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Curriculum Night - Advanced Reading
Transcript of Curriculum Night - Advanced Reading
6th Grade Advanced Reading
Composition book for interactive notebook (a 2nd one may be needed for the year.)
Book for independent reading (for reading at home and independent reading time in class) Needs to be brought to class daily.
Purple Pocket folder (3 holes) to be kept in binder for reading log, loose paper/handouts/notes not kept in interactive notebook.
Useful Items: Highlighter and Sticky Notes
Nightly reading (book of choice). An average of 20-30 minutes. Maintain a reading log to be signed weekly. Should be kept in purple reading folder. I will check reading log intermittently.
We went over guidelines for selecting appropriate books for independent reading. Generally, we follow the "Five Finger Rule." Each page should have no more or less than 2-3 unknown words (on average for each page read). This way, books will not be too difficult or too easy. Students can also use lexile levels. These are not "perfect" ways, just a guide. Their interests and the actual content (interest level) should also be considered.
Book Report/alternative project: 2-3 a quarter. (Additional ones may be completed)
Other homework, vocabulary, as needed for additional practice or review.
What is our Reading Challenge?
50 books for the year (Each 100 pages will count as one book)
To make this challenge seem more "reachable" I broke it down by day. If students can read on average 20 pages a day, 7 days a week, they will reach this goal!
My hope is that students will read a variety of genres, but it is most important that they select what they are interested in.
Students will track progress in their interactive notebooks and class tracking board.
Each time a student reaches a "milestone" on the challenge, he/she will be recognized. These students will be invited to the monthly "milestone" breakfast or party, sign the "milestone plaque" and will receive a certificate for their accomplishment.
What Are We Covering This Year?
Everything that we cover can be found at https://www.georgiastandards.org/Common-Core/Pages/ELA-6-8.aspx
We will be reading a variety of fiction, non-fiction, drama, and poetry This includes short articles, short stories, biographies, novels, poems. A strong emphasis will be on non-fiction text this year.
Reading selections are usually related thematically.
We will practice many before, during, after reading, and vocabulary strategies to aid comprehension.
Students will respond to what we read through discussion, in writing (summaries, reflections, responding to questions, in graphic organizers, etc..., hands-on-projects, presentations, learning stations, etc...)
1. "The Giver" Lois Lowry
2. "Among the Hidden" Margaret Peterson Haddix
3. "Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl" (Abridged Version) Anne Frank
NOTE: Additional ones may be used
How is Advanced Reading Different from On-Level Reading?
We will move at a faster pace and read a greater variety of materials.
Students will have extension opportunities - This means they will extend their knowledge beyond the requirements of 6th grade reading ... i.e. "dig deeper" into the text, respond to more complex questions, and complete related research projects/activities
Instruction is still "differentiated" within an advanced class. For example, if based on a pretest, a student(s) needs more teaching, guidance, practice on a skill, then he/she will get it. At the same time, if a student(s) already demonstrate mastery, he/she will either deepen their understanding of same skill using more difficult reading materials, move on to the next skill, etc...
What is the Common Core Standards and the
New Georgia Milestones Assessment All About?
It moves students beyond answering simple "what" questions to demonstrating higher level comprehension and justifying their understanding by giving the "why" using specific evidence.
be a more challenging test than the CRCT.
include more than just multiple choice questions.
require close analytic reading to construct meaning, make inferences, draw conclusions, compare and contrast ideas, themes, etc., as well as synthesize ideas and concepts across multiple texts
require students to develop informative/explanatory responses or narratives, produce opinions/arguments – citing evidence from text(s) and using standard language conventions, etc.
These are skills your child will be working on repeatedly in Reading and Language Arts throughout the year.
The New Milestones Reading/Language Arts Assessment Will: