Common Core Aligned
To build a foundation for college and career readiness, students must read widely and deeply from among a broad range of high-quality, increasingly challenging literary and informational texts. Through extensive reading of stories, dramas, poems, and myths from diverse cultures and different time periods, students gain literary and cultural knowledge as well as familiarity with various text structures and elements. By reading texts in history/social studies, science, and other disciplines, students build a foundation of knowledge in these fields that will also give them the background to be better readers in all content areas. Students can only gain this foundation when the curriculum is intentionally and coherently structured to develop rich content knowledge within and across grades. Students also acquire the habits of reading independently and closely, which are essential to their future success.
They must also be able to determine or clarify the meaning of grade-appropriate words encountered through listening, reading, and media use; come to appreciate that words have nonliteral meanings, shadings of meaning, and relationships to other words; and expand their vocabulary in the course of studying content.
Reading Is Fundamental
- We have set students’ reading goal incorporating the ratio of fiction (literature) and nonfiction (informational) books based on the Common Core State Standards: up to 4th grade (50:50), up to 8th grade (45:55)
- We advise students to borrow at least one fiction book and one nonfiction book for each session.
- We have expanded our book collection for in-center library as well as on-line library to let students read books in various genres.
- We have implemented the following new curricula to meet the Common Core State Standards in reading:
- Nonfiction Reading: to meet the requirement that students should read challenging informational texts.
- Speed Reading: to meet the requirement of foundational skills that emphasize sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
- Reading Skill: to help students gain higher scores in statewide standardized tests based on new standards of Common Core.
- We have diversified our vocabulary program to help students gain more grade-appropriate and domain-specific words, discern nuances of words and meaning in context, and finally use common, grade-relevant Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word.