Reading 311

Reading Comprehension for Struggling Readers

For 7th and 8th grade students who read 2 or more levels below grade level.

The purpose of this course is to help students achieve on-level knowledge and skills within their independent reading level.

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

7th and 8th Grade

(2) Reading/Vocabulary Development. Students understand new vocabulary and use it when reading and writing. Students are expected to:

(B) use context (within a sentence and in larger sections of text) to determine or clarify the meaning of unfamiliar or ambiguous words;

(E) use a dictionary, a glossary, or a thesaurus (printed or electronic) to determine the meanings, syllabication, pronunciations, alternate word choices, and parts of speech of words.

(3) Reading/Comprehension of Literary Text/Theme and Genre. Students analyze, make inferences and draw conclusions about theme and genre in different cultural, historical, and contemporary contexts and provide evidence from the text to support their understanding. Students are expected to:

(A) describe multiple themes in a work of fiction;

(C) analyze how place and time influence the theme or message of a literary work.

6) Reading/Comprehension of Literary Text/Fiction. Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about the structure and elements of fiction and provide evidence from text to support their understanding. Students are expected to:

(A) explain the influence of the setting on plot development;

(B) analyze the development of the plot through the internal and external responses of the characters, including their motivations and conflicts; and

(C) analyze different forms of point of view, including first-person, third-person omniscient, and third-person limited.

(8) Reading/Comprehension of Literary Text/Sensory Language. Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about how an author's sensory language creates imagery in literary text and provide evidence from text to support their understanding. Students are expected to determine the figurative meaning of phrases and analyze how an author's use of language creates imagery, appeals to the senses, and suggests mood.

(25) Research/Organizing and Presenting Ideas. Students organize and present their ideas and information according to the purpose of the research and their audience. Students are expected to synthesize the research into a written or an oral presentation that:

(A) draws conclusions and summarizes or paraphrases the findings in a systematic way;

(C) presents the findings in a meaningful format