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MSSD Freshman Literacy Project, 1999-2000 Implementation

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MSSD Freshman Literacy Project


  • 1. MSSD Freshman Literacy Project, 1999-2000 Implementation


  • Fall Reading Level 4.0
  • Spring Reading Level 5.4

Success! 1.4 Grade Level Gain 3. Reading Scaled Scores Limited English Proficiency (LEP)and Non-Limited English Proficiency Students LEP Non - LEP Fall 514 638 Spring 559 659 Gain 45 21 4.

  • 11 thgraders made big gains in reading comp

History of the Project Why?

  • Development?
  • Curriculum?


  • 11 thgraders did a lot of outside reading (Independent Reading Project/IRP)
  • Instruction was provided in test taking taking skills (i.e. answering multiple choice questions)

Two Significant Factors 6.

  • Independent Reading Project (IRP)
  • SAT-9 Preparation (Practice multiple choice questions)

Parts of the Project 7.

  • Appreciation
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Creative thinking skills
  • Read and answer questions independently
  • How to use time management
  • Literal language
  • Figurative language (figures of speech, etc)

Purpose of Independent Reading Project 8. Sample Independent Reading Project

  • What is the title and author of your book?What is the genre? Why did you select this book?
  • What will the story be about? (based on synopsis)
  • Describe two characters you met.
  • Describe the story setting.
  • Write a summary of the plot.

9. Sample Independent Reading Project-continued

  • Pick two quotes from your reading that you like. Why did you like them?
  • Identify two literary elements. Give an example of each.
  • Simile
  • Example: The sun shone like bronze.
  • If you could be one of the characters, who would you be and why?
  • Did you like the end of the book? If not, how would you change it?

10. Literary Elements

  • List a literary element (metaphor)
  • Quote the example (the words from the book) the sun is copper in the sky.
  • Explain in detail how/why that is an example
  • Interpret what the author is trying to convey to the reader

11. Sample Independent Reading Project-Advanced

  • Evaluate the authors choice of title for your
  • book.
  • How does the title tie into the story?
  • Did the title have a clear or different meaning for you?
  • It is a good title? If so, explain why. If not, explain why and suggest a better one.
  • If you were a critic, how would you rate and review this book?

12. SAT-9 Practice Items

  • From two sources:
  • Commercially available materials
    • Taking the (T)Error out of the SAT-9 (AGS Publishing)
    • Test Best (Psychological Corporation)
  • Examiner designed
    • Genre driven (biography, historical fiction, realistic fiction, poetry)

13. Taking the (T)Error Out of the SAT-9: Grade 1 14. Taking the (T)Error Out of the SAT-9: Grade 1 15. SAT-9 Practice Passage: Coras Big Wish Cora got up early She got ready for school and ate here breakfast quickly. Today we are going to have fun, she told her mother. I hope to see a bear!

  • Cora did not want to be--
    • Sorry
    • Late
    • ready
  • Cora was going to the--
    • doctor
    • library
    • zoo
  • When does this story take place?
    • In the morning
    • At lunchtime
    • At night

16. SAT-9 Practice Across GenresGenre:Historical Fiction:Nazi Soldiers in Copenhagen Halte! the soldier ordered in a stern voice.The German was as familiar as it was frightening.Annemarie had heard it often enough before, but it had never been directed at her until now. Behind her, Ellen also slowed and stopped. Far back, little Kirsti was plodding along, her face in a pout because the older girls hadnt waited for her. Annemarie stared up.There were two of them.That meant two helmets, two sets of cold eyes glaring at her and four tall shiny boots planted firmly on the sidewalk, blocking her path. FromNumber the Starsby Lois Lowry, 1989,Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA. 17. Sample Comprehension Questions

  • Where does the story take place?
    • on a city street
    • inside a grocery store
    • on the parking lot near the school yard
    • on a snowy day
  • In paragraph two, pout means
    • a frozen expression
    • to laugh
    • to frown
    • savage

Genre:Historical Fiction:Nazi Soldiers in Copenhagen 18. Sample Comprehension Questions-continued

  • How do you think Annemarie felt after she was stopped by the soldiers?
    • surprised
    • suspicious
    • fearful
    • sulky
  • Once Annemarie met the soldiers on the sidewalk she couldnt run away because
    • She was too frightened to run.
    • The soldiers blocked the path.
    • She wouldnt leave her two friends.
    • She wanted to annoy the soldiers.

Genre:Historical Fiction:Nazi Soldiers in Copenhagen 19.

  • Repeating our intervention with this years
  • 9 thgraders
    • Continue the Independent Reading Project
    • SAT-9 Practice will be integrated using digital projector technology(SMART Board)
    • Post test with SAT-9 in May

Whats Next-Fine tuning the project 20. Concerns About Measuring Reading Comprehension

  • Student reads passages
  • Students answers multiple choice question
  • Student scores lower (e.g. 6.2 grade equiv)
  • Student reads passages
  • Student answers signed question
  • Student scores higher (e.g. 8.0 grade equiv)

SAT-9 Informal Reading Inventory 21. Stanford Achievement Test,9th edition

  • Group Administered
  • Multiple Choice
  • Compares deaf students with deaf and hearing peers nationwide