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Secondary Literacy. District 2 Literacy Conference J. Howard, Secondary Literacy Coordinator Mercy Momary, Science Advisor. To you….. What is this story about?. Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking What will my child learn in middle school?

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Secondary Literacy

District 2 Literacy Conference

J. Howard, Secondary Literacy Coordinator

Mercy Momary, Science Advisor

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To you…..What is this story about?

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Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking

What will my child learn in middle school?

Students are expected to read and understand different types of texts, including literature, on-line text, newspapers, and magazines.

By grade 8, students should independently read 1,000,000 words per year.

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What do students read and write about in school?

Narrative: They read and discuss stories, biographies, and poetry.

They write stories with a plot, setting, characters, dialogue, and suspense.

Exposition: They read and write descriptions, explanations, compare and contrast essays, problem-solution essays.

Research Reports: They write reports using more than one source (on-line, books, newspapers)

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Response to Literature:

They explain their own interpretations of literature and poetry using examples from the story or poem to explain their interpretation.

Persuasive Compositions and Speeches:

They read and write speeches and editorials. They learn to state their opinion about an idea or topic, give evidence to support their opinion, and predict and address “counterclaims” (what people who disagree might say).

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Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking

What will my child learn in high school?

Students are expected to read and understand a wide variety of classic and contemporary literature, magazines, newspapers, and on-line information.

By grade 12, students should independently read 2,000,000 words per year.

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What do students write about in high school?

Students produce texts of at least 1,500 words each.

In grades 9 and 10, students write

*Biographical or autobiographical narratives or short stories

*Responses to literature

*Expository compositions, including analytical essays and research reports

*Persuasive compositions

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In grades 11 and 12, students write:

*Fictional, autobiographical and biographical narratives

*Responses to literature

*Reflective compositions

*Historical investigation reports

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Periodic Assessment

Multiple ChoiceShort Constructive Response

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Middle School




to Literature


High School





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How can I help my child ?

Parental Involvement

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  • Time Scheduling

  • Concentration

  • Reading

  • Writing Skills

  • Test Taking Strategies

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  • Scheduled time for meals and sleeping

  • Study time

  • Special time for fun

  • Structured day and organized environment

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  • A special place to study

  • Divide work

  • Set goals you can reach

  • Identify distracting problems

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  • Good Health

  • Read, read, read

  • Increase reading rate

  • Comprehension

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  • Follow Instructions

  • Gather notes, outline the paper

  • Write draft

  • Edit paper

  • Clean and clear

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  • At the age of 4 you probably knew 5,600 words

  • At the age of 7 you probably knew 21,200 words

  • At the age of 10 you probably knew 34,300 words

  • At the age of 20 you probably knew 120,000 words

Words Words Words

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  • The more you read, the more words you will come in contact with

  • Use new found vocabulary words in your everyday communication

  • Use the glossary in the text book

  • Use the dictionary. Learn new words every day

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“Parents are the first, the best,

and the most reliable teacher off their children”.