Fusion Fire

1st Quarter

Irma & Sue Visit CMS Fusion Classrooms

For the past three years, we have been very fortunate as a district to have the ongoing support of Irma, Mike, and Sue while bringing Fusion Reading to our EC classrooms. Irma and Mike Brasseur-Hock, are the Fusion Reading authors and Sue Woodruff, McGraw-Hill consultant has been with Fusion Reading from the beginning. Last week, Irma and Sue came to Charlotte to visit our classrooms and support Fusion teachers and coaches. Below are pictures of a few classrooms they visited.

Kudos For A Job Well Done!

Thanks to Everyone for Making This A Wonderful Visit with Irma & Sue!

Walter Clyburn at Reid Park Academy

Levonde Jones at J.M. Alexander Middle School

Nakia Massey at John M. Morehead STEM Academy

Greg Asciutto & Susie Ketover at Garinger High School

Ketrina Ray at Military & Global Leadership Academy at Marie G Davis

Michael Landers at Community House Middle School

Nikki Copeland at McClintock Middle School

Abby Oaks & Susan Courtney at South Charlotte Middle School

Dennisa Herndon at Northridge Middle School

Brandy Jackson at Conrane Collegiate Academy

Ellen Haynes at Southwest Middle School

Explaining Fusion Reading

We are at the point in the school year, when administrators, facilitators, and a host of other people, including your ICT, will be visiting your Fusion Reading classroom. This month you will meet with parents to explain Fusion Reading, their child’s reading level, and strategies to ensure academic growth. Not much pressure for one month at all!

Included in this newsletter are talking points for each part of the Fusion Reading lesson to assist in answering the inevitable question, “So, just how is Fusion going to help your students become better readers?”

Thinking Reading

Thinking Reading is a structured process in which the teacher demonstrates the reading behaviors expert readers use while reading. It also provides the opportunity for students to practice reading in a safe and supportive environment. The purpose of Thinking Reading is to engage the struggling reader in the reading and thinking processes.

In Thinking Reading, the teacher reads and models the behaviors of good readers and uses meta-cognitive strategies to gain an understanding of the text. The goal of Thinking Reading is to transition from teacher led to students practicing good reading strategies.

Talking Points

Thinking Reading. . .

· engages struggling readers in reading and thinking processes

· introduces novice readers to models of expert readers (SEE & HEAR reading)

· provides a safe & supportive environment for students to practice reading

· provides and "eyes on the page" experience for students

· teaches students a love of reading

Fusion Reading Direct Instruction Stategies

During the daily direct instruction of every Fusion Reading instructional lesson, students learn the skills and strategies needed to improve reading skills and generalize these skills into their content area classes. The strategies in Fusion Reading are:

· The Prediction Strategy, a reading strategy that teaches students to make predictions prior to and during reading the process. Predictions help good readers understand and make connections when reading.

· Possible Selves for Readers, a motivational unit that helps students learn the connection between becoming an expert reader and the impact reading plays in their personal goals for the future.

· The Bridging Strategy, a reading strategy that teaches students how to phonetically pronounce multi-syllabic words.

· The Summarization Strategy, a reading strategy that teaches students to summarize what they have read.

· Strategy Integration, instruction on how to use reading strategies together and practice generalizing what they have learned to core content material.

· The PASS Strategy, a strategy a student uses when taking tests and state assessments.

The 7 Step Vocabulary Process

Reading comprehension is dependent on the meaning readers give words. The more vocabulary words students know, the better able they are to comprehend text. A larger vocabulary provides access to a wider range of reading material.

The purpose of the Fusion Reading Vocabulary process is to teach students ways to discover the meaning of unknown words. When readers have a process to negotiate word meaning, comprehension improves. The vocabulary process teaches students to analyze the meaning of words by examining the word’s root, prefix, and suffix. Examining word parts in multi-syllabic words is a skill good reader’s use.

Vocabulary is the best single indicator of intellectual ability and an accurate predictor of success at school. -- W.B. Elley

Fusion Reading is on Facebook!

Mike, Irma, and Sue have created a Fusion Reading page on Facebook! The Fusion Reading Facebook page was developed as support for all Fusion Reading teachers. The hope is to provide a community where teachers can connect with other Fusion Reading teachers.

Everyone is encouraged to add comments and pictures of your Fusion Reading classroom. Additionally, you can ask a private question through Messenger and receive a response from Mike, Irma, or Sue! Search FUSION Reading on Facebook and you will be able to locate the page.

Announcements & Reminders

Calendar Corner

September 28th to December 18th - Strategy Integration Year 2 Fusion

October 5th to December 11th - The Prediction Strategy Year 1 Fusion

Fri Nov 6-Report Cards Distributed

Wed Nov 11 - Holiday

November 25-27- Thanksgiving Holiday

December 1-2-Progress Reports Dates

December 8 - Year 2 Summarization PD