M/J Intensive Reading (MC)   (#1000010)

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General Course Information and Notes

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The purpose of this course is to provide instruction that enables students to accelerate the development of reading and writing skills and to strengthen those skills so they are able to successfully read and write middle grade level text independently. Instruction emphasizes reading comprehension, writing fluency, and vocabulary study through the use of a variety of literary and informational texts encompassing a broad range of text structures, genres, and levels of complexity. Texts used for instruction focus on a wide range of topics, including content-area information, in order to support students in meeting the knowledge demands of increasingly complex text. Students enrolled in the course will engage in interactive text-based discussion, question generation, and research opportunities. They will write in response to reading and cite evidence when answering text dependent questions orally and in writing. The course provides extensive opportunities for students to collaborate with their peers. Scaffolding is provided as necessary as students engage in reading and writing increasingly complex text and is removed as the reading and writing abilities of students improve over time.

Important Note: Reading and writing courses should not be used in place of English language arts courses; reading and writing courses are intended to be used to supplement further study in English language arts.

The Intensive courses have been designed for the teacher to select and teach only the appropriate standards corresponding to a student’s grade and/or instructional level. The courses should not be used in place of grade level English language arts courses and are intended to provide intervention for students who have reading deficiencies.


General Notes

General Notes: The course includes, but is not limited to, the following:
  • determining central ideas or themes of a text and analyzing their development as well as summarizing the key supporting details and ideas;
  • interpreting words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyzing how specific word choices shape meaning or tone;
  • analyzing the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole;
  • integrating and evaluating content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words;
  • delineating and evaluating the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the source, relevance and sufficiency of the evidence;
  • analyzing how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take;
  • writing in response to reading, emulating authors’ structures, word choices, styles, etc.
Additional Notes: Students entering the upper grades who are not reading and writing on grade level have a variety of intervention needs. No single program or strategy can be successful in remediating the needs of all students. The intervention course should require that students increase the amount and complexity of text they read and write independently throughout the school year to ensure students have enough exposure to various text structures and academic vocabulary to develop skills necessary for college and career readiness.

It is necessary to implement a combination of research-based programs and strategies that have been proven successful in accelerating the development of literacy skills in older readers. The following practices should be incorporated in the course:
  1. Scaffolding of close reading is provided but does not preempt or replace text.
  2. Systematic instruction in vocabulary is provided.
  3. Explicit instruction in applying grammatical structures and conventions is provided.
  4. Student independence is cultivated.
Special Notes:

Instructional Practices: Teaching from well-written, grade-level instructional materials enhances students’ content area knowledge and also strengthens their ability to comprehend longer, complex reading passages on any topic for any purpose. Using the following instructional practices also helps student learning.

  1. Reading assignments from longer text passages, as well as shorter ones when text is extremely complex.
  2. Making close reading and rereading of texts central to lessons.
  3. Asking high-level, text-specific questions and requiring high-level, complex tasks and assignments.
  4. Requiring students to support answers with evidence from the text.
  5. Providing extensive text-based research and writing opportunities (claims and evidence).
Achievement on standardized tests assessing reading skills is a reflection of students’ confidence and competence in reading. Therefore, instruction throughout the school year should ensure students possess the ability to read and comprehend difficult texts and perform challenging tasks associated with those texts. Time spent engaging students in practice tests should be limited, given most students’ vast experiences with standardized tests and the relatively small role that knowledge of test format plays in student test performance.

In those instances when this course is repeated for credit, the content should be differentiated based on reliable and valid assessment data. If repeated, the required level of student proficiency should increase. If students are making adequate progress (accelerated growth) in a given intervention, that intervention should be continued. If students are not making adequate progress, a new intervention should be implemented.

General Information

Course Number: 1000010
Course Path:
Abbreviated Title: M/J INTENS READ (MC)
Course Length: Year (Y)
Course Attributes:
  • Class Size Core Required
Course Level: 2
Course Status: Course Approved
Grade Level(s): 6,7,8

Educator Certifications

One of these educator certification options is required to teach this course.

