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					                                   3rd Grade Reading Syllabus
                                            Ms. West
                                     West@birchwoodschool.org

                                       First Quarter 2010-2011

Literature
             Content                                  Process                                 Product
Mysteries                               Select book on reading level            Retell plot
5 weeks                                 Read with fluency and stamina           Book review
                                        Assess reading rate                     Reasonable personal reading goals
Summer Reading                          Articulate enjoyable portions           for 20 min.
During weeks 2 and 3                    Retell the plot                         Small group discussion
                                        Read for meaning



Historical Fiction                      Learn about history – people,           Notes and discussion
Sarah Plain and Tall, others            places, events, and time.                Reflective journal activities
4 weeks                                 Develop an appreciation for human       Comprehension Questions
                                        experience through historical events.    Writing Activity – Letter
                                        Compare/Contrast elements in            Short quizzes
                                        Sarah Plain and Tall
                                        Understand vocabulary in context




Poetry                                  Cultivate enjoyment through             Personal poetry folder
Once a week throughout the year         reading, hearing, speaking, and          Individual recitation
                                        selecting poems.                         Copy favorite poems
                                        Recite poetry with clear diction and
                                        appropriate expression
                                        Interpret meaning in poems




Ongoing Strands
        Reading Aloud, silent and oral reading
        Book-it! Program for motivation and for experience in goal setting
        Vocabulary growth and word appreciation

Nonfiction and Skills
        Individual reading inventory of phonics, comprehension skills, reading fluency, and dictionary skills
        Topics for exploration: Science and Social Studies topics, poetry, current events
        Nonfiction formats: Storyworks magazine articles and reader’s theatre selection, nonfiction books, atlases,
         and comprehension skill boxes.

Assessment
        Classwork/homework progress and effort
        Teacher observation records
        Timely completion of individualized contracts
        Class participation/listening skills
                                   3rd Grade Reading Syllabus
                                            Ms. West
                                     West@birchwoodschool.org
                                     Second Quarter 2010-2011
Literature
              Content                                Process                                Product
Fantasy                                Envision and note details of           Critical Thinking Study Guides
Mr. Popper’s Penguins                  descriptive fantasy setting.            Discussions
4 weeks                                Identify elements of humor, vivid      Translation of mental pictures to
                                       characters and underlying themes.       drawings.
                                                                               Book Reports




Series authors: Beverly Cleary and     Identify author’s clues to             Jotted notes and discussions
Betty MacDonald (Mrs. Piggle           characterization                        Great adjectives lists
Wiggle books)                          Chart the effects of a character’s     Creative projects of choice
4 weeks                                bad/good behavior and derive a          including new articles, songs, radio
                                       theme statement.                        ads, comic strip drawings, skits, and
                                       Distinguish realistic fiction from     photo album.
                                       fantasy fiction                         Chapter by chapter class reading,
                                       Improve fluency, stamina, and goal     analysis charts, and discussion of
                                       setting                                 Mrs. Piggle Wiggle.
                                       Analyze the problem faced by           Individual contract reading of
                                       a character, the character’s behavior   Beverly Cleary books, buddy
                                       and feelings, the effects of the        discussion and journal entries
                                       behavior on themselves and others,      Creative projects of choice
                                       and how the problem is solved.          including new articles, songs, radio
                                       Compare/contrast character with        ads, comic strip drawings, skits, and
                                       one’s self.                             photo album.


Junior Great Books                     Practice slow reading skills and       Inquiry based discussion and
Concurrent with literature unit        employ note-taking and questioning      analytical paragraphs, which sum up
throughout the year                    strategies                              interpretive point of view.
                                       Practice shared inquiry and            Listening and sharing on a single
                                       interpretive discussion                 point at a time.


Poetry                                 Explore poetry                         Copy/Share favorites
Once a week                            Cultivate a love of words and word     Expand personal poetry folder with
                                       play, and an understanding of how       samples
                                       words are put together.                 Vocabulary/poetry lessons
                                       Interpret meaning in poems             Class collaborations-word lists


Ongoing Strands
        Reading Aloud, silent and oral reading
        Book-it! Program for motivation and for experience in goal setting.
        Vocabulary growth and word appreciation
        Reading Fluency
        Dictionary Skills

