Dynamic Reading

  1. Important Documents
  1. Dynamic Reading Schedule
  2. Dynamic Reading Survey
  3. Dynamic Reading Syllabus
  4. Book Check-In for Absent Students for Participation Point Recovery
  1. What is it?
  1. It is a school wide program that sets aside dedicated time for students of all reading abilities to focus on the aptitude needed to gain/ master/ or apply reading skills.
  1. Is it researched based?
  1. Yes- Ariane Baye from the University of Liege and Cynthia Lake, Amanda Inns, and Robert Slavin from our Center for Research and Reform in Education have completed an update to their report on effective secondary reading programs. The paper, A Synthesis of Quantitative Research on Reading Programs for Secondary Students.
  2. The authors found that categories of programs using one-to-one and small-group tutoring, cooperative learning, whole-school approaches including organizational reforms such as teacher teams, and writing-focused approaches showed positive outcomes.
  1. What is its purpose?
  1. Foster a love/like of reading in students
  2. Identify and give tools to students who struggle with some aspect of reading
  3. Improve vocabulary/test scores
  4. Better prepare students for college/jobs
  1. What are the groups?
  1. Dynamic Reading Survey        
  1. This survey will allow for greater understanding of student preconceptions about reading.
  2. The groups will be set for the year.  Because the grouping is data driven, it will change from year to year.  The groups could also change slightly based on student survey data.
  3. The students can have a “bookshelf” so they don’t -miss books
  1. Time during the year
  1. One class period will be used per Tuesday, rotating period 1-6
  1. The Literature class will rotate throughout the day.  It will be a “skinny”.  
  2. No period will lose more than 2 full days a quarter.  Dynamic Reading will be for half of the period when in a block (first half of period 3 on one Tuesday, then second half of period 3 on the next Tuesday).        
  3. Literature days will be on Tuesday with the understanding that on pep fest/ play/ speakers/ etc. will not be scheduled.  
  4. If there is an early out or missed period for any reason, Dynamic Reading will not be made up.
  1. When do we start?
  1. Class will start the second week of school.
  2. The first class period will go over a common syllabus, sample book pushes from teachers, and spending time in the library picking appropriate books.  
  3. Groups A, O1, O2, O3 go to library first 20 minutes.
  4. Groups O4, O5, O6, and any B groups that are ready go to library last 20 minutes.
  5. Parents will be informed by having them sign a syllabus as in all other classes.
  1. Dynamic Reading Grading Requirements
  1. Dynamic Reading requirements will be listed in the common syllabus.
  2. Dynamic Reading is worth 1 credit per year.  Each semester will be averaged to get the final grade.
  3. This is an “S” or “U” grade. Course work is 60% of the grade and “book pushes” are 40% of the grade.
  4. Course work will be graded weekly.  During each quarter a student will have a minimum of 1 “book push”.  
  5. Grades will be updated and published in JMC weekly.  
  6. Students missing Dynamic Reading grades WILL NOT be on the ineligible list (due to the once a week meeting time).
  7. Students who fail a Dynamic Reading course for a specific semester (both quarter grades combined) will be ineligible for 2 weeks at the beginning of the next semester, as with all classes.
  8. Students CAN turn in missing work and pass the class during the 2 weeks of ineligibility. If a student completes all missing work they will be eligible to participate in activities immediately.
  9. Students who fail Dynamic Reading during a school year will be required to complete an Acellus Language Arts course (as deemed appropriate by the principal) during the following summer.
  1. IR vs Dynamic Reading
  1. This is a new class.
  2. IR was independent with little to no class time for reading.  
  3. IR had no component designed to help the struggling reader.  
  4. IR was test based only.
  5. The grouping of IR was random or age based.
  6. IR was difficult to place in official transcripts and was a 4 year grade.
  7. Dynamic Reading is NOT IR; it does not carry over.  It is a class and you can pass or fail as with any other class. If a student fails, they must make up the credit in this specific class (see above requirement in 8B.)
  1. If a student has missing IR grades
  1. Students that have missing IR requirements from previous years will still be responsible for that credit. An IR test is still required for recovering credits. This is similar to failing any required class.  The student will turn in IR test scores to their original IR teacher.
  2. Students CAN use books read during Dynamic Reading to meet missing IR requirements (by taking the test and passing with 60%).  
  1. Making up missing Dynamic Reading work
  1. When students are absent for whatever reason (extracurriculars, sick, appointments, etc.), they will have a “book check in” to recover weekly coursework grades.
  2. The student will have a “MI” in the grade book until the check in, with no penalty for point recovery after quality check in.
  3. The students must make up the missing work before the following Tuesday, or the grade is docked. 
  4. Students that meet with their Dynamic Reading teacher before the next Tuesday can get both points for that week.  If they meet their DR teacher after Tuesday (1 week late), they can only get 1 out of 2 points.  After that the grade is permanent.
  1. Specifics / Misc
  1. Each Dynamic Reading homeroom will have a book rack for students to choose from if they are having a hard time picking out a book or forget their own book.
  2. Books
  1. The visual component for students will include a “What I am Reading” decoration that goes inside Dynamic Reading homerooms.
  2. Faculty book push decorations will go on their door.
  3. Students that truly struggle with finding a book can be brought to the library with the co-teacher.