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Middle School | Language Arts | Reading

Reading is essential. It is the process by which people gain information and ideas from books, newspapers, manuals, letters, contracts, advertisements and a host of other materials. Using strategies for constructing meaning before, during and after reading will help students connect what they read now with what they have learned in the past. Students who read well and widely build a strong foundation for learning in all areas of life.

Learning Objectives

Apply word analysis and vocabulary skills to comprehend selections:

  • Apply knowledge of word origins and derivations to comprehend words used in specific content areas (e.g., scientific, political, literary, mathematical).
  • Analyze the meaning of words and phrases in their context.

Apply reading strategies to improve understanding and fluency:

  • Preview reading materials, make predictions and relate reading to information from other sources.
  • Identify text structure and create a visual representation (e.g., graphic organizer, outline, drawing) to use while reading.
  • Continuously check and clarify for understanding (e.g., in addition to previous skills, draw comparisons to other readings).
  • Read age-appropriate material with fluency and accuracy.

Comprehend a broad range of reading materials:

  • Use information to form, explain and support questions and predictions.
  • Interpret and analyze entire narrative text using story elements, point of view and theme.
  • Compare, contrast and evaluate ideas and information from various sources and genres.
  • Summarize and make generalizations from content and relate them to the purpose of the material.
  • Compare how authors and illustrators use text and art across materials to express their ideas (e.g., foreshadowing, flashbacks, color, strong verbs, language that inspires).
  • Interpret tables that display textual information and data in visual formats.

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