Article of the Week
What it is:
Articles of the Week were developed using strategies originally created by Kelly Gallagher and have been modified by Vale Middle School to best meet the needs of all students. Articles of the week will be utilized in reading class and are a great way for students to read and interact with informational text that is not only interesting, but current.
When reading the Article of the Week, students are asked to use close reading strategies practiced in class. This requires students to read each article three times, making meaningful annotations with each read. Students will then answer the scaffolded questions at the end of each article, which are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
Articles of the Week will be assigned every Monday (or first day of the school week). The assignment (annotations and scaffolded questions) will be due every Friday.
What it is:
- Personalized reading practice program
- Students learn independently at their own pace
- Enhances comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, word analysis, and study skills
- Reinforces specific skills in which students struggle: finding details, drawing conclusions, sequencing, identifying fact and opinion, comparing and contrasting, getting the main idea, making inferences, and using word study/phonics.
- Increases students' knowledge base using a variety of fiction and nonfiction selections at their own reading level
Each quarter, students will choose and read four short books (provided in the classroom), which focus on specific reading skills. They will complete seven units from each book. Each unit has approximately 5-10 multiple choice questions. Students have been given a personalized SRA reading folder to track the books they have read, their answers to the unit questions, and their progress each quarter. All SRA work must be completed in the classroom. Students will be given time during class to work on their SRA assignment.
Interactive Reading Journal
Students will create an interactive Reading Journal which encourages students to engage with the text. Activities include, but are not limited to: make personal connections; ask themselves questions; clarify their ideas; and visualize objects, persons, and places-all thinking processes performed by proficient readers.
Throughout the year, students will read several novels that explore many types of literature. These include: Fiction, Science Fiction, Biography, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Quotations, and Children’s Literature. In addition, students will explore Newberry Award Winners, read Short Stories, and look at some “classic” literature. Assessment is based on reading questions, summaries, assignments, projects, presentations and/or discussions.
Below is a list of some of the possible novels and pieces we may read:
- Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
- The Wish Giver by Bill Brittain
- Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse
- Plain Girl by Virginia Sorensen
- Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix
- Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris
- Goodbye, Vietnam by Gloria Whelan
- Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves by Matthew K Manning
- Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr and Ronald Himler
- Hello, Goodbye, I Love You by Pamela Bauer Mueller Jekyll Island and Michael Hingson
- Holes by Louis Sachar
What it is:
- Students choose texts at their independent reading level
- Students receive mini-lessons on a specific literary elements or reading strategies
- Students are given independent reading time in which they will look for and analyze the literary elements taught during the mini-lessons
- Students will complete an exercise or quick-write that requires them to reflect on the topic of the mini-lesson in relation to the novel they are reading