Reading Makes You Wiser
  • Description

    Students will be reading both independent, self-selected books and texts that the entire class is reading.  They will respond to the text, demonstrate active reading strategies, discuss with peers, identify areas of confusion and work to fix them.  Books will span a variety of genres, and student responses will take the form of journals, oral presentations, reflections, and logs.

    Expectations and Goals

    The goals of this course are three-fold.  One, I want to increase the amount students are reading- the way to become a better reader is to read more.  Two, I want to foster independence as students grow older, giving them more opportunities to apply the skills and strategies they have learned.  Three, I want to help students find texts the enjoy reading.  To this end, students are expected to be prepared by bringing their class book and independent book each day.  They are expected to engage with the text, to participate fully in reading and responding to the text, and to explain their thinking.



    Notebook, sticky notes, folder, pens/pencils, DEAR (independent reading) book



    Grading is done on a point basis.  Each graded assignment will be given a fraction, points earned over points possible.  The course average is determined by adding all the points earned and dividing by the points that could have been earned.  Extra credit worksheets are available in the class at all times.  Four can be done each marking period, due by the last day of the marking period.  These are worth five numerator points each.  Late assignments may lose a point each day.  

    Assignment categories are:

    open-ended (constructed response/essay writing assignments in response to a book)

    homework (generally one online practice and one written response about the independent reading book a week)

    reading skills application (showing active reading, discussion, and reflection- may include chapter notes, discussion logs, sticky notes- these are graded for effort and thought)

    projects (end of book assignments, oral presentations)

    quizzes (book checks, reading assessments)

    tests (end-of-book)

  • The Google Classroom is used to post daily homework reminders, and well as study guides and extra copies of frequently used papers.  All students are enrolled in the Classroom.  If you wish to receive parent emails from Google about Classroom updates, please send me your email address at

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