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:
- Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- Ransom of Red Chief by O. Henry
- The Monkeys Paw by W.W. Jacobs
- The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
- Crash by Jerry Spinelli
- The Outsiders
- Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
- Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
- Last Leaf by O. Henry
- Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
- Tangerine by Edward Bloor
- Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
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
Students are required to complete at least 4 reading master tests by the end of the quarter (check for due dates). They are also required to complete 60 minutes in the PASS program each week (any subject area they choose). This will be assessed every Friday. Students are able to access the PASS program from home. They are also able to access it using one of the Chrome books in the classroom and computer lab. Students who do not have the master tests and/or weekly 60 min. checks by the due dates will receive zeros for their work. Late assignments will not be accepted.