Course Overview


READ 180 (grades 6 and 7, meets everyday) is an intensive reading support classes designed to assist students who have been identified as being "at-risk" of not scoring at the MEETS EXPECTATIONS level on the reading portion of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment test in reading (MCA III), a test taken in late spring every year. Class activities will encourage students to take responsibility for improving their reading, writing, organizational, and interpersonal skills.


Students typically begin and end each class period in large group instruction, then spend the rest of classtime rotating through two or three work stations.

During each Reading Workshop or READ 180 class period, students can be found

--working in a large group on whole-class shared-text readings and discussion/response activities
--working at computers using READ 180 software or completing other computer-based reading, writing, and problem-solving tasks
--working in the silent reading area, reading self-selected books and responding in writing to their chosen texts
--working in a small group with the teacher, focusing on literacy skills development using the primary text of the current unit.