Student Resources

Vetted resources students can use to learn the concepts and skills in this course.

Original Student Tutorials

Analyzing Events and Characters in the Beginning of Stargirl:

Learn how characters' actions and responses develop the main characters and advance the plot during key events in the beginning of the novel Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli with this interactive tutorial.

 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

The Importance of Seeing in Tangerine: Part Two:

Continue to explore references to sight in the first chapter of Edward Bloor's novel Tangerine and how they convey different meanings and reveal information about characters. 

This interactive tutorial is part 2 of 2. Click HERE to launch Part One.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

The Importance of Seeing in Tangerine: Part One:

Explore the difference between vision and perception and how words related to sight convey different meanings and reveal information about characters in the first chapter of Edward Bloor's novel Tangerine.

This interactive tutorial is part 1 of 2. Click HERE to launch Part Two.

In Part Two, you'll continue to examine references to sight in the first chapter of Tangerine. You'll examine how these references convey different meanings and reveal information about characters.

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How Dialogue, Thoughts, and Events Reveal Character in Ender’s Game -- Part Two:

Learn more about how dialogue, a character’s thoughts, and key events can reveal aspects of a character as you read excerpts from the exciting science fiction novel Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. As you learn more about Ender, the main character, you’ll piece together information about the world in which he lives and his unique situation given the demands of his environment.

This interactive tutorial is Part Two of a two-part series. Make sure to complete both parts! Click HERE to launch Part One.

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How Dialogue, Thoughts, and Events Reveal Character in Ender’s Game -- Part One:

Learn how dialogue, a character’s thoughts, and key events can reveal aspects of a character as you read excerpts from the exciting science fiction novel Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. As you learn more about Ender, the main character, you’ll piece together information about the world in which he lives and his unique situation given the demands of his environment.

This interactive tutorial is Part One of a two-part series. Make sure to complete both parts! Click HERE to launch Part Two.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Developing a Central Idea: Spies and the Revolutionary War — Part Four:

Explore excerpts from the nonfiction book George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spies Who Saved America in this interactive tutorial. This tutorial is the final part of a four-part series. In this tutorial, you’ll read two more passages from the book about Washington’s spies. You’ll also determine the central ideas of the passages, identify key details, and practice writing a summary of a text. 

You should complete the previous tutorials in this series before beginning Part Four. 

Click HERE to launch Part One. 

Click HERE to launch Part Two. 

Click HERE to launch Part Three. 

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Developing a Central Idea: Spies and the Revolutionary War — Part Three:

Explore excerpts from the nonfiction book George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spies Who Saved America in this interactive tutorial. This tutorial is Part Three of a four-part series. In this tutorial, you'll read another passage from the book, identify the topic, and determine the central idea. Then, you'll review the central ideas from all the passages you've read throughout this series and examine how each central idea helps develop an overarching central idea of all the passages. 

Make sure to complete the other tutorials in this series.

Click HERE to launch Part One. 

Click HERE to launch Part Two. 

Click HERE to launch Part Four.

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Developing a Central Idea: Spies and the Revolutionary War — Part Two:

Explore excerpts from the nonfiction book George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spies Who Saved America with this interactive tutorial. In this four-part series, you'll analyze several passages from the book and learn how to extract key information along the way. In Part Two, you'll read another passage from the book, identify the topic, determine the central idea, and examine how key details help develop the central idea.

Make sure to complete the other tutorials in this series.

Click HERE to launch Part One. 

Click HERE to launch Part Three. 

Click HERE to launch Part Four.

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Developing a Central Idea: Spies and the Revolutionary War – Part One:

Explore excerpts from the nonfiction book George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spies Who Saved America with this interactive tutorial. In this four-part series, you'll analyze several passages from the book and learn how to extract key information along the way. By the end of Part One, you should be able to distinguish topics from central ideas and identify central ideas and key details in the text. 

Make sure to complete the other tutorials in this series.

Click HERE to launch Part Two. 

Click HERE to launch Part Three. 

