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Reading Seminar



It meets daily for one trimester.

In addition to reading, we will also focus on vocabulary development and writing.

Generally speaking, each week will break down as follows:

  • 3 days of dedicated reading (M-W-F)
  • 1 full day vocabulary development (T) quizzes on Fridays
  • 1 full day of writing and editing (R)

MATERIALS: You will need to provide your own single subject notebook every class and a writing utensil. This will serve as your Reader’s & Writer’s Notebook, and it will be a big part of your learning, our conversations, and your grade.

GRADING:   40% daily class participation (process work)

                     60% assessments (product work)

HOMEWORK: There usually will not be homework, but I always recommend you find time to read FOR FUN! It is the best way to build vocabulary, improve your writing, and become a more sophisticated reader.

First Trimester Books:

Latin IV: 

Independent Choice Book: Student Choice (check with Ms. Pollis)

Literature Circle Options: Little Women by Lousia May Alcott, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Whole Class Book: Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Latin I:

Independent Reading Choice: student choice (check with Ms. Pollis)

Literature Circle Options: Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan,  Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick, or The Cookcamp by Gary Paulsen, Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell, City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau.

Whole Class Book: The Giver by Lois Lowry

Second Trimester Books:

Latin II/III

Independent Choice Book: Student choice (check with Ms. Pollis)

Literature Circle Books: The Hidden Girl: A True Story of the Holocaust by Lola Rein Kaufman and My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George, Red Scarf Girl by Ji-Li Jiang, The Greatest: Muhammad Ali by Walter Dean Myers, The Skin I'm In by Sharon Flake, Woodsong by Gary Paulsen, Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac

Whole Class Book: Women Heroes of World War II by Katherine J. Atwood

Studying for Vocabulary Quizzes?

Reading Seminar 1

Lesson 4: All or Nothing

Lesson 3: All or Nothing

Lesson 2: Numbers:

Lesson 1 Numbers:

Reading Seminar 4

Lesson 4: Personal Relationships

Lesson 3: Personal Relationships

Lesson 2: The Person

Lesson 1: The Person


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