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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:

5/16:  Work on Vocabulary and World problem - group.

5/18:  Work on Vocabulary and world problem. - group

5/22:  Review packet and Presentation

5/24:  Vocabulary quiz and finish presentation


Block 3/4

5/16:  Vocabulary review packet and discuss in groups real world problem.

5/18:  Go over review packet and present real world problem.

 5/ 22: Vocabulary quiz and read about political demonstrations.

 5/24:  Create own sign.


Block 6 and 7

5/16:  Vocabulary review packet and read article in Upfront magazine.

5/18:  Go over review packet and finish Upfront article.

5/ 22: Vocabulary quiz and read about political demonstrations.

5/24:  Create own sign.


Blocks 8, 9, 10/11, and 14

5/15:  Work on vocabulary packet and Sugar article questions

5/17:  Go over vocabulary and Sugar article questions

5/19: Take vocabulary quiz and read article in Upfront magazine

5/23: Finish article and create own sign.