Students rapidly transition from a “learning to read” instructional practice, to a more mature practice of “reading to learn.” To meet the increased demand of independent reader responsibility, students are introduced to and use a literature anthology. Through it, they read contemporary and classic works by recognized and renowned authors. They also read chapter books, depending upon thematic study, and have more autonomy with their independent reading selections. The literature course provides experiences with:

  • Whole group direct instruction, small group work, partner work, and individual study in a student-centered environment.
  • Weekly mini-lessons to teach strategic reading tools and to apply those strategies to the actual reading assignments.
  • Comprehension skills practice according to individual need.
  • Critical reading and thinking.
  • Purposeful practice connecting students’ literature to their own life experiences.
    • short story (mystery, fantasy, survival and adventure, and coming-of-age). o drama (Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle).
    • novel study (unit requiring four to six weeks of study).
    • poetry (both formal and informal styles).
  • Student-generated literature journals for reflective and directed responses.
  • Nightly reading for thirty minutes.
  • Student reading log sheets to record independent reading.
  • Oral presentations, group projects, or partner-specific work to demonstrate understanding of reading skill instruction through application.
  • Direct instruction for active reading strategies (highlighting text, coding for understanding, etc.).
  • Social skill development to listen, reflect upon, evaluate, and understand others’ viewpoints (debate experience).

Reading assessment is multi-faceted to accommodate students’ different learning styles and multiple intelligences. It occurs formally and informally on a be-weekly basis, or sooner, as need dictates.  Reading/studying literature from these genres: o non-fiction (content area and research non-fiction).