English I & II (2)
This course is designed to accelerate students literacy skills, during which a dual-certified English teacher/reading specialist provides direct instruction and reinforcement for students most in need of intensive and specialized help. The goal of this course is to create learners who can independently access and respond to fiction and informational text. Students will be guided to improve vocabulary, word attack skills, reading comprehension, fluency and writing. Homework is assigned frequently.
This class is taught using the workshop model. Strategies are modeled explicitly by the teacher and are then practiced by students within the gradual release of responsibility model of instruction leading them to greater independence and reading proficiency. Students are expected to read and write for authentic purposes such as creating reviews and responses for their own book blogs, creating book-based podcasts and Reader's Theater scripts, and using mentor texts in order to improve writing skills and to explore the reading/writing connection. Collaboration, independent reading, and rigorous student-led discussion are major components of this course.
What should you expect this fall?
A major focus during the first term is on assessment of students' individual needs as well as the development of class rituals and routines. By the end of the first term, students will be familiar with their independent and instructional reading levels and will have collaborated with the teacher in developing goals for improvement.