Reading Informational Text:

Students are exploring newspaper articles, journals, and opinion pieces. We have been working on reading text in 3 steps: Approaching, Questioning, and Analyzing (AQA).

 Approaching  Questioning         Analyzing

1) Who is the author? (man, women, Dr., etc)


2) When was the text written?


3) What information will you find in the text?


4) What type of text is it?


1)What information was presented at the beginning of the article? 


2) What is the text structure (or organization) style used? Notice multiple structures.


3) What is the central idea?

4) Are there words or phrases that are repeated over and over?

5) What words need to be defined to help me understand the text?

6) Who is the intended audience?

7)What is the author's opinion? How do you know? What language tells you this?

8) What information stands out to you? Shocks you?

 1) How am I influenced by reading this?

2) What does the repetition of words suggest?

3) What details are the most important to the overall meaning?

4) Do I agree or disagree with the author? the events? the topic?

5) What details influenced me the most?

6)If I were someone else, would I think differently about the text? Why?

7) What does the text leave uncertain or unstated?


VOCABULARY ~ WORD STUDY
STUDENTS WERE GIVEN A SCREENING FOR PREFIXES AND ROOT WORDS. THEY WERE SCORED AND SORTING INTO GROUPS. EACH GROUP WAS ADVISED TO CHOOSE AT LEAST 6 "WORD PIECES" TO STUDY. THEY NEEDED TO INCLUDE 1 OR 2 THAT THEY ALREADY HAD SOME KNOWLEDGE OF IN ORDER TO ENSURE SUCCESS. THE STUDENTS ARE WORKING ON DISCOVERING WORDS THAT SHARE THE ROOT OR PREFIX. WE ARE DRAWING PICTURES TO SYMBOLIZE DEFINITIONS, WRITING SENTENCES, CREATING QUIZZES FOR GROUP-MATES, AND WORKING TOWARD UNDERSTANDING HOW WORDS WORK. EACH STUDENT IS WORKING AT THEIR OWN PACE AND CAN TEST OUT OF THEIR WORDS WHENEVER THEY ARE READY. THEY ARE USING DICTIONARIES AND COMPUTERS TO LEARN LANGUAGE. 

A helpful site for word study is: http://membean.com/treelist   




                                                               




Curriculum and Resources (Links attached)



Common Core State Standards for Grade 6 RLA:









 

Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading
by Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst



 


Teacher's College: The Reading and Writing Project