Click HERE to launch Part Four.

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How Events Influence Individuals and Ideas – Part Three:

Examine how a significant event can influence individuals and ideas in this tutorial series about one of the most studied human injuries of all time. Read excerpts from John Fleischman’s book, Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science to learn about a young man’s remarkable survival after a near-fatal accident. 

This tutorial is Part Three of a three-part series. Make sure to complete the other parts first.

Click HERE to launch Part One.

Click HERE to launch Part Two. 

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How Events Influence Individuals and Ideas – Part Two:

Examine how a significant event can influence individuals and ideas in this tutorial series about one of the most studied human injuries of all time. Read excerpts from John Fleischman’s book Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science to learn about a young man’s remarkable survival after a near-fatal accident. 

This tutorial is Part Two in a three-part series. Make sure to complete Part One first. Click HERE to launch Part One.

Then, make sure to complete Part Three! Click HERE to launch Part Three.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

How Events Influence Individuals and Ideas – Part One:

Examine how a significant event can influence individuals and ideas in this interactive tutorial series about one of the most studied human injuries of all time. Read excerpts from John Fleischman’s book Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science to learn about a young man’s remarkable survival after a near-fatal accident. Phineas Gage, at the age of twenty-six, survived a traumatic brain injury that would not only challenge the scientific understandings of his time but would also provide interesting revelations about the human brain to this day.

In Part One, you’ll begin to identify what makes a particular event significant, such as how a life-altering injury—like what happened to Phineas Gage—can influence an individual. 

This tutorial is Part One of a three-part series. Make sure to complete all three parts!

Click HERE to launch Part Two.

Click HERE to launch Part Three.

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How Events Shape Ideas in a Text -- Part Three:

Explore excerpts from astronaut Scott Kelly’s autobiography, Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery, in this interactive tutorial. Using these excerpts, you’ll identify several important experiences in Scott Kelly’s young life that had a crucial impact on his later success. You’ll also determine how these events shaped important ideas or life lessons that Scott learned along the way. Finally, you’ll examine the connection between these important life events and the ideas or lessons Scott learned to determine how he discovered what it takes to achieve the nearly impossible.

This tutorial is Part Three of a three-part series. Make sure to complete Part One and Part Two before beginning Part Three. 

Click HERE to launch Part One. 

Click HERE to launch Part Two.

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How Events Shape Ideas in a Text -- Part Two:

Explore excerpts from astronaut Scott Kelly’s autobiography, Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery, in this interactive tutorial. Using these excerpts, you’ll identify several important experiences in Scott Kelly’s young life that had a crucial impact on his later success. You’ll also determine how these events shaped important ideas that Scott learned along the way. 

This tutorial is Part Two of a three-part series. Make sure to complete all three parts!

Click HERE to launch Part One.

Click HERE to launch Part Three.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

How Events Shape Ideas in a Text – Part One:

Explore excerpts from astronaut Scott Kelly’s autobiography, Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery, in this interactive tutorial. Using these excerpts, you’ll identify several important experiences in Scott Kelly’s young life that had a crucial impact on his later success. You’ll also determine how these events shaped important ideas or life lessons that Scott learned along the way. Finally, you’ll examine the connection between these important life events and the ideas or lessons Scott learned to determine how he discovered what it takes to achieve the nearly impossible.

This tutorial is Part One of a three-part series. Make sure to complete all three parts!

Click HERE to launch Part Two.

Click HERE to launch Part Three.

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How a Dream Compares to Reality -- Part Four:

Study excerpts from the essay “America and I” by Anzia Yezierska and learn about how she immigrated to America from Russia in the early 1900s. In this interactive tutorial, you'll analyze the comparisons she makes between her dream of life in America with the reality of her experience as an immigrant in America. 

This tutorial is Part Four of a four-part series. Make sure to complete the previous tutorials before beginning Part Four.

Click HERE to launch Part One.

Click HERE to launch Part Two.

Click HERE to launch Part Three.

