COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course is designed to provide students with reading, writing and research/inquiry opportunities. Students will read literature from several genres, and will use the writing process to develop various forms of writing including a research paper. The objective of this class is to teach students disciplined and effective reading and writing skills necessary for success in future courses.
CHAPTERS
Ch.1 – Reading Informational Text
Point of View
Meanings of Words and Phrases
Connect Relationships
Analyzing Interactions Between Individuals, Events, and Ideas
Determining Meaning and Analyzing Word Choice
Analyzing Interactions Between Individuals, Events, and Ideas
Locate Specific Information/Organizational Features
Apply Thinking Skills to Interpret Data, Facts and Ideas
Knowledge of Structure, Content and Vocabulary – Informational Text
Condense, Combine or Categorize Information
Relevant vs. Irrelevant Information
Compare and Contrast Information From a Variety of Sources
Validity and Accuracy
Restate or Summarize the Main Idea
Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions
Using Reading Strategies
Directions and Procedures
Interpreting Graphic Features
Fact and Opinion Expository Text
Author’s Use of Elements – Expository Text
Author’s Purpose: Expository Text
Use Information from Text to Determine Sequence
Locate Information Using Organizational Features – Expository Text
Fact vs Opinion
Interpreting Functional Text
Restate or Summarize the Main Idea
Explain How Authors Use Elements
Primary and Secondary Sources
Use Information from Text Features
Unit Assessment Reading Informational Text
Ch.2 – Context Clues: Multiple Meaning Words
Narrative Point of View
Identifying Poetic Elements
Language Creates Feelings
Interpret Characters, Plot, Setting
Literary Terms Convey Message
Identify the Structural Elements of Poetry
Structural Elements of Poetry
Contrast Points of View in Literature
Describe a Character
Draw Conclusions About the Style and Mood
Identify Various Genres of Fiction
Identifying Multiple Themes
Analyze Plot Development
Unit Assessment Reading Literature

Ch.3 – Language
Functions of Phrases
Spelling
Capital Letters
Commas
Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
Independent and Dependent Clauses
Four Kinds of Sentences
Spelling
Commas
Capital Letters
Function of Phrases
Figurative Language, Word Relationships, and Nuances
Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
Independent and Dependent Clauses
Four Kinds of Sentences
Figurative Language, Word Relationships, and Nuances
Meanings of Words and Reference Aids
Unfamiliar Words and Context Clues
Root Words and Affixes
Context Clues: Multiple Meaning Words
Using Context: Multiple Meaning Words
Unit Assessment Language