MS and HS Students Hit the Books

MS and HS Students Hit the Books
Lauren Woody

The summer program contains many opportunities for the MS and HS students to improve their reading and comprehension skills!

The Middle School and High School students have been working hard to improve their reading skills. With the reading focused classes, Historical Fiction Reading, Reading Strategies, and Literary Non-Fiction Reading, it is no doubt that the students taking these classes have been improving their skills and knowledge. These classes are available for students in grades 7 to 10, and each focus on different skill sets, while still being interrelated. 

In ‘Reading Strategies’ with Ms. Alo, the 7th to 10th grade students have been focusing on the six strategies, predict, visualize, connect, identify, infer, and evaluate. While reading, all people use some, if not all of these strategies without realizing it, or thinking about it. Ms. Alo’s goal is to have her students realize and be explicit about which strategies they are using, instead of simply 'thinking' that they are using a certain strategy. This week, these students have been looking into many fairytales, and many different versions of the same stories, and through choosing the book that they want to read, have been writing down what specific strategies they used and how. Ms. Alo stated, “Your brain naturally tells you things. You’re always making predictions and connections, connecting to characters, visualizing what is going to happen next, and are constantly making assumptions!” Next time you’re reading, ask your self: “What strategy am I using?”

‘Literary Non-Fiction Reading’ and ‘Historical Fiction Reading’ with Ms. Allen, are 2 different classes for students grades 7-9, who are interested in gaining reading skills and exploring genres that they may not regularly choose. In the Non-Fiction class, the students have been working on finding things that they learned from the books that they have been reading, as well ideas or themes of the story that they can connect to. By doing this, Ms. Allen hopes that the students will be able to “find new things and new skills in the books that allow them to find non-fiction books interesting.”. In the Historical Fiction class, the students have been looking at the plot, and the different components to a story line that makes up a good and interesting story. Runo and Wynne, exclaimed that, “Reading gives a big impact to people. You are also able to learn about social issues, and different themes and ideas which is really interesting!”, and Maya, added that, "Reading for details is really fun!". In both of these classes, students are developing essential reading skills that will allow them to be better readers in the future. 

While there are no specific reading classes for the 11th and 12th graders, SAT with Mr. Bevan allows students in grades 9 to 12, to develop their reading and analysis skills as well. The SAT includes a section on Evidence Based Reading and Writing, in which it is essential for students to be able to grasp the main idea and perspective of many different types of texts, all while backing it up with evidence from the text. They also learn how to differentiate between the tone and mood of the passages as well as how to recognize the type of passage, and its purpose. Through learning these skills, they are both becoming more prepared to take the SAT as well as are becoming better readers and developing important comprehension skills. 

Regardless of age or reading level, students in these classes have been working hard and have been improving greatly. By the end of the three-week program, they will all certainly be reading experts!

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