• English Language Arts: Reading I

    Course Introduction

     Reading I offers students reading instruction to successfully navigate academic demands as well as attain life-long literacy skills. Specific instruction in word recognition, vocabulary, comprehension strategies, and fluency provides students an opportunity to read with competence, confidence, and understanding.


    Students learn how traditional and electronic texts are organized and how authors choose language for effect. All of these strategies are applied in instructional-level and independent-level texts that cross the content areas.


    For high school students whose first language is not English, the students' native language serves as a foundation for English language acquisition and language learning.



    Throughout the course of this class the student will: use a variety of word recognition strategies, acquire an extensive vocabulary through reading and systematic word study, read for a variety of purposes with multiple sources, both narrative and expository, comprehend texts using effective strategies, draw complex inferences and analyzes and evaluates information within and across texts of varying lengths, read critically to evaluate texts in order to determine the credibility of the sources, read with fluency and understanding in increasingly demanding and varied texts, formulate and supports responses to a wide variety of texts, read and responds to informational texts, and read to increase knowledge of one's own culture, the culture of others, and the common elements of cultures.



    The required textbooks for this course are

    Card, Orson Scott.  Ender’s Game. New York, 1977.

    Lowry, Lois. The Giver. Boston, 1993.

    Rand, Ayn. Anthem. London, 1938.




    Each student is responsible to bring the following to class:

    Laptop, writing utensils, notebook, independent reading book, class assigned reading book, and any required assignments.




    Your grade for this course will be determined as follows:

    Homework 10%

    Classwork 35%

    Projects 35%

    Quizzes/Test 20%


    Any assignment that is not turned in at the designated time is considered late, and will not be accepted, resulting in a grade of a zero. 




    Unit 1: The Giver

    Using Context Clues

    The Prefix im-

    Word Families

    Using Reference Skills—Using a Dictionary: Etymology


    Unit 2: Newspaper and Magazine

    Using Synonyms

    Prefixes Meaning “not”

    Words Formed from the Root vide-re

    Using Reference Skills—Using a Thesaurus: Synonyms


    Unit 3: Anthem

    Using Synonyms

    The Latin Root mille

    The Suffix -ous

    Using Reading Skills—Drawing Inferences


    Unit 4: Speeches, Monologues, and Scripts


    Using Context Clues

    The Latin Root crux


    Unit 5: Ender’s Game

    Using Synonyms

    The Prefix ex-

    The Greek Roots hydr, hydro

    Using Reading Skills—Word Parts


    Unit 6: Mythology

    Using Context Clues

    Using Synonyms

    The Word Roots viv, vit, vita

    Using Reading Skills—Clarifying Meaning



    Learning Environment

    Respect the speaker- Student or Teacher

    Be prepared with the proper assignments, attitude, supplies, and readings

    Entering the classroom after the tardy bell requires a tardy pass/note from teacher

    Four restroom passes are given each semester

    Make up exams are only administered after school

Last Modified on August 19, 2014