McNiff's Website at East Ridge High School
East Ridge High School
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Notes and assignments will be updated weekly. Please check if you have missed class. Please keep up with daily assignments so that you will not have to "make up' at the end of the trimester. When you are absent you are responsible to make up what you have missed. I am available before school (7:30 -8:30AM) and after school (3:05-3:35PM). My office is in room 2036 in the back room. My phone is: 651-768-2464 My email is email@example.com School Address: 4200 Pioneer Drive; Woodbury, MN 55129
Tri A: Essential Reading Period 4
The High School Reading course is designed to accelerate reading and writing achievement for all students. Text: Language! Level C Bridge (See course syllabus). Essential Reading Plan The focus of the second trimester for the Essential Reading Class continues to be skill development for both reading and written communication skills Language! is the foundation for the skill development and cycles through the 6 identified reading skills to increase automaticity when decoding unknown words, learning new vocabulary words and increasing word recognition in isolation and in context. Reading and writing skills are interwoven aspects of literacy. Our current 10 grade class has achieved over 99% proficiency on the GRAD writing assessment. Our goal for these writers is that 100% will find and demonstrate that success when writing essays. When writing essays, our writers learn to develop focused thesis statements and develop an outline focusing on three key purposes for writing. From this statement, they learn to prioritize the importance of the topics. The students have the opportunity to write, edit/revise and then as time allows rewrite these essays that allow the students to become familiar with a variety of topics and to gain confidence using these skills. As many upper classmen have demonstrated proficiency on the 5 paragraph essay, we continue to develop their writing skills and will introduce this group of learners to developing comparing and contrasting essays. Essential Reading Students will continue to develop reading skills important to passing the MCA Grad READING assessment. Comprehension skills are strengthened using a variety of strategies, but developing a purpose for reading, analyzing the types of questions asked about an assigned passing, and progressing through the passage by using a SQ3R method. Other activities that will receive much instructional support this trimester are skills that previous students(identified by analyzing ERHS data) have found challenging. Using and understanding figurative language, learning and understanding new vocabulary from context, identifying authors tone, theme, and conflict are some of the key skills that are taught. MCA assessments focus on non-fiction comprehension so while we do practice some MCA related passages, the learners will have the opportunity to read non-fiction passages. Students will also read a novel to identify, discuss, and practice using and locating literacy elements that will develop reading skills so the reader can engage more fully when independently reading and reponding to the printed text. The goal for our instruction is that each individual student will take more ownership for her/his learning. Each learner will develop personal goals while working to improve fluency, written communication and comprehension. While we typically do not have an assigned homework, it is most beneficial to establish a reading routine at home. An appropriate time is a minimum of 10 to 15 minutes. Magazines provide information that the readers can provide wonderful opportunities to finish an article in this amount of time. HAPPY READING
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Tri A: Strategies 1st & 6th Period
This class is designed to support students with IEP's in their mainstrem courses. There will be a weekly assignment update form to go home at the end of each week, signed by parents and returned on Mondays. The following week's grade will be withheld until this form is returned. Stadards for STrategies is Study Skills. Students will increase their study skills by working through the following Power STadard Questions:
1). What's in it for you?
2) What is the process you would use to find tinforation on a topic?
3) How does your learning profile affect your performance in all your classes?
4) How do you structure your time to acomplish school goals and your personal activities?
5) What are the ways that work best for you to stay organized?
6) What are the essential skills needed to prepare to do well on a test?
7) What are the techiques or strategies that will help you recall important facts, terms or information?
8) How will your attitude and behavior impact the sucess of you and others?
Work Experience 5th Period
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