6th and 7th Grade Reading
" EVERYBODY IS A GENIUS. BUT, IF YOU JUDGE A FISH BY ITS ABILITY TO CLIMB A TREE, IT WILL SPEND ITS WHOLE LIFE BELIEVING THAT IT IS STUPID."--Albert Einstein
                          
 
The Focus of our 6th and 7th grade Reading class is to help students to find success in a system where they have usually felt failure.  We want to help students level the playing field by not only plugging gaps in reading skills or knowledge but also to accelerate students to find success in their ELA courses.  All students are talented and have potential.  It is our goal to unlock this potential and use it to help guide students on their educational path.
 
Students will often think that they are "dumb" or "stupid" because they are placed in a Reading class and this is just not the case.  Students that are in a Reading class are simply students that struggle with the basic skills required in order to access the texts they are being required to read.  We are here to make content accessible to students.  Fairness does not mean that everyone gets the same, it means that everyone gets what they need.  It is our goal to make learning fair by making the confusing clear through carefully designed instruction.
 
Reading Classes are expected to read their 30 minutes a night (this is not in addition to ELA but in support of ELA).  The sure fire way to increase your reading skills is to read independently and sometimes to read with a partner.
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In class students will be graded on their performance in our Read 180 program. Read 180 is a multifaceted program which includes a Real Book (integrated social studies and ELA curriculum), computer program and independent reading system. Student will work at their levels and progress through the program as they are meeting goals.   We will also be working on vocabulary. Vocabulary is one of the number one issues associated with students underperformance on tests.  If they can't access the vocabulary they can't comprehend what they are being asked to do.  Students will also be working on reading skills both with partners and whole groups skill instruction as the year progresses.  
 
KEEP READING!!!!!!!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
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