Literacy Support 7-8 classes are designed for students who could benefit from additional literacy support in order to read and write at grade level. Students in grade 7 and 8 receive core instruction in Language Arts from the Language Arts teacher on their grade level team and in addition, may take Literacy Support in place of Foreign Language. The focus of this course is to provide students with explicit, direct instruction in reading fluency, vocabulary development and comprehension strategies. Direct instruction in phonemic awareness and phonics is provided as needed. Students' strengths and weaknesses are addressed through whole group and small group guided reading instruction. Emphasis is placed on understanding text structure, building background knowledge, making relevant connections to text, asking questions, inferring, summarizing, and synthesizing through independent reading, reflective journaling, written summaries and open response questions. Materials include high interest, leveled fiction and non-fiction text from the Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention System as well as content based, high interest magazines.
Reading for High School acts as an intervention designed to support freshman who may struggle with reading in the content areas of Social Studies, Science, and English at the high school due to below average reading skills. The course will focus instruction on effective strategies such as identifying text structure and will aid in comprehension of the content area reading. Freshman History and Science textbooks, along with study guides, and primary and secondary sources will be utilized throughout the semester. Comprehension in support of Freshman English classes will focus on poetry, short stories, myths, and novels and provide another level of support to students at risk of performing below the level of “Proficient” on the 10th grade MCAS exam required for graduation. Students take part in pre and post assessment of their reading level as a part of this course. A small amount of outside-of-class reading is required for the course.
Young Adult Literature I is a course designed to expand a student's literal, interpretive, and evaluative comprehension skills. Award winning young adult novels are the focus of the curriculum. The course also includes reading selections from non-fiction that supplement the novels with background information, and provide students with the opportunity to practice reading non-fiction text. Reading strategies that improve fluency and comprehension of fiction and non-fiction are incorporated into the class. Outside of class assigned reading is required.
Reading Skills and Strategies (9-12) is a course that explicitly teaches reading strategies that improve fluency and comprehension of fiction and non-fiction to struggling readers. Award winning novels and short reading selections are the focus of the curriculum. The course will focus instruction on effective strategies such as identifying text structure and reading strategies that improve fluency and comprehension of fiction and non-fiction. Reading Skills and Strategies is intended for students who have previously taken Reading for High School, or who struggle with comprehension. Students who have not yet met proficiency levels on the MCAS are also recommended.