Title: Reading to Learn
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.
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.
/ 7.1 Comprehension
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.
Apply comprehension fix-up strategies
/ 7.2 Vocabulary
The student will be able to apply word attack strategies to read
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
/ 7.3 Fluency
student will be able to read age appropriate material with accuracy and
/ 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
d. Read for information
/ 7.5 Study Skills
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.
test-taking strategies and memorization techniques.
/ 7.6 Research
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
/ 7.7 Range of
The student will be able to comprehend a broad range of expository
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
The student will improve his/her reading attitude and establish a
life-long reading habit.
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