Intensive Reading


Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide instruction that enables students to accelerate the development of reading, writing and digital skills and to strengthen those skills as they are able to successfully read and write grade level text independenlty. Instuction emphasizes reading comprehension, writing fluency and digital autonomous through the use of a variety of literary and informational texts encompassing a broad range of text structures, genres and levels of complexity.

Vision Statements

School Mission

The mission of Colonial High School is to educate and inspire all students to become caring, productive and responsible citizens who meet the challenges of a changing world.

School Digital Vision

  • Students will have daily opportunities to engage in digital learning to autonomously expand their knowledge through multiple sources.
  • Students will be able to evaluate and analyze the credibility and usefulness of digital sources allowing students to become critical consumers of digital information.
  • Students will gain an increased awareness through responsible interaction with the global community creating opportunities for students to work as collaborative citizens.

Ninth Grade Reading Digital Vision

The mission of the Reading Department is to prepare students to be competent readers and to promote positive personal and social change to ensure that every learner achieves full and equitable literacy. Students will use available technology to enhance their learning experience.

Rules & Procedures

OCPS Rules and Procedures


  • Keep Login information private
  • Use technology for educational purpose


  • Login through Launch
  • Save all work to the Cloud (Google Drive)

Colonial High School Digital Rules & Procedures

  • Maintain a respectful and professional digital presence in all forums of digital interactions.
  • Laptops must be logged in, charged and ready to use.


  • All digital work products should be submitted through designated site.

Ninth Grade Reading Digital Rules & Procedures

  • Calmly enter the room.
  • Log onto LAN Channel, sign onto Designated Site and complete Bell Work.
  • Use Computers as designated for the given assignments.


  • Submit Bell Work through Designated Site.
  • Log onto Designated Sites only and complete all work in assigned time.

Course Highlights

This course includes, but is not limited to the following:
  • Determining central ideas or themes of a text and analyzing their development as well as summarizing the key supporting details and ideas
  • Interpreting words and phrases as they are used in a text including determining technical, connotative and figurative meanings and analyzing how specific word choices shape meaning or tone
  • Analyzing the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene or stanza) relate to each other and to the whole
  • Integrating and evaluating content presented in diverse formats and media including visually and quatitatively, as well as in word
  • Delineating and evaluating the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the source, relevance and sufficiency of evidence
  • Analyzing how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take
  • Writing in response to reading, emulating author's structures, word choice, styles, etc.
  • Daily opportunities to engage in digital learning to autonomously expand their knowledge through multiple sources-some related standards are as follows:

LAFS.910.WHST.2.6- Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology's capacity

to link to other information and to display information flexibilty and dynamically.

LAFS.910.WHST.3.7- Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

LAFS.9.10.WHST.3.8- Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

Link to the list of all standards-


Texts used for instruction focuses on a wide range of topics, including content-area information, in order to support students in meeting the knowledge demands of increasingly complex text. A variety of texts will be used to support reading and writing proficiency, including the use of Achieve3000, a web-based tool.

Required Materials

  • Laptop (fully charged)
  • Utensils: Pens (blue/black), pencils, color pencils, markers, highlighters and glue sticks (Note: You may leave a pencil case with materials stored in the classroom.)
  • Folder with loose leaf lined paper
  • Composition Notebook or 1 Subject Spiral Notebook

Supplies Needed

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Kleenex
  • Index Cards


Grading Formula:

Grade = Total Points Earned/Total Points Assigned

A = 100-90

B = 89-80

C = 79-70

D = 69-60 (Grade Repair Required)

F = 59-0 (Failing Grade/Repeat Class)

Colonial High School

7775 Valencia Lane, Orlando, Fl 32807


Intensive Reading, Ms. Joyce Taber


Phone: 1-407-249-6369 extension 6224328