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    L.E.A.D. II

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  • Topic 1

         A goal of mine is to develop independence in students' thinking, reading, and ultimately in their learning and to foster a life-long habit of reading.

    "For reading to become a life-long habit a person must known how to read and like to read."  Jim Trelease

    My goal for my students:  Develop a habit of daily reading.

    To accomplish this, I am requiring students to read independently both in and out of school.


    Read at least 15 minutes or 10 pages 5 times per week--this is on and above what might have been read in school.

    Complete a selected reading project assigned by the teacher after the book has been read.

    Respond to a journal that is kept in the classroom.

    Maintain a Literature Log of a books read which will be signed by parent(s), and handed in at the end of the school year.

    Note to Parents:  It is my hope when signing your child's literature log, you will ask your child to tell you some highlights of the novel and start a dialogue on this topic.

  • Topic 3



     In L.E.A.D., we have notebook rubric checks twice a marking period.  One check is at the beginning of the marking period, and the second check is the middle of the marking period.  The following is a copy of the rubric that explains the requirements and the grading.  The entire notebook is expected to be maintained properly, not just the L.E.A.D. portion.

  • Topic 4

    UNIT 3

    UNIT ESSENTIAL QUESTION:  How does the BIG 6 work as a research organizer?

    The BIG 6 is a research organizer that will be used when doing all research through 12th grade.

    The L.E.A.D. curriculum teaches the skills that go along with this organizer.

    The STEPS OF THE BIG 6 along with lesson questions is on the following document.  Please feel free to look it over.

    It is a great tool to guide research and keep students focused on the outcome.

  • Topic 9

    Dear Parents:
    As you monitor your child's reading progress, please be aware of the characteristics of a good reader. Ask them questions concerning these characteristics. We will be going over these strategies in depth December, January, and February.
    Characteristics of Strategic Readers:
    1. Actively involved in the reading by having a running dialogue with the text (talking to the text)

    2. Visualizing scenes and characters

    3. Making predictions about what they are reading

    4. Relating their prior knowledge to the topic they are reading about

    5. Read with a specific purpose in mind

    6. Monitoring their comprehension and applying fix-up strategies when necessary (we call this metacognition)

    • Topic 10