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: Jamestown tests= 40% Vocabulary and Reading quizzes= 35%
Homework/ Classwork = 25%
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See Below for Specific Class Information
Blocks 3/4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10/11
December 13th and 16th: Voc 8 C and D. Voc E is homework. Quiz on Cause/Effect. Hand in Cause/Effect Homework.
December 17th and 18th: Go over Voc E. Review worksheet. Text Structure lesson.
December 19th and 20th: Vocabulary Test. Text structure lesson.
Blocks 1 and 13.
December 13th and 16th: Voc 8 C and D. Voc E is homework. Start presentation of projects.
December 17th and 18th: Go over Voc E. Review worksheet. Presentations.
December 19th and 20th: Vocabulary Test. (Presentation.)