PSSA Reading Workshop by 99uzkgs


									                          PSSA Reading Workshop

Mrs. Petrini
Fall / Spring 2010-11

Purpose: The primary focus of this class is to prepare you for the Pennsylvania
System of School Assessment (PSSA) Reading Test. To achieve this goal, we
will be working on improving reading comprehension, helping you to develop
higher-order thinking skills and improving vocabulary. You will be using
workbooks with short stories for skill practice, reading trade books and writing in
response to literature and using the online, standards based, cross-curricular
learning system called TeenBiz. As an internet based program, you can and will
be expected to access and work on TeenBiz at home as well.
            Keeping this in mind, it is becoming a life-long learner that is our real
goal. The skills taught in this class are life skills that will benefit you throughout
your lives in whatever path you choose.

I Course Overview
      A. Learning to Read Independently
            1. Prereading Skills
            1. Main Idea
            2. Recognizing significant details
            3. Citing evidence
            4. Using titles, headings, captions, etc.
            5. Recognizing organization
            6. Using context clues
            7. Word forms

       B. Reading Critically in All Content Areas
            1. Facts
            2. Inferences
            3. Cause and Effect
            4. Predicting Outcomes
            5. Fact vs Opinion
            6. Drawing Conclusions
            7. Making judgments
            8. Identifying the author’s purpose

       C. Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
            8. Character analysis
            9. Plot Analysis (problems & solutions)
            10.Literary Techniques
                   a. figurative language
                   b. Literary devices

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       D. Response Techniques
            1. How To’s in constructing a response to a question
            2. Finding your focus
            3. Supporting your answer
            4. Comparing and Contrasting
            5. Synthesizing information
            6. Knowing your audience

      E. Books and Resources
            1. PSSA Reading Coach
            2. The Jamestown Comprehension Skills Series
            3. Magazines
            4. Computer Websites – i.e. Teenbiz 3000
            5. Tradebooks – in class
            6. Independent Reading – Individual selection, read, research,
assessments (AR test and culminating project with writing piece)

II. Classroom Expectations
               A good learning environment is completely dependent upon
appropriate behavior in class. Disruption and disrespect inhibit the learning
process for the offending student as well as all of the students in the class. In
order to provide and maintain an environment conducive to learning, the students
will be expected to follow the guidelines below.
               A. All students are expected to act respectfully to their teacher(s)
and to their fellow students.
               B. Students are expected to be in their assigned seat when the bell
rings. (No sitting on counter tops, desktops, etc.)
               C. Late arrival to class requires a pass.
               D. Do not abuse requests to leave class (i.e. bathroom, nurse).
Remember these are privileges! Especially, the bathroom! Only ask during
appropriate breaks in class---i.e. never during notes or class discussions.
               E. Wait to be dismissed from class. (Do not get up before the bell
rings and do not line up at the door.)
               F. Listen! Use active listening skills and DO NOT interrupt when
others are talking. Be polite!
               G. Students are expected to demonstrate good study habits.
Students should come into class focused, prepared and ready to work and learn.
               H. Students are expected to use appropriate language and
comments in the classroom/school environment. (No swearing or “silly”
comments inappropriate to the situation/environment) Respect others!
               I. Water, only, is allowed in class. (No food, drink or “toys” (i.e.
Walkman) Keep your cell phone out of sight or you will lose it!
               J. Get enough rest each evening.

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III.   Academic Requirements
       A. Students are expected to take responsibility for their work.
Planning ahead and setting goals are important to success in class. Students
should practice good study habits both in school and at home, having an
appropriate place to study, maintaining a healthy diet and getting the proper rest.
        B. When a student misses class time, the student is responsible for
turning in work that is due, getting notes, homework, etc. If a student is absent,
having difficulty, or would like extra help, they are expected to sign up for
           Below are additional expectations for a student’s success in class.
Failure to meet these expectations will affect the student’s grade.