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A Navajo Chant and Refrain in "The Twelfth Song of Thunder":

Explore the poem “The Twelfth Song of Thunder” from the Navajo Mountain Chant. In this interactive tutorial, you'll examine how a refrain in the poem better develops the theme of the poem. 

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How a Dream Compares to Reality -- Part Two:

Study excerpts from the essay “America and I” by Anzia Yezierska and learn about how she immigrated to America from Russia in the early 1900s. In this interactive tutorial, you'll analyze the comparison she makes between being in America but not being seen as American. Analyzing this comparison will help you better understand how her vision of life in America was different from the reality she experienced after arriving. 

This is the second tutorial of a 4-part series. Make sure to complete Part One before beginning Part Two. Click HERE to launch Part One.

Then, make sure to complete the rest of the tutorials in this series: 

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How a Dream Compares to Reality -- Part One:

Study excerpts from the essay “America and I” by Anzia Yezierska and learn about how she immigrated to America from Russia in the early 1900s. In this interactive tutorial, you'll analyze the comparison she makes between the reality of living in Russia and her vision of what life will be like in America. You'll also identify her use of vivid contrasts to better understand what motivated her to go to America. 

This tutorial is Part One. Make sure to complete the other tutorials in this series! 

Click HERE to launch Part Two.

Click HERE to launch Part Three.

Click HERE to launch Part Four.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Vocabulary Unleashed:

Learn 12 new academic vocabulary terms in this interactive tutorial! You'll practice the words' synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech, and context clues in order to add them to your vocabulary.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

How a Character Is Developed in a Diary:

Explore excerpts from the novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian written by Sherman Alexie. In this interactive tutorial, you'll learn about how a character is developed through a novel written as a diary. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Vocabulary Unleashed:

Learn 12 new academic vocabulary terms in this interactive tutorial! You'll practice the words' synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech, and context clues in order to add them to your vocabulary.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Vocabulary Unleashed:

Learn 12 new academic vocabulary terms in this interactive tutorial! You'll practice the words' synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech, and context clues in order to add them to your vocabulary.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Personification in "The Railway Train":

Explore the poem “The Railway Train” by Emily Dickinson in this interactive tutorial. Learn about personification and vivid descriptions and determine how they contribute to the meaning of a poem. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Following "The Road Not Taken":

Explore the poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost and learn how the poem’s structure develops theme, setting, and plot as you complete this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Denotation and Connotation in "Fire and Ice":

Explore the poem "Fire and Ice" by Robert Frost and learn about denotation and connotation. In this interactive tutorial, you will examine the impact of word choice on the meaning of a poem. 

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How Setting Develops Character in Little Women:

Examine how the story elements of plot, setting, and character interact in an excerpt from the novel Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. In this interactive tutorial, you'll focus especially on how setting can shape the characters and plot of a story.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

The Truth About Sugar?:

Analyze multiple texts in which authors disagree about the harmfulness of sugar in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Its all about Mood: Bradbury's "Zero Hour":

Learn how authors create mood in a story through this interactive tutorial. You'll read a science fiction short story by author Ray Bradbury and analyze how he uses images, sound, dialogue, setting, and characters' actions to create different moods. This tutorial is the first in a two-part series. In part two, you'll use Bradbury's story to help you create a Found Poem that conveys multiple moods.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Vocabulary Mastery:

Learn 12 new academic vocabulary terms in this interactive tutorial!  You'll practice the words' synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech, and context clues in order to add them to your vocabulary.  

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Vocabulary Mastery:

Learn 12 new academic vocabulary terms in this interactive tutorial!  You'll practice the words' synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech, and context clues in order to add them to your vocabulary.  

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Vocabulary Mastery:

Learn 12 new academic vocabulary terms in this interactive tutorial!  You'll practice the words' synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech, and context clues in order to add them to your vocabulary.  

