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Alex M. Martino
Junior High School
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Mrs. Haring
7th and 8th Grade Reading
Seminar - Liberty and Martino Jr. Highs

Welcome to our class website!  I am excited to be a part to two great schools - Liberty and Martino Jr. High Schools!   I will be in both schools every day so students will be able to find me.

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Block 1 - Martino LRC                                          Block 8 - Liberty 8th Grade

Block 2 - Martino 8th Grade                                 Block 9 - Liberty 8th Grade

Block 6 - Liberty 8th Grade                                  Block 10/11 - Liberty 8th Grade

Block 7 - Liberty 8th Grade                                  Block 13 - Martino 8th grade

After School - Liberty LRC                                   Block 14 - Martino LRC

My main form of communication outside of school with the students is through Google Classroom.   Absent work and other information is posted daily for the students.   If parents would like access to the account, please email Mrs. Haring and she can set it up.

The Reading Seminar curriculum focuses on the acquisition of vocabulary and the mastery of basic reading skills as applied to nonfiction.  Where traditional language arts classes focus primarily on the analysis of literary elements and comprehension of fictional novels and short stories, Reading Seminar classes focus on understanding and interpreting nonfiction materials such as essays, editorials, reviews, magazine and newspaper articles.

      The goal of the Reading Seminar class is to improve all students’ reading comprehension by reviewing and practicing individual reading skills such as establishing purpose, predicting, making inferences, evaluating and clarifying, finding main ideas, and using vocabulary in context. 

       While reading, students will be learning to note:  contrasts and contradictions, extreme or absolute language, numbers and statistics, quoted words, and text structure.   Skills using Notice and Note will be stressed for analysis of materials.

       Accelerated Reading Seminar will be working out of the 9th grade vocabulary book and will be reading material from a high school grade level. 

  Grading:   Tests = 40%    Quizzes= 35%   Homework/ Classwork = 25% 

 Students will be quizzed on one lesson in their Wordly Wise vocabulary books every other week with at least one comprehensive vocabulary test each trimester.  There will not be much homework other that studying for vocabulary quizzes; however, the quizzes are challenging.  Studying will be homework enough.  There will be homework if students do not complete their work in class, before vocabulary quizzes, and when we begin Article Analysis work.  Each trimester, the students will take 2 to 3 Jamestown Reading Comprehension/Application tests.  Students cannot really study for these.  These test student progress throughout the Reading Seminar class.