• This is an overview of the course material we will learn:


    The 6 signposts for close reading: contrast/contradictions, aha moment, tough questions, words of the wiser, again and again and memory moment.


    Literary terms and techniques


    Independent Reading- at least 65 minutes per full week minimum. We will complete 40 minutes per  week in the classroom. You are required to read 25 minutes per week on your own time. Reading can include texts we are reading as a whole class, material you may be reading in groups, as well as independent reading.


    Reader notebooks-These will be completed in a composition notebook. You will learn how to respond to the literature that you read. These will be completed weekly and count as a quiz grade.


    Writer notebooks- These will be completed in a composition notebook. You will learn how to write about thoughts/feelings on specific topics. These will be completed weekly and count as a quiz grade.


    We will complete about 30 minutes per week of each of these notebooks.


    Different types of essay writing- Research simulation task, Literary Analysis Task, narrative, argumentative and informational writing.


    Grammar, usage and mechanics- Work with sentence structure, revising, editing style, tone, point of view, and audience. 


    Vocabulary- from literature, from SAT’s, base words, literary and poetry terms, NJSLA terms.


    NJSLA practice-essay writing, reading comprehension, passage based reading, open-ended questions, analyzing passages (literary, informational, paired.)


    Link it Benchmark Assessment


    Short Stories- analyzing plot, theme, character, irony and other literary devices.


    Non-fiction pieces-analyze and compare/contrast to fiction piece



    Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

    A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

    The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros


    Poetry- works by Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare


    Research paper- internet/library research, plagiarism and Turn it in, citations, works cited page, outline, MLA format.


    Incorporating Technology- We will use different platforms for learning- Google classroom, sites, slides. forms, meets, breakout rooms, Kahoot, Flipgrid, Pear Deck, Edpuzzle, Screencastify, Padlet, Quiziz, CommonLit, and many more as the year progresses.

    We will also use varied learning models: small group instruction, whole group instruction, one on one instruction and assessments.