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).
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