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RES401: Power Reading (2012-2013)

CURRICULUM PROGRAM: English Language Arts
COURSE TITLE: Power Reading
CALENDAR YEAR: 2012-2013
GRADE LEVEL: 10-12
CODE: RES401
TYPE: EL
CREDITS:
COURSE LENGTH: 18 weeks

Major Concepts/Content: The power reading course is designed to emphasize speed-reading, high-level comprehension skills, and vocabulary study in preparation for the SAT. This course would be particularly valuable for college bound students.

Major Instructional Activities: Instructional activities will be provided through timed reading exercises that help students increase their reading speed and improve overall efficiency. Reading task formats will include short passages with multiple-choice items, lists for scanning, passages in the CLOZE format, longer passages with multiple-choice items, exercises in interpretation, and graded reading selections and comprehension questions. The readings will feature a wide range of fiction and nonfiction passages comparable to the kinds of materials required in advancing high school course work and on tests of verbal ability.

Major Evaluative Techniques: Each student’s growth and progress will be charted on a daily basis in order to enable students to progress at their level of ability. Unit tests from the texts and teacher-made tests that include class notes and information will also be a part of the evaluation process.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of the power-reading course, students should be able to:

  • Help students increase their reading speed while maintaining comprehension.
  • Increase overall reading proficiency.
  • Improve the student's test-taking abilities.