• Middle School Intensive Reading Classroom Syllabus

    Course Title: SRA Read To Achieve 

    School Term: 2017-2018

    Teacher: Ms. Manning

    Room Number: Building 5 Room 5

    Required Textbook: SRA Content Reader Textbook and Workbook

    Email Address: adrianne.manning@marion.k12.fl.us

    Telephone Number: 671-6325

    The Fifty Minute Intensive Reading classroom is an explicit reading-for-understanding program that consists of the following components:

    Read to Achieve is a program that teaches important skills and strategies needed to be successful in content-area classes. We will be using these skills and strategies to help access information in science and social studies texts. This program will consist of comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency-building activities.


    1. Students will learn how to take notes from a textbook, figure out what difficult words mean, take lecture notes, and research questions of interest.
    2. Supplemental reading materials will be used to increase fluency and reading comprehension.
    3. Unit based fluency checkouts will be completed as an ongoing progress monitor and to track students reading rate.
    4. iReady will be a progress monitoring tool.

    This course requires constant attendance and active student participation.

    The grading categories and weights are:

    Homework = 10%

    Classwork/Quizzes/Presentations = 50%

    Tests = 40%                                                                    

    Grading Scale:

                A = 90%-100%

                B = 80%-89%

                C = 70%-79%

                D = 60%-69%

                F = 59% and below

    Supplies: Students need paper, pencil/pen for this course. Students will have a workbook and folder provided for them and will remain in the classroom.

    Classroom Policies: I expect my students to be on time, to be prepared, to be polite and respectful of our classroom and each other and consistently working toward success. I expect the students to enter the classroom quietly and ready to learn. They are to have their materials out to begin their bell ringer work. Restroom time is before or after class. Pencils should be sharpened before class and students should always have an extra.

    Teacher Responsibilities: I will strive to create a positive, friendly and organized learning environment. This environment will allow students to feel safe and free to make mistakes and to learn from them. I will not tolerate bullying or disrespect of any kind.

    Student Responsibilities: This class has students of varying reading and learning abilities and I expect each student to be respectful of that. There will be no laughing at, degrading or disrespect toward another student.

    Homework: Students will be required to read 20 minutes every night (M-Th) and write a short summary on the sheet provided. Students are welcome to read anything of interest to them. They are not assigned a specific type of reading material. Students MAY use homework from another class (ie. History or Science). There are NO excuses for not completing homework. Homework will be due on Friday.

    Student Success Time (SST): During the last 30 minutes on Wednesday’s and Thursday’s, students will have time to complete homework, make up missing work (tests and quizzes), and use computers for online assignments.

    Excess Time: This intensive reading course has NO excess time. Reading is our FOCUS! We will spend ninety-five percent of our time learning to read and reading to learn. The other five percent of our time will be spent celebrating our successes.