Reading is important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything. —Tomie dePaola
Language Arts Lab is designed to improve reading skills in every part of life that involves reading. I also aim to get reading to play a bigger part in life. We’ll learn more about what reading is, and why and how we read. We’ll explore various strategies and skills to improve reading comprehension throughout this class.
This course provides students with an opportunity to hone valuable reading strategies such as predicting, questioning, recalling, inferring, and participating in perspective reading in a cooperative setting. Additionally, emphasis on other class work will be given. This course is aligned with Arizona College and Career Ready standards and supports school-wide efforts to increase student achievement.
After the student completes this course of study, the student will know or be able to:
- Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
- Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
- Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone.
- Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.
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