8th grade Reading Seminar - Martino Jr. High
The Reading Seminar curriculum focuses on the acquisition of vocabulary and the mastery of basic reading skills as applied to nonfiction.
Where traditional Language Arts / ELA classes focus primarily on the analysis of literary elements and comprehension of fictional novels and short stories, Reading Seminar classes focus on understanding and interpreting nonfiction materials such as essays, editorials, reviews, magazine and newspaper articles.
The goal of the Reading Seminar class is to improve all students’ reading comprehension by reviewing and practicing individual reading skills such as establishing purpose / predicting, making inferences, evaluating and clarifying, finding main ideas, and using vocabulary in context, to name a few.
- Reading Seminar is a sixty-minute class that meets every other day.
- Students will be given a Wordly Wise vocabulary book to take home, but all other reading materials and books will be kept in class.
- Students will be quizzed on one unit in their Wordly Wise vocabulary books every five classes. At least one comprehensive vocabulary test will be given per trimester.
- Students should expect some homework if the assignment is not completed during class.
- Studying for vocabulary tests will be the primary homework focus for students outside of class. The tests are challenging, and students are expected to study their vocabulary definitions.
- Students will be reading articles from Newsela and implementing close reading strategies.
- The nonfiction Notice & Note strategies are contrasts & contradictions, extreme or absolute language, numbers and stats, quoted words and word gaps.