Gradebook Entry change: The Binders/Participation category is actually the AR category (it was mislabeled). I went ahead and put in their CURRENT percentage for the 9 weeks. I will update it each week as the students take tests. I thought the parents might want to see how the AR affects the overall grade.
BONUS: a high AR percentage will help out their Language Arts grade!! It's like free extra credit. (A low percentage will not be entered into their LA grade)
EXTRA CREDIT: Turn in one completed AR Tracking Sheet (we review these in class each Wednesday)
I am reading aloud the book "No More Dead Dogs" by Gordon Korman. It is worth 5 AR points. We will be done reading it by May 9th. We read a chapter each Tues & Thursday. Absent students are responsible for reading a missed chapter.
AR Goal setting:
If the book is ____ points, you should test by __________.
2 by 4/6
4 by 4/13
6 by 4/27
8 by 5/4
** Students should plan to finish 2 weeks before the due date. In my experience, many students occasionally fail an AR test or find out that they've previously tested on a book. Both scenarios mean they will not be awarded any points.
The objective of this class is to utilize curriculum which supports the needs of the struggling and/or hesitant reader.
Students in my double block (8th graders in 3rd & 4th periods) will be using the “Language!” curriculum. Daily lessons will include phonics, spelling, vocabulary, comprehension, speaking, & writing. This class will utilize peer interaction & teaching, independent activities, centers, and in-class projects. We will focus on writing skills several days a week.
My 1st and 5th – 7th period classes will be using the “Journeys” curriculum. Daily lessons will include word study, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Each lesson is integrated into content-area texts (science and social studies). We will focus on writing skills several days a week.
AR goals: follow the guide on page 20 in your student agenda handbook.
My students are required to earn 8 points per 9 weeks. Points may be raised or lowered depending on student achievement. Intensive Reading students have more flexibility in their book choices. For example, books that are read to them are allowed. (Only one per 9 weeks)
AR will constitute 20% of the student’s grade in my class.
Supplies for Intensive Reading: 3-ring, 1" white binder, paper inside, 5 tabbed dividers