Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Importance of Reading

TPG Survey: click here


1. IWBAT explain why reading is important.
2. IWBAT explain how the brain develops, to allow us to read.
3. IWBAT state my MAP reading goal and explain how I will meet my goal.
1. Do Now: Complete the following activities (in order):

2. Explain Why Reading Is Important: Click here for Classwork
  • Mr. T's Scoop: 
    • Students who read 40 minutes a day, regardless of their reading level, make much higher gains in reading growth than students who only read 15 minutes a day.
    • On average, students who achieved in the 98th percentile in reading ability read about 4.5 million words in a school year, whereas students in the 10th percentile read only 8,000 words.
    • To be an expert in something, you need to do it well for at least 10,000 hours. If students are practicing reading just over two hours a day, 365 days a year, for 13 years, they will reach mastery--which would be just in time for college.

3. The Videos & Articles:

4. MAP Testing:
  • computerized: different than paper, easy to rush
  • adaptive: gets harder or easier when you answer correctly/incorrectly
  • taken 2-3 times per year: assesses progress
  • compares students from different schools across the country
  • about 42 questions, with passages: read and reread carefully!
  • 90 minutes to test: usually, the more careful you work, the better score you get
  • grade in ELA: 
    • A: exceeded goal
    • B: met goal
    • C: made some progess towards goal
    • D: no progress
    • F: made backwards progress
  • incentives: progressive ice cream sundae (part-ay!), eternal glory

Homework: Pronouns #5

Want to see students' Xtranormal videos (replaying favorite scenes from books)? Click Here

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