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Time for Revolution: Using Context Clues:

Use context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words in an informative text about the Revolutionary War in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

It's all about Mood: Creating a Found Poem:

Learn how to create a Found Poem with changing moods in this interactive tutorial. This tutorial is part two of a two-part series. In part one, students read “Zero Hour,” a science fiction short story by author Ray Bradbury and examined how he used various literary devices to create changing moods. In part two, students will use words and phrases from “Zero Hour” to create a Found Poem with two of the same moods from Bradbury's story.

Click to view Part One: It's all about Mood: Bradbury's "Zero Hour."

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Addicted To Lotteries: An Analysis Of Text Structures:

Learn about text structures found in informational texts by reading an article about lotteries in this interactive tutorial.

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Vocabulary in Action:

Learn 12 new academic vocabulary terms in this interactive tutorial!  You'll practice the words' synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech, and context clues in order to add them to your vocabulary.  

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Happy Halloween! Textual Evidence and Inferences:

Cite text evidence and make inferences in this tutorial that will teach you all about the "real" history of Halloween! 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Vocabulary Power:

Learn 12 new academic vocabulary terms using synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech, and context clues in this interactive tutorial.  

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Vocabulary in Action:

Learn 12 new academic vocabulary terms in this interactive tutorial!  You'll practice the words' synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech, and context clues in order to add them to your vocabulary.  

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Vocabulary Power:

Learn 12 new academic vocabulary terms in this interactive tutorial!  You'll practice the words' synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech, and context clues in order to add them to your vocabulary.  

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Vocabulary Power:

Learn 12 new academic vocabulary terms in this interactive tutorial!  You'll practice the words' synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech, and context clues in order to add them to your vocabulary.  

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Vocabulary in Action:

Learn 12 new academic vocabulary terms using synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech, and context clues in this interactive tutorial.  

Type: Original Student Tutorial

A Crooked Election: Character & Story Development:

Read a story called “A Crooked Election" and learn to describe how the plot of a story unfolds in a series of episodes. In this interactive tutorial, you will also explore how the characters change and evolve throughout the plot of a story.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Abraham the Amazing:

Learn about point of view and dramatic irony as you follow a circus elephant named Abraham on an eventful and surprising journey in this interactive tutorial.

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Inside My Mind: Narrator Perspective:

Explore how an author develops the point of view of a narrating character through the incredible story of Melody, a girl who cannot speak. Excerpts in this interactive tutorial are taken from the award-winning novel Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

The Magic of Allusion and Themes:

Learn to define and explain the term allusion in this interactive tutorial. You will also be able to identify allusions in stories and myths. Finally, you’ll be able to explain how modern stories draw on recurring themes from well-known myths.

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Read Between the Lines: Understanding Analogies and Allusions:

Explore allusions and analogies and how authors use figurative language in their writing throughout this interactive tutorial.

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To Change a Heart: The Transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge:

Analyze how specific events and particular lines of dialogue help reveal aspects of a character, a character named Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. In this interactive tutorial, you'll also analyze how conversations and events help provoke Scrooge to make a decision about the way he lives his life. By the end of this tutorial, you should be able to use specific evidence from the story to explain how Scrooge's character changed, as well as what caused him to change.

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Cyberwar! Citing Evidence and Making Inferences:

Practice citing evidence and drawing inferences using an informational text about hacking and cyberwarfare in this interactive tutorial.

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Spread Your Wings: Structure & Meaning in Poetry:

Explore the structure and meaning of poetry and learn how poems are organized to express and develop themes. Along the way, you will also learn some key terms like diction, imagery, and mood. This interactive tutorial uses two famous poems as examples, one by William Blake and one by Emily Dickinson. 

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A Closer Look: Understanding Themes in Poetry:

Learn to identify and understand themes in poetry in this interactive tutorial.  This skill will bolster your ability to read and analyze poetry, and along the way you will read several classic poems and learn about diction and imagery.

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Game On: Finding the Central Idea:

Select a character and learn to identify and explain the central idea within a text.  In this interactive tutorial, you'll analyze an article about video games to find the central idea of each paragraph and the entire article.

