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SEPTEMBER

Reading/Literature

Placement Test

Genre: Parts of a newspaper

  • Hears, reads independently, and responds to literature

Comprehending Literature:

  • Knows parts of the newspaper
  • Understands 5 W's of news (foreign and domestic)
  • Reads editorial, features, sports, TV reviews
  • Identifies advertisements (display, classified)
  • Restates stated main idea
  • Understands details

Sustained Silent Reading Study Skills:

  • Uses directories, index
  • Plans homework schedule

Test-Taking Skills:

  • Follows directions

Oral/Written Composing

Oral:

  • Listens to and gives directions of 4-5 steps
  • Listens to, reads, and responds to variety of items in newspaper (cartooning)
  • Discusses stated main ideas and details of news articles, features, or editorials
  • Analyzes political, civic, world information
  • Justifies views with evidence
  • Participates in prewriting activities (brainstorms)

Written:

  • Writes in journal
  • Analyzes a sample letter to the editor
  • Writes a letter to the editor about local problems
  • Uses 5 steps of writing process

Language Analysis

Expands Vocabulary:

  • Learns key words from literature, content areas
  • Learns newspaper words, e.g., copy, byline, banner

Word Recognition/Spelling:

  • Reviews word recognition skills as needed, e.g., words in context
  • Reviews spelling patterns
  • Spells key words correctly

Mechanics:

  • Reviews form of business letter
  • Reviews capitals, end punctuation as needed

Grammar/Usage:

  • Reviews avoidance of run-on sentences, fragments
  • Responds to models of standard English
  • Edits for skills taught

OCTOBER

Reading/Literature

Focus: World Literature
Genre: Novel

  • Hears, reads independently, responds to literature

Comprehending Literature:

  • Understands plot, characters, setting, theme, mood, genre, style
  • Predicts outcome
  • Evaluates

Sustained Silent Reading

Study Skills:

  • Uses dictionary for spelling, meaning, pronunciation

Test-Taking Skills:

  • Uses multiple-choice format and strategies

Oral/Written Composing

Oral:

  • Listens to, reads, and responds to a variety of literature (reads selected portions aloud?
  • Discusses novel
  • Responds to subtle, imaginative ideas, images
  • Employs usage items in classroom talk
  • Participates in prewriting activities (sets purpose)

Written:

  • Writes in journal
  • Writes a 1-paragraph description of a favorite scene in a novel. Cites reasons
  • Uses basic sentence sense
  • Adheres to a central idea
  • Uses 5 steps of writing process

Language Analysis

Expands Vocabulary:

  • Learns key words from literature, content areas
  • Learns literary terms, e.g., climax, resolution

Word Recognition/

  • spelling:
  • Reviews word recognition skills as needed, quotation marks
  • Underlines name of play/novel

Grammar/Usage

  • Reviews uses of nouns as subject, object, in apposition, as needed
  • Responds to models of standard English
  • Edits for skills taught

Above, example of 'pacing schedule,' which details what English teachers were to cover in first two months of 10th grade. Schedules have since been modified in response to teacher complaints.

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