• Intensive Reading

    School Year 2017-2018

    Instructor Annette Maldonado-Garcia


    Course Description: 


    The Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) in English Language Arts will serve Florida students by measuring education gains and progress. The FSA is administered twice a year for retake purposes, October and March.  Florida’s K-12 assessment system measures students’ achievement of Florida’s education standards, which were developed and implemented to ensure that all students graduate from high school ready for success in college, career, and life. Assessment supports instruction and student learning, and test results help Florida’s educational leadership and stakeholders determine whether the goals of the education system are being met.

    Intensive Reading is a course designed to provide instruction with reading strategies, techniques, and skills for test preparation that will enable students to be successful across the curriculum.   Content will include but not be limited to fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.

    This class will address individual needs through whole group instruction, small group instruction, class projects, independent reading/whole group reading (novel) of a variety of reading materials.

    Reading Plus is the computer program that will also provide daily instruction for students.  After successfully completing this course, students should be able to use critical thinking, problem solving, and reading skills/strategies to enhance comprehension in a variety of subjects.  The skills learned in this class, when applied consistently, will help the student in all other areas across the curriculum.

    Reading Plus assignments are posted every Monday morning and are due on Friday of that week. If a student has not completed their assignments by Friday, they are allowed to complete their assignments at home beginning Friday after school until Sunday 12 NOON when grades will be entered.  Students must complete ANY assignements that are not 80% or higher. 

    This is NOT an online course.  Only completing Reading Plus assignments does not meet the requirements of an Intensive Reading class.  Students will have daily classwork that is also part of their overall grade. 

     Students will also be encouraged to take the ACT and/or the SAT during the school year as well.


    Class Categories:

    Authentic Tasks Reading Plus& Tests/Projects                                     55%

    Class/Daily work (Writing/Reading FSA/ACT/SAT)                               45%


                        Class Supplies:

    Pencils/Pens (Blue/Black Ink)                      Highlighters           Box of Kleenex

    Folder:  2 pockets plastic folder                 Composition Notebook


    Class Procedures:


    Entering the classroom/Tardies>  Students must be in assigned seats when the tardy bell rings.

    Leaving the classroom>  Students are dismissed by the teacher, NOT the bell.

    Restroom>  Students can use the restroom one (male/female) at a time.  Student can take the restroom lanyard, sign out, put an orange cone on their desk and leave.  Upon returning to class, sign back in &, place the lanyard and cone back in place on the table.  This is a 5 minute roundtrip!

    Classroom duo-tang folders & composition notebooks>  These items are to remain in the classroom.  The student must make sure that these items are left in the designated areas at the end of each class period. 

    Fire Drills>  Students must report to the location specified by the teacher.  Students who are not in this location can receive a referral for truancy.

    Fragances>  Please do not spray cologne, perfume, or use scented lotions inside the classroom.

    Teacher’s Desk/Area>  The only time that students should be in this designated area is when the teacher is testing the student. 

    Substitutes>  Please follow the instructions that the substitute gives to the class.  This includes restroom procedures, sitting in assigned seats, staying in class for 90 minutes.  All work is expected to be completed in the 90 minute period.  Students will receive a zero if they simply goofed off because they had a substitute!

    Cell phones/Electronic Devices>  There is no need to have these devices on during class.  There is a time set in the instructional day to use these devices.  If a student is blatantly using these devices in class, they will be asked to go to discipline and a referral will be written.

    Absent Students:

    If students are absent from class, student is to get a CAT PASS to make up the work the next day.  Assignments and due dates are designed to include time for absent students.  Students need to make arrangements in all other cases immediately upon their return to school.


    Daily/independent reading and group participation are essential skills needed to be successful in the Intensive Reading course.  Students will be evaluated frequently by the teacher during the class period.

    FSA practice:  Twice during the school year (1 each semester) students will be involved in an intense training “combing” through authentic test material.  The first semester training will be a “crash course” and the second semester will be a “boot camp” environment when students will apply practice work on all NGSSS to an authentic test.  There will be more opportunities during the second semester for students to apply all knowledge learned.


    Year Breakdown of Classwork:

    1st Semester                                                                                                                      August-December

    Fall Administration of FSA 2.0                                                                                                October 2017

    ACT                                                                                                                                     Sept. 9/Oct. 28 /Dec. 9

    SAT                                                                                                                                     Oct 7 /Nov 4/Dec. 2


    ----------If a student passes FSA or scores [ACT  19] or  [SAT 24] on the Reading section of these tests, they will may be allowed to choose a new ½ credit class in the new semester


    2nd Semester                                                                                                                       January-May

    Spring Administration of FSA                                                                                                March 2018

    ACT                                                                                                                                    February 10/April 14/June 9

    SAT                                                                                                                                    March 10 /May 5/June 2