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Food For Thought: Analyzing Authors' Approaches:

Discover how different authors approach the same topic in different ways by examining several passages that describe how insects have become a common food in certain parts of the world. With this interactive tutorial, you will learn how to analyze an author's approach based on the central idea of the text and the evidence used as support.

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Sacagawea: Evidence of Fearlessness:

Learn to identify and understand the evidence presented within a text about Sacagawea. In this interactive tutorial, you will analyze information within the text, identify and cite textual evidence, and make inferences based on the information provided in the text.

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What's for Lunch?:

Learn how writers and speakers create arguments by stating a claim and backing it up with reasons and evidence. In this interactive tutorial, you'll hear speeches from candidates for Student Council President and complete practice exercises.

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Alien Invasion! Or Not?:

Learn about puns--a type of figurative language--in Philip K. Dick's science fiction short story "The Eyes Have It." In this interactive tutorial, you'll identify puns, interpret their various meanings, and explain how the author’s use of puns adds humor to the story.

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Arguments: Making Claims & Using Evidence:

Learn to evaluate argumentative claims based on evidence with this interactive tutorial.  You'll also learn about statistics, facts, expert quotations, and anecdotes, and how each kind of evidence can strengthen an argument.  

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Weighing the Evidence: Supporting Claims in Arguments:

In this interactive tutorial, you'll study written arguments and look at four kinds of evidence that can be used to support an argumentative claim: facts, statistics, anecdotes, and expert quotations.  

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Structures and Skeletons:

Read about dinosaurs like Spinosaurus and Tyrannosaurus rex to learn about the text structures of different paragraphs in this interactive tutorial.  

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Make a Wish: Theme in "The Monkey's Paw":

Explore foreshadowing and theme through the suspenseful story The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs in this interactive tutorial.

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VSI: Vocabulary Scene Investigation:

Help solve a case by figuring out the meanings of "mystery words" using several different vocabulary strategies with this mystery-themed, interactive tutorial.  

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Changing the Driving Age?:

Learn how to evaluate the soundness of several speakers' arguments as they debate whether or not the driving age should be raised from 16 years old to 18 or even higher with this interactive tutorial.

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Paul Revere's Ride - What Really Happened?:

Read the famous poem "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" and see how its author embellishes historical fact to create historical fiction in this interactive tutorial.

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Metaphors: The Ultimate Transformers!:

Learn the difference between metaphors and similes and unpack the meanings of several extended metaphors in poems like Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken."

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Different Perspectives: Analyzing Points of View:

Read an original short story about a car crash to analyze the points of view of the different characters in the story. This interactive tutorial will help you decide if they objective or subjective.

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Frederick Douglass: The Art of Interaction:

Analyze the interactions between individuals, ideas, and events in an excerpt from the famous autobiography, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass with this interactive tutorial.

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Analyzing Word Parts: Follow the Signs:

Find the meanings of unfamiliar words by analyzing their word parts, like roots and prefixes.  In this interactive tutorial, you'll see how these "signs" will guide you in your reading.  

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The Pavement Bookworm:

Learn how to use evidence from an informational, nonfiction text to support your analysis of what you have read. In this interactive tutorial you make inferences, or draw conclusions, from a passage about Philani Dladla, "The Pavement Bookworm."

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Finding Buried Treasure: Uncovering the Theme:

Read several short stories about pirates and treasure and learn how to summarize a story, identify its theme, and tell the difference between the two with this interactive tutorial.

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Solving Word Mysteries: Context Clues and Word Parts:

Learn to find the meanings of "mysterious" words by analyzing context clues, word roots, prefixes, and suffixes in this interactive tutorial.

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Analyzing POEtry:

Learn how to identify sound devices such as repetition, alliteration, and assonance in the poems of Edgar Allan Poe. As you complete this interactive tutorial, you'll read portions of "The Raven," "The Bells," and "Annabel Lee."  

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Turn the Key: Unlocking Authors' Intentions:

Learn how to identify explicit evidence and understand implicit meaning in a text.

In this interactive tutorial, you'll engage with a variety of short informational texts to determine an author's point of view and an author's purpose in writing.

