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Reading Classes . SEMESTER REVIEW. Journeys III CLASS OBJECTIVES. Students will: Learn skills to enhance and improve reading experiences Promote success in content classes Learn to read for understanding Learn to read for fun!. I can statements….

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reading classes

Reading Classes


journeys iii class objectives

Students will:

  • Learn skills to enhance and improve reading experiences
  • Promote success in content classes
  • Learn to read for understanding
  • Learn to read for fun!
i can statements
I can statements….
  • I can use vocabulary strategies to identify unknown words
  • I can use reading strategies to improve my understanding and memory of content information
  • I can identify text structures to help my brain remember and organize content information
  • I can find the main idea of text so I can focus on the meaning of the text
  • I can identify expository and narrative texts so that I can focus on the purpose for reading
vocabulary strategies
Vocabulary Strategies
  • CPR (context, parts, resources)
  • Context clues
  • Root words (structural analysis)
  • Antonym/synonym
context clues
Context Clues
  • Words (sentences) around the unknown word that tell reader what the word means
    • Examples
    • Definitions
    • Antonyms
    • Synonyms

The protagonist, or the main character, in The Goblet of Fire is Harry Potter.

word parts structural analysis
Word Parts/structural analysis
  • REWARDS—this strategy helps the reader “say” the word—uses parts
  • If you know the word part, you can make an inferences about the meaning of the word
    • Affixes: prefix or suffix
      • ‘re’ means again; ‘un’ means not, etc.
    • Root words: Greek and Latin words from which our language originated
      • ‘aero’ means air; ‘dur’ means sturdy
antonym v synonym
Antonym v. Synonym
  • I am the opposite of the word
  • I am a non-example of the word
  • One way to remember me is to think ANT is similar to “ain’t”….or “not”


  • I am similar or the same as the word
  • I am an example of the word
  • One way to remember me is to think SYN starts with an S just like similar or same


reading strategies
Reading Strategies

Before reading:

  • Preview/predict
  • Questioning

After reading:

  • Summarizing
  • Reader response

During reading:

  • Stop/think
  • Connect
  • Predicting
  • Questioning
  • Visualizing
  • Inferences
  • Note-taking
before reading strategies
Before reading strategies
  • Preview/predict
    • Look through the passage at the text features
    • Think in your head about the “topic”
    • Ask yourself: What am I going to need to remember or know after I read this?
  • Questioning
    • Turn the headings into questions to answer as you read
    • Ask yourself if the title of the passage gives you any ideas about the topic
during reading strategies
During Reading Strategies
  • Inferences
    • Make inferences as you read to help you remember
    • information from text information you know =
      • new information
      • (an inference)
  • Connections
    • Use Connections to help you stay focused
      • Text-self
      • Text-text
      • Text-world
  • Visualizing
    • Create a picture or ‘movie’ in your mind of what is happening in the passage
    • Use pictures and captions to enhance your visualizing
  • Note-taking (Big Ideas)
    • Use the headings for your note outline
    • Use W-I-N skills to generalize information
    • Create ‘study’ questions that match your notes
after reading strategies
After Reading Strategies
  • Summarizing
    • Focus on the key points
    • Use notes to organize thinking
    • Use W-I-N to help ‘shrink’ many paragraphs and/or pages into something shorter
  • Reader response
    • Often a book report or project
    • Reader responds to questions
    • Think about predictions and questions created during before reading
    • How did you feel after reading the passage?
    • Can you recall information from the passage?
text structures expository
Text Structures--/expository
  • Compare/contrast
    • Shows how 2 or more things are alike and different
  • Cause/effect
    • Shows how one thing make other things happen
  • Fact/opinion/details
    • Show how an author attempts to persuade someone to agree with his/her point-of-view
  • Problem/solution
    • Shows how a conflict can be resolved or cause something else to happen
author s purpose
Author’s purpose
  • Why does an author use a specific style?
    • Expository or Narrative
  • What is the author’s point of view? (opinion)
    • Does the author exhibit “bias?”
      • Bias is only expressing one-sided opinions.

Example: The only college worth attending is KU. All other colleges are not acceptable.

  • Why did the author write this passage or story? (theme, message)
  • Reader must think about the what and why something has been written in order to engage with the text---for better understanding!
text features
Text features
  • Purpose: to divide and organize information so reader can stay focused and enhance memory skills
  • Used in most textbooks and magazines
  • Examples:
    • Headings/title
    • Subheadings
    • Bulleted lists, italics, bold words
    • Pictures, captions
    • Charts, graphs, diagrams, maps
    • Sidebars
expository v narrative
Expository v. Narrative
  • Expository Purpose: to inform and/or teach
  • Found in textbooks, brochures, magazines, newspapers
  • Uses text features to enhance organization of text
  • Has a “structure” to help with understanding
  • Narrative Purpose: to entertain or tell a story
  • Found in novels, magazines, biographies
  • Has characters, setting, plot
  • Uses literary devices to enhance the text
    • (example: figurative language forms—idioms)
main ideas
Main Ideas
  • The main idea is the overall “message” of the passage
  • Some main ideas are “stated” while some are “unstated”
  • If the main idea is stated—the reader can find a sentence right in the passage
  • If the main idea is unstated—the reader must come up with their own sentence
  • W-I-N is helpful for finding the main idea
narrative elements
Narrative Elements
  • Characters
    • The people introduced in the story
    • Protagonist/antagonist
    • Supporting characters
  • Setting
    • Where/when does the story take place
    • Why is this important to the story?
  • Plot
    • Events that move the story along in sequence
      • Beginning, middle, end
    • Conflict, rising action, turning point, falling action, resolution
about the final 10 of semester grade
About the Final—10% of semester grade
  • It is a comprehensive assessment of the skills we have learned, relearned, and practiced this semester
  • It is 48 questions (11 vocabulary; 37 comprehension)
    • You will be presented with 3 passages (several paragraphs long)
    • There are about 10 questions for each passage
  • You will have the entire block to take the test (90 minutes)
  • If you finish early, you must stay in the library classroom until the end of block--bring other work to do just in case
  • You have learned a great deal this year—this is your time to “show off” what you know
  • You will do an awesome job!