Course Outline

1. Motivation and Engagement – Students will be able to talk about their own strengths and goals for growth in the reading process with a step-by-step plan.  Students will independently understand their various roles in the plan, how to work with the feedback they are given from the teacher, and how to identify next steps for themselves as learners.

2. Comprehension – Students will maintain engagement and monitor comprehension (i.e., thinking about the thinking they are doing during reading) to analyze, reflect on, and understand the thinking and learning process. They will use a variety of strategies to self-correct as necessary, rereading as appropriate. Students will select and use appropriate strategies (graphic organizer, note taking, outlining, etc.) to maximize comprehension of complex literary and informational texts while reading independently and proficiently.

3. Vocabulary Instruction – Student will use context (for example, the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word’s position or function in a sentence) clues to help determine the meaning of a word or phrase. Students will acquire and accurately use grade-appropriate academic and domain-specific vocabulary and phrases.

4. Word Recognition, Analysis and Fluency – Students will acquire, understand, and use word structure and phonics knowledge (including all letter-sound correspondences, consonants, blends, and vowel/syllable patterns) to decode words through explicit instruction and independent reading, including compound and multi-syllabic words. Students will fluently read high-frequency words in context. This is best accomplished through reading books at the independent level. Students will read aloud appropriate text (independent reading level) with fluency (appropriate accuracy, pace and expression) that aids comprehension.