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Alex M. Martino
Junior High School
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Mrs. Allison
Reading Seminar - Martino Jr. High
mallison@nlsd122.org

Reading Seminar Class Overview

     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.

       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% 

 See Below for Specific Class Information

Block 1 :   9/13 - Review Jamestown.  Go over Voc 2 A and B.                                 HW -  Vocabulary 2 C and D

9/15: 1/2 day:  Go over Vocabulary C and D.  Vocabulary game. Vocabulary E is homework

9/19: Jamestown Test.  Go over Vocabulary E and review for quiz.

9/21: Vocabulary  Quiz.  Read Upfront article using QAR.

Block 13:  9/14  Go over Vocabulary A and B.  C and D are homework. Take  Jamestown test.  

9/18: Go over Vocabulary C and D.  E is homework.  Read Upfront article, using QAR.

9/20: Go over Vocabulary E and Review.  Continue with QAR.

9/22:  Vocabulary quiz.  QAR, Questioning, and Purpose

Block 3/4, 6, and 7:  9/13 - Jamestown test.  Go over Vocab. A and B. Vocabulary C and D is homework.

9/15: 1/2 day, Go over C and D.  E is homework

9/19:  Go over Vocabulary E and Review.  QAR Upfront article.

9/21: Vocabulary Quiz. Continue QAR.

Block 8, 9, 10/11:   9/14 - Go over Vocabulary A and B.  C and D is homework.  Jamestown Test.

9/18: Go over C and D. Vocabulary E is homework. Review.

9/20:  Go over E. Vocabulary quiz on 9/22.  QAR with Upfront article.

9/22: Vocabulary quiz. Continue QAR.

 http://www.wordlywise3000.com/  This is the link to our vocabulary book.