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"The Last Leaf" -- Making Inferences:

Read the short story "The Last Leaf" by O. Henry to learn how to make inferences based on explicit and implicit information and your own reasoning as you complete this interactive tutorial.

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Connections and Concussions: Teens and Sports:

Make connections between the key individuals in an informational text about concussions and high school football as you complete this interactive tutorial.  

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All Aboard! The Central Idea Express:

Learn how to find the central ideas of informational texts that are all about train travel! "Ride the rails" and learn about topics, central ideas, supporting details, and summaries.

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Surviving Extreme Conditions:

Read Jack London's short story "To Build a Fire" and gain experience using text evidence in your descriptive writing in this interactive tutorial.

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Exploring Texts:

Learn about text evidence using excerpts from Carl Hiaasen's novel Hoot in this interactive tutorial.  You'll learn how to find explicit and implicit information in the story, as well as how to make inferences.  

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Exploring Introductions:

Discover how authors of informational texts "hook" their readers in the introduction with techniques like interesting or unusual information, anecdotes, and quotes. Practice spotting these techniques in this interactive tutorial.  

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Story Structure: Many Paths:

Explore different kinds of structure a story can have--from linear and nonlinear structures to open and closed endings. In this interactive tutorial, you'll learn how authors use story structure to bring style to their storytelling.  

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Go Figure: Learning Figurative Language:

Learn how figures of speech like simile, metaphor, and personification are used in the speeches of famous individuals. In this interactive tutorial, you'll examine text from speeches by John F. Kennedy, Barack Obama, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

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Arguing Mars :

Learn how to identify explicit evidence and understand implicit meaning in a text.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to identify a speaker’s argument or claim. You will also learn how to evaluate the evidence and reasoning presented in a speech.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Parts of a Whole:

Learn how nonfiction informational texts have a structure, that signal words can serve as your clues to determine that structure, and that parts of a text contribute to the development of the whole text structure with this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Stand Tall: Using Evidence to Support Your Answers:

Learn how to analyze what a literary text says directly and indirectly. With this interactive tutorial you will also cite evidence to support conclusions you draw from a text.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Mission Possible: Finding the Theme:

Learn how to summarize a story based on its details, determine a story's theme, and understand the differences between the two in this detective-themed, interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Why the Attitude?:

Learn to determine the meaning of figures of speech, like similes and metaphors, that authors use in poetry. You will also be able to analyze how these word choices reveal an author’s tone, or attitude, in a poem. You will also be able to analyze how these word choices reveal an author’s tone, or attitude, in a poem. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Robots Come to Life:

Learn how to analyze details from a nonfiction informational text about robots to identify and write about the central idea with this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

How a Dream Compares to Reality -- Part Three:

Study excerpts from the essay “America and I” by Anzia Yezierska and analyze the comparison she makes between her actual work experience in America and her dream of finding work that would bring out the best in her. Analyzing this comparison in this interactive tutorial will help you understand how Anzia's vision of life in America was different from the reality she experienced after immigrating to America. 

This is the third tutorial in a 4-part series. Make sure to complete Part One and Two first. 

  • Click HERE to launch Part One.
  • Click HERE to launch Part Two.

Then, make sure to complete the final tutorial in this series: 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Tutorials

Grammar Bytes ! Exercise 10 : Whose, Who's:

This interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in choosing the correct form of two commonly confused words: whose and who's. You will get feedback after every question with an explanation of why the answer is correct. If you need help with a question, the "I Give Up" button will help you out.

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 13 : Its, It's:

This interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice working with "its" and "it's" and learning when it is appropriate to use "its" vs "it's" in a sentence. You will get feedback after every question with a brief explanation of why an answer is correct.

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 14: Its, It's:

This interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice working with "its" and "it's" and learning when it is appropriate to use "its" vs "it's" in a sentence. You will get feedback after every question with a brief explanation of why an answer is correct. If you need help with a question, the "I Give Up" button will help you out.

