Study Skills, Reading Check-ins

Hi all!

This week during day 5 and 6 (Monday and Tuesday) we’ll be looking at what PowerSchool and Google classroom to see how things are going. We’ll also be setting goals for what we want to work on in the coming week.

On day 7 and 8 (Wednesday and Thursday), we’ll look at how we’re doing with the reading goals we set last week, and we’ll set new goals for moving forward.

Close Reading Review

Most of us have some experience with close reading in Humanities. Close reading is reading strategy we can use when we are reading particularly challenging text, or when we are reading for a specific purpose. In the week leading up to MAP testing, we’ve been reviewing a simplified version of this routine:


…for the flow and the big idea.


….What do you need to know?

….What is your purpose for reading?

If you are taking a test, the purpose is to answer as many questions correctly as you can! The purpose is in the questions!


…. and think again!

We’ve talked about this one-on-one and we’ll be practicing in class with real text.

What have you been reading?

This week on days 5 and 6 (Friday and Monday), we’ll be thinking about independent reading. Not only is independent reading fun, it’s also good for you! Today, you’ll update your old reading log (if you have one) and turn it in via Google Classroom. Then you’ll down load a Semester 2 reading log, fill in what you read over the break, and add a comment to this blog about the most interesting thing you read.

I’ll get you started with an example. Over the break, I read several books. Since I don’t have a reading log, I’ll share them below; I’ve listed the authors first, and then the name of the books.

  • Adil Jussawalla, I Dreamt a Horse Fell From the Sky
  • John Ashbery, Where Shall I Wander
  • Keki N. Daruwalla, Under Orion
  • Kenneth Koch, Sun Out
  • R. Parthasarthy, Ten Twentieth Century Indian Poets

All but one were collections of poetry. My favorite was I Dreamt a Horse Fell From the Sky by Adil Jussawalla, in part because it was a mix of poetry, fiction and non-fiction essays. It is rare to see that kind of variety in a book. It was a just right book for me, which means it wasn’t written for middle schoolers. Although I chose the book for the poetry and fiction, which were great, what I loved most were the essays. They made me think about many things that I’ve never thought about before.

What about you? What was the most interesting book you read over the break–and why? Please write a couple of sentences in the comments below.

Reading Goals

This Monday and Tuesday (days 5 and 6), we’ll update our reading logs, look at our reading goals and set a goal for next time. Think about what you feel good about and what you’d like to change in your independent reading.