Students are required to have a copy book, a 2 pocket folder with brads, pens
and paper.
              2. Students are responsible to bring all materials to class
each day (books, workbooks, copybook, folder, pens and paper)
              3. Students are required to take notes during class time.
(Format for note taking will be discussed with the students.)
              4. Students should pay particular attention to the schedule for
all assignments.

              1. Homework must be completed in time for class and will be
              1. All work is expected to be turned in on time. 1 day late will
lose a grade. Work will not be accepted after 1 day late. (Absences follow
school policy---due 2 days after you return to school)
              3. Procedure for missed work:
                     a. Work collected the day a student is absent is due
on the day the student returns. (If a student is in school, but misses class for an
excused reason, work is still due the same day)
                     b. Students have two days for each day absent to make up
missed work, after which time, missed work will be considered late (see above).
                     c. A missed test must be made up 2 days after a student
returns to school.

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IV. Grading System
      A. Homework – 20% of grade
                    Will be checked and given a grade. (On time – A or B,
1 day late – 75%, zero after that)

        A. Class –          20% of grade (You will begin with 100 points)
                            Classwork will be checked and given a grade.
                            Class behavior will be observed and will also affect
(positively or negatively) your grade. This includes going to your locker after the
bell rings, not paying attention in class, not having books and materials, and
class disruptions (talking, not working on class assignments or cooperatively in
groups, etc.). For example, you will lose 4 points off your class grade for not working in class,
3 points for not having books and materials or for being disruptive and 2 points for each time you
have to go to your locker.

        C. Quizzes -        20% of grade

        D. Tests -          20% of grade

        E. Papers -         20% of grade (including projects & essays)

        High School Grading Scale:
              A = 92 –100        D = 65 – 73
              B = 83 – 91        F = below 65
              C = 74 – 82        X = below 50

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                              Signature Page

       Please sign below to indicate that you have read and understand the
       Parents/guardians please call if you ever have any questions or concerns.
Also, please see the attached letter about TeenBiz.
       Thank you.

Student Name (please print): __________________________________

Student Signature: ______________________________

Home phone number: _________________________

Parent/Guardian Signature: ___________________________________
(Please print name - ______________________________ )

Phone # where can be reached during the day: ____________________
e-mail address: __________________________________

My phone #: 610-579-7758
My e-mail address:

                                                                       Rev’d 9/2009
Dear Parents/Guardians,

Your son or daughter has joined many students using TeenBiz3000 in their school
computer lab or classroom. In fact, almost 300,000 kids across the USA are using
TeenBiz3000 and loving it. TeenBiz3000 is an internet-based learning system that
improves students’ reading and technology skills. Each day TeenBiz3000 e-mails a
reading assignment based on current events to your child. It is like having a newspaper
subscription for your child for the entire school year!

Because TeenBiz3000 is delivered at your child’s reading level and includes a chance to
write, play educational games and develop reading skills, it is an opportunity to work on
critical skills over the weekend and after school.

Your child has received a TeenBiz3000 user name and password in school, and we ask
you to encourage use at home.

The program is available in your home or in the local library - wherever a computer that
is connected to the internet is available. Here is how to get your child into the program:

Log on to www.teenbiz3000
Type in the user name and password which your child received in school:
Then follow these five easy steps:
Step 1: Check your e-mail. Read the message from KidBiz3000 and respond.
Step 2: Click on the link in the e-mail to read that day’s news article.
Step 3: Do the activity.
Step 4: Finish the thought question.
Step 5: Vote in the poll.

You also might want to look at these additional features:
Stock Market game. Click on Stocks on the left-hand side of the page to buy and sell
shares in real companies.
Visit the technology and writing centers by clicking on the appropriate links on the left-
hand side of the page.
Take part in a contest, play a game, or complete a puzzle.

We do hope you enjoy TeenBiz30000 and that you get a chance to join in with your child
and explore the site yourself.

                                                                                 Rev’d 9/2009

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