Seminar in English Course Syllabus

  • Seminar in English

    READ 180

    Course Syllabus


    Mrs. Neiss

    Burgard High School 2015-2016


    Course Description


    READ 180 is a research-based program with proven results in raising student reading achievement. READ 180 uses cutting-edge technology to deliver individualized reading instruction, provide valuable skills practice, and motivate students to become confident readers.


    In READ 180, we will work together to:

    • Build literacy skills for college and career readiness.
    • Bring reading proficiency.
    • Develop multi-task writing skills.
    • Apply reading and writing strategies to other subject areas such as ELA, social studies, science, and math.


    Course Components


    During each class period, you will rotate to different stations.


    1. Small Group Instruction—Builds reading, vocabulary, writing, and oral language skills through teacher-led lessons.
    2. Instructional Software—You will use the READ 180 software to engage in individualized instruction with adaptive technology (adjusted to your needs).
    3. Modeled and Independent Reading—You will use high-interest paperbacks, audiobooks, and eReads to get the practice, practice, practice you need for growth. (This will often be incorporated into small group instruction)


    Course Requirements


    The only material thing you’ll need for class is a writing utensil (pen or pencil). Aside from that, you are expected to come in and give 110% of your effort and attention to becoming an even better reader!


    Course Expectations

    The following are the general rules/expectations for any and all activities in our classroom:

    1. We are ALL on the same team!
      1. RESPECT one another
      2. RESPECT yourself
      3. RESPECT our space
    2. We support and reinforce all building and district policies:
      1. NO cell phones/electronic devices
      2. NO bags/backpacks/hats/hoodies
      3. NO food or drink brought into the classroom (unless we provide it as a reward)
    3. Raise your hand to share ideas or ask a question.
    4. Avoid sidebar conversations.

    Additionally, there are specific expectations for each station in the READ 180 program. Since there will be a great deal of movement and independent work, the expectation is that:

    1. You move quickly and quietly to each area. This will maximize learning and participation.
    2. Once at your station, you will fully participate. If working independently in instructional software or independent reading, you will be focused and on task.
    3. While using the instructional software, you will stay on the READ 180 software. All other sites are off limits!


    Course Achievement & Incentives


    You will receive regular feedback on your progress through this course. On the software, the feedback is immediate, so you will always be sure of your progress, achievement, and areas that need improvement.


    Likewise, we will conference on a regular basis regarding your progress and set goals for future gains.


    Throughout the year, there will also be incentives and rewards for things such as, minutes spent on the software, segment completion, improved scores on the Scholastic Reading Inventory, etc.


    “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.”

    Benjamin Franklin