Reading Conferences

This week for day 5 and 6 (Wednesday and Thursday), I’ll be conferring with you about your reading. I’ll check in on what you’ve been working on for the past 10 days, and I’ll ask you what reading strategies have you been using lately in your independent reading. If you would like a reminder about some of the strategies good readers do, you can check out this post.

Independent Reading and Google Classroom

This Wednesday and Thursday (Day 5 and 6) we’ll be talking about independent reading. Independent reading is a crucial study skill;  of the most important things you can do to grow as a thinker is to read a lot. Independent reading is not only fun, but it builds your vocabulary and your knowledge of the world. We’ll look at the research on this later, but for let’s just say reading makes you a better reader, a better thinker and a better writer.

Most Humanities teachers expect you to read, and so do I. Today we’ll set up Google Classroom, and I’ll send  you a copy of a basic reading log.  I’ll go over what I expect in class and will answer any questions. Don’t worry, my reading log won’t take much time–it’s just a way to keep track of the books you read this semester; this will give us something to talk about when we begin our regular reading conferences.

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.