Assessment
        Classwork/homework progress and effort
        Teacher observation records
        Timely completion of individualized contracts
        Class participation/listening skills
                                   3rd Grade Reading Syllabus
                                              Ms. West
                                       West@birchwoodschool.org
                                       Third Quarter 2010-2011
Literature
              Content                                 Process                                   Product
Biographies and Nonfiction              Identify inspiring characteristics       Biography talks
4 weeks                                 and supportive anecdotes of famous        Journal entries reflecting new
                                        persons in biographies                    learning, new interests, and new
                                        Select and summarize important           realizations
                                        deeds of famous people                    A person who is developing into
                                        Read to extract meaning from a           a goal setter, a reader and a thinker!!
                                        nonfiction book by noting its
                                        structure and utilizing aids
                                        Answer a variety of comprehension
                                        questions with short nonfiction
                                        passages


World Historical Fiction                Describe the setting and analyze its     Questions answered in group
The Family Under the Bridge,            effect on the characters                  discussion.
20 and 10, and others                   Analyze the themes of courage and        Study guide questions
4 weeks                                 compassion.                               Map
                                        Compare and contrast two books           Mobile
                                        Develop ability to choose                Expanded list of independent choice
                                        independent reading from expanded         reading
                                        choices



Animal Fiction                          Identify the virtues of friendship       Chapter by chapter notes and
Charlotte’s Web                         in the incidents of the plot              class discussions
1 week (Continue during 4th quarter)    Note how the seasons change              Class mural illustrations of the
                                        and how Wilbur grew throughout            characterization and theme
                                        the story                                  Read aloud
                                        Pinpoint portions of the story
                                        that depict the style of the author
                                        including humor, rich vocabulary,
                                        and use of similes


Poetry                                  Appreciate vivid language                Copy/share favorites
Once a week                             Write poetry using models                Expand personal poetry folder with
                                        Cultivate a love of words and word       samples
                                        play and an understanding of how          Add originals to poetry folder
                                        words are put together.
                                        Interpret meaning in poems.




Ongoing Strands
        Junior Great Book Series for interpretive reading and shared inquiry of great literature
        Reading Aloud, silent and oral reading
        Dictionary Skills: synonyms/homonyms
        Book-it! Program for motivation and for experience in goal setting.

Assessments
        Classwork/homework progress and effort
        Teacher observation records
        Timely completion of individualized contracts
        Class participation/listening skills
                                    3rd Grade Reading Syllabus
                                             Ms. West
                                      West@birchwoodschool.org
                                      Fourth Quarter 2010-2011
Literature
             Content                                   Process                                  Product
Animal Fiction                           Identify the virtues of friendship       Chapter by chapter notes and
Charlotte’s Web                          in the incidents of the plot              class discussions
3 weeks(Continued from 3rd quarter)      Note how the seasons change              Class mural illustrations of the
                                         and how Wilbur grew throughout            characterization and theme
                                         the story                                  Read aloud


Realistic Fiction: Friendships           Identify the virtues of friendship in    Friendship Poem
4 weeks                                  the incidents of the plot                 Friendship Journal
                                         Retell with accuracy                     Character analysis paragraphs
                                         Select book on reading level,            Discussion
                                         read with improved fluency and
                                         expression.
                                         Interpret meaning in poems


Tales from Around the World              Analyze setting, character, and          Chart/Discuss tales, characters,
Trickster and Princess Tales             themes in tales                           settings, and story elements
2 weeks                                  Identify story-telling elements:         Map of regions of stories
                                         repetition, motifs, style, and            Oral retelling with visual
                                         characters.                               Compare/Contrast charts
                                         Retell with accuracy
                                         Read with expression


Junior Great Books                       Practice slow reading skills and         Inquiry based discussion and
Concurrent with literature unit          employ note taking and questioning        analytical paragraphs, which sum up
throughout the year                      strategies                                interpretive point of view.
                                         Practice shared inquiry and              Listening and sharing on one point
                                         interpretive discussion                   at a time.


Poetry                                   Read, write, share                       Copy favorites for personal file
Ongoing                                  Interpret meaning in poems.              Write a variety of original poems
                                         Word Play: Jokes/Riddles


Ongoing Strands
         Junior Great Book Series for interpretive reading and shared inquiry of great literature
         Reading Aloud, silent and oral reading
         Original Poetry
         Book-it! Program for motivation and for experience in goal setting.

Nonfiction and Skills
         Reading fluency, dictionary skills, library organization, test preparation for the IOWA Test of Basic Skills
         Nonfiction formats: Storyworks magazine articles and reader’s theatre selection, nonfiction books,
          comprehension skill boxes and other test preparation material.
         Original Poetry

Assessments
         Classwork/homework progress and effort
         Teacher observation records
         Timely completion of individualized contracts
         Class participation/listening skills

				
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