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Alex M. Martino
Junior High School
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Mrs. Allison
Reading Seminar - Martino Jr. High

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% 

Link to Upfront magazine:  https://upfront.scholastic.com          Password: Penbest8.

 See Below for Specific Class Information







 January 15th - Blue

Cause and effect

Block 1 Jamestown

Vocabulary Review

January 16th  Gold

Cause and Effect quiz

Block 13- Jamestown 

Vocabulary Review


January 17th Blue

Upfront article and questions

Vocabulary Quiz

January 18th Gold

Upfront article and discussion questions

Vocabulary Quiz

January 21st


No school

January 22. Blue

Plastic article

Vocabulary 10A and B

January 23. Gold

     Plastic Article

Vocabulary A and B

January 24th Blue

Fix-it Strategies

Vocabulary  C and D

January 25th Gold

 Fix-it strategies

Vocabulary C and D