• Intensive Reading:


    Course Description

    The purpose of this course is to provide instruction that enables students to accelerate the development of thier reading skills and to strengthen those skills so they are able to independently successfully read and write on grade level text. 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.


    Grading Categories:

    Classwork/Quizzes:  45%

    Tests/Projects:        45%

    Homework:            10%



    Grading Procedures:

    ♦ Grades will be divided into categories:

    ♦ Averages are based on Marion County’s Grading Scale:

    • A=90-100                  • B=80-89        

    • C=70-79                    • D=60-69

    • F = 59-below


    Grades will consist of Reading Plus assignments, vocabulary tests, quizzes (vocabulary, reading, speaking and writing), reading logs, book reports, writing assignments, projects,  assessments,  and other graded assignments.


    Grade Concerns:  Please feel free to see me during Alpha Time regarding any concerns - no appointment necessary. 


    Office Hours:  2nd half of Alpha Time  Monday - Friday


    Main Learning Platforms: Reading Plus and Microsoft Teams


    Reading Plus (RP):  

    Students must complete a total of five (5) reading lessons and five (4) vocabulary lessons each week.

    • By Wednesday of each week students must complete the first three (3) reading and three (3) vocabularly lessons

          (In Addition...)

    • By Sunday at 11:59 pm, students must complete the remaining 2 reading are vocabulary lessons.


     NOTE:  All Reading lessons must be completed to mastery which is an 80% or above.  Once mastery is achieved, a green check mark will appear in the that section.  (Ten green checks means that you have completed all lessons for the week.)


    Class Procedures:  

    To facilitate my success in Mrs. Hardy's class, I will...

    Be Prompt, Prepared, Polite, and Productive!  Additionally, I will...

    Enter the classroom quietly, turn off my phone, place it in my backpack, deposit my backpack in its assigned area, and immediately start working.
    Remain silent and seated while the teacher is giving instruction.
    Respect the classroom and textbooks by keeping them clean.
    Talk quietly to my group mates during group activities.
    During whole class discussions, listen intently, raise your hand, and wait to be acknowledged before speaking.
    Remember that only school appropriate topics can be discussed in class and that Profanity is Prohibited.

    Make-up Work Procedures:  If you are absent, it your responsibilty to see me during the 2nd Half of Alpha Time (as to not interrupt class time).  Please complete and return all missed work in a timely manner.


     Materials Needed:

    Ear Buds

    1 1/2 Binder

    Loose leaf paper

    Pencils and pens (dark ink)