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Liberty
Junior High School
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Miss O'Brien
8th Grade Language Arts
and Reading Seminar - Liberty Jr. High
bobrien@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 non fiction materials such as essays, editorials, reviews, and 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, to name a few.  

•  Reading Seminar is a sixty-minute class that meets every other day.  Students may not have the same teacher for reading seminar as they have for language arts class.

•  Students will be quizzed on one unit in their Wordly Wise vocabulary books every other week.  At least one comprehensive vocabulary test will be given per trimester.

•  Students will be given a Wordly Wise vocabulary book to take home, but all other reading materials and books will be kept in class.

•  Students should expect some homework if the assignment is not completed during class.

•  Studying for vocabulary tests will be the primary homework focus for students outside of class.  The tests are challenging, and students are expected to study their vocabulary definition worksheet.

•  Students will be reading articles from Upfront magazine, and implementing close reading strategies.  

•  No novels will be assigned in this class.


Grading:   
Tests / Quizzes = 50%    
Homework / Classwork = 40%   
Participation = 10% 

Supplies:
Wordly Wise vocabulary book
loose-leaf notebook paper
highlighters
pen/pencil
assignment notebook


  
Wordly Wise Vocabulary

Wordly Wise Vocabulary

Use these links to access the Wordly Wise Vocabulary sites.  You can view word lists, and play games to review definitions, synonyms, antonyms, and more to help prepare for your tests!  

 
-- View word lists and review games by chapter sections (Ch. 1-4, 5-8, etc.)
 
 
 -- Play games for each chapter to review definitions, synonyms, antonyms, and more!


Use these Quizlet links to review for the Vocabulary Tests
          -- Quizlet Review for Vocab Lesson #2

          -- Quizlet Review for Vocab Lesson #3

          -- Quizlet Review for Vocab Lesson #4
 
                -- Quizlet Review for Vocab Lesson #5
     
          -- Study for the Cumulative Vocab #1-5 Test using this fun Quizlet game 
              review!

           -- Quizlet Review for Vocab Lesson #6
 
           -- Quizlet Review for Vocab Lesson #7
 
 
 
 
 Use these links to help study the Prefix-Root-Suffix Unit:
 
        https://quizlet.com/175247646/match
             -- Play this Quizlet to match some Prefix, Root, and Suffixes with their meanings.
 
        https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/6dd20068-9e2f-4951-b412-579c83d9f9cc
              -- Play this Kahoot review game to study your Affixes (Prefix, Root, & Suffix)
                 Game Pin is: 4690947

     
     

          -- Study for the Cumulative Vocab #6-10 Test using this fun Quizlet game review!
 
          -- Study for the Cumulative Vocab #11-15 Test using this fun Quizlet game review!

 
 
 


 
Vocabulary Definition Worksheet

Vocabulary Definition Worksheet

Did you forget your vocabulary definition worksheet at school?  Were you absent and didn't get the new definition worksheet handout in class?  Did you want to get a jump start on the upcoming vocabulary unit?  Have no fear, your vocabulary definition worksheet is here!  Click on the PDF file below, and print this worksheet to complete your definitions at home and turn in your homework on time!  :)


Article Analysis Power Point

   

Click below to view the sample Article Analysis Power Point.

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