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High School Intensive Reading: Fields of Reading

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The purpose of this course is to provide instruction that enables students to accelerate the development of reading and writing skills, and to strengthen those skills so they are able to successfully read and write grade-level text independently. Instruction emphasizes reading comprehension, writing fluency, and vocabulary study through the use of a variety of literary and informational texts that encompass a broad range of text structures, genres, and levels of complexity. Texts used for instruction focus on a wide range of topics, including content-area information, in order to support students in meeting the knowledge demands of increasingly complex text. Students enrolled in the course will engage in interactive text-based discussions, question generation, and research opportunities. They will write in response to reading, and cite evidence when answering text dependent questions orally and in writing. The course provides extensive opportunities for students to collaborate with their peers. Scaffolding is provided as necessary as students engage in reading and writing increasingly complex text, and is removed as the reading and writing abilities of students improve over time.

Segment One

Module 01 - Informational Text

  • Theme
  • Central idea
  • Domain-specific language
  • Precise language
  • Author’s purpose
  • Tone and diction

Module 02 - Writing Skills

  • Writing process
  • Research
  • Collecting research
  • Evaluating reliable sources
  • Creating a thesis
  • Writing a research paper

Module 03 - Narratives

  • Fiction
  • Short story
  • Genre
  • Plot structure
  • Theme
  • Characterization
  • Comprehension

Segment Two

Module 04 - Reading Informational Non-Fiction

  • Central idea
  • Domain-specific language
  • Text structure
  • Tone
  • Mood
  • Diction
  • Connotation and denotation

Module 05 - Drama and Poetry

  • Drama
  • Figurative language
  • Analyzing characters
  • Analyzing language
  • Comparing interpretations of source material
  • Writing an adaptation of source material

Module 06 - Arguments

  • Compare and contrast
  • Argument analysis
  • Characteristics of an effective claim
  • Appeals to logic, emotion, and ethics
  • Domain-specific language
  • Precise language
  • Analyzing arguments
  • Stating a claim
  • Analyzing rhetorical devices
  • Answering text dependent questions on argument
  • Understanding parts of an argument