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 3 : Lose, Loose:

This interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice working with two commonly confused words: lose and loose. You will get feedback after every question with a brief explanation of why an answer is correct.

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 4 : Lose, Loose:

This interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice working with two commonly confused words: lose and loose. You will get feedback after every question with a brief explanation of why an answer is correct. If you need help with a question, the "I Give Up" button will help you out.

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 5 : Loss, Lost:

This interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice working with two commonly confused words: loss and lost. You will get feedback after every question with a brief explanation of why an answer is correct.

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 6 : Who, Whom:

This interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice working with two commonly confused words: who and whom. You will get feedback after every question with a brief explanation of why an answer is correct.

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 7: Who, Whom:

This interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice working with two commonly confused words: who and whom. You will get feedback after every question and a brief explanation of why an answer is correct. If you need help with a question, the "I Give Up" button will help you out.

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 8: Whoever, Whomever:

This interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice working with two commonly confused words: whoever and whomever. You will get feedback after every question and a brief explanation of why the answer is correct. If you need help with a practice item, the "I Give Up" button will help you out.

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 11 : To, Too, Two:

This interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in choosing the correct spelling of these commonly confused words. Each question gives you immediate feedback, located at the top of the screen, whether your answer was correct or not. Explanations of each correct answer are also provided.

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 12 : To, Too, Two:

This fun, interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in choosing the correct spelling of these commonly confused words. Each question gives you immediate feedback, located at the top of the screen, as to whether your answers were correct or not.

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 2 : Their, There, They're:

This fun, interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in choosing the correct spelling of these commonly confused words. You will get feedback after every question and an explanation of why each answer is correct. If you don't know, the "I Give Up" button will help you out.

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 1 : Their, There, They're:

This fun, interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in choosing the correct spelling of these commonly confused words. Each question gives you immediate feedback, located at the top of the screen, whether your answer was correct or not. Explanations of each correct answer are also provided.

Type: Tutorial

Hero's Journey:

In this tutorial from ReadWriteThink, you will learn about the hero's journey, an ancient story pattern that can be found in texts from thousands of years ago to newly released Hollywood blockbusters. This interactive tool will provide you with the background of the hero's journey and give you a chance to explore several of the journey's key elements. Also, you can use the tool to record examples from a hero's journey you have read or viewed or to plan out a hero's journey of your own.

Type: Tutorial

Finding the Main Idea:


This 40-question quiz will help you strengthen your skills to determine the main (central) idea of a paragraph. This quiz involves practice using a series of short (3-4 sentence) paragraphs where you will determine the main idea for each based on the details provided in the paragraph. If you get a question wrong, the program will remind you of your answer and show you the correct answer.

Type: Tutorial

Parent Resources

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General Notes: The CCR anchor standards and grade-specific standards are necessary complements—the former providing broad standards, the latter providing additional specificity—that together define the skills and understandings that all students must demonstrate at each grade level. Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each succeeding year’s grade specific benchmarks, retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades, and work steadily toward meeting the more general expectations  described by the CCR anchor standards.

Standard Notes:
These reading literature standards offer a focus for instruction each year and help ensure that students gain adequate exposure to a range of texts and tasks. Rigor is also infused through the requirement that students read increasingly complex texts through the grades. Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each year’s grade-specific standards and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades.


These reading informational text standards offer a focus for instruction each year and help ensure that students gain adequate exposure to a range of texts and tasks. Rigor is also infused through the requirement that students read increasingly complex texts through the grades.

Each year in their writing, students should demonstrate increasing sophistication in all aspects of language use, from vocabulary and syntax to the development and organization of ideas, and they should address increasingly demanding content and sources. Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each succeeding year’s grade-specific writing benchmarks and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades.

The following speaking and listening standards offer a focus for instruction each year to help ensure that students gain adequate mastery of a range of communication skills and applications.


The following language standards offer a focus for instruction each year to help ensure that students gain adequate mastery of a range of language skills and applications. Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each succeeding year’s grade-specific standards and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades.