During the second semester, we will be practicing argumentative writing skills. This is a very important part of the AIR test in the spring. In particular, citing textual evidence is a cornerstone in the Common Core Reading and Writing standards for ELA. We will be citing textual evidence on numerous assignment throughout the following weeks. The goal is to cite textual evidence until the students can do so with independence.
We will write an argumentative essay as a class and then the students will be responsible for choosing a topic and writing an argumentative essay on their own.
We will also be using the SRA Reading Laboratory this semester. The program meets the differing needs of the students by providing multilevel individualized reading instruction to all students. After some initial training, students manage their own learning which in itself is such a vital part of education.