11th/12th Grade Reading



    Reading Syllabus

    Instructor: Natasha Murphy

    Contact Information: natasha.murphy@marion.k12.fl.us





    Reading is not only important; it is necessary. Reading is a tool that enables us to change our world and change ourselves. In my class, you will learn how to use reading as a tool to help you become the person you want to be. Our mantra for this year is, “Never underestimate the power of YOU.” As your teacher, I am going to provide you with information, advice, and techniques, but then the ball is in your court: you have the power to decide what to do with those things. I cannot wait to see what you decide to do with all that power!


    Materials needed


    • #2 pencils (wooden #2 pencils needed for the ACT practice tests)
    • Notebook paper
    • 1 spiral notebook (for ACT vocabulary and practice)
    • 2 Duo-tang folders with pockets and prongs(1 is provided to you already)
    • Highlighters (any color other than yellow)




    Grading Procedures:

    • 10% Homework: Reading Plus weekly sessions, Reading Plus weekly writing assignments
    • 45% Classwork / Quizzes: Group rotations and work within these groups (daily), bell work, weekly Reading Plus comprehension grades
    • 45% Tests/Projects: Assessments (ACT/SAT Prep work), short responses, first SeeReader of the week


    Classroom Procedures/Rules


    Monday – Wednesday

    • 5 minutes for Bell Work (usually we are getting into our class rotations following our timed reading)
    • 25-30 Group Rotations: Computers - Reading Plus and Small Group - Direct Instruction

    Thursday – Friday

    • 5 minutes- Timed Reading


    • 40 minutes- ACT Practice Test/Strategies/Grading
    • 45 minutes Group Rotations/Reading Plus

    Small Group will focus on vocabulary exercises, along with grammar practice.


    Students will consistently meet the WPHS expectations:                                                                                                          

    • Be on time(PROMPT)
    • Bring all required materials to class(PREPARED)
    • Put forth effort to attempt and complete all assignments(PRODUCTIVE)
    • Listen, follow directions, treat others with respect and cooperate(POLITE)


    Assignments/Homework Procedures:

    • Students will complete all homework by the next class period.
    • Assignments are due on the announced date.
    • Reading Plus homework sessions will be complete each week run from Monday to the following Sunday night before midnight for credit. You cannot make up a previous week’s Reading Plus homework session.
    • Khan Academy work is due every Friday night and Sunday night. This consists of one 2-4 minute video and a small exercise. This is subject to change throughout the course.


    Weekly Reading Plus/Khan Academy Grades:


    • 2 SeeReaders at 80% or higher and 5 Read Arounds due by EVERY Wednesday night. This will change at the start of the second quarter.
    • The first Reading Plus SeeReader comprehension score for the week pulled as a test grade
    • ALL 10 Reading Plus assignments (5 SeeReaders and 5 Read Arounds) due by EVERY Sunday night
    • One Writing entry due each week (by Sunday night)
    • Reading Plus Reflection Folder: You must record your SeeReader scores and the appropriate sections that go with this in your folder daily. Two grades per quarter come from the Reading Reflection folder. Please make sure that you are filling this out daily when you complete a SeeReader.
    • Khan Academy is a College Board website used to prepare you for the SAT, as well as the ACT and the FSA. You will work on grammar and master the skills needed to excel on these exams.  This will be another weekly grade.
    • Cheating or plagiarizing is against the school code of conduct. If you allow others to copy your work, you are cheating. You will NOT receive any credit if cheating occurs and Guidance will follow up with disciplinary measures.


    Make-Up work Procedures:
    Students will have two days after returning to class to stop by my classroom during Power Hour and receive their make-up work. It is YOUR responsibility to see if you have missed any work. I am free during the entire Power Hour period. You can also access my teacher website during your absence or after.


    Testing Procedures:


    Students will test for concept mastery at the end of each reading assignment and learning unit.


    Extra Credit:

    If you do seven SeeReaders at 80% or higher every week of the quarter you will receive extra credit at the end of the 9 weeks.

    * If you come to my classroom for 20 minutes to work on Reading Plus at least ONCE per week every week during Power Hour for ALL 9 weeks, you will get extra credit.

    * This is the only extra credit I will accept and must be completely for ALL 9 weeks. If you miss a week you have lost the extra credit, but speak with me and we may be able to double up the following week ONLY for the Power Hour every week extra credit.

    To login to Reading Plus:



    Click login - then click student login

    Site code: westporths (no caps and no spaces)

    Username: student/lunch number

    Password: student/lunch number


    The Reading Plus program will build your reading fluency, endurance, comprehension, and vocabulary. When you first login to Reading Plus, you will take an assessment. This assessment levels you in the Reading Plus program, so it is extremely important that you try to do your best. The first section is vocabulary and the second section is reading comprehension. The reading section does not allow you to go back into the passage. Pay attention and focus when you read.

    Whether you sign up for the ACT or the SAT, it is imperative that you complete these assignments daily. The more assignments you complete on Reading Plus, the higher the level you can reach in the reading and vocabulary sections, the better the chance you have at meeting your reading requirement for graduation on one of the tests. Do not worry about completing IB (IBalance). This is not for you.

    Khanacademy.org is free and a great way to work on grammar strategies. Make an account if you do not already have one, go to SAT Test Prep, click on Reading/Writing, scroll down below the Reading practice and you will see tons of grammar practice. These are quick practice questions to see what you know and what you need to review. Working on this for twenty minutes or more each day will help you earn that score of 430 (reading and grammar combined score).

    Concordant Score Needed:

    ACT: Earning a score of 19 or higher on the reading section only; however, you must sit for all four sections of the test.

    ****New to ACT concordant score: 18 composite score of English and Reading will meet the reading requirement for graduation.

    SAT: Earning a 430 on the reading and writing/grammar combined score OR a 24 on just the reading section.

    If you have any questions or need help, please stop by and see me in building 8 room 25.