Reading to Learn

Course Title:  Reading to Learn

Course Description:  This course will help students in sixth and seventh grades improve their reading and study skills.  Students will learn comprehension and study strategies that will help them better understand reading assignments in their social studies, science and math classes.  In addition, the strategies will be applied to real-world reading tasks often required outside of the classroom.  Students will learn strategies that will help them read unfamiliar words, adjust their reading rate, and understand difficult informational material. 

Student Reading/Learning Expectations

Sixth and seventh grade students should know and be able to demonstrate the reading and study skills listed below.  All content teachers share the responsibility of the direct instruction of reading skills by teaching a Reading to Learn class.  All teachers also share the responsibility of reinforcing the reading skills in their content area classes.

6.1 / 7.1     Comprehension Development

                  The student will be able to apply reading strategies to improve understanding

         a.       Identify main idea and details

       b.  Identify common text organization structures and create visual representations: 

            time order, steps in a process, cause and effect, comparison/contrast

       c.  Draw conclusions

       d.  Make inferences                                                                            

       e.  Distinguish fact from opinion

       f.    Evaluate the author's purpose               

 g.       Answer questions of various levels of comprehension-literal, inferential, evaluative, critical

 h.       Apply prereading strategies

 i.         Continuously check for understanding by applying the comprehension strategies of predicting, questioning, clarifying, summarizing, connecting, and visualizing.                                                                                        

 j.        Apply comprehension fix-up strategies 

6.2 / 7.2     Vocabulary Development

                  The student will be able to apply word attack strategies to read unfamiliar words.

                  a.  Apply a formal word attack/analysis process

                  b.  Recognize high frequency and "content specific" affixes and base words                                          

                  c.  Recognize high frequency and “content specific” sight words

                  d.  Determine word meaning from various context clues

        e.   Use typical vocabulary aids: glossary, dictionary, and thesaurus

6.3 / 7.3     Fluency Development

The student will be able to read age appropriate material with accuracy and expression.           

6.4 / 7.4     Rate

The student will be able to adjust rate of reading to the content and purpose of the material.    

                  a.  Read for enjoyment

        b.  Skim

                  c.  Scan

                  d.  Read for information                                                                                                                                    

6.5 / 7.5     Study Skills

The student will be able to apply study skills that will help them locate, learn and remember new information.

                  a.  Apply organizational strategies that will help organize study time and materials.

                  b.   Become familiar with various learning styles.

                  c.  Apply communication strategies (listening) to become better students.

                  d.   Apply structured reading/study systems such as KWL and SQ3R.

                  e.   Apply formal notetaking methods.

                  f.    Apply test-taking strategies and memorization techniques.

6.6 / 7.6     Research Skills

The student will be able to locate information from various sources and share the information in a clear, organized paper.

                  a.  Identify basic parts of a textbook

                  b.  Use various sources from libraries and the Internet to locate information

6.7 / 7.7     Range of Expository Materials

                  The student will be able to comprehend a broad range of expository reading materials.

                  a.  Classroom Texts

                  b.  Periodicals:  magazines, newspapers, newsletters

            c.  Real-life informational materials: 

                  6th grade:  phone books, Cedar Rapids materials, Iowa materials, menus

                  7th grade:  travel guides, bus schedules, job applications 

                  d.  Electronic:  email, Internet, hypertext, online books

6.8 / 7.8     Lifelong Habit                                         

                  The student will improve his/her reading attitude and establish a life-long reading habit.


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