Pocono Mountain School Reading Comprehension Study

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At the Pocono Mountain School District, students use a number of tools to help them with reading comprehension study in both fourth and eighth grade. As the students learn they expand on these tools and add more tools to their already vast knowledge of ways to understand what they are reading. While students in fourth grade are more about the test structures, and features the focus for eighth grade is comprehension of different genre types. The Pocono Mountain School District has extended enrichment for eighth grade reading and also has consideration for English Language Learners in both levels of curriculum. In the both the fourth and eighth grade curriculum, students have a number of similar strategies that they can use to understand …show more content…

One of the strategies used is the “integrated skill practice” so they are using multiple skills while they are reading instead of just focusing on one thing at a time. This is expected of students who understand far more about reading as they develop. Another area in which the strategies differ is that eighth graders may use personal dictionaries in their ELA classes. Instead of learning the meanings of the word explicit, they are creating meaning by using context clues and helping to better understand the words that they have day to day interaction with. Eighth grade curriculum specifies the use of is “writing journals” which students can use to respond to their understanding of a text. This helps them focus thoughts in understanding, and renationalize their …show more content…

Listed as major objectives for the students of the fourth grade are that of “text structure, cause and effect, main idea and key details and fluency” (Pocono Mountain School District Curriculum: Grade 4, 2017, p. 11). The focus is on understanding text structures as well as getting fluency down to get to that ultimate goal of comprehension. Students are expected to make sure they can get to that goal, but are merely working on the skills set aside of getting to that goal. In the eighth grade, one of the unit objectives states that the students will “compare and contrast characters, plots, themes, and settings from various genres related to the history of the Holocaust” (Pocono Mountain School District Curriculum: Grade 8, 2017, p. 18). Students have to use skills they have used through their schooling to make connections to other texts they have read and create understanding based from a myriad of texts. The focus seems to me more on comprehension than for the elements that make it. Students are already expected to have an understanding of things like theme, plot, text structure and key details as well as fluency so they are focusing more on what a student understands about a

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