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    Skill Sets

    Activities

    Monday

     

    Engagement in Reading/Writing Community

    Comprehension

    Close Reading—Mentor Text

    Word Study

    Comprehension Strategy

    Tuesday

    Literary/Rhetorical Analysis

    Close Reading

    Close Reading—Mentor Text

    Discussion

    Wednesday

    Idea Generation

    Writing Craft Lesson

    Discussion

    Thursday

    Organization/Structure

    Introductions/Conclusions

    Word Choice/Sentence Variety & Fluency

    Guided Writing with Teacher Modeling

    Writing Workshop

    Friday

    Revision/Reflection

    Writing Workshop

    Publication/Sharing


     

    Selected Features of the High School Reading Curriculum: 

    • Correlation with Reading TEKS
    • Flexible weekly routine that addresses specific TEKS each day, to be revisited in increasing depth each week throughout the semester.
    • Integration of reading, writing, and discussion
    • Mentor texts to connect with students’ interests and reading levels
    • Daily sustained silent reading, with opportunities for conversation and written responses
    • Student self-assessment opportunities
    • Vocabulary/word study integrated into readings
    • Opportunities for formal and informal writing
    • Practice for all parts of English Language Arts STAAR
    • A one-week “testing as genre” unit developed by LISD to come immediately before the December administration of STAAR.
    • Research-based reading and writing practices or “Finding True North Lesson Elements” – which are represented in the following “cycle.” Movement through this cycle, of course, is not linear or lock-step. Teachers generally move around the circle but may repeat some of the elements or hit some of the elements weekly, rather than daily.

     

     

     

    Tentative Spring 2017  Schedule

    Unit 1

    Who am I as a reader and a writer?

    Unit 2

    What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

    Unit 3

    Can one person’s dream change the world?

     

    MIDTERM

    Unit 4

    What distracts you from your dreams?

    Testing Genre

    Test-Taking Skills

     

    STAAR Test English I & II

    Unit 5

    What happens to a dream deferred?

    Unit 6

    Who am I at 25?

     

    Finals

    Newcomer English

    Goals: Everday, we will read, write, listen, speak, and think in English. 

     

    Shining Star: Introduction

    Unit 1: “Nomads”

    Synonyms & Antonyms

    Drawing Conclusions

    Text Previews

    Articles

    Present Tense

    Singular & Plural Nouns Writing a Journal Entry

    Shining Star: Intro

    Unit 3: “Roberto Clemente”

    Asking questions

    Chronological Order/Sequencing

    Information Questions (5Ws & H)

    Proper Nouns

    Biography

    Shining Star: Intro

    Unit 4: “The Clever Daughter-in-Law” & “Family Traits”

    Homophones

    Predicting

    Rereading a Text for Information

    Possessives & Apostrophes

    Adverbs

    Writing a Personal Letter

     

     

    Shining Star: Introduction

    Unit 4: “Family Traits”

    Vocabulary development

    Words that tell when: Homophones

    Prediting

    Plural Possessives; Adverbs

    Journal entry

    Chart, diagrams, timeline reading

    Shining Star: Introduction

    Unit 5: “Early Writings” and “The Great Minu”

    Vocabulary development

    Prefixes

    Note taking

    Possessive pronouns

    Combining simple sentences

    Symbol, chart, map reading